Threat of more government control seen in wool plan

The Farm Bureau is opposing the wool referendum coming up next month “because we favor a voluntary program, a program good enough to merit support, and a program free from government interference.” That was the explanation given Wednesday night by J.D. Jordan of Mason, field representative for the Texas Farm Bureau. He spoke here at an open meeting of the McCulloch County Farm Bureau at the electric co-op building. “We are for promotion of our products, but we’re against a compulsory program. We’re against the compulsory checkoff.” He warned that if the promotion program for wool is approved, that other commodities’hogs, peanuts, cotton’will want the same thing. “Bob Page (congressman from Waco) has a plan ready to go on cotton as soon as this wool referendum passes’ “The question is do we want more federal intervention and control in our commodities’ That’s the number one principle involved: Do we want the government controls continued or do we want less government or none at all'” During September, sheep producers will vote by mail on whether they want to continue having one cent per pound deducted from their wool incentive payments to support an advertising campaign promoting the sale of wool and lamb. For the deductions to continue, the proposal must be approved by a two-thirds vote. Jordan charged, however, that no one knows yet how the secretary of agriculture will count the votes, whether by number of producers or according to the number of sheep each man owns. Wednesday’s meeting here was quite and friendly, although it included those who support the program, those who don’t and others who haven’t decided where they stand. Brady wool man Frank Roddie asked Jordan: “Why do you take the position that is the compulsory'” “Because the producers have no control over it, except at the referendum,” Jordan said. “But it was voted by the producers,” Roddie said. “Not all of them voted, of course, but everybody doesn’t vote even in a county election’If we don’t advertise our own products, no one is going to do it for us.” Dick Winters, also favoring the wool deductions, pointed out that no producer is required to pay the one-cent deduction: “No government says how much sheep I can raise or how much wool I can grow. If I don’t want to participate, I don’t have to take the incentive payment.” Jordan doubted that many producers , of course, would want to turn down the incentive payment. He suggested that wool could be promoted by non-governmental agencies, privately financed from contributions through the producers’ own associations, much like milk and cotton are being promoted now. “Certainly the deductions go for a good cause,” he said. Also present Wednesday was Warren Newberry, a representative of the American Farm Bureau Federation who travels in 13 southern states. Roddie asked Newberry: “Do you find that people in agriculture would favor taking the government out of our business'” Newberry said he has noticed a “dramatic change in the last three years,” that the crops which have had the most government control are those in the most serious trouble: tobacco, corn and wheat. “Farmers and ranchers are beginning to recognize this, but they don’t know where to go. When we solve one problem with government controls we make other problems.” Newberry admitted that the controls which the wool promotion plan would require are minor in comparison to controls on other crops, “but this is something we can do something about; the others we can’t.” Jordan said the Farm Bureau particularly objects to using the power of the federal government to collect money. The wool deductions first “should go into your bank account and then let you decide where you want the money to go'” * * * Lohn News Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Fullagar, Ann, Joan and Lynn, and Mrs. Bradford Ellis accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. B.A. Cornils Jr., spent Sunday and Monday at the San Angelo Lake where the men folk fished with luck. The ladies enjoyed shopping Monday. Weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Caylor were Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Calley and sons of Brady and Mr. and Mrs. Klien Reed and Diane of Brownwood. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Johnson, Theresa and Monty of Marina, Calif., came by last Tuesday for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Deck. Visiting with the Decks Thursday were Mrs. George Vinyard of Brady and her granddaughter, Bessie Morgan of Houston. * * * Pearson Gin receives its first cotton The Pearson Gin on South Willow Street got its first bale of cotton of the new season about 9:20 a.m. Saturday. Anastacio Perez of Melvin brought in the cotton which produced a 456-pound bale. “He had 2,020 pounds, but it was a little green and there was lots of weight in those burs,” said M.P. Pearson, owner of the gin. * * * Williams Reunion Relatives numbered 46 when the Williams families met at Richards Park Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23. Those attending were: Mr. and Mrs. D.S. Williams, Kenneth, Sue and Ronnie, Mr. and Mrs. Slim Morris, Pat and Laura K., Mrs. Laura Williams, DeLeon; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Coats, Ozona; Mmes. Wanda and Julia Morrison, Corpus Christi; Mr. and Mrs. Jess McGuglin, Mrs. May Williams, Darrell Hurst, Mrs. C.C. Hurst, Guinn Dosset, Beeville: Mr. and Mrs. Glen Smith, San Angelo; Carmen Dena Rhyne, Mrs. Nancy Turner, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Whithead and Mrs. Opal Stroope, Brady; Mr. and Mrs. Garland Sorrells and Dale, Odessa; Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Tullas, Miles; Donnie Jackson, Austin; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Powers, Kay and Reba, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Caffey, Terry, Glynn and Gerald, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Matthews and Judy, and Mr. and Mrs. Grover Matthews, Rochelle. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Here from Corpus Christi Mr. and Mrs. R.B. McClure and children, Robert III and Linda Kay of Corpus Christi, left Monday after a several days’ visit with Mrs. A.B. Reagan and his sister, Miss Margaret Frances McClure of Pecos, who is also a guest of Mrs. Regan. The McClure family moved back to the states recently after a two years’ stay in Japan where Mr. McClure was stationed in the Navy. In one and one-half years Mr. McClure will have completed 20 years service in the Navy.

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