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ribbons promote mammography detection breast cancer )two risk factors for getting :are being a woman and regular mammo- way to detect the message through- in Minnesota, as thou- don }ink ribbons in Breast Cancer The event is being by a broad coalition organizations, he American Cancer the Minnesota Health (MDH) and a Public and private groups. are continu- with ACS and MDH Campaign," said Countryside Public ,"re especially excited our new partners, the Association and Network, can n." routine mammograms is most effective way to cancer, and it becomes as you grow older," th. "The Pink WANT ADS Ribbon Campaign encourages all women to take care of their health." MDH offers free mammograms year-round for women who lack health coverage--and otherwise might not be reached by the health care system--through a network of nearly 300 local health care providers statewide. In addition, many health care facilities provide low-cost mam- mograms through a program offered by ACS. Eligibility information and referral services are available from ACS by calling 1-800-ACS-2345. The low cost mammograms are avail- able in some areas year-round. "Women need to insist on mam- mograms," noted Anne Barry, Commissioner of Health for the state of Minnesota. "Other than skin can- cer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in American women," said Barry, "However, if breast cancer is detected in its early stages, the five- year survival rate can be as high as 97 percent. Routine mammograms can be a woman's best bet to detect and treat this disease early." The American Cancer Society rec- ommends that women get yearly mammograms starting at age 40. BRING QUICK RESULTS! ] I OCTOBER 16 IS NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY, part of national breast cancer awareness month. Above, Dave Ellingson, Ortonville mayor, signs a proclamation recognizing mamography as the single best method for detecting breast cancer. EIlingson further proclaimed that all women should be aware they are at risk and to check with their doctor to see whether they should have a mammogram. ct Legislators urge Gov. Congress for farm relief House members today to Gov. Arne Carlson urg- get more involved in enact a rea- farm crisis relief t adjourns in the next few to put partisan- for a plan that will farmers weath- crisis in prices," said leader Ted Winter one of the signers of the the Governor can with his fellow the letter were Rep. of Little Falls, chairman of Kennedy, chair- House Commerce Doug Peterson of the House Force. The letter comes in the wake of a decision by a Congressional confer- ence committee to reject a Democratic farm relief proposal in favor of a much smaller Republican-authored plan. The democratic proposal could pass on the Senate floor if it gains only four more votes. The lawmakers ask Carlson to contact Minnesota's Republican members of Congress, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to urge them to accept the Democratic plan. "Confronted with the reality of this crisis - and anticipating the devasta- tion that another round of widespread farm failures will have on our state's families, economy and budget - we ask you to join us in putting partisan- ship aside and in supporting the plan developed by Congressional Democrats," the letter states. "This plan provides $483 million to Minnesota's farmers, $256 million more than the Republican plan. That's enough to stave off disaster and per- mit our farmers to plan for another growing season." The four lawmakers said the Democratic plan will help farmers pay their current bills and obtain loans for another growing season. The low market prices for crops and livestock have dried up farm cash flows, mean- ing most farmers will be not able to qualify for loans to plant in 1999. Recent estimates indicate the total loss of income to Minnesota's farmers could run as high as $1.5 billion, com- pared to prices paid a year ago. A University of Minnesota study pro- jected that the typical Minnesota farmer will lose about $40,000 this year, compared to a gain of $42,000 in 1997 - the biggest one-year drop in farm income ever. MINNESOTA REPORT ROD GRAMS UNITED STATES SENATOR" MINNESO EMERGENCY FARM AID: A CRITICAL FIRST STEP I know my colleagues in Congress are following closely the problems confronting many farmers in northwestern Minnesota. Even so, I wish my fellow senators could have joined me as I've visited farms houg,hout our state this year, meeting with farmers and h fir families. After such a visit, I think they'd have a better understanding of how farmers are suffering from a combination of circumstances -- like several years of crop disease, very low market prices, and lower export possibilities, due both to the Asian financial crisis and favorable crop conditions around the world -- that are generating tough times for our hard-working, productive Minnesota farmers. The reminders are painfully