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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Thursday, February Sugar beet producers to ask for per ton floor price By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer In a move to protect producers from declining world prices, the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association will ask the federal government for a per ton floor price on sugar beets. The ASBGA, Canada's largest sugar beet association, passed the floor price resolution at its 49th annual meeting held Wednesday at the El Rancho Motor Hotel. The floor price "that has been in effect the past few years is no longer sufficient, should world sugar prices fall, to give the beet producer a return great enough to cover production costs, let alone maintain his comparative competitive Lalovee Jensen, association president, told the meeting. "An entirely new reassessment of our position will have to be made and policies worked out that will keep sugar beet production in a profitable he said. There is now no floor price for sugar beets, Mr. Jensen told The Herald. However, if world sugar prices dropped drastically the federal government would introduce one. In the past the floor price has been but world sugar prices have been fluctuating so much the federal government hasn't decided on a new floor price, he said. He did not say what the new floor price would be but did say it would be enough to keep fanners in business. However, prices have been so high and returns have been satisfactory so there is no real need now for a floor price, he said. Dr. G. R. Purnell, Alberta deputy minister of agriculture who was the meeting's guest speaker, told The Herald the provincial government had recommended to the federal government a new floor price for sugar be established. The provincial government recommended the new floor price be tied closely to the cost of production, Dr. Purnell said. A new and higher floor price would be an incentive for producers to stay in sugar beets and not switch to other crops which are fetching more money. In his address to the meeting, he told producers to stick with sugar beets and aim for long-term profits rather than switch to something else for a short-term gain. He said switching to other crops for short- term profits would catch up to farmers in the long run when the pendulum swung back. In other business, A. G. Evans told the 200 producers at the meeting that sugar extraction from beets was down this year over previous years. It was between 240 and 243 pounds per ton which was well below the 1967 crop at 260 pounds and the 1968 crop at 262 pounds. "For some reason, the sugar was not coming out of the other end of the he said. "Regrettably I do not have the answer of the poor sugar yield from an apparently good beet. I can only speculate that due to fertilizing practice and the climatic conditions the sugar was just not as extractable this year as it is some years." Walter Strom, chairman of the labor committee, reported there was no shortage of hand labor during beet thinning or weeding. "We had a good year in both numbers and quality of sugar beet he said. Sixty-two per cent of the total acres were worked by native labor, 23 per cent by other labor, 10 per cent by growers' families and five per cent by machines. In 1973 there were native workers who earned a total of on sugar beets alone, Mr. Strom said. John Vaselenak, chairman of the agriculture committee, told the meeting 1973 was a demoralizing year as extra crop efforts on behalf of the growers were required to produce this year's beet crop. "On the other hand, prices for other crops rose to new highs with better than expected he said. "Growers immediate reactions were was it worth remaining with beets. "However, as the new crop of sugar came to the market, world prices rose significantly, thus reflecting an increase in sugar beet prices. "If present indications remain, this eould result in the highest return ever for sugar beets. This fact coupled with the necessity of row crop rotation on irrigated lands will n6 doubt make sugar beets a beneficial and attractive crop to grow." The secretary-treasurer's report showed there were tons of sugar beets harvested by 923 growers in 1973. This is down by tons over 1972. There were acres contracted to sugar beets in 1973 compared to in 1972. The election of association officers saw Mr. Jensen re-elected as president, Burns Wood returned as vice-president, and Harry Boyse re-elected secretary-treasurer. City Big Brothers said to be unique in Canada By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge has a Big Brother organization that is unique in Canada, the Lethbridge and Big Brothers' Association was told Wednesday at its annual meeting. Bud Herman of Vancouver, vice-president of Big Brothers of Canada, told the Lethbridge group that in one year from its founding it had set up three relationships