Read it Again: Week of Jan. 31, 2001

80 years ago this week. A central association of fruit growers locals plan to organize to centralize the grading, pack and marketing. W.H. Matthews of Salem, Ohio, a committee member, has organized a local in New Waterford, with an authorized capital of $15,000. Five locals have been formed in Lawrence County; one in Gallia County and the fruit growers of Kelleys Island have organized.

Paul Kukec of Sharon, Pa., was so touched when his wife wept at the thought of parting from their family cow, that he has applied for reservations for the cow on the same boat in which his wife will sail for a visit to her old home in Yugoslavia.

50 years ago this week. “Farm and Dairy” is the recipient of the 1951 news and radio award from the Ohio Forestry Association. It was presented to Jack S. DeForest, representing the newspaper, following the association’s annual banquet Jan. 24 at the Southern Hotel in Columbus. Commenting on the role “Farm and Dairy” has played in encouraging tree farms and in publishing forestry news, James D. Wells, assistant director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said the awards committee felt that an outstanding job of publicizing forestry had been done by “Farm and Dairy” and that the publication always could be relied on to cooperate with forestry interests.

25 years ago this week. For the first time in more than half a century, reports the USDA Economic Research Service, the average age of the American farmer was headed downward. In 1919, the age of all U.S. farm operators averaged out to 43.5 years and climbed steadily to 53.1 by 1970. But in 1975, the figured had dipped nearly 3 years to 50.4.

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