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Page 16 The Woodville Republican, Woodville, Mississippi Friday, March 23, 1973 $1.5 BY '75 PROGRAM GOAL REACHED IN '73 Jackson -- In 1972, Mississippi farmens reached ter 1975 goal of farm production valued at $1.5 billion a year. This is $574 mflllon more harn fine $928 mil- llon value of the ,state's farm production in 1964, the year be- fore the 1.5 by '75 program of agrlcultural development was arted. Covvrnor Bill VCaller an- nounced the achievement March ls in Jackson at the annual 1.5 b " '75 Progress and Outlook Conference. Attending the con- ference in Hotel Heidelberg were about .1,200 leaders in agri- culture, business and govern- raent from %hroughout the state. '/Your achievement of the $1.5 billion ,goal has contributed In a najor way to our goal of in- creasing personal income," Cv- ernorWaller said. "This achieve- ment coupled with he record inlutri, al investment and the record number of ,new jobs cre- ated have set in motion eco- n0mie development be:od he wlidest dreams of five years ago. At last we are gettimg our ,Driorities in order," he said. iThe Governor emphasized the statement he has mde many times that increasing personal income is Mississippi's number one priority. Governor Waller presented his Ou.tstandlng Mississippian Award to Dr. W. M. Best, director of the Mississippi Cooperative Ex- tension Service, for leadership in successfully promoting 1.5 by '75. He pralse other agencies ahd organizations for their roles in he program. :Dr. Best and his staff gave a report about the program. !"For the first seven yeacs of 1:6 by '75, Mississippi armers nereased hetr value of produc- tion by $82 million a year. This much added business ,at khe f.rm, level has a reme.ndous impact on the entire economy as arm families market their products and buy a wide range of items' for both farm produc- 1o amd family living," Dr. Best declared. Meat animal's, beef and swine, made .the greatest economic gain in 1.5 by '75. The $329 million value of this enterprise for 1972 is three times its value of $104 million in 1964, the base year i,,i// ............... ...... Jackson -- Key figures n Ntional Library Week 1973 to be observed throughout the state on April 8-14 are, standing, Mrs. J. W. Humphries, Holmes County; F. J. Lundy, South Central Bell Telephone Company, Jackson, chairman of the publicity committee or the even; Mrs. Fred Netterville, Woodville; eated, Miss Mary Love, director, ,Mississippi Library Commission, Jackson, and Mrs. Annabelle K. Crowttmr, Vicksburg. Mrs. Crowther is Vhe associate execuqtive director for National Library Week which has as ts purpose focusing attention on all types of llhariez -- public, school, college, and researph or special  and the services they offer to the public. tion of beef cattle and calves set an all-%ime Tecord of $286 million in 1972. With continued good manage- men[, Mississippi farmers can ouble ,their income from beef cattle in only a few years, Ex- tension leaders stressed. The state's 1972 soybean crop was valued at $185 million, a new high .that exceeds the 1975 goal by $10 million. The 1964 value of this eterprise was $65 million. Forestry also passed its 1:975 goal :for the first ime ,with egg production was $202 m,illtom, compared with $146 millio in 1964. Cotton strengthened its pos:i- [ion in 1972, i.t $423 million value comparing ith $389 mil- lion in 1964. The 1975 goal for cotton is $440 million. Commercial catfish produc- tion was not important eough to be considered a major arm en,terprise in 1964. Its farm level production was valued ,at $18 million in 1972, only $2 million short of the 1975 goal. Missis- ippi has an estimated 29,000 products having a farm value of acres ,in .catfis;h ponds, the larg- .