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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta -Tuesday, February 6, 1973 - THE LETHBF.IDGE HERALD - � Check records when buying land Farmers are getting sloppy. It's time we pulled up our socks again or we're going to be in deep, deep trouble. The mighty winds of the past month should drive this message home if nothing else does. It's time we farmed with soil erosion in mind. And if we don't farm with soil erosion in mind then it's time stricter measures for the prevention of soil erosion are enforced. "Should I burn the stubble? Should I disc it in? Do I need a field shelter bs'.t over there? Should I spike some lumps up? Or do I have to worry r.bout the texture of the land in that area?" These are some of the questions farmers should ask themselves when they see the soil blow. And it has been blowing, no question about that. If you don't know the score, for heavens sake get to your local agriculture service board and get some answers. "We're getting sloppier and sloppier," says Lethbridge District Agriculturist Murray Mc-Leliand. "We used to have a lot of strip farming. Now we're getting larger and larger fields, 100 acre fields. And if we don't smarten up, it's going to be a lot of grief." It's a funny thing about soil erosion. You'd think we'd learn our lesson. Take a look at those funny looking dykes out by Melicine Hat. The fence is under those heaps, posts and all. It's soil drifting that builds grave markers like that. And some farmers lest ail their good land. In 1955, the Foothills, Little Bow Municipalities Association, meeting at Lethbridge, called for provision of stricter measures for the prevention of soil erosion. But the Soil Conservation Act remains virtually unchanged. The resolution was presented by the County of 40-Mile No. 8. Receiving support by delegates of nine municipal governments from the MD of Rocky View in the north near Calgary to the County of Warner in the south, the resolution urged the provincial government to amend the Soil Conservation Act. "Whatever obstacles prohibit the proper use of the act have got to be removed," said the late H. G. (Steve) Houlton, former reeve of the Lethbridge county. The resolution followed a land erosion civil case heard by Mr. Justice H. W. Riley in Alberta Supreme Court here. The action, brought by Anthony Brittner of Legend against "Harry Kiffiak, also of Legend, was dismissed with the ruling that soil erosion is an act of God if land is being farmed in a normal manner. Brittner sought damages, alleging soil that drifted from Kiffiak's summerf allowed section eroded topsoil on a 106-acre strip' and covered another 20 acres of Brittner's land with sand. The judege ruled the defendant farmed properly. But what about the guys who don't give a damn? Ben Nyhoff, working through the Lethbridge agriculture service board, has been writing some soil conservation notices directed to local farmers. Let's hope they get some attention. Pick any area in the county and you'll find a poor farmer with some land going. Beet land is subject to erosion because the trash cover has been destroyed. And what people don't realize is that meet of the wind erosion starts in the winter. Little ice crystals blow across the land and start to pulverize it. Once it starts going, it takes the next guy's land with it. Anybody who buys taxable Canadian property from a person who does not reside in Canada should try to find ont where that person resides and see that he has obtained a certificate from the federal department of national revenus. This ac'vice comes from Bruce Hackett, head of the Alberta Department of Agriculture's farm management branch. Under Canada's new Income Tax Act, persons who sell taxable property in this country must pay a tax on capital gains, regardless of whether or not he is residing in Canada. If he is a non-resident and sells his property without paying, or guaranteeing to pay, the tax on his capital gain, the purchaser could be liable for a 15 per cent tax on the selling price. When a non-resident taxpayer (individual, company or estate) decides to sell his property in Canada, he should notify the federal department of national revenue of. his intention; and provide that department with the name and address of his prospective buyer, a description of the property, an estimate of its selling price and- the price he paid for the property. At this time he should also pay, or guarantee to pay, the tax on the capital gain that will be due if, and when, the sale takes place. The department of national revenue will then issue a certificate to him and his proposed purchaser stating the vendor's (seller's) estimated selling price. This certificate relieves the purchaser of any obligation to pay the 15 per cent tax, providing that the actual sale price does not exceed that stated on the certificate. If it does exceed that stated on the certificate, the buyer is liable for the 15 per cent tax on the excess value unless the vendor pays the tax on the additional capital gain. If the vendor subsequently pays the tax on the additional capital gain, the purchaser will be refunded. an RCA DISHWASH PRICES FROM .00 MITH'S FOR innces CLOSED MONDAY OPEN THURS. AND FRI. TILL 9 P.M. Ed Smith Gerard Plotted Conrad Plettell Mike Miskulin 236 St. 13th N. Phone 328-5541 ;