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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 'HE IC1HBRIDGE HEflALD Ap'il 13, Farm ami ranch notes m Agro-outlook Community college tills 3y Ric Swihatt United Stales influence on mosl of Canada's nyri- cullurc industry is very real, and has been for many years. With or without that influence, it appears Cana- dian farmers and ranchers during 1972 have a bright outlook. Prices for hoys have bounced back from the louesl levels .since HHiO. A slight drop is expected this sprinj; and a seasonal rise in late May and early .lime will pull Ihe average well above last year's. Canadians ate an average of GO pounds of pork ami pork products in 1971 and producers exported Pa. 2 million pounds 20 million pounds of it lo Japan. Both domeslic and foreign use of Canadian pork and pork products should increase. Caltle prices for feeders will be hedged this year, depending on the price in the U.S. and the number of head in Canada. Choice steers sold in T.cthbridge Ihe end of March for S35.25 per hundredweight. Economists feel prices may drop by a dollar or so Ihis spring and in the lasl half of the year average about Ux perls are looking for marketings to increase. Of the total North American slaughter, Canada accounted for B.2 per cent last year. Higher returns for dairy farmers have promoted a turn-around in the downward production I rend of last year. Production is expected to bounce back to levels, with Quebec producers lending (lie way followed by Ontario. Alberta pai licipation in Ibe milk market sharing plan should be the really important development in the Canadian dairy industry this year. .Sales of milk and cream for fluid consumption nre expected lo conlinuc Ihe upward climb by about two per cent during 1972. Poultry prices are high Ihis year as production has dropped and consumption has increased. Higher prices for red meals and restrained prod- uction should help lo keep the chicken picture brigh- ter. Marketings of turkeys have licen down, but prices up. It appeal's marketings for broiler turkeys will drop 22 per cent with henturkey marketings drop- ping 13 per cent. Tom turkey marketings may drop as much as 33 per cent. The initial price for No. 1 C.W. wheat has been .sot at 51. -16 per bushel based on wheat in store at Vancouver and Thunder Bay, The Canadian wheat board is calling for production of 19 million acres, up .slightly from the 10.7 million acres planted lasl year. Tlirce million acres could be durum. F.xpei is are looking for an eight lo nine-bushel quota for bolh hard red spring wheat and durum. if -if CanyuNOr of v. heat slocks was down million bushels, lo a total of million On Ibe feed grains picture, world produclion and internal innnl sales were up last year. A Imgh U..S. corn crop keep the price for feed grains down for the first pail of with slocks in mosl countries cumbersome. Canadian produclion increased '25 per cent last year and 1972 figures are keeping up with those of 1971. ICxports arc expected to set a new record with about 225 million bushels of feed grain expected for export. Produclion of fats and oils is increasing slightly faster than consumption so for the first time in many years Ihe industry is building a stockpile. Prices arc expected to improve by the end of (he current crop year. Kxpcrts feel five, to six million acres of rapesced will be sufficient this year. Sunflower seed acreages are likely to increase to acres with relatively good prices expected. Flaxsccd production will he about two million acres. With a production of 2Ci million bushels and an expeclcd export of (hat amount, slocks could be diminished somewhat. With strong prices for soybean1; anil continuing imporls from Ihe U.S., Canadian production could show an increase. Kxpcrls feel polatuc growers could help them- selves to higher prices Ihis year by cutting produc- lion. needs entre s lleiahl -Stall Writer The LcLliKu-id tjc Community Col le ge try s Lo gear i Is ser vices to meet llm needs of tlie entire community, not any spe- cial segment, despite the fact Hint ncnrly 70 per cenl of the full lime students arc Irnm rural districts, "Our role is five fold and each of tlicsa roles applies lo both rural and urhnji said Schmidt, academ- ic.1 vice-prcMik-nl at LCC. ''About Hie mily distinction between Mi em would be the We try lo schedule certain ciuirsos lo accommo- date fanning people; and the like. majrr purpose is to be uk'nliirild as a eoUccc Mint serves mral and people equally." Dr. C. 11. Steunrl agrees Dial Ihe rolo is lo serve the rural and urban com- munities equally. "I don't .sc? much difference. There is very liule put on for the city thai rural people can't participate lie said. "We cone nle on serving Ihe needs of all the people in cur area. We are Mm only true connmmily nillege in the prov- ince we IKIVC young people and older people here taking a wide variefy of courses. "Our cnmilrv programs .seem to be serving Ihe needs of that segment of very well." Dr. SLcM'Hit said one of the host Mil rip's ahwiL the college is the flexibility it has in offering programs. "M lung as there is a de- mand, we can offer just alwnl any course people want. If (eel I here is a special need in their community, all they have to do is get in touch with us and we will Lry to givfi tlicm what Miey want." And, if people can't coinn (o the college, then the college will go to Mic people. Several continuing education courses are at various locations thro'.