and obtained 70 prospective Big Brothers, using only volunteer help. "For any organization that has grown as fast as you have in said Mr. Herman, "there are many challenges ahead." He also said the Lethbridge chapter had reversed the biggest problem facing Big Brother organizations nationally. The usual situation was a backlog of Little Brothers, but in Lethbridge the situation was reversed, with 70 volunteers and three relationships established. If the Vancouver organization did not move Big Brothers want 50 little brothers in year A goal of 50 Big Brother relationships within a year formed the basis for a budget approved Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Lethbridge and District Big Brothers' Association. Treasurer Don Dawson said the expenditure listed would be the minimum cost of 30 relationships, since experience elsewhere had shown that the minimum cost of a relationship was per year. Part-time employees would be necessary with more SAVE! BRC, BENY, and PHILLIPS BICYCLES now at 1973 PRICES CaH Sporting Goods DOWNTOWN Phone than 15 relationships, he said, and full-time employees with more than 25. The association now has three relationships established and one being established, but there are 50 Little Brothers on the waiting list. The budget estimated salaries for a professional social worker and a secretary- receptionist at 'and with for car mileage at 14 cents a mile. Mr. Dawson said some other agencies had criticized the salary figures as too low. Ed McTavish, president of the association, said some corners might be cut on the latter figure. Mr. Dawson outlined several possible sources of funds, including a letter campaign, booths at the Exhibition Grounds for Whoop-Up Days and at the 1975 Canada Winter Games, sponsorship by service clubs and businesses and an annual dance. Officers elected at the meeting were Dr. McTavish as president, Mr. Dawson as treasurer, Agnes Makarenko as secretary and Jim Wimple as vice-president. FOX DENTURE CLINIC ESL1922 PHONE 327-45U E. S. P. FOX. C.O.H. FOXLETMMD6EOBITM.UI 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. LETHBRIDGE REFRIGERATION LTD. Commercial BefUgeraUon SpicHllrti WALK-IN FREEZERS COOLERS ICE MAKERS 111 11lti Street Swift Phone t2S-413S DINE DANCE Friday Saturday This Week Featuring Thft 4 K's Dining Room fcOOtolfcOOpm NO COVER CHARGE Phone 328-775R for Reservations Sunday FAMILY DAY SUNDAY BRUNCH 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FAMILY DININQ 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (SPECIAL CHILDREN'S MENU) 1-H THE OLD TSUCrmCW Of WE5TCTPM u fast, he said, it would be surpassed by Lethbridge before the next annual meeting. "No other agency in Canada can do what Big Brothers does with said Mr. Herman. The meeting's second speaker, Joe Ryder of Flint, Mich., said Big Brothers was the agency dealing in individuals. Most agencies, including Boy Scouts, probation officers, schools and mental health groups dealt with groups or numbers of people. But Big Brothers set up a one- to-one relationship between two people to help one of them, he said. But trained social workers were necessary to 'a successful agency, even though volunteers did the helping, he said. Dr. Ryder also outlined reasons for the necessity of Big Brothers. The family is a necessary social unit, he said, providing a child with security, love and direction, and giving him his ideals and aspirations. A boy needed to identify with a man to gain ideals and aspirations. When a family broke down, said Dr. Ryder, it left the child out on a limb through no fault of his own. But Big Brothers could successfully provide a substitute male identity, he said. "You can't replace a good he said, "But you can provide a pretty good substitute." In support of this, he said 92 per cent of the adult male prisoners in Massachusetts came from broken homes and 66 per cent of the juvenile delinquent boys in Michigan came from fatherless homes, as did 88 per cent of the juve- nile delinquent girls. The cost to society was such that it cost over a year to keep a child in an institution, he said. "No matter how hard a mother he said, "She can't do everything, she can't be both mother and father." But a study done in Michigan showed little delinquency among Little Brothers, he said. Of boys who had been Little Brothers for more than five years, less than four per cent entered the courts again, even if they had been in trouble before. This led normally tight- fisted county officials to give the Big Brothers organization the cost of two salaries, he said, because it cost the taxpayers less than reform schools. BERGMAN'S Phone 32S-M72 271S 12M S, Bejewelled A 60-year jewel membership to the Lethbridge Royal Arch Masonic, Lodge was recently presented to John B. McKerrow. Mr. McKerrow joined the lodge in August of 1909 in his native Cambuslang Chapter, Scotland. He continued his membership when he immigrated to Lethbridge