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JUNE 20, 1996 in this year's Showstoppers Dance 24 and 15 at OSU's Seretean Cen- Mardi Gras Madness. Shown above Calavan, Amanda Tarlton, Tori and Jessica Dukes; (middle row, I to Cassie Weis, Sabrina Cundiff and Allison ! Jordan Stuewe.William the 8howstoppe s recital are (back) Jes- I to r) Jennifer and Victoria Sadler. pictured, was Tiffany Taylor. selected for scholarship Ripley is one of School se- a $500 Workers' of the The total or Who will be or and financial need." Michael D. an of the Commit. were llence nessman WASHINGTON, D. C. - Con- gress should abolish laws that prohibit the interstate shipment of state inspected meat and poul- tryto create new jobs and elimi- nate unfair market restrictions that have forced hundreds of small processors out of business, state agriculture officials and processors say. "If in 1959, we had built our plant in Mexico or Canada in- stead of Oklahoma, we would now be able to ship our proaucts anywhere in the United States, with the passage of the NAFTA and GATT trade agreements," says Gary R. Crane, who oper- ates a state-inspected processing plant in Perkins, Oklahoma. "Let's get modern and make free trade legal in the United States, not just across North America." Crane was a member of one of the groups that appeared before a House Agriculture subcommit- tee hearing June 6, 1996 to urge Congress to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1967 and the Poultry Products Inspection Act of 1968 to permit interstate shipment of state-inspected meat and poultry. Current law requires more than 3,000 state- inspected processing plants in 26 states to meet standards that are "at least equal to" standards for federally-inspected plants. How- ever, law prohibits the state-in- spected plants from selling meat and poultry and specialty prod- ucts, such as sausage, pizza and jerky, across state lines, a privi- lege enjoyed by foreign- and fed- erally-inspected competitors. "About 400 small- and mid-size meat and poultry processors have gone out of business dur- ing the past three years, many because they are unfairly prohib- ited from interstate commerce," says Fred L. Dailey, chairman of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Food Regulation and Nutrition Committee and direc- tor of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. "The loss of many of these mostly rural businesses and the jobs and economic activity they created could have been pre- vented if Congress would have allowed them the same access to interstate markets that is given to large packing conglomerates. Under GATT and NAFTA, for- eign processors have greater market access than our own state-inspected meat and poul- Just In Time For Spring Cleaningl Plenty of Space-New Building Just Opened!I (405) 547-2133 108 Newport Ct. Perkins, OK 74059 Ins try processors," Dailey said. "large packing conglomerates now account for more than 82% of all meat processing in the United States. Lifting the unfair market restrictions imposed on state-inspected meat and poul- try processors could slow the concentration in meat packing by enabling small and mid-size processors to expmld their opera- tions and hire more employees," said Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture Dennis Howard. Dr. Dan Otto, Iowa State Uni- versity extension livestock economist, estimates a one per- cent increase in state-inspected meat and poultry processing would create 29,000 jobs throughout the economy, includ- ing 8,000 in processing and live- stock and poultry production. "The benefits would extend be- yond the processing plants. Con- sumers would have a wider se- lection at the meat counter of safe, often locally-produced food. Livestock producers would get better prices by having more markets for their animals. This means greater consumer spend- ing in rural communities that would stimulate even more eco- nomic activity," said Howard. "The only reason we did not try for USDA approwfl was that the USDA guidebook required a 70 square foot office for the inspec- tor," says Charlotte "Charlee" Haley, owner of a sate-inspected processing plant in Bokoshe, Oklahoma. "With our limited construction budget, I chose to spend our money on better pro- cessing equipment - items that would affect the safety of our product - not waste it on an of- fice that would rarely be occu- pied. I'm paying a price for that decision, but it's one that I can live with," "The bottom line is, can the fed- eral government live with a de- cision that imposes unfair pro- hibition to small businesses such as mine?" adds Haley. NASDA is a nonprofit associa- tion of public officials represent- ing the commissioners, secretar- ies and directors of agriculture in the fifty state and four terri- tories. @ltllIIX@ll SW 2nd & Stumbo Perkins ,547-2421 Kenny Smith, proprietor *Boot & Shoe Repairi" ,Half Soles ,Heals ,Saddle & Harness Repair "If it's made from a cow l can probably it -And that's no bulU ' zFMITA PLA TTER ENCHILADA PLATTER HILI RELLENO$ -I02 SOUTH MAIN, 547.2461 New Summer Hours: M.Sat: IOAM-IOPM, SUN: 9AM.2PM Perkins Chamber of Commerce The Perkins Chamber of Commerce would like m recognize a special person each month who has exemplified good citizenship and deeds which have led to the betterment of the Perkins community. We want your input in the selection process. To nominate an individual, (nominee does not have to be a member of the Perkins Chamber of Commerce),: simply fill out this form with your nominee's name, the qualities that you feel have led to the betterment of Perkins and return it to the Chamber by the deadline. Your Nominee's Name: Why do you feel that this person should be recognized as the Perkins Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Month"? Please return form by the third Monday of the month to: The Perkins Chamber of Commerce, 122 South Main, EO. Box 595, Perkins, OK 74059 Mail or drop form off at Chamber office. If you need more space, attach additional pages to this form.