Read it Again: Week of Jan. 2, 2001

80 years ago this week. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace shared his outlook for 1923: “Speaking generally, times are better, much better than a year ago, both for agriculture and for industry.” He adds, however, that “the peril in the agricultural depression is more keenly realized by other groups than ever before, and on every hand a sincere desire is being evidenced to do what can be done safely to help the farmer better this condition.”

About 60 county and local livestock shipping organizations make up the Ohio Live Stock Shipping Company, which finalized an agreement with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation to pay $500 a month for its support.

50 years ago this week. Morton Frank has resigned as president of Lyle Printing and Publishing and as publisher of Farm and Dairy. J.T. Darling will resume the positions of president and publisher and will retain the title as chairman of the board and editor.

Farm wages may look small beside city shop pay, but when a full-time hired man on a modern up-and-going farm counts his “extras” and yearlong security, the farm hand has a good deal, according to L.H. Brown, agricultural economist.

This research compares a farm hand who lives in a free house and gets a gallon of milk a day to a factory worker who lives 10 miles from his job.

It also takes into consideration that although a factory worker usually has unemployment compensation, a farm hand is rarely out of work.

25 years ago this week. All five dairy farmer cooperatives voted to merge into a ilk marketing organization named Milk Marketing Inc. That is Central Ohio, Cincinnati, Miami Valley, Wayne and Milk Inc.

Russell Lengacher, a prominent Medina County farmer, recently bought Aurora Highlands, a 630-acre dairy and hog farm in Knox County, formerly owned by Regier. He in turn sold his 137-acre dairy farm to the 1992 Group, an investment group in Orrville, Ohio.

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