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Photoi Courty of Eallnt Minufscturlng Co. Ltd. and Manufarm Spcla!il3 Limited of Canada.
A computer-controlled chemical applicator with divided hopper, above,
and e&sy-to-inst&ll rotary hoe replacement spoons, right, were among the
many money-saving products shown at ims&er fiarvesx ues.
By Dan EtcMik
Daily NebratsSian Staff Writer
Husker Harvest Days, the largest
agriculture exhibition in Nebraska and
one of the largest in the United States,
opened near Grand Island Tuesday
with the best opening day in the seven
years it's been held. Not only was
attendance exceptional, but the
According to Les Sheffield, co
chairman of the Institute of Agricul
ture and Natural Resources Harvest
DAys ad-hoc committee, nearly 75,000
people attended on the first day, and it
is speculated a quarter of a million
people attend the three-day event.
More than 400 exhibits on storage
structures, material handling equip
ment, tillage and power implements,
computer adaptabilities, irrigation sys
tems, crop varieties, chemical and fer
tilizer technologies and on-site harv
esting and tillage demonstrations were
featured at the 150-acre site west of
Sally Schiff of the Nebraska Farmer
magazine, co-organizer with the Agri
culture Institute of Nebraska, said the
number of displays of livestock pro
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association had increased. Also, she
said, minimum tillage seemed to be a
growing area of interest.
International Harvester chose this
occasion to unveil a new tractor.
Although not available in Nebraska
until after tests at the tractor testing
lab on UNL's East Campus, the 70 ser
ies tractor features 18 progressive for
ward gears, on-the-go shifting and is
the only four-wheel-drive tractor with
a synchronized transmission.
Also new this year were displays by
15 Canadian companies. 4
Farm leaders sponsor equipment safety programs
By Gene Geistrup
Daily Nebrcsksa Senior Reporter
"Manage for Better Safety and Health" is the theme of
this year's Natonal Farm Safety Week Sept. 16 through
Farm safety leaders from across the country will
sponsor farm safety programs.
The National Safety Council estimated that agricultu
ral work-related accidents caused about 1,900 deaths
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Rollin Schnieder, UNL agricultural safety specialist,
said county extension agents will provide programs
across Nebraska to help farmers become more aware of
the importance of farm safety.
Farm equipment usually is not at fault when a farm
ing accident occurs. Farm accidents are a "people prob
lem," Schnieder said.
"Nearly 95 percent of ail farm accidents occur when a
farmer is doing something he should not be doing," he
Schnieder said that although farm-related deaths in
Nebraska decreased from 55 to 30 last year, additional
cautions must be taken. He cited bad weather as a signif
"When planting is late or harvest comes late, farmers
tend to rush things and that's when accidents ar more
likely to occur," he said. .
Vrt of the raact.tori $a farm accidents is a result of
the invention of rollover protective structures installed
on tractors, Schnieder said. The structures prevent
farmers from begin crushed if their tractors roil over.
Although this invention has proven effective, Schnieder
said more farmers must take advantage of this protec
fihniprfpr said seven neoole have died in Nebraska
this year from being crushed while repairing a tractor.
Schnieder said the most common reported accident
occurs when farmers lose their hands or feet from an
"They just start pushing corn or grain into the auger
and then get their hands caught he said.
Schnieder said safety specialists recommend that
farmers buy tractors with some type of cab or canopy.
The request is in response to a rise in reported skin
cancer cases among farmers.
A National Cancer Institute study that focused on the
occupations of nearly 4,000 skin cancer patients showed
that 06 percent were farmers and another 6 percent
were farm workers.
Schnieder said tractor manufacurers are not required
to install sun shelters in tractors but many companies
are making them standard equipment.
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A national agricultural commis
sion recently was approved to
study U.S. agricultural trade pol
icies and make recommendations
to congressional agricultural com
mittees. President Reagan last month
approved a bill establishing the
National Commission on Agricul
tural Trade and Export Policy.
John Amick, legislative assist
ant to Nebraska Rep. Doug
Bereuter, said the commission
will consist of 23 members ap
pointed by Reagan. They will in
clude members of Congress,
representatives from American
agribusiness and other exporters
and producers of agricultural com
modities. Amick said Bereuter is
expected to be appointed to the
Amick said the commission will
conduct a general overview of
trade policies affecting American
agriculture in the last decade
including grain embargos, trade
bills and the commodity credit
Amick said the commission
will submit to Congress an inte
rim report for recommendations
on agricultual export policy by
March 31, 1985.
"The fear is that the United
States is drifting to more and
more pr otection of its trade poli
cies," Amick said.
Amick said the result is a "reta
liation" by foreign countries to
reject American agricultural ex
ports and take their business else
where. He said when Congress cut the
amount of Chinese textile im
ports, the Chinese cut $500,000
of American wheat imports.
Amick cited another example
where Japan, America's No. 1 cus
tomer for U.S. beef, wanted to buy
even more. But when additional
Japanese imports were rejected,
so was the additional purchase of
"These countries tend to retal
iate more on our agriculture in
dustry because they can go to
other markets," Amick said.
DPT vaccine to be in short supply
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By Gene Gentrup
Daily Nebr&ek&n Senior Reporter
A vaccine used to combat three
major children's diseases will be
in short supply for the next four
to five months, a spokesman from
Lincoln-Lancaster County Public
Health Division said Tuesday.
Carole Douglas, chief of the
Public Health Nursing Division in
Lancaster County, said the vac
cine "DPT" is used to fight the dis
eases diptheria, whooping cough
and tetanus, usually in children
under 6 years of age.
The shortage of the DPT vac
cine, also referred to as the "3-in-1"
vaccine, results from a deci
sion by Wyeth Laboratories to
stop producing the vaccine. The
company is one of two major U.S.
distributors who market the product.
strengthened to adjust to the
uiv-i ciiae m proauciton, sne saiu.
In addition to gearing up for
added production, Douglas said
it will take six to eight months
before the Food and Drug Admin
istration approves the new sys
tem. The dependence on one manu
facturer, she said, should also
increase the cost of the vaccine,
and physicians will need to charge
more for immunizations.
Douglas said the state supplies
the vaccine free to the Lincoln
Lancaster County Health Depart
ment and immunizations also are
free. She said the County Health
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iit, ueiuiiu, it wu isxe some time
before it can efficiently supply its
customers, Douglas said.
The system will need to be
The shortage is less sevpro in
Nebraska than in other states
because Nebraska receives DPT
from Lederle Laboratories, as well
as Wyeth. Many other states had
relied solely on Wyeth.
Douglas said Wyeth made its
decision in response to the rising
number of reported side effects
to the vaccine because of improper
vaccination. She said 1,200 na
tional cases in urban areas were
reported as of Sept. 1. Poor im
munization is eminent there, she
Eleven cases have been reported
in Nebraska so far this year.
Although Lederie has "picked
dant supply of DPT vaccine should
be available by that time, she
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