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Page 2 Golden Valley News January 12, 2017 - Spotlight on Economics By Tim Petry Extension Livestock Marketing Economist NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department Leslie Pullin Martin SAN FRANCISCO - Leslie Pullin Martin died at the age of 55, on Dec. 29, 2016, alter a long and courageous battle with cancer. Leslie was born in Dick'~nson in September 1961, to Norma Martin Pullin and Roland Pullin, who farmed and ranched near Sentinel Butte be- fore retiring to Scottsdale, Ariz. Leslie's father, Roland Pullin, died in Scottsdale in 2007. Leslie is survived by her mother, Nornm Pullin. who continues to live in Scottsdale, and her brother. Mark Pullin, of La Jolla, Calif, Leslie attended Lincoln Elemen- tary and Beach High School in Beach. She held the title of grand worthy ad- visor" for the North Dakota Chapter of Rainbow Girls and served as presi- (tent of the Kappa Alpha Theta soror- ity at NDSU. She had degrees from NDSU and Arizona State University. For over 20 years she lived and worked in Half Moon Bay, Calif., a coastal city south of San Francisco. Family and fi'iends have scheduled a memorial service for Leslie in Half Moon Bay on Jan. 14, 2017. The fam- ily will be returning her remains to North Dakota. Carol Sch BEACH : Carol Schmeling, 96, of Beach, passed away on Sunday, Jan. I, 2017, at the Glendive Medical Cen- ter in Glendive, Mont. A memorial service will be held at 10 a:m. on Saturday, April 15. 2017, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Beach with Pastor Zelwyn Heide of- ficiating. Interment will follow in the Beach Lutheran Cemetery. Silha Fu- neral Home of Beach has been en- trusted with the arrangements. Carol was born on June 23, 1920, in Lefor, a daughter of Frederick and Rachel Helsper. She was raised and educated in Dodge and graduated from Halliday HighSchool Follow- ing her high school education, Carol attended beauty college and moved to Beach after her graduation. While in Beach she worked at a hair salon for a couple years and during this time met Gordon Schmeling. The couple were later married in November 1942 and to this union two children were bona. Carol th~n moved outto farm with Gordon, wi~ere she' helped with the farm work and raised their children. In the late 1950s she started work at the Fi?~t State Bank of Golva where she worked un}'il' her t'~firement ira the early 1980s. After her retirement, Carol stayed busy with part-time work at the Golden Valley Manor and various volunteer work throughout the community. Carol enjoyed gardening, sewing and quilting. For a long period of time she would make 10 to 15 quilts a meling \ year, whicti were then donated to charity. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Rachel; her husband, Gordon ira 1986; all of her brothers and sisters, Bill, Shirley. Rosemary, and Jack. Carol is survived by her two sons, James Schmeling and his wife Sheryle of Holmen, Wis., and Ron "Tufter" Schmeling ~'md his special friend Viekie of Billings, Mon~;; four grand- children; sg,v4en great,grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carol's name are suggested to the Golden Valley Manor in Beach. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: Legislators introduce bill to phase out Treasurer' Office BISMARCK - Republican and De- and efficiently as possible." too:rat members of the North Dakota Fellow sponsor Sen. Tim Mathren. House and Senate have in~oduced leg- D-Fro'go, added, "This is exactly what i~]ation to phase out the North Dakota people have told us they want, Repub- ,..v " .-" ' treasurer s Otttce. l icans and Democrats working together If passed,two House concurrent res- to save tax dollars and make govem- olutions will give the people of North ment more efficient." I)akota a directsay. ,. If passed by the Legislature, the first The purpose of this legislation is to resolutior/would be brought to a vote reduce redutKlaney and improve effi- of the people in the 2018 general elec- ciency. Administrative and financial tion. If approved by voters, the office of management services.of state govern- the North Dakota treasure? would phase ment are currently swead across nu- out. The companion resolution, then as- n'lerous state agencies and officials, signs resIxmsibility to Legislative Man- Transferring duties and responsibilities agement to study the statutory changes of the state treasurer's office to other necessary to transfer existing duties of government agencies already perform- the office of the state treasurer to other ing similar ftmctions can not only pro- state agencies and officials. vide cost-savings but can help Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, streamline and clarify government added, "This is not a reflection on the processes, supporters of the bill say. u'easurer or staff in that office, but rather Prime sponsor of the legislation, recognition that we must not be corn- Rep. Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck, said, placen! mad must always strive to pro- "'This bill shows the public that the Leg- vide right-size government ira North islature is serious about right-sizing Dakota. Giving the people the opportu- state government and creating ways tot nity to make/l choice on this matter is a our state to use its resources as wisely step in that direction." DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: PRODUCERS, IT'S SEASON # 5 - TAX SEASON The time when our tax specialists organize, analyze and crunch. Why not put our proven AG experience to work saving time and money on your taxes? il m Most of my work involves pro- viding supply and demand informa- tion that affects livestock prices directly to livestock producers. The original goal for the Spotlight on Economics column was to reach a broad audience and have more of a consumer focus than the traditional agricultural producer clientele. Agricultural producers are well aware of the volatility in prices for commodities they produce, as prices move up and down in response to changing supply and demand condi- tions: However, some consumers have the perception that food prices always increase and rarely decline. Granted, food prices are much less volatile at the retail level than at the farm level. Prices can change daily at the farm level and tend to follow sea- sonal price patterns due to seasonal production and demand factors. For example, hog prices are usually high- est in mid-summer, when pork pro- duction is lowest for the year. And feeder calf price~ are usually lowest in October and November, when many spring-born calves are mar- keted. Aggregate prices for meat and dairy products tend to follow chang- ing supply and demand fundamentals but lag change in prices at the farm level. Prices for specific meat prod- ucts often are impacted by traditional holidays and events. Examples in- clude turkey at Thanksgiving, beef for Fatherfs Day, lamb for Easter and Passover, hot dogs at baseball games and chicken wings at the Super Bowl. Bacon prices are usually highest in mid-summer when pork produc- 'tion is lowest and demand is high due to the ample supply of homegrown tomatoes and consumersf desire lbr prices bacon, lettuce and tomato sand- wiches. Back to the comment that some consumers perceive that retail meat and dairy prices do not decline. Re- tail prices for most meat and dairy products have declined. Some are the lowest in several years. Egg prices are one of the most vivid examples. Retail egg prices vary around the country but are about one-half the price of a year ago. Record high prices in 2015 were the result of avian influenza substantially reducing egg production. Egg prices at some locations are the lowest in 10 years. For a historical perspective, in 2014, record farm-level prices for most red meat, poultry and dairy products,' along with lower feed prices, stimulated production to record-high levels. A good way to monitor changing levels of meat pro- duction and corresponding livestock prices is the U.S. Department of Agriculturefs World Agricultural Supply and Dema'nd Estimates (WASDE) report. Updated WASDE reports are released monthly around the 9th to the 12th and are available at modity/wasde/. In 2014, total red meat and poul- try production was the lowest in sev- eral years. It was expected that chicken and pork production ';vould begin toramp up with the lower feed prices. But the porcine epidemic di- Input on TrumP's nominees invited WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. federal agencies, and learn about Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.. has them through meetings andcongres- launched a new online portal where sional hearings that are open to the North Dakotans can offer their ques- public. It's critical for me to hear tions and comments on President: from North Dakotans and I encour-. elect Donald Trump's, nominees. Residents ea. ,: go to to pro- vide comments on and questions for nominees which Heitkamp will con- sider throughout the confirmation process. Trump has nominated nearly 20 people to head executive depart- ments, and dozens of others to lower spots in his administration. Those nominees are expected to come be- fore the Senate in 2017 for a hearing and a vote. "Any president should be able to nominate those who he feels will best serve in his administration," said Heitkamp. "As a member of the U.S. Senate, it's my duty to consider these nominees for the very important po- sitions they could hold overseeing Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. No. 221-280) ,Staff: Richard Volesky, editor/ reporter, Jenae Orluck, corre- spondent and Jane Cook, office and news assistant. The Golden Valley News is pub- lished each Thursday, 22 Central Ave., Suite 1, Beach, ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and addi- tional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send ' address changes to: Golden Valley News, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. 