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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETIIBRIOGE IIERAID Thursday, Oocomber 24, 1970 1970 busy year for service Rv KUSAUKTH M. ing of barley prices. These arc District Homo AIlK'rlu Department of Agriculture just some of the ways this ex- tension advisory committee lias boon working to improve liai- son between the public and the Loth- j extension service on all matters In the past year the bridge extension advisory com- relating to people in die agri- mil (PP tins bpcn working bnrd cuHural industry. for Ihe rural people of t hi s j who "your committee c'olmt-v- i member is. Then discuss mat- They have had five meetings j ters of interest with him. He since hist spring at which they i will be glad you did, and so have discussed such subjects will you. You" will find one of as these relating to the farm- i tie members living near you. community: the Alberta They are: Bert Magyar, ch'air- C'attlft Commission; the Cana- dian wheat board, in particular its information departm e n t, freight rates, grading by pro- age of Nobleford. tein content, contamination of exported grains and the block system of shipping out grain. There have been full reviews of the agricultural and home economic programs offered by the Lethbridge district exten- sion office. There has been dis- cussion regarding the possibil- ity of dehydrating and pellet- ing of alfalfa, as well as mar- keting of hay, and Ihe stabiliz- man, and Mrs. Mike Pascal of i Turin, Mrs. S. F. Noble, vice-' chairman, and Gen-it J. L. H. Phillips of Barons, Marvin Koole of Monarch, John Murray of McNally, and George Templeton of the Readymade district. Mrs. Ivan Meyers and Mutt Tsukishima of Coalclale, Howard Haney, Walter V. Bor- as, and Benny Nyhof of Picture Butte, as well as Miss Eliza- beth Baiirnan. Jlel Johnston, and Cal Brandlcy of (lie Ev tension Service. By 31 EVE BAREHAM i rpHE LARGEST convention kick-off next July 4, ever held in Lethbridge will the Agricultural Institute of Canada and the Canadian Farm Writers Federation jointly hold a convention in the city. Tiie four-day convention is expected to attract about delegates from across Canada. The theme for the AIC's program will be Water and Tomorrows Agriculture, and will include discussions on such controversial topics as: Canada's place in a world of hungry millions, the population explosion, pollution and the sale of Canada's natural resources. Tours will also form an important part of the program, with excursions travelling throughout the south. The purpose of the convention is to provide affiliated societies the opportunity of holding concurrent national meetings where scientific and technical papers may be pre- sented and studied in effect, a catalyst for exchanging knowledge. convention of this size in a city of limited facilities is not without its problems, and a plea has gone out from program organizers to hotel and motel managers to aid in providing adequate accommodations. The event will obviously mean a sizeable monetary in- jection into the city's economy and all of southern Alberta, as many of the delegates will combine the convention with summer holidays. Fur coal costs Chinchilla business booms Uy STHVK ISAKtilUM UcraM Farm WritiT While singling out man's best friend may prove difficult, there is no question that Chinchilla is world. The soft silkincss of the fur is a result of the actual fur structure. As each hair follicle emerges from the skin it di- vides into as many as indivi- dual strands. The finished product may he One of ihe people capitalizing i seen in the form of full length coals, valued at about CHINCHILLA FUR Tiny Wiggins, Lethbridge, holds o fur from one of the Chin- chillas he raised. Recognized as the most valuable furs in the world, a full length coal is worth about Mr. Wiggins has been raising the prized rodents since 1956. board proposals may'stifle grain, industry in responding to a production aga, and would be allocated in responsibility for storing excess Hog premium ends Dee. 31 The final phasing out of the i grading system offers higher federal governments hog qual-! returns to producers who niar- ity premium program will be ket h.igh quality but l.ne premium program was contin- ued for a time as a double in- completed on December 3i The government began to i eentive to producers to adjust phase it out when it introduced their breeding and manage- its new hog grading system on ment programs to the new December 31. The new system. and grains receipt policy for the western grain industry tab- led by Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Canada wheat board, the Alberta Wheat Pool observed "The set of proposals :abled by Mr. Lang does not provide a basis for growth and market development for our )rcduct. "The proposals remove cash now provided to farmers and iistified by economics, without replacing the expenditures with equally constructive alterna- tes. Western grain producers are determined to expand and develop international markets for their product. This must be done in a harsh economic en- vironment in which our compe- titors are aided by their gov- ernment in several ways in- cluding financial support and guarantees." Several programs which the Alberta Wheat Pool believes would be constructive and stim- ulating to western grains man- agement include: (a) The government of Can- ada should assume carrying charges on a calculated volume of grains sold through the Ca- nadian wheat board. This plan would apply to perhaps the ini- tial 350 million bushels in stor- selected amounts of wheat, oats, and barley depending market opportunities. The pro- ducer would be responsible for storage charges on board grain in excess of the prescribed amounts allocated under the formula for each grain. This plan would not include flax rye and rapeseed as these grains are handled on the open and futures market, and would not be a part of the plan until they came under the Canadian wheat board control. The Temporary Wheat Re- serves Act was brought into being at a time when wheat was considered our only impor- tant grain export. The govern- ment of Canada accepted the principle that stocks of wheat carried in public storage should be considered a national asset. Beginning in 1955, responsibitity for the costs of storing wheat in an amount above 178 million bushels in public storage was undertaken by Canada. This principle has not been denied. However, the effect of the act in part has been to accentuate wheat at the expense of other crops. Qur proposal that a spe- cified volume of board grains in public storage should be stored a public expense leaves Seasons greeting from Alberta department of agriculture By ,T. G. CAI.PAS, P.A regional agriculturist, Alia department of Agriculture, world less fortunate than our- selves. Being involved in an induslrv As we approach the festive and department concerned with season we are reminded of our! the provision of food for our good fortune to live and work j fellow-man Christmas has a in a country and region of great j special and personal signifi- abumlance. i cancc to oiu- staff, as we are But our thoughts and prayers j sure it docs for each producer, also include the many less for-j We have come through a year tunate in our midst and over al much reduced returns to pro- thc world; suffer from j ducors in some segments of the want of the barest essentials i industry but we usher in the of enough to eat and clothe j New Year with renewed opti- themselves from day to day. We hope in this world" of cha n gc, political strife and tcrlinologic.nl progress t h a I. ways .'ind means win .soon he ppportunity and certain dial- 1 sumers alike, our wannest _______ _, __________ 0 ___ lenge. Recent activities in Can- j wishes for a cheerfu] holiday ing to negotiations toward mut- amounts with the producers Such a plan provides a safe- guard against stimulating sur pluses. The Alberta Wheat Pool sub- mits that Canada requires ade- quate stocks of wheat, oats, am barley in public storage at al times to meet prospective sal commitments of various kinds and grades. National assistano in assuming carrying charges on desirable stocks of sucl grains is valid, and is a desir able, justifiable assistance to agricultural trade. It would also contribute indirectly to- Can- ada's balance of payments. Grain producers must niPikei a substantial portion of their producl. on Ihe export market and are bound by the price limitations of that market to a considerable extent. It is conse- quently extremely difficult to adjust farmer receipts to re- flect- economic pressures caused by inflation in Canada and resulting increases in costs of goods which farmers buy There is adequate justification tor a realistic two-price system which would reflect the true economic situation in Canada a least in so far as it apph'es to products purchased by Cana- dians for their own consump- tion. The Task Force report on Ag- riculture observes that tariffs were estimated to cost Cana- dians Si billion per year in higher prices and loss of effi- ciency as long ago as the mid- 1950's. The report recommends a general