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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tumdty, 17, 1974 Size, owner DAVIS ENTERPRISES (ALBERTA) Wa Pay HlghMt PrteM tor IRON-BATTERIES ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS Division of Davia IndiNttkM ltd. In Ntw Structural Start, AnglM, and Plpm (Whobnto Both Bualnaaaaa Looted at 1505 2nd Ava. S., Lathbridga Phona or 327-8281 Parcels Small farm holdings between Lethbridge and Coaldale. Agricul- ture men say specula- tors and hobby farms drive property prices up- ILLIREN FARM SU The management and staff take this opportunity to thank all of their valued customers for their patronage and wish all the best of health and prosperity in 1975 MILLIKEN FARM SUPPLIES LTD. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Control of the size of farming operations and who should own them will be key conTicts in agriculture in the future, according to the consensus of Southern Albertans attending the fifth annual meeting of Unifarm here last week. John Murray of Lethbridge, a member of the Unifarm livestock commodity group, said when controls for the size of farm operations are planned, organizers must be careful to restrict only adverse sectors of the in- dustry evident at the time. Pointing to the backlash against the Hutterite colonies, Mr. Murray said many people want the size of colonies limited. But many family farm operations in Alberta are as big or bigger than Hutterite colonies. "As soon as you clamp down on one segment, what do you do about he asked. "You step on other toes and then you are on thin ice." Scathed Speculators and foreign investors were scathed by the men during The Herald interview. Herman Stroeve of Pic- ture Butte, Region 14 director of Unifarm, said speculation by professional people and other non farm groups or individuals is reducing the agriculture potential of land and is driving the price for all land up. Gordon Blanchard of Bow Island, Unifarm director for Region 13, said purchases of agricultural land for non farm use have increased land values until it has no relation to the agricultural productivi- ty of that land. He added that investors and speculators won't turn land back to agriculture at a loss so high land prices will be maintained. Mr. Blanchard said in the Bow Island area east to Medicine Hat, lawyers are buying sections of land. These men can't be classed as hobby farmers like peo- ple who are buying small parcels around cities, he said. This form of investment has raised the price of land by 10 per cent he said. Confirmed Bob Klok of Burdett, vegetable and potato com- modity group chairman for Unifarm, confirmed this activity, claiming the investors will pay almost any price. Bums Wood of Taber, chairman of the sugar beet commodity group, said too many people are buying land for reasons other than agriculture. He said this problem is worse near cities where small parcels of 40 or 80 acres are being developed into residential units. He questioned whether fanners would even want to try to farm in such areas in the future because of in- convenient factors. Tymen Donkersgoed of Coaldale, chairman of the poultry commodity group for Unifarm, was the only member to voice optimism in the situation. He claims people not connected directly with agriculture will be taxed off their land. The small holdings will go to market garden operations which require only small amounts of land. Questioning this point of Continued Page 27 Jaber, Alberta Phone 223-4437 NEXT EDITION OF "THE CHINOOK" Will appear in The Lethbridge Herald Tuesday, Jan. 14th Advertisers are reminded that the dead- line for advertisements is Wednesday, January 8th. The Lethbridge Herald ;