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FARMERS UNITE IN SUPPORT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PEACE PLAN

 CLEWISTON, Fla., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sugarcane and vegetable farmers throughout the agricultural region south of Lake Okeechobee have endorsed shouldering a fair share of removing phosphorus from runoff going to the Everglades, U. S. Sugar Corporation President J. Nelson Fairbanks announced today.
 "There is virtual unanimity among farmers," Fairbanks said, "that we are ready to accept responsibility for removing the phosphorus we add to our runoff, a major commitment and a giant step toward Environmental Peace."
 Thirty-two sugarcane growers, who supply sugarcane for the major mills in the farm region south of the lake, have formally expressed their support for the plan. Many of these farmers are also involved in vegetable production. The Committee for Agricultural Resources in the Everglades (CARE), an ad-hoc committee of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, representing vegetable growers in the region, also announced its support of the "pound on equals pound off" concept. Their announcement was made Wednesday in a presentation to the South Florida Water Management District Board of Governors.
 The Environmental Peace Plan calls for a fair division of responsibility between farmers and the public for meeting standards required to clean phosphorus in farm water runoff. Under the plan, if farmers add a pound of phosphorus to the water that enters their land, a pound would have to be removed before the water left the farmers' land, or farmers would pay to have it taken out. Removing phosphorus which exceeds that amount would be a public responsibility.
 U.S. Sugar also offered to drop lawsuits against the government's cleanup plan, accept government-mandated water quality standards and accept stormwater treatment areas.
 "Support of the majority of farmers for the Peace Plan is another important step in demonstrating to the government and the public our seriousness about resolving this issue so that the Everglades can be protected and farming jobs can be preserved," Fairbanks said.
 Fairbanks also said some of the farmers expressed concern that the U.S. Sugar peace plan went too far, and others were hesitant about dropping lawsuits and agreeing to stormwater treatment areas, but virtually all endorse the overall concept of the farmers accepting responsibility for ensuring that the water that leaves their land is as clean as when they receive it.
 "U.S. Sugar expects that other plans will be offered which will expand the scope of working for peace in the Everglades. We believe that our Environmental Peace Plan provides a solid framework for combining a variety of workable solutions to restore the Everglades. We welcome all parties of goodwill to participate," Fairbanks added.
 List of Farmers
 Robert J. Kirk, Trus. John Tiedtke
 Karl Larsen Rt. 3, Box 225
 Office: 983-8011 Moore Haven, FL 33471
 Fax: 983-0360 Glades
 Bass-Berner Farm No. 1 Miller Couse
 R.H. Bass P.O. Box 1237
 440 E. Haiti Clewiston, FL 33440
 Clewiston, FL 33440 Office: 813-983-8191
 Office: 813-983-9550
 Fax: 813-983-2263
 A. Duda & Son, Clewiston B. & J. Swindle
 Wayne Browning Rt. 2, Box 180
 P.O. Box 1329 Clewiston, FL 33440
 Moore Haven, FL 33471
 Office: 946-1838
 Fax: 946-3420
 Rocking K Farms Stitt Ranch, Inc.
 841 E. Sugarland Hwy Rt. 2, Box 170
 Clewiston, FL 33440 Clewiston, FL 33440
 Office: 813-983-8802
 J. L. Woodward Est. David Click
 Tommy Woodward 1001 N. US Highway 1
 P.O. Box 137 Suite 503
 Palmdale, FL 33944 Jupiter, FL 33477
 Office: 407-747-7077
 Fax: 407-747-7337
 Click Farms, Inc. Bobby Woodward
 Rt. 3, Box 214 259 Avenue O
 Moore Haven, FL 33471 Moore Haven, FL 33471
 J. E. Frierson Farms John Yaun
 Vee Platt P.O. Box 756
 P.O. Box 1686 Clewiston, FL 33440
 Clewiston, FL 33440 Office: 813-983-8175
 Fax: 813-983-6605 Fax: 813-983-0220
 McDaniel Ranch Beardsley Farms, Inc.
 Bobby McDaniel, Sr. Rt. 1, Box 466
 H.C. 61, Box 61 Clewiston, FL 33440
 Clewiston, FL 33440 Office: 813-983-7273
 Office: 813-983-6440 Fax: Same
 Fax: 813-983-6601
 M.L. Bishop Farm A Jackman Cane & Cattle
 P.O. Box 865 Star Route, Box 2
 Clewiston, FL 33440 Clewiston, FL 33440
 Lecane Corp. Warr Farms
 Scott Lee Greg Warr
 P.O. Box 862 P.O. Box 607
 Clewiston, FL 33440 Moore Haven, FL 33440
 M & R Farms D.R. & Russell Kilpatrick
 Joey Mickler Rt. 2, Box 3
 P.O. Box 70 Moore Haven, FL 33471
 Clewiston, FL 33440
 Hilliard Farms Fisher Ange
 Rt. 2, Box 175 40 Baker Highway
 Clewiston, FL 33440 Moore Haven, FL 33471
 Office: 813-983-5111 Office: 983-9789
 Fax: 813-983-5113 Fax: 946-0706
 Future Farmers of America Camayen Cattle Co.
 Clewiston Chapter Ralph Sanchez
 C/O Ms. Hartwig P.O. Box 6216
 1501 S. Francisco Street West Palm Beach, FL 33405
 Clewiston, FL 33440 Fax: 407-924-3311
 King Ranch Inc., Bryant A. Duda & Sons, Belle Glade
 Robert Underbrink Gene Dodgen
 P.O. Box 1210 P.O. Box 208
 Belle Glade, FL 33430 Belle Glade, FL 33430
 Office: 996-7257 Office: 996-7621
 Fax: 996-0113 Fax: 996-1354
 P.R.I.D.E. - Belle Glade Johnson Farms, Inc.
 S.T. Thigpen Richard Johnson
 500 Orange Avenue Circle P.O. Box 85
 Belle Glade, FL 33430 West Palm Beach, FL 33402
 Office: 996-1091 Office: 407-655-7200
 Fax: 996-8559 Fax: 407-655-5509
 Juan F. Montalvo, Jr. et al Hendry Co. School
 524 Oyster Road 440 E. Haiti
 North West Palm Beach, FL 33408 Clewiston, FL 33440
 c/o Bob Bass
 -0- 3/11/93
 /CONTACT: Sylvia Walters of U. S. Sugar Corporation, 813-983-8121; or Otis Wragg of Wragg & Casas, 305-372-1234/


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