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'Su |eB nt to [ erkins Journal" rowers onven e Ion Ice covered roads and high- ways tailed to cool the enthusi- asm of Oklahoma Wheat Grow- er Association members and friends attending the annual convention in Enid in Decem- ber. "Best Ever" was the tag Placed on the convention, which featured outstanding speakers Supplying an abundance of in- formation. Two new members were elec- ted to the board of directors. They included Arlo Reim of Okeene and Dave Foster, King- fisher. Officers re-elected included Karl Abernathy, Altus, presi- dent; Elmore Bathurst, Black- well, vice president; Ralph Ran- son, Enid, secretary-treasurer; and Fred Merrlfield, Enid, ex- ecutive secretary. The Legislative Committee came up with probably the strongest list of resolutions prepared at the convention. The committee took action in work- ing out programs with which wheat farmers can continue to function successfully. The Growers recommended continuance of a farm program for wheat similar to the Agri- cultural Act of 1970. Such a program should have provisions for production control to keep supply in line with anticipated or er' loan rate was recommended at The Membership, Finance at least 50 per cent of parity and Budget committee recom- and domestic certificates mended a $9,450 budget for should be provided to assure parity return to each producer for his fair share ofthedomes- ric allotment. Favorable action was taken to have added set aside for wheat and feed grain. (A complete llst ofleglslative 1972. The largest single item in the budget was $2,500to the Nation- ai Association of Wheat Grow- ers. The Oklahoma Wheat Com- mission, as suggested in the committee's resolutions, con- tinues to support NAWGo The Commission contracts for resolutions can be found on page $5,000 in services for the Na- No. 4) lionel. In a. move to assure an ade- quate supply of agricultural eommodlUes to meet a growing market demandp the UJS, De.- pertinent of. Agriculture an- nOUnced the elimination of the 86 Percent mandatory set-aside requirement under the 1973 Wheat program, except for those Producers who elect to partici- pate in the voluntary set-aside. In Order to participate in the VOluntary set-aside program, these producers' will be requir- ed to comply with the manda- tory set-aside as well as the VOluntary program. Also, the Department announ- ed that livestock grazing will be Permitted on acreage set aside under the provisions of the 1973 feed grain and wheat programs. These actions clearly demon- strafe the flexibility of the set- aside programs, USDA officials Said, in that it enables adjust- merit to rapid changes in mar- ket demand. When the 1973 wheat program was announced in July, 1972, the amount of set-aside land re= qulred for program particlpa- t.lon was an acreage equal to 86 Percent of a farm's domestic allotment. Since announcement of the Program, demand for wheat Worldwide has developed fol- lowing crop failures or reduc- tmns in grain harvest through- out much of Asia and in other Portions of the world. Demand for other grain crops and for oilseed crops also has Increas- ed heavily. The national wheat allotment for 1973 is 18.7 million acres. Elimination of the required wheat set-aside acreage will free nearly 15 million acres for production of crops, in- Continued on Page 3 Volume 4, Number I Perkins, Oklahoma 74059 January, 1973 GOVERNOR HALL HONORED--Special recognition was paid Governor David Hall by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association during the annual wheat convention in December. President Earl Abernathy, right, and Commission Chairman Edwin Osmus present the governor with a plaque of the State Seal. The seal was made exclus- ively of wheat and wheat products by Mrs. J. D. l~uls of Hutchinson, Kansas. Better than Mid-60's Get involved in it! No year in the history of Wheat farming in Oklahoma is more important than 1973 when a new farm pro- gram is in the making. Wheat remains Oklaho- ma's No. I farm crop and is grown by some 40,000 farmers. Every wheat farmer needs to be amem- her of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association for this is the organization that WOrks most on legislative aCtion to benefit wheat hr mer s. The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association work closely With and supports financially the National As- sociation of Wheat Grow- ers. Add strength to the Growers by sending inyou membership. If You want a wheat pro- gram in Your area, contact Earl Abernathy Route 2 Ahus, Oklahoma 482-4754 The current boom in U. S. farm commodities has a lot Sounder basis than the short- lived boom of the mid-196(Ts, U. S. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Carroll G. Brunt- hayer noted, millions of bush- els of American grain were be- ing "shipped to drought-stricken India, and U. S. farmers were being encouraged to gear up production for a "world food crisis.*' By the late 1960~s, however, India was having her Green Revolution and U. S. farmers faced production cutbacks, sur- pluses and slumping prices. Mr. Brunthaver points out there are some important dif- ferences between 1973 and the mid 196{Fs. First, he says, the demand for U. S. farm products istoday much broader and deeper than it was in 1966-67. Then, the surge in demand was mostly wheat, and the import increas- es were almost entirely in Rus- sta and Indla. Today, U. S. farm- ers are finding strong demand for feed grains, oilseeds and livestock products as well as wheat. The demand is coming from U. S. consumers and from many countries around the worl0. Mr. Brunthaver noted that U. S. per capita beef consumption has risen 10 percent since 1966 --and our feed grain utilization is up 32 million tons. "Overseas, the changes in our markets are even more startling,'e he says. "Our com- mericai exports are up 63 per Continued on Page 6 MR. WHEAT--P72--Konneth Wilson, Alva, is presented a ~laque recognizing the hundreds of hours he has spent repre- senting the Oklahoma Association of Wheat Growers and wheat farmers throughout the state. The recognition was made by Grower President Earl Abernathy. The Association's 23rd annual convention in Seattle was un- questionably the best attended and most successful meeting in the organization's history. The comprehensive program, which included farm commodity spokesmen, officals of govern- ment, business and internation- al organizations, drew growers from twelve commercial wheat producing states and three for- etgn countries. Delegate attention was also directed to several impOrtant USDA announcements. The De- partment announced that re- quired acreage set-aside for wheat would he eliminated. The voluntary additional set-aside program will remain tmchanged, but to participate in this pro- gram a producer must make his mandatory set-aslde as origin- lly announced by the Depart- ment. Twelve=month grazing with a reduction in payments will be permitted on 1973 feed grain acreage under both pro- gram options. There will be no extension of 1972 farm stored wheat. Also, reseal will not be extended on 1971 Durum. Gene Moos, retiring presi- dent, stated that the NAWG can take considerable credit for the fact that the U. S. had adequate but not excessive supplies of wheat available to meet this year's unusual world demand and that the efforts of the As- sociation helped to set the stage for todayPs exceptional wheat prices. Food prices, he indica- ted are higher than Just a few months ago but they are going to have to be higher if farmers are going to continually in- crease productivity. Increased productivity, he stressed, isthe only way an expanding popula- tion is going to meet growing food needs at reasonable prices. Moos indicated his deep con- cern that possible pressure will ~orce government planners to throw open production valuesin an attempt to return food prices to the levels of several months ago. He said full agricultural production under normal weath- er conditions would lead to price depressing surpluses within two years and he emphasized tbat agriculture's opportunity for market orientation would go down the drain with such a de- velopment. Regarding market orientation, the retiring NAWG president said that it should mean to agriculture the same tiring it means to industry--that is, regulating production to those market needs which will reflect a reasonable return. Producers attending the con- Continued on Page 3