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Thursday, March 19, 1987
'Schozophrenic 'policy harmsarms
By Lise Olsen
Associate News Editor
The many faces of the government's
agricultural policy and its accompany
ing schizophrenic behavior has con
tributed to the problems of United
States agriculture said the director of a
Washington-bsed news analysis service,
which addresses international issues
and policies related to economics and
Carol Brookins, president and chief
executive of World Perspectives, Inc.
said the best ag policy would be one
that was consistent, predictable and
based on individual farmers' needs,
rather than crop acreage. She said such
a policy should be set for 10 or 15 years
and then evaluated and changed, if
necessary. Such a stable policy would
"give the farmer back his ability to run
his own business," she said.
But Brookins said that it would not
be enough, in today's highly interde
pendent world, to design a long-term,
stable domestic policy. Foreign markets,
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"I understand when you have the
budget shortage ... you have to take
drastic measures, but no one wants
Roskens' proposal," Siminoe said.
Siminoe said enrollment at the Cur
By Stew Magnuson
Beef, corn and popcorn are three
well-known Nebraska exports. But
the next popular export might be in
every home's faucet: water.
A four-member panel Wednesday
discussed the possibilities of sel
ling Nebraska's abundant under
ground water to states like Colorado
The panel at the Nebraska Water
Conference on East Campus included
Karren Kerr from the League of
Women Voters; David Chambers, :
executive director of the League of
Nebraska Municipalities; James
Cook, legal counsel forthe Nebraska
Natural Resources Commission; and
Phyllis Lyons, a concerned citizen.
They explored questions about pipe
lining and selling water to drier
states. Questions were aimed at the ;
Nebraska Legislature and policy
makers in Nebraska.
"Who owns the water? The state,
the natural resources districts or
the land owners?" Lyons added.
"Who can sell the water legally, and
where will the money go?"
Lyons said in Colorado people
have been shot arguing over water
rights, and jokingly said that he ;
must be carefully considered, espe
cially those in developing nations, where
small increases in income can mean a
large increase in food imported from
the United States.
Brookins said ag policy is hampered
by a "crisis management" solutions for
long-term cyclical economic problems.
Government is "distorting" the market
through its attempts to reconcile con
flicting priorities; to reduce prices to
encourage competitiveness in world
markets and decrease subsidies and
yet stabilize prices to keep farmers
from going broke, she said.
Yet, Brookins said, the current cri
sis, perceived as severe internationally,
may produce the most lasting and
effective solutions because interna
tionally, governments will be forced to
Despite her criticisms of ag policy,
Brookins was reluctant to criticize the
Food Secruities Act of 1985, the so
called farm bill, because, she said, a
year is not a sufficient trial period.
But government should continue to
tis school usually ranges from 283 to
317 students. But the agricultural cri
sis and the threat of closing have
reduced the enrollment to 158.
The regents will have a public hear
ing on Roskens' recommendation to
cut $1,245 million from UNSTA's entire
budget on April 2 at the Stockman Inn
hoped such extreme measures
wouldn't be taken on the Legisla
Chambers said that rural- and
city-dwelling Nebraskans will take
differ a approaches toward the idea
of selling water.
The average Nebraskan takes water
for granted and wouldn't think of
conserving it until its price gets
high or the wells run dry, Chambers
said. In 16 years of watching water
legislation in Nebraska, Chambers
said, not much has changed.
Chambers also said he was not
optimistic that the idea of selling
water would be brought up in the
"The groups of senators from the
cities just assume the water will
come out of the faucet forever," he
said. "And the rural senators, no
matter how altruistic or sincere
they might be, will claim that the
water under their constituents'
farmland belongs to the (owners)."
Cook questioned the economics
of selling water. In the short term,
he said, Nebraska won't have a
"Will we always have a market?"
Cook asked. "Would we be able to
sell the water if someone else could
sell it cheaper?"
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revise its priorities because of various
cultural changes, Brookins said.
Domestically, fewer farmers will be
neded in the future. Already, plans
have been proposed for rural areas that
would parallel urban redevelopmentBusiness
should be encouraged to relocate in
smaller communities, farmers should
be retrained and employment of fami
lies off the farm should be encouraged.
Internationally, government should
work to restructure world debt and
increase buying power in developing
nations, because the only way the U.S.
market could truly grow, would be to
give the hungry the economic ability to
be able to buy food.
Bookins, is a former vice-president,
commodities, of E.F. Hutton and Co.,
and chairs a state department sub
committee on the third world. Her
speech was made at a "Celebration of
Argicultue" banquet Wednesday night,
sponsored by the Nebraska Council on
Public Relations for Agriculture in obser
vance of National Agriculture Week.
in North Platte.
Roskens; Rudy Lewis, vice president
for university relations; and Bill Swan
son, vice president of governmental
relations, could not be reached Wed
nesday. Roy Arnold, vice chancellor of
agriculture and natural resources, would
not comment on the amendment.
The Nebraska Student Foundation
has raised $39,1 10 in donations for the
1987 senior gift so far. .
Jeanne Bishop, director of annual
giving and publication at the founda
tion, said $28,160 was pledged during
the first week of the call-a-thon from
about 475 students.
Bishop said the original goal of
$55,000 for the call-a-thon was a little
"facetious" and they would be happy to
raise $50,000 in pledges with two more
nights of calling left.
Callers are asking anyone graduat
ing with a bachelor's degree during
1987 to pledge $10 the first year and
$30 each year for the next three years
to a new North American Indian dis
play in Morrill Hall. A majority of stu
dents voted on a mail-in survey last
month to support the Morrill Hall project.
The Student Foundation raised
$37,000 last year for two endowments
to enhance UNL's libraries, and Bishop
said that whenever they can raise more
money than the preceeding year they
are doing well.
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