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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, August 20. 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Peace River country CITY HOMES 'NOT I last farm frontier By JIM NEAVES BEAVERLODGE, Alta. (CP) With more agricul- tural land being lost each year under concrete and urban sprawl in prime southern growing areas, the rolling hills of the vast Peace River region represent the last frontier for Canadian agriculture. That is the opinion of Dr. Lloyd Spanglo, director of the federal agriculture research station in this community near the British Columbia boundary, 270 miles northwest of Edmonton. There now are about five million acres in agricultural production in northwestern Alberta and northeastern B.C.. he says. "But there is a potential of 14 million acres more and this is exciting and represents a challenge to our scientists in evolving ways to use the land to best advantage The research station, covering sections of land, is the hub of the Northern Research Group which includes experimental farms at Fort Vermilion, Alta., 340 miles north of Edmonton, and at Prince George, B.C. The station also has been responsible for studies of farming in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon where the major problem is the short frost-free growing season. But research in the far- northern areas has been limited because the need is not critical at this stage and "we must first be concerned with the needs of mature agriculture in this Dr. Spanglo said. Since 1968, studies have been made in the Fort Smith, N W.T., area to assess the potential of the Slave River lowlands. "The research now is ap- proaching an end and within two years we'll have a pretty fair story on the area and be able to make conclusions that will have meaning for Canadians." Dr Spanglo, who was the leader of a four-man agricultural mission to China during June, said one of the greatest problems faced by the Peace River area is the attitude by most Canadians that it is in the "far north "There is a general acceptance that the Peace River region is at the end of civilization and we've even had people ask us if we close the research station during the he said. "Our main problem is the short growing season but during that time we're generally warmer than Edmonton." Most of the research at the station now is concerned with the interaction between crops and the environment climate and soil. "I maintain it is much easier to manage a farm in Ontario than in this area but my colleagues in that area dispute that because they say they have just as many Dr. Spanglo said. "Here, if it is a Saturday and the fishing is good you don't have a seeding must be done. "In southern areas of Canada farmers do have a choice because their growing season is longer." He said Peace River area farmers "must be right in there every spring or they are going to get caught in the fall." The area is prime for for- age and grass production and rapeseed has proved a good crop during recent years. However, when much of the land was settled during the 1930s, it was by wheat- oriented farmers from the then dustbowl areas of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The wheat slowly is being replaced by crops more suited to the region as first-generation farmers are replaced by younger successors. Burned forest may be salvaged WHITECOURT, Alta. (CP) Some of the trees burned when a forest fire raced through acres of prime pine and spruce trees this summer may be salvaged. Even as mop-up crews stood by to put out the last embers, provincial timber management officials were taking samples of trees to see how much wood could be cut. Bob Miller of the forestry department said lumber companies and in- dividuals are allowed to work the fire-ravaged area They pay the gov- ernment about half the rate they would pay to cut down undamaged trees. SUMMER SPECTACULAR Hotel and Motel Owners... FERN GREEN C SHAG CARPET Inglis Hot Water Tanks Inglis 40 gal. hot water tanks natural gas SUPER SPECIALI S150 by the roll only sq. yd. WALL PANELS M mA tot sheets "SPECIALLY PRICED" GERRY'S TRADING POST 12th Street S. Phone 234-3036 FORT MACLEOD PLACE FOR EXOTIC KITCHENER, Ont. (CP) A city home is no place for exotic pets, says the Kitchener-Water- loo and North Waterloo Humane Society. Lome Thrower, society manager, said people often buy a monkey, alligator or snake without considering how they are going to care for it and ask the society to take over after the novelty wears off. The society looks for zoos willing to accommodate discarded animals like the IVz- year-old South American spider monkey which recently turned up at its shelter. "I get very upset when I see something like this that is so loveable and gentle taken in by people and the whole disposition of the animal 8 ruined by Mr. Thrower said. JOHNSON PONTIAC BUICK LTD. CARDSTON, ALBERTA NEW 1974 CARS AND TRUCKS IN STOCK PARISIENNE BROUGHAM 4 door sedan. Porcelain blue and while. CATALINA 4 door sedan. Maroon and white. PONTIAC CATALINA 4 door sedan. Gold and white. CATALINA 4 door sedan. Limefire green and while. REGAL 4 door hardtop. Midnight blue. VENTURA 4 door sedan. Gold and beige. VENTURA 4 door sedan. Dark blue. VENTURA 2 door hatchback. Fire coral bronze. ASTRE 2 door hatchback. Shadowmist brown. ASTRE 2 door coupe. Denver gold. ASTRE 2 door coupe. Blue. 1-GMCVaTON Dark blue and white. 1-GMC VnTON 4 wheel drive. Tan and while. 4 wheel drive. Lime green and white. GMC VaTON 4 wheel drive. Blue and white. DEMOS JIMMY Crimson red and white. 1-PONTIAC PARISIENNE BROUGHAM While and green. USED CARS AND TRUCKS 1971 BUICK ELECTRA LIMITED 4 door hardtop. 1971 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE SEBRING 2 door hardtop. 1969 BUICK SKYLARK 4 door hardtop. 1969CHEVV2TON V8 automatic. 1967 PONTIAC 4 door sedan. 6 cyl., automatic. JOHNSON PONTIAC BUICK LTD. CARDSTON, ALBERTA GARY JOHNSON 653-4158 STAN JOHNSON 653-3657 ;