Read it Again: Week of June 19, 2003

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80 years ago this week. Grange, the oldest farm organization in America, is strongly in favor of prohibition. T.C. Atkeson, Washington representative of the National Grange, called for the United States to become a completely dry nation, saying a half wet and half dry country cannot exist.

The national Holstein-Friesian sale, held in North Randall near Cleveland, sold 172 head of cattle at an average of $603 each. The most expensive bull, Avon Pontiac Echo Lad, sold for $4,100. The high-selling cow, Mapleside Annetta Walker, brought $1,650.

50 years ago this week. Thirty thousand New Hampshire red baby chickens started a long flight from the Columbus Municipal Airport as Ambassadors of Goodwill to the farmers of Iran June 17.

The baby chickens from Ohio are destined to lay eggs twice the size and three times as many as the native Iranian chicken, which weighs about 1 1/2 pounds when it is full grown. The shipment of Ohio chickens will help provide much-needed protein.

25 years ago this week. President Jimmy Carter approved the importation of 200 million pounds of beef in response to consumer outcry about rising beef prices. Farm interests said that beef prices have not increased as much as automobile prices.

Keith Farrell, a veterinarian with USDA’s Science and Education administration, discovered a technique to treat malignant melanoma in animals. He chilled a metal rod in liquid nitrogen and applied it directly to a tumor for several seconds. This method proved effective in several horses and swine.

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