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Put Your Money Wher'e Your' elOUSe r.s/ lOCal independent ,~r~ strengthen our businesses are ~ community your best value and our econoroy ABBREVIATED NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT AND AMEND ADMINISTRATIVE RULES relating to workforce safety & insurance, and notice of public hearing, Attorney Representation; Lodging Expenses to attend Medical Treatment; Moving Expenses under Rehabilitation Services; Permanent Impairment Evaluations and Disputes; Medical Necessity; Motor Vehicle Purchase and Modification; Home Modifications; Power Mobility Devices; Medical Service Provider Ineligible for Reimbursement; Physical Therapy Assistants and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants and Certified Athletic Trainers; Utilization Review and Quality Assurance of Health Care Services; Treatment Requiring Authorization and Preservice Review; and Payment to Medical Providers for Copies of Records. Workforce Safety & Insurance. WSl Board Room Century Center . 1600 E. Century Avenue Bismarck, North Dakota Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 2:00 p.m. A copy of the proposed rule changes may be obtained by writing to Workforce Safety & Insurance, Attn: Julie Porsborg, Legal Dept, P O. Box 5585, Bismarck, North Dakota 58506, or Workforce Safety & Insurance, 1600 E. Century Ave, Suite 1, Bismarck, ND 58503, or by calling 800-777-5033, (701) 328-3800, or TTY 800-366- 6888 Also, written comments may be submitted to Workforce Safety & Insurance, Attn: Julie Porsborg; Legal Dept., P.O. Box 5585, Bismarck, ND 58506 until close of business on February 27, 2017. If you plan to attend the public hearing and will need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please contact Workforce Safety & Insurance at the above telephone number or address at least five days prior to hearing Dated this 5th day of January 2017 WSI Legal Department A'FEN: Julie Porsborg pected to generally decline. crease ira other meat pi'oduction led an'hea (PED) virus in hogs and ge- netic problems in chickens caused lower than expected production. Beef production also declined due to the cyclically declining cow herd. Lower than expected meat produc- tion, along with a_number of-other "positive fundamental factors, led to record-high annual prices lor fed steers, hogs, broiler chickens, turkeys and milk. Record-high prices in agriculture tend to cause increases in production to at times record-high levels. For ex- ample, record-high corn prices due to drought in 2012 caused at or near- record corn crops from 2(113 to 2016. Due to the reproductive biology of livestock, the broiler chicken indus- try can increase .production the quickest, followed by pork. Obvi- ously, the beef industry is slowest to be able to respond to record-high prices. In 2015, the pork and broiler in- dustries did respond relatively quickly with record-high production. Pork production increased about 7 percent and broiler production was up almost 4 percent from 2014. Even though beef production continued to decline (minus 2 percent), the in- to record-high total meat production, up almost 3 percent. Annual average livestock prices responded in the expected opposite direction, with hog prices down 33 percent and broiler chickens down al- most 14 percent. Even though beef production declined, ted-steer prices also declined 4 percent due, at least in part, to the increased production and lower prices of competing meats. The latest WASDE report predicts 2016 beef production to increase al- most 6 percent over 2015. Another almost 2 percent increase in pork production and broiler production is expected, both record highs. The re- sult will be about a 3 percent increase in total meat production, a record/'or the second straight year. Milk pro- duction also is predicted to be at a re qord high. The WASDE also pre- dicts further increases and record- high meat and milk production in 2017. Record-high U.S. meat and dairy supplies means ample products are available to consumers at lower prices than last year, and in some cases, for several years. The aggre- gate of all retail meat prices have de- clined about 10 percent from the record highs in 2014 to 2015. How- ever, some individual meat items have declined 50 percent. In general, retail meat prices are ~expected to continue to decline. But keep in mind that specific items af fected by seasonal supply and de- mand may increase. 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