Read It Again (Week of Oct. 12, 2000)


80 years ago this week.

      Farm laborers in Allen and Putnam counties are demanding 25 cents a shock for cutting corn. Farmers declare they will refuse to pay more than 18 cents a shock, last year’s rate, claiming they would be forced to pay $15 for the average day’s cutting of 60 shocks.

      New figures from the USDA shows the average U.S. farmer clears only $9.61 a week, which explains the current drift of individuals to the city, says former USDA official and now ag economist at Columbia University Asher Hobson.

      50 years ago this week.

      A number of farm dispersal sales are being advertised for the month of October with livestock, farm machinery, feed and grain, and some household goods all going on the auction block. The sales include the farms of Horace Dye at East Canton; Harold Dye at Hartville; O.L. Ruley at Greentown; Ralph Tranter at Newton Falls; Stanley Eyman at Wooster; and Mark Borton and John McGovern at Alliance. In Pennsylsvania, farms include C. W. Shaffer and S.C. Hart at Ellwood City.

25 years ago this week.

      An increase in the price support level of manufacturing milk from $7.24 to $7.71 per hundred was announced last week by Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz. While it should be of some help during the flush season of next spring, the increase means nothing to Ohio or Pennsylvania dairymen at the present time. All dairy product prices are higher than the new supports on the open market, and Milk Inc. has recently announced two Class I price increases, which puts the going rate much higher than support prices.


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