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2AThe Daily Tar HeelFriday, August 22, 1986
'Droeglht lakes heavy tolloini farmers
By TOBY MOORE
"The worst drought ever."
That's what farm officials are calling a summer .
that has devastated some of the state's most vital
agricultural commodities and forced as many as
60,000 farmers to go bankrupt.
Dr. Joe Brooks of the N.C. Agricultural
Extension Agency said the state's livestock-farms
were the hardest hit.
Brooks described the effects of the drought
as "very severe." The lack of rain has prevented
livestock farmers from growing the necessary
corn and grain to feed their herds. As a result,
farmers have to sell their cattle earlier.
Officials with the N.C. Department of
Agriculture said the drought has aggravated the
already serious problem caused by the govern
ment's dairy cattle buy-out program in April and
May of this year.
The program Hooded the cattle markets and
depressed prices, said Chuck Miller, the
department's livestock expert.
"Now the drought is preventing the farmers
from holding their cattle so people have had to
sell them for a much lower price than if they
held them until the fall," Miller said, adding that
the number of cows being sold is 50 percent
higher than normal.
Farmers who don't sell off their herds are being
forced to buy feed for their cattle. Miller said.
Traditionally, North Carolina farmers have been
able to grow enough grain for their livestock,
but now they have ship the feed in from the
Brooks estimated that only 97 million bushels
of corn and small grain have been produced so
far this year, compared to a normal, harvest of
1 57 million bushels at this time. He said the
expense of having to buy grain has "doubled
the attrition rate for farmers."
Some help has arrived in the form of free hay
donated by Midwestern grain producers, who
are having bumper crops. . Miller expressed
thanks for the donations but described the
situation as being like "trying to fight a forest
fire with a garden hose."
Other livestock producers have been less
affected by the drought. Miller said lambs were
selling at record prices, although the hog market
has remained fairly stable.
The state's tobacco industry has also main
tained its productivity. "The tobacco plant is
basically a weed," said tobacco expert Weldon
Denning of N.C. Department of Agriculture. "It
grows through just about anything."
Denning said that although quality will suffer
in the western counties, the fall crop will be about
95 percent of normal. He added that farmers
are harvesting their crops later than normal,
priming their tobacco about two weeks later than
"I don't envision that it will do anything but
make prices suffer a little bit," Denning said.
The effect of the drought on the state's peach
crop will not be known until later because the
size of the fruit is not evident until harvest.
Hmomii error led to meltdown, Soviets say
From Associated Press reports
MOSCOW Energy officials
said Thursday a serious blow was
dealt to the Soviet nuclear power
program by the Chernobyl disaster,
which killed 31 people and spewed
a huge cloud of invisible radioactiv
ity over much of the world.
The government blames the April
26 accident at the Ukranian plant
on human error. Andranik Petrosy
ants, chief of the atomic energy
committee, said the disaster is
forcing officials to consider locating
reactors outside populated areas and
redesigning them so workers cannot
override safety systems.
More than 200 people were
stricken with radiation sickness and
135,000 were evacuated from con
taminated areas near the plant 80
miles north of Kiev, a city of 2.4
million people that is capital of the
Chernobyl "has hurt the Soviet
nuclear power program badly,"
Petrosyants told a news conference
called to discuss the official report
on the explosion and fire in the
plant's No. 4 reactor.
He said no decisions have been
made on revising the government's
nuclear energy plans, but "the lessons
of Chernobyl of course cannot be
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Postal worker left no clues
of his intentions, police say
From Associated Press reports
EDMOND, Okla. -' A mail
carrier who shot 14 co-workers
to death and wounded six others
before killing himself left no clues
at his home that he would hot
return after work, police said
But just hours after, Patrick
Henry Sherrill fixed himself
scrambled eggs in the kitchen of
his white shingled house in Okla
homa City on Wednesday, he
unleashed a spray of gunfire in
the Edmond Post Office.
"Apparently he got up and
fixed himself breakfast as he
apparently did on a normal
morning. We found nothing that
would lead us to believe he had
not planned to return home after
work," police Lt. Ron Cavin said
at a news conference Thursday.
Motion denied in trial
DURHAM Members of a
Durham County Superior Court
jury said Thursday they were
deadlocked 10-2 after a day and
a half of deliberations in the first
degree murder trial of David
Mancuso, but a judge refused to
declare a mistrial.
Judge Robert H. Hobgood Jr.
denied a defense motion for a
mistrial, saying there had been
State & National
some movement since the jury
had been deadlocked 6-6 on
The jury, Which has been
deliberating since Tuesday after
noon, Wednesday requested a
tape recording Mancuso had
made and also some defense
Mancuso, 18, is accused in the
shooting death of Durham high
school classmate Norma Russell
last January. He has pleaded not
guilty by reason of insanity.
Bad news on inflation
steep decline in gasoline costs held
consumer prices steady in July as
Americans enjoyed the best news
on retail prices in 30 years, the
government reported Thursday.
But the Labor Department said
there signs everywhere that said
the good news on inflation is
ending. Food costs in July shot
up at the fastest clip in more than
two years, prices of medical
services were up sharply and the
cost of imported goods rose as
Broyhill lobbies Democrats
to support his bid for Senate
By FRED PATTERSON
In hopes of gaining support from
the state's Democrats, the Jim
Broyhill for Senate campaign is
forming a group called Democrats
"We feel that the Democratic vote
is very important and that by going
into the counties we can get out the
vote," said Patricia Helms, director
of the organization.
Although the newly appointed
Republican senator will be running
as the incumbent in November after
replacing Sen. John East, he cannot
win the election without support
from registered Democrats.
"Democrats are esssential to
winning an election in North Carol
ina," said Doug Haynes; a spokes
man for the Broyhill campaign.
Democrats for Broyhill is intended
to make it known that Broyhill
expects' support from Democrats as
' well as from his party.
Broyhill, a 23-year congressman
from the 10th District, will face
former N.C. Gov. Terry Sanford
Nov. 4 to replace the seat held by
East, who committed suicide last
month." Sanford, a former president
of Duke University, has been travel
ing to all 100 counties in the state
to rally support on all sides.
Lisa DeMaio Brewer, also a
spokesperson for Broyhill, said in a
telephone interview that the group
is intended to "involve Democrats
interested in supporting Sen. Broy
hill" and that it "provides them with
an opportunity to be very active in
The new group is not wasting any
time. An Eastern Regional Kick-off
was held in Wilson on August 10.
Brewer said one-third of the state's
counties have appointed chairmen to
oversee steering committees. These
will be involved in volunteer work,
fund-raising and generally promot
ing Broyhill to Democrats in their
Sam Poole, Sanford's campaign
manager, said he was unconcerned
about the group's formation. He
described it as "an age-old trick" and
stated that he could name two or
three people who are registered one
way and vote the other way
Poole also said Broyhill suppor
ters were "trying to get the press to
do exactly what . . (The Daily Tar
Heel is) doing makirig it look like
most of the state's Democrats are
going to vote for Broyhill. That's just
Ann Hubbard, press secretary of
the N.C. Democratic Party, said
Sanford is not concerned over the
formation of Democrats for Broy
hill. "Governor Sanford expects to
attract Republican voters and
expects them to feel good about
voting for him," she said.
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