Read it Again: Week of October 3, 2002

80 years ago this week. Wool pooled by the Lawrence County (Pa.) sheep producers sold to Patterson & Co. of Boston for 46 cents a pound, for all grades included in the sale. The shipment totaled 45,342 pounds and brought $21,000.

The farmers of Walnut Creek Township in Holmes County are organizing a company to build a cold storage plant in which to hold cheese produced in this vicinity.

FOR SALE by the Dustman Farm Agency of Canfield: 160-acre farm northwest of Salem on Goshen Road in Goshen Township; eight-room house, bank barn, shed, spring and running water, chicken house, sugar camp and sugar-making outfit; owner will include four horses, 14 cattle, seven shoats, 100 chickens, 40 tons of hay, wheat and oats in granary, fodder, cultivator, corn planter, wagon, loader, etc. Price: $2,000.

50 years ago this week. A recent death ended the famous career of Penstate Veeman Josie, the purebred Holstein cow that headed an outstanding cow family at the Pennsylvania State College.

For a time, Josie was the nation’s No. 1 milk producer. Her lifetime record shows she produced 257,778 pounds of milk. She would have been 20 years old in January

At present, about 50 direct female descendants are in the college’s Holstein herd.

25 years ago this week. The United States farm population in 1976 numbered 600,000 fewer farms than in 1975, according to a USDA report. It now stands at 8.3 million people, about 15 percent below the 1970 level.

While the farm population continues to drop, there has been a recent resurgence in the entire rural population. The population in non-metro areas is now growing faster than in metro areas. All regions of the country except the West have shown farm population declines. The South lost almost a fourth of its farm residents since 1970.

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