-diloul the south- ern par I of the province. One of I he most ambitious launched by Ihe (olltV'jc wn." the Tibetan educa- tion program in Tuber last fall. AUmil ?ti Tibetan immigrants l-i'.-k crjurHts sncc-i silly (jjjL-tl at LCC to ennblc them lo adapt to tnc drastic change in lire-style. They learned everything from the Canadian national an- llicm Lo how to handle farm machinery. The college also offers spe- cial courses for Indians on the Blood Indian Reserve ami lea- ches several recreation-oii- entcd subjects at Carmangay, Champion, Tuber and Coaldale. The college, as expected, draws most of the students from soulliern Alberta. Jim MncNeil, director of student .services, says 80 to 85 per cent of LCC students arc from the- area with most of the remaining 15 per cent coining from eastern Columbia, noi-thern Alberta and western Saskatchewan. However, there are a handful of students from other parts of Canada and a few foreign slu- dents. Mr. MaeNcil said Ihe college is luiitiue because it offers courses that aren't availablp anywhere clcs in Car.ada and some that, arc available in only ii very few places. "Our equestrian program Is Hie only one of its kind in tho country and law enforcement is offered at maybe two or three other insl itnlions In Canada. Our outdoor recreation ami conservation program is also pretty unique." He .said the college expects lo enter a period of galloping growth in this decade. "We expect lo have stu- dents by he .said. The college now has 1.3WI students enroled in its various on campus progre ins. To fio along with this rapid growth, the college is already anticipating an expansion of courses lo meet the changing needs of the region. "We should lx> expanding into the rncdicnl science areas lo include such courses as (ten- Iril hygenisls, medical aides, medical secretaries and said Mr. K'hmidl. "We also plan lo move into various jUuiPOri Uie aviation industry with courses in avia- Iron management, electronics of a via I ion, mvlerology and ail-line services training people like thai. "The aviation program is not llwil far off. We should have It in the next year or year and a half." The Lclhbridge Community College is a very significant (actor in the life nf southern Alberta, particularly in the ec- onomic segment. Mr. Schmidt estimated that Ihe college pumps about SO million a year into tliy local economy. 4'A large part of our bvV.el, more than million, i-; spent locally and we estimate for every student at the cn'lcge another (o is .spent in Ibis area each year, "This is a real significant element in the local economy and il is growing in import- ance every he paid. Waller McNuv y appointed family farm division head Walter f.. MrXiiry has been appointed director of the fam- ily farm development division, Albr-rla department of agricul- ture. Mr. McNary will have rc- related lo family farm development in the areas agricultural credit, farm consolidation, farm input costs, farmstead and home develop- ment programs, agricultural mnnp o w c r, municipal pro- prnms, right of entry, co- operative activities, crop in- surance and various aspects of agricultural engineering. Horn on a farm in Camrose, Mr. McNary has operated bis own farm emphasis on dairy and mixed farming. He attended the Vermilion School fif Agriculture and re- r-nivL'd his 11.Sc. degree from Mic University of Alberta M'illi Wheat quota planned for Ontario The Ontario Wheat Produc- ers Marketing Board has plans lo institute a quota mark-.'ling plan for all wheat grown villh in tlnn province. A committee has Ji-krd by board lo wovk on n res- olution calling for quoins Tho proposal wll have to bo brour.iK before a general mpcL- ing of the wheat producers in a provincial vole. Tlic present calls the establishment of a Iwo- system of wheat. Wheat produced for Uic market would be eligiblo for a of per bushel under the federal government's two price system. Wheat sold for expert would be paid for out of anothor pool. Quotas would be or. Ihe basis of producer mar- ketings during the previous live years. The comnntlee bas dc fen led a portion of IVo rcs- ohilion lhat would have the quotas non jK'jio'in'jlo among farmers. Some of lha other conimtxlily groups use (his pniclice (llx? buying and selling of pitHlucLion The Ontario Wheat Produc- ers Board hvs in npcivilion .since Sinc-o il.s Jncoplion the pur-- ch.-j.'-Td an average of mil' lion bnsliels of wheat per your. In there wore no pm'- special interest in animal hus- bandry and field crops. Mr. McN'ary joined the de- partment of agriculture as dis- trict agriculturist in Lacombc in I9M and in was appoint- ed regional director in Fair- view. I'OLICK SKM1NAK City police detective .ser- geant G. H. Miclielson nr the I.ettiln-idge city police foix'e at- londed the HCMP Service field seminar lio'il at Canadian Forces Tinsn, M-vnav- ski Park, Alberta during Oc- tober, 1071. Calendar of farm events April 12 Nanlon Ilorlicullurcil Seminar (conchKled) Api'il 17 Fort Maclewl Pnininrl Day (SlieHcrbclt, l.and- and Fruit Trees) 22 Brooks Conception to Consumer Day (Ilccf) (Lakeside Fccdcr.s) April 21127 llcgular Meeting Alljcrta IlroilLT firovvcrs Hoard in- vileil (o visit Boanl on ?CLh in privalc dibcu.-isinns on prulilcMns) 20 Cnlnary Southern Kcgion 111 Public Briciil.iiia (Jiwl.s ;