visible. And because the problems they point to are real, affecting real people with very real needs, I've been vocal in saying that Congress must step forward to address these conce ,ms. That's why the package of emergency farm aid we ve drafted, although, just a first step, ts so vitally important and something Ive worked hard to achieve for farmers this year. Our package, totaling $3.9 billion, provides: $1.65 billion to fund a 29% increase in annual government payments to compensate for lost markets; $2.25 billion m disaster relief, which includes $1.5 billion for crop losses in 1998, $675 million for farmers who have suffered multi-year losses in the Northern Plains; and $75 million to assist ranchers in feeding their livestock. While emergency aid is clearly not a long-term solution, our assistance will provide a vital bridge across these tough times. For the long term, some politicians have been misleading farmers by suggesting that the role of the government is to step m and protect every farmer who is suffering losses -- that Congress needs to amend the Farm Bill before it has a chance to work by creating something like a welfare system for farmers. Yes, I believe the government must be there to protect farmers in the same way other government programs are there to address other economic crises. There are many tools the government can utilize to hel R our farmers get back on their feet. But Washington can t mislead farmers by suggesting that all of their losses can be restored. That's not the role of government for any sector of a free-market economy. Farmers agreed the free market waspreferable when Congress passed the farm bill in 1996and President Clinton signed it into law after months of lengthy debate. Freedom to Farm was a recognition on the part of farmers that they could do better overall, acknowledging the ups and downs of a free market, with less regulation, less government control, and less sup .pprt in exchange for the freedom to produce to meet market demands. It was enacted because farmers wanted to produce for the marketlalace, instead of the demands of the federal ovemment. It's a system designed for market-driven usiness people -- farmers who embrace the idea of taking charge of the way they farm, rather than being dictated to by the federal government. That's a radical idea for those who believe the best decisions are made by Washington. Minnesota f a(mers tell me they support Freedom to Farm because it s a winner overall, andthey understand there will be more ups than downs. When good times return, they don't want to find themselves back under Washington's control. Like any new program, the strengths and weaknesses of the Farm Bill are becoming apparent as it's tested and challenged. And some Minnesota farmers have been forced to test it to the hilt. Because we're faced with extreme circumstances, I've been working with Senators Conrad Bums, Larry Craig, Pat Roberts, Chuck Hagel, and many others to support programs that will provide additional short-term relief without reopening the Farm Bill. Congress must also address some of the underlying, basic problems farmers face, such as an unfair tax burden, the need to open more markets for our ag commodities, reformmg crop insurance, the need to exempt ag from all unilateral sanctions, and the importance of passing the Lugar Sanctions Reform Act. Congress and the President must also repeal the Northeast Dairy Compact, an unfair marketing scheme that has devastated Minnesota's dairy farmers. That the discussions about relief have so far neglected the plight of Upper Midwest dairy farmers is a glaring omission; we must bring the dairy issue to the table as we continue to address the farm crisis in the next few weeks. Farmers, better than most Americans, understand and support Fast Track trade negotiating authority because they know all too well the dangers of isolationism and how efforts to unfairly protect our own exports and create our own barriers toward imports will only hurt us in the long run. And at a time when there's such unrest in the world markets, we desperately need Presidential leadership in the push for Fast Track renewal. The world is desperate for new trade agreements, yet we don't have Fast Track authority to ensure trade agreements can be implemented by Congress, and a lack of interest from the White House in pursuing this critically important tool is the central reason why. America's farmers provide the food source for this nation and for much of the world. Their importance to our economy, their central role in meeting the most fundamental needs of our citizens, cannot be overstated. And neither can we overstate our dedication to seeing them succeed and giving them every tool available to them to achieve that success. Demagoguery isn't the answer. A return to thepast isn't the answer. The cold, suffocating embrace of government isn't the answer, either. 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