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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 2g _ THE lETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, December 17, 197T ^armer medt m scapegoat? r.y ALLEN S. TOLY District Agi-iciilUirist Editor's note: Mr. Toly is U*2 district agricujttirist fi>r the Municipal District of Willow Creel?, centred in Clares-holm. I recently ran across an arli- llie publisher of this maga-7!i,e questioned "Why is the ; fanner being used as a scapc-I !;(!:it?" This cluestion is being I a.-ked by farmers from all ovei* II ho country. Farmers ai-e tired lof being blamed for high food ' prices, unsatisfactory govern- cle in a well known United nwnt programs, pesticide Slates publication that I thought I nb\ises, feedlot pollution, and struck very close to where agri-1 the lack of safety in operation culture stands today. f>f machineiy. We have countered witli a de-I fence of agriculture that made the farmer cut to be a superstar. Agriculture is far and away the most productive, mosf efficient, most competitive segment of our economy. The economic influence of agriculture spreads over many industi-ies. If you want to test this for yourself, invest in a rubber stamp saying, "This bill Bertha army worms could occur in 1972 What effect is this year's out- Tiie first appearance of ber-break of bei-tha army worms; tha army worms in western likely to have on next year's ^^^^^^^ occurred in 1921. Since "S'isTciear cut answer : that time. Ught infestations to this question because such \ have occurred as follows: 1921-f,,t,,, ^ ,,^^iu,^ .,o,.ncitoc 99- 1927-30: 1940:44: 1947-48: factors &�> weather, parasites and diseases all play a significant role. However, the chances 1927-30; 1940;44; 1947-48; 195.3-56; 1962-63; and 1966-68. Until the relatively recent are that these worms will be i large-scale production of rape- a problem again next summer sec