policy position for the Canadian government of con tinually initialling and respond- ada, and specifically in Alberta; I season and a New Year a bun- point to much greater empha- j dant in health, happiness and sis on marketing. Perhaps the motto for agri- culture could well bo "Sell in the Seventies'1, as producers, their organizations and agen- cies all look beyond production in gearing to meet and com- pete on the world markets. .1 am convinced that much un- tapped potential exists for Al- ual lowering of tariff levels and reduction of non-tariff barriers to international trade. next decade. To be sure, 1371 (wind In bring peace and well- i and the seventies will mean being to the millions in the continued change, meaningful 34-0-0 BAG OH BULK 23-23-0 BULK SALES DELIVERED CASH i nliyHrftijj A r End, not ,T. 1970 DOUBL 'A' FERTILIZER SERVICES LTD. 2201 20ih Avc. S. Phone _ AUnn A. Collins 328-1565 or Larry Floichcr 328-7420 It has been a year ofjberta farmers and secondary serious policy and direction re- j agricultural industry; but that view of our industry: planning lvc will have to be "much more ifirl charting the course for I hi- i determined and imaginative in setting goals and making our own opportunities. The depart- ment of agriculture is Sssum-1 is'.g, and hopefully wi" its' role and leadership to help bring this about. It is our hope that critical policy evaluation and re-organ- ization within our department, will combine to bring Albertans a greater measure of service and increased prosporitv in W7I. Hrgion.il and disl.rit-f .staff have liwn ronlribill ing to Tin: Hcr.-fl'l farm page for Ibr twn vrars and v, r have tnain- t.linrd Ilir rai'-ndir farm wiili the hop" lii.il, both have t-cnrd a meaningful pur- pose. Our tlianks to Tire Loth- bridge Herald for making this media possible. All the members of the pro- vincial department of agnciil- BAGGEH RAGGEO 7 Ictlibritlgc Calendar oi: farm events January S Vulcan Beef Series commences: (Brood Cow Management) January 6 Claresholm-fS'anton Beef series commences (New developments in Nutrition) January 7 Medicine Hat Beef Series commences January 8 Lethbridge Beef Series commences January 11 Vulcan Agricultural-Manpower Farm Busi- ness Training course commences weeks in- tensive course) Janu.iiry 13 Tabor Agricull.iira! Manpower c o u r 5 commences, ti Brooks Agricultural Manpower course commences January U-ifi lied Deer Alberta Retail Implement dealers Association Convention January 15-16 Regina Palliser Wheat Growers' First Annual meeting January 19 Bow island Potato Day Storage and Ventilation 2" Weed Control Meeting Ivimoninii Western (irnup.rr- l 'onvrnlion Taller RC.-I. -'-1 Calgary Direction "71 Conference riiHi.ir.Tj Outlook and Small Rural Industry Develop- ment January Bo'.v island Agricultural Manpower Course commences January 27 Lcthbridgn Regional Agricultural Service Board Conference M Banff Western Stock Growers Convention Calgary Meat Packers' Council of Canada Annual Meeting. on this fact is Tiny Wiggins, Lclhbridgc, who has been rais- ing the valuable rodcnls since his retirement in 1950. The Chinchilla originated in the Ar.des mountains of South America, and was prized by the natues who used the furs for ceremonial costumes. With the arrival of Ihe while man the Chinchilla pelts real- ized increasing popularity and due to unrestricted slaughter, faced near extinction by the early 20 century. From very meagre numbers less than a century ago. the Clu'nchilla lias been domesticat- ed and today abounds in cap- tivily throughout the civilized world. The first Chinchillas ar- rived in Canada in 1937. Mi Wiggins started his Chin- chilla breeding program with three animals, two females and one male which he purchased for Now he has about 175 of the animals, including 30 breeding females and 10 breed-- ing males. Chinchillas normally have two litters a year, one in the early spring and one in the summer. Their gestation period is 111 days. Litters usually consist of two kits, although litters of three and four are not uncom- mon. The kits are born witii their eyes open, a full set of teeth, fully furred and can scamper about in a matter of hours after birth. They weigh only one and a half to two ounces at birth, and are not fully grown until one and a hah" to two years of age. Chinchillas are herbivorous animals, with a diet consisting mainly of commercially pre- pared feed pellets, good quality timothy hay or alfalfa and mixed course grain supplement- ed with dandelions, or grass clippings. The fact that Ihe Chinchilla is not a meat eater