in 1913 and joined the Shekmah Chapter 4. Hotel management course considered A hotel-motel management program will be given future consideration and an apprenticeship program for carpenters will be offered at the Lethbridge Community College, it was decided Wednesday at a meeting of the college board. A first-year program for carpentry apprentices will begin in the fall and consideration will be given to providing both the first and second years of apprentice training the following fall. The senior years of the apprenticeship program would only be offered at the Northern and Southern Alberta Institutes of Technology. Alters classes Lethbridge Community College classes will continue for two weeks longer in the spring of 1975 to make up for classroom time lost when the college doses for the Winter Games. Instead of most college programs concluding at the end of April, they will be extended into the first two weeks of May in 1975, the LCC governors decided Wednesday. The 1975 convocation is scheduled for May 10th. The LCC governors instructed college administrators to do an elaborate program proposal on a revised form of the hotel- motel management program for possible implementation in the fall of 1975. The college at one time offered a hotel-motel management program but eliminated it for several reasons. The previous program had little input from the industry, didn't provide on-the-job training, lacked practical training in food preparation and included several course organization problems, the governors were informed in a report from the director of business education. D. R. Maisey indicated that the need for well-trained potential employees in the hospitality industry is growing. The program must also receive the approval of the department of advanced education before implementation. Foreign demand top agricultural variable SHELBY, Montana (Staff) Changes in demand, especially foreign demand, is one of the biggest factors in agricultural economy, says a United States department of agriculture official. Claude Freeman, deputy director of the grain division of the agricultural stabilization and conservation service for the USDA, told about farmers and ranchers at the 8th annual Montana Farm Forum here Wednesday it is their duty to produce commodities to fill that changing demand. He said U.S. farmers have the money, knowledge and equipment to produce "one hell of a lote more than this country can and a terrific demand throughout the world for food has given the U.S. producer an opportunity to exploit his production potential. Agriculture gets priority 17.5. farmers promised fuel SHELBY, Montana (Staff) Total gasoline, diesel fuel and propane requirements for 1974 production was promised all United States fanners and ranchers despite that country's worst energy crisis hi history. Ken McMillan, confidential assistant to U.S. secretary of agriculture Earl Butz, told about Northwest U.S. fanners and ranchers here Wednesday that agriculture will be placed in the super priority category if and when energy supplies become absolutely critical. He stressed that when Mr. Butz said 100 per cent of energy supplies would be provided for agriculture, he meant the amount needed for 1974, not the amount that was used in 1973. Mr. McMillan said politicians and uninformed people have blown out of all proportion the U.S. wheat sales to the Soviet Union. Critics of the U.S. government have blamed apparent shortages of grain supplies on huge sales of wheat to Russia. Mr. McMillan said the Russian sales were just part of a 1.2 billion bushel export year in 1973. He said the increase in agricultural trade between the U.S. and Japan and the U.S. and the European Economic Community between 1972 and 1973 was greater in both cases than the total trade with Russia last year. Mr. 'McMillan pointed to CUFF BLACK DENTAL UB KMCIILiaTILMM. LmMrUwl For Your Valentine ThlFTO LOVE BUNDLE with Joie de Fieur Perfume. 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Early estimates for 1974 show 70 million acres of farmland will be planted to wheat, an increase from 59 million acres in 1973. And this added production will increase the U.S. wheat harvest to 2.1 billion bushels to fill a 1974 export potential of one billion bushels. He pointed to record high food prices for the American consumer in 1973 and blamed it on two events. There was a general world- wide poor harvest in 1973 and many countries bought huge amounts of food, many to stockpile to assure a supply. Also, the U.S. dollar value was out of line with the currencies in the major developing countries! This allowed these countries to buy U.S. agricultural commodities 15 to 20 per cent cheaper than Americans could. Mr. Freeman said there always is risk in agriculture but that risk would be greater in 1974., ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC StfewvU 222 5tl It. S. 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