Read it Again: Week of June 26, 2003

80 years ago this week. Panic broke out in England when rumors began circulating that eggs being imported from Egypt and China were not from chickens, but lizards. Fears were put to rest when the secretary of the London Zoological society testified in the House of Commons that lizard eggs could not possibly be mistaken for chicken eggs.

Ohio is looking at ways to eradicate tuberculosis in cattle. A program is organized for counties to take control of the situation with state and federal government financial aid. Columbiana County plans to be one of the first counties to participate in the program.

50 years ago this week. Ohio may lose premium prices if farmers and elevators do not store and keep clean wheat, says T.H. Parks, extension entomologist at Ohio State University.

Parks points out Ohio soft winter wheat sells for a 10- to 20-cent premium over wheat from surrounding states. There is no better wheat for pies, cakes and crackers.

Weevils and rodent droppings, however, will contaminate wheat so that it cannot be used for any human food. Some Ohio wheat has been rejected by the Food and Drug Administration.

25 years ago this week. In January, minimum wage was raised from $2.30 per hour to $2.65 per hour. A recently released study shows this increase actually reduced teenage employment.

A major victory was scored by Julian Brzoznowski, a Minnesota livestock farmer, when U.S. District Court Judge Miles Lord ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to live-trap eastern timber wolves on his property. Brzoznowski, whose 150 head of cattle are being preyed upon by wolves, went to court in an attempt to have the predators trapped or shot if they attacked his livestock. He was prohibited from doing this independently by the Endangered Species Act.

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