The “Perpetual Benefit Bone” was auctioned off for the first time with a bid $25 from Humboldt State University taking the prize. John Stechman explained that the bone was from Old No. 109, a beef cow on the Cal Poly Peterson Ranch. The bone has been auctioned off nearly every year since generating thousands of dollars to support student teams.
The California Section of SRM voted to oppose the proposed ban on aerial application of 2,4,5-T (Agent Orange) and Silvex proposed in Senate Bill 1357. In 1970, the United States Department of Agriculture halted the use of 2,4,5-T on all food crops except rice, and in 1985, the EPA terminated all remaining uses in the of this herbicide in the U.S.