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Editorial comment GUEST EDITORIAL... Agriculture's plight much more than just a rural problem by Gerald Kuster and Elroy Webster, Office of the Chair, Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives With fewer and fewer people involved in farming and ranching in our nation, it would be easy to conclude that today s hard times for U.S. agriculture have little, overall economic impact. But a more in-depth look tells us that the health and productivity of agriculture have a substantial ripple effect--one that touches every consumer; one that sooner or later touches our entire national economy. By any measure, the crisis now facing U.S. agriculture is alarming. Economic and financial difficulties in many countries around the world and the often-subsidized competition from other producing nations have combined to slash U. S. farm roduct exports. Weather problems and crop disease ave added to farmers burdens, especially in the Upper Midwest and Plains states where many of the roducers and local cooperatives that we at Cenex arrest States serve are located. However, production elsewhere has been more than enough to make up for any shortfall. And, in the face of abundant supplies and declining markets, farm commodity prices have plummeted. Some economists believe the current situation could have an adverse impact equal to or greater than that of the early and mid-1980s. But why should that be anything to worry about in our nation, where the percentage of the population directly involved in production agriculture is in the low single digits? A quick answer is that the economics of the industry reach well beyond the farm gate. Of course; there's the obvious impact that agriculture has on rural America where the industry is a major part of the economy. Most jobs in rural America are tied in some way to agriculture and a healthy farm economy is vital to maintaining the viability of schools, medical facilities and ,other parts of the rural infrastructure. But agriculture s problems aren't confined to rural areas. U. S. agriculture is capital intensive and a large user of goods and servicesmeverything from borrowed capital to machinery, computers and a vast array of supplies. Where do those goods and services come from? More often than not, they come from businesses and plants in larger urban areas. People employed by these operations have a direct link to agriculture, even if they ve never set foot on a farm. There' s also the impact of international trade. Agriculture is one of the few industries that has consistently contributed to the plus side of America's balance of payments ledger. One other reality is something that we as a nation long have taken for granted but is an ongoing challenge for much of the world's population: an abundant supply of safe, nutritious food. The punch line of an old cartoon contains a question and an answer of sorts that illustrate this point. "Why should I worry about farmers?" asks an urban shopper who quictd, adds, "] get all the food ] need at the grocery store. ' In short, many of our nation's grain and livestock producers are facing a severe economic challenge that sooner or later will have a direct or indirect effect on rural and urban areas alike. All of which helps explain why the producer board of directors of Cenex Harvest States is urging key congressional leaders to address this crisis. What we seek are actions to: Help boost agricultural exports through food aid, credit and promotion programs and through existing measures that enable U.S. producers to compete with nations that subsidize their farm product sales abroad. Change our government s approach to trade sanctions, which use food exports as a weapon in disputes with other countries. Alter existing farm legislation temporarily to give grain producers a tool to boost returns from their crops. These steps will not turn current government farm programs and policies on their head. What they can do is provide at least a partial safety net for an industry that is important to all of us. Letters to the editor To the Editor; It is more important that the rural community get together to make your vote count on November 3rd than any time in the past. Minnesota farmers have been getting the short end of the stick for over 20 years. After all the long days (and nights) hard work, risk,, worry, huge investments, and putting your heart and soul into producing food for the world, political decisions made in Washington and St. Paul, can wipe you out while you helplessly stand by. With the price of corn less than $1.50 and all other farm prices at rock bottom, the survival of many family farms and rural communities is in danger. There is something you can do for yourself which is important to the economy of rural Minnesota and that is vote yes on amendment #2, on November 3rd. Minnesotans have a unique opportunity to preserve our fishing, hunting, sporting, and outdoor recreation resources for future generations by amending the state constitution. Amendment #2 on the ballot will read: "Hunting and fishing and the taking of game and fish are a valued part of our heritage that shall forever be preserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good." Dollars brought to your community through these sports are very important to the economic survival and growth of your area. This amendment was suptSorted by 94% of Minnesotans in a recent poll. Don't let anti hunting people in the cities destroy your best chance of expanding your local economy by restricting these sports. Keep in mind that if you