$158 million. The 1964 farm Iest acreage of any state. value of forest products was $65 Nurseries, to produce shrubs mllion, land fowers advanced from pro- Broiler production, at a record I duction valued at $2 million in $124 million for 1972, also ex-11964 to $1:2 million in 1972. ceeded its 1975 goal. The corn- I Other enierprises such as veg- ]bined 1972 value of broiler ani etable .rops, ,airying and rice made favorable gains during the past seven years. The only farm commodity group that has not advanced in value over 1964 i the feed crops, which include corn and grain sorghum. Although the 1972 state corr yield is a record 45 bushels per acre, the .tal acre- age is the owest on record. Good progress has been made in permanent pastures and tem- porary grazing. In all enterprises, farmers are developing higher efficiency to at least ,partly offset the pres- sure of greatly increased costs of production, Extension leaders' pointed out. The term, "value f farm pro- duction," is :determined ,by ap- plying the curren m, arkeit value to the total volume of produc- tion of crops, livestock and that the fund foe this work ' would be far short of antici- pated needs. Ga,ddis has emphasized that salvaging of infested trees is our best hope of getting this epidemic under control. Landowners needing assist- ,ance ,n alvaging beetle infested trees should contact me at 888- 4632 or my office. JACKSON ACADEMY The first academy to be in- corpora'ted in Wilkinson Coumty was Jackson Academy, which, by an act passed December 27, 1814, was established in the eastern part ,of ,the county, a ew miles south of where the present tow of Centreville now stands. The incorpocators, who later com- tosed 'the Board of Trustees, were Daniel Williams, Sr., James Stewart, Samuel Riley, Lovick Ventress, John Davis, Samuel Norwood, Fra'ncis Richardson, Wi!liam Bryan, and John Nish- with. To ecure .the money for 'this .new undertaking the trus- tees were instructed to raise $1000 by lottery. The Woodville Female Semi- nary was chartered on May 2, 1861, and the school opened in a building located on the pres- ent site of the old Louis Wax home in Woodville, o,n land do- nated ,by Judge McGehee. The building was used as a hospital during the war. After the close of the war, school work was resumed. On May 5, 1890, the Woodville Female Seminary was changed into Edward McGehee College. The original large two- story building was destroyed by fire n September 30, 1895, and was replaced by another two- story frame ,structure, whLch was erected in the lrge grove of :trees later occupied by the Wilkin..son County Agricultural High School. This buildi,ng was burned in May, 1912, and the Edw, ard McGehee College there- after brought to a close. r forest products. Forestry Notes by Traey Smith, County Forester I urge area landowners to gin salva ng mm, ately all ad and  yi pin tree on ei lands s ,rt c n effort avert a os )le  [e-spread )u.thern ,P ]e .eetl epidemic the taU Wilkinson is one ,of nine counties begin salvaging immediately all dead and dying plane trees on thei lands as part of an effort to avert a possible wide-spread Southern ,Pine Beetle epidemic in the state. Southwest Mississippi in which recent beetle i.nfe,s.a- [ions: have been detected. Every ifested tree left stand- ing holds the potential for spreading 'the beetles to other surrounding trees. If these are not salvaged before Spring, tim- ber ,losses in the county re' likely to be heavy. Representatives ,of forest in- dustry and government conser- vation agencies have joined State Forest Commission offi- cials in a coordinated effort to combat the beetle atta, ck. They agreed .to work for intensifica- tion ,of loal salvage efforts and to coopera, te in making timber growers in their respective areas more aware of the se.riousess of the situation. State Forester Bill Gaddis has annou,nced the availability of a "rel'atively small amount" of federal matching funds o be used for chemical treatments of beetle spots where salvaging ,is not feasible. He said that ,beetle control work by commission crews had already begun, ,but The Spreading Boughs of the old Jefferson Davis Oak on the Courthouse Square offers shelter to PILGRIMAGE VISITORS who care to linger there a while. Enjoy your visit with us! Woodville Furniture & Electric Co. the Friendliest Town in the South It is a pleasure to have you visit us during our Pilgrimage. May your stay be a pleasant one and we hope you'll come back soon[ Planters Hardware, I00,nc. Woodville, Miss. t " k