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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBHIDGE HERALD UecefUDflr 1979 Ric Swihart Rapeseed producers cast ballots by mail The big farm vote is on. up to rapeseed have until Thursday to mail in ballots that will determine the destiny of rapeseed marketing in Canada. The choice is between open allowing the supply and demand throughout the world deter- mine the price and sales of rapeseed. This system will also allow the fanner to determine when he wants to sell and at what price as decided by the prevailing world price The other option is the control of the Canadian wheat board in the marketing of rapeseed. Under this farmers will haul their rapeseed to elevators where it will be stored until the wheat board has had a chance to sell it. When the crop has been the farmer will get an initial payment and when the crop has been the farmer will get the rest of his money. The big thing here is that all fanners will get exactly the same amount of money for the same grade rapeseed on a per bushel basis. The Alberta Wheat that mighty producer co- operative that handles more than 70 per cent of all Alberta has pledged Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask aboul our Guarantee ENGINES CRANKSHAFTS WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605 3rd Avenue S. Phone 328-8181 the support of its members in favor of the wheat board control. At the wheat pool's an- nual meeting in Calgary just a press release informed the world that the pool voted in favor of the wheat board control. This sounds fine but at several pool meetings in Southern attended by only rapeseed producers who are members of the the decision was to maintain open marketing of rapeseed. In this case it was a bunch of rapeseed growers deciding how they wanted their crop marketed. In the case of the general pool it was a case of a bunch of farmers voting how they think rapeseed producers should sell their product. The pool members in their condemn- ed the portion of the vote ballot as being unfair. What they meant to say was with undecided on the many rapeseed producers might use the spot to show that they didn't have sufficient infor- mation. If a producer did vote un- that would count against moving to the new system under wheat board control. This would mean that the wheat pool side would lose in the voting. Christmas is for giving. Whirlpool The Automatic Washer and Dryer value with Performance to back it Available now at... Your Home Town Appliance Centre P.O. Box Alberta Phone 223-4344 What the pool has in- dicated in this stand the undecided sec- tion of the is that the co-operative wants just what it wants and not what the producer wants. Big deal. Just for this reason and the fact that farmers will maintain freedom of choice I hope the open marketing system is retained. Of the pool probably never let it enter its ttunKing that if the rapeseed is marketing un- der the wheat board the grain handlings of the pool will increase. And this means more business for the and that means more money. They also never thought that the wheat board system would add costs in handling charges that would fall directly on the shoulders of the farmers. And those handling charges would be paid to the elevator namely the pool The secret is the vote. All farmers must make sure that they vote. If the wheat pool is successful in getting all their supporters to mail in their the marketing system will be changed. Then it will be too late. So even if you are un- mail in the ballot indicating just that. Then if there is to be a another vote will have to be taken and maybe at that time a better alternative to open marketing will be dreamed up by the proponents of government control of farmers. It is good to see more South Albertans getting in- volved in agricultural groups. Butch O'Donnell of Taber has been named president of the A4- berta Potato Growers succeeding Peter Goutbeck of Fort Saskatchewan. Dennis Mikalson of Lethbridge has been elected to the council of the Alberta Society of Agricultural Technolo- joining presi- dent elect John Debolt of Edmonton and coun- cillor Don Alberts of Brooks as new members. The existing executive includes Gordon Kirk of Three Robert Heller of John King of Zukiwski of Andrew and Harold Munson of Lethbridge. The society is designed to promote increased knowledge and skill to technical persons working in agriculture and related business. DON'T MIX Machinery and children are an unsafe combination on any farm. Lethbridge Artificial Breeders Co-op would like to take this opportunity to thank our cus- tomers for their patronage during the past year. Our service will be available seven days a week during the coming year. A Merry Christmas To All Lethbridge Artificial Breeders Co-op Stockyards Phone 327-8822 ;