makes the cost of feeding them much lower than other good fur bearing animals which require meat. The average Chincliilla is a grey color, although some mu- tations are being developed through crossbreeding in shades of black and beige. A single black mutation male would he worth about a beige jackets, stoles. and is also used as lining, on hats, gloves and as trim. The Lethbridge Branch of Ilia National Chinchilla Breeders o! Canada are holding a field day Jan. 10 in the Fish and Game Hall, 9 Avc. 10 St. in Lclh- bridgc. The public is welcome. LtTHBRIDOE RESEARCH STATION Beetles iji the cupboard about and a grey about Females in all colors are worth about ?200 less than the males. Mr. Wiggins selects and pelts all his own animals before ship- ping to New York. Pells are worth from 510 to Pelts are graded according to density, clearness and fur strength, and are recognized as one of the finest furs in the By PHIL BLAKELY Information Officer Lcllibridg Research Station Many insects infest homes. Cockroaches and flies not only damage food but also con- taminate it with tilth. Bedbugs and fleas are known for the discomfort they cause to hu- oa fabrics or decaying organic matter. Others, such as box- elder bugs and ladybird beetles, are casual invaders of the home and are merely bother- some. Good housekeeping will con- trol most of these household pests, though sometimes, an in- secticide also may be needed. Although the reports of bed- bug and cockroach infestations are increasing, the most fre- quent, reports of household in- sects received at the Leth- bridge Research Station are of small beetles in and around kitchen cupboards. Their ap- pearance usually indicates that a grain or grain product in the cupboard is infested. A thor- ough search usually reveals that a package of dog biscuits or of a seldom-used food such as oatmeal is "crawling" with the beetles; other packages may be lightly infested. Several species of insects in- fest foods. Food processors take great care to produce an insect- free product, but an occasional lot may become infested. By the tinie ail infestation in a food-processing plant is noticed and control measures are ap- plied, the insects may have laid eggs in the food or packing material. If the food is stored for a period, eggs hatch and the resulting insects may spread to other stored foods. Conditions in the home are ideal for the development of in- sects from the egg through the larval stage to the mature egg- laying beetle. The first step in controlling insects that infest food is to find and destroy the infested food. Many dry foods, includ- ing spices, contain grain prod- ucts; nuts and dried fruits also may be infested. Check every- thing, even unopened pack- ages. Placing foods that are suspect in the deep-freezer for a few days will kill all stages of the insect and, as thse beet- les do not cany filth as do cockroaches, much food can be salvaged. Many foods can be stored in the freezer. Foods re- maining on the shelves should be placed in sealed prefer- ably glass containers to pre- vent the beetles from spreading to foods not yet infested. Cup- boards should be thoroughly vacuumed to remove food par- ticles that accumulate in cracks. Insecticides or fumigants can- not control the insects in food: they are no substitute for good housekeeping. If you do use an insecticide for a quick "knock down" of insects in cupboards, choose it with care and use it according to the information on the label. Harvest nutrition results Results of tests carried out by the Alberta soil and feed testing laboratory showed vir- tually no difference in the nu- tritional value of grain samples harvested in the fall and sam- ples from the same fields har- vested the following spring. P. J. Mai-tin, nutritionist with the provincial department of agriculture, reports that analy- sis done on grain from several fields that were partly harvest- ed in the fall of 1969 and fin- ished in the spring of 1970 showed no perceptible differ- ence in the protein, calcium or Dhosphorous levels. There was, however, a slight decrease in bushel weight, indicating a slightly lower energy content DEPT. toft lo ricjhl: Mr, M.rjrvtn (Mouse) Mr. George Wiliianvs, Mona- ari, Mr-. Connie Vo no hies and Mrs, Frfida Barton. Management and Staff of Woolco Appliance Depi, wish to take this op- portunity to thank the Residents of Southern Alberta and Soulh tasiern British Columbia for their continued support during 1970, and look forward to serving you in 1971i To ono and all, A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ;