Read it Again: Week of Aug. 8, 2002

80 years ago this week. Preaching the gospel of “the business farmer, state Director of Agriculture L.J. Taber pleaded for more cooperation between the country and city in his address at the Grange-Farm Bureau picnic in Warren. He drove home the fact that in order for business to be restored in the United States, the farmer must be given a fairer share of the fruits of his toil. There were 4,000 people attending the picnic.

Trumbull County’s youngest teamsters are said to be Mary K. Miller, 7, and her sister, Ruth, 4, of West Farmington. They have been driving a horse attached to a hay fork through this harvest season.

Fifty Summit County girls, who are doing club work under county leader R.B. Tom, will camp at Stewart Lake near Kent. Amy Parker, home economics demonstrator for Summit County, will give them lectures on home management and other topics each day.

50 years ago this week. USDA announced a quarantine of certain areas of 16 states for vesicular exanthema of swine. No swine originating in a quarantined area can be moved interstate except under permit to an approved establishment for immediate slaughter.

The quarantine restrictions are aimed at control and eventual eradication of the disease, which is similar to foot-and-mouth disease but does not infect cattle, sheep or humans.

Vesicular exanthema has been in California for 20 years, but in recent weeks, it has spread to 14 more states, including Ohio. Franklin County, Ohio is infected.

25 years ago this week. The Ohio Agricultural Council will induct four men into the state Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1977. These men were selected from a file of nearly 150 nominees and will join a select group of 62 individuals previously enshrined.

This year’s inductees are Walter Bluck of Columbus, a leader in developing livestock programs and a farmer; Darwin Bryan of Columbus, agricultural youth leader; and educator Warren Weiler of Worthington. A posthumous award will be presented to the family of John Grierson, farm credit leader and farmer from Hillsboro.

Meat eating by Americans isn’t as high as you may imagine from consumption figures commonly used, according to Ed Uvacek, marketing specialist for the Texas extension service. The common figured of 129 pounds of beef eaten by each American is based on slaughtered carcass weight and not the trimmed, cooked meat. Americans actually consume just under three ounces of red meat daily, or about 67 pounds a year cooked, he said.

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