vote for candidates and don't turn over the ballot and vote for the amendment on the back it is counted against the amendment. This could cause the amendment to fail. You need to act to preserve the precious life style and traditions enjoyed by so -many rural Minnesotans. Warren Kapsner KEEP EXPERIENCE WORKING FOR YOU! ooooO Dear Mr. Ross: My wife is due to PubliC, let have triplets in two months. This is Dear Mrs. C.: I'm inclined to our first pregnancy and it's a high risk say, "No." Morally, we are still a JAMES O. one. She needs to be on total bed rest, nation of good, law abiding citizens. Managing which she's taking like a real trooper. What happens is while sitting in the SUZErrE We have no family in the area, so bushel basket, one bad apple is before I leave for work each day I set allowed to spoil the good ones. SAP& " her up with everything we anticipate Eventually you find the good apples Ad am Pdnling she will need. My job is in direct have signs of decay, too. It's the sales, where I call on the clients, same way with people who ROBERT'FUUJEII I like to check in with my wife as compromise their sense of integrity, Plant Mana" much as possible and do so at each respect and honor. They corrupt the ARLEN; available pay phone. If I had a cellular good ones.  MarU phone though, she'd be able to call me However, I lrmd that things have if there was an emergency. Could you a way of balancing - a good act KATHIE pay for service just until the triplets negating a bad one. My forth Computer and arrive? We can't afford any extras coming modest check should whatsoever with my wife not working balance the scales so that next year and three babies on the way. Do you the whole group can really whoop it RYAN', see my problem? Mr. J. A .... up at the County Fair. Roporter/Ad Mining Journal, Marquette, MI ***** Dear Mr. Ross: Ever since I MIKIEBAINHIr ptogmpr Dear Mr. A.: I have to chuckle if graduated from college a year ago, you think you're going to be I've sent out hundreds of resumes for BILL DWYER &BOB emergency-free after the triplets an Administrative Assistant position. Pressmen arrive. That's when the true chaos Thus far I haven't had much success is going to begin. Face it, you're a in landing a full-time job. I've been fellow who is going to need cellular busting the pavement going to service for the next 18 years, if not interview after interview and still no NANCY more. Either that, or a sit down luck. My request is for your assistance conatet desk job. in paying my student loans off in full. .... I've made arrangements with Mr. S. T .... Commercial Appeal, Tues..Oct. 27, 1998 VoLS0; Mary Tavernini of CellularOne in Memphis, TN h Marquette. She will see to it that you are properly equipped and send Dear Mr. T.: I know that you're EoI,, me the bill each month. Best wishes sincere in your request, so I'll turn  for your wife's safe labor" and you down gently. You owe $10,000 SUBSCRIPI:ION delivery of triplets-it's going to be a in student loans-that is your debt. $25.00 per year In Parle, Traverse day unlike any other. It's the same with credit card debt- Minnesota, Grant ***** you created it, now you pay iLI do in South Dear Sir: On Senior Citizen's Day feel bad that you haven't landed the counties In at our County Fair, I was carrying our job you want after one year of Dakota. All othars, group's money. Shortly after we pursuit. Postmaster: Send The Ortonviile arrived, I lost all of it, in or near the Perhaps it is time to settle for Ortonvtlle, I ladies' rest room across from the something else. And settling usually It'WSUaS Milltones concert Purple Cow stand. I had hoped means welcoming the harsh reality 4gl.SUaSeRIPTIOJ A FEBRUARY 1ST at Zion Lutheran someone would practice the Golden of doing what you must in order to BigSto, e, Laec Rule, so I hurried to the Lost and pay the bills. Counties in Milltones Barbershop Chorus will Found. Not there - the money was ***** Roberts in be presenting a concert of sacred and never returned. Editor's note: check your local Ma,hF'b'' ................ .............. Z,S'** secular music at Zion Lutheran I hope the person who kept the radio station for Percy Ross' call of a,ll ................... ,. May ..................... 1LI] money was just one "bad apple" and the day and visit his web site at June .................... e., Church in Ortonville Sunday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The musical selection this does not reflect that the country is www.thanksamillion.con ,lv ..................... ,.s will feature many familiar hymn less honest than when I was a child. Write Percy Ross, c/o the r,=, ............ ,.do tunes with soloist and quartet Someone said to me shortly after, Ortonville Independent, PO Box Ma' .................. ' April .................... 4,1P numbers, "What can you expect from a country 39000-B, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Ma ..................... a. This is one of a series of concerts where our politicians lie to us and Include your phone numbe All letters "ne .................... .................... .,t's by the chorus for the benefit of_their most people say it is no big deal?' Is are read. Only a few are answered in r,,''Aar'uraae,.** musical scholarship award. A free our country losing its moral compass? this column; others may be Ma,, .................. so.s will offering will be takeh. Mrs. A. C .... The Herald, Everett, WA acknowledged privately. MaAP'" ..................... .................... .'s June .................. 22.00 nts 1 .................. 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