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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta TW UTHMIOOI HIXAID Friday, Mnwry AGRO-OUTLOOK By STEVE BAREHAM Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion will be the scene of some important agricultural goings-on March 19-27. The week will no doubt be packed with good solid educa- tional information. Things will get under way on March 19, when Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board, will speak at 2 p.m. in the Yates Memorial Centre. The meeting is sponsored by the Alberta Wheat Pool, and is open to the public. March 20 and 31 will be taken up by the annual Lethbridge Regional Science Fair. Organizers say that with 93 entries, the fair should be bigger and better than ever. The Alberta branch of the Canadian Seed Growers' Asso- ciation will hold its annual meeting at the Pavilion March 22 and 23. The directors will meet March 22, and the mem- bers convention will be March 23. On March 24, the seed growers will sponsor a short course on registered grains, and the annual Lethbridge seed fair will be held March 23 through 25. Also during these three days, will be an agricultural machinery show. Leading machinery dealers in southern Alberta will have machinery on display. Also March 25, there will be a short course on Canada's train handling system, sponsored by the Lethbridge Cham- ber of Commerce, the Lethbridge and District Exhibition As- sociation and the Alberta department of agriculture. The course will take a look at the grain handling system right from the district elevator to export. On March 27, a beef symposium entitled The Beef Indus- try in the '70s and Southern Alberta will kick off. The symposium is sponsored by the Canada department of agriculture, the Alberta department of agriculture, the Lethbridge Community College, the Lethbridge Exhibition board and the Economic Development Commission, and is open to anyone who is interested in beef production, processing or merchandising. Dennis O'Connell, director of Lethbridge's Economic De- velopment Commission, said due to recent developments per- tinent to southern Alberta's beef industry, beef numbers must more than double from the present head per year to about head per year within two years. In light of this, it was thought an opportune time to hold a beef symposium open to all aspects of the beef industry so that all concerned would be able to gear production to meet increasing market demands. 4-H club news RAYMOND The regular monthly meeting of the Raymond 4-H beef club was held Jan. 20 in the Ray- mond Elementary School. The meeting was brought to order by President Theresa Kaupp. Boll call was the length of each member's calf's tail. The minutes and treasurer's report of the previous meeting was given. The club discussed the possibility of having a pan- cake supper this year. Plans regarding the supper will be fi- nalized at the next meeting. Dr. C. Norton gave a talk on Cuts of Beef. This was followed by an impromptu talk given by Beth Holt, Francis Motycka; Ray Romeril, Bob Schefter and Cameron Hancock. Members are reminded that the roll call next month will be the length of their calf from muzzle to the tip of the tail. Chapter one of the project books is to be read and the questions following the chapter to be answered. ANNMARIE SCHEFTER -reporter DEL BON1TA The meeting, held Feb. 6, was called to order and the pledge was led by Ruth Robin- son. A discussion on the district skating party proposed to be held Feb. 20 followed, but no- tiling definite was decided. The new record books were display- ed and circulated among the members and advisory board. A reminder was given to members in regard to public speaking in March and the ju- nior leaders conference to be held Feb. 27. Dale Jorgenson gave a report on the Cardston district 4-H club council organizational meeting. MYRNA RASMUSSEN Experts are wrong again ICTHMIMf MSEAKN STATION Green honey poor seller Peter Wheeler, doubtful when experts from the British Agricul- ture Ministry told him to feed his beet green sugar, took their advice. Now he has nearly a ton of green honey no one wants. "I have even tried making it into marmalade, but that turn- ed out to be bright green as Mr. Wheeler complained. There was nothing left to do but sue the government for bad advice. Ministry officials admitted that Mr. Wheeler is about to collect. He is claiming in damages, but the ministry did not say how much it would pay. Months ago, the ministry con- ceded that most people prefer to eat yellow honey. But it said green honey was perfectly harmless. Later, Mr. Wheeler recalled, the government milted that he experts ad- mjght have trouble selling green honey. "One of their officials came up with a aright suggestion that I add red dye to the honey to neutralize the Mr. Wheeler said. This time the ex- Fii-st n a series Farm income tax important facts With income tax time fast .ap- proaching, there are always many questions farmers wish to know the answers to. This is the first of a continu- ing series of questions and answers which may be of some help: Question What may I claim on my income tax form as wages to my children for work on the farm? Answer Basically, you may claim an amount that was paid to your child if the 'child per- formed work which would have otherwise required the employ- ment of hired help. Also, the amount paid must be in line with paid what to a would have been stranger, and the work done must be related to farm income. Question The farm I oper-' ate is located seven mites from town. During the summer months we live on the farm, then move to town for the win- ter months. Can I claim on my income tax expenses such as taxes and repairs on the town house, for the portion of the year during which we live in it? Answer Expenses paid for the maintenance of your town house are considered to be of a personal nature and are there- fore not allowable as a deduc- tion from income. Question When filing tax returns -are commercial re- serves and elevator deductions to be reported as income for the year they were paid out to a farmer? Answer Normally these will have been reported in the year when credited to his ac- count, and would therefore not be included in his income when actually received. Question I have rented out my farm on which there is a complete set of buildings which are not fully depreciated. Can I continue to claim capital cost allowance under Part XVII, or would I be required to claim under Part XI? Your claim for capital cost allowance on the -reporter farm buildings must now be for Quality BE the varieties you prefer ORbER EARLY USE YOUR OVER DELIVERY PRIVILEGE SeeYour "Pool ManWW! pert advice was ignored. The Shropshire County bee- keeper's trouble began when he bought cheap sugar made available only to beekeepers. Green dye was added to pre- vent sales on the ordinary mar- ket. Mr. Wheeler sad be had mis- givings but the ministry told him the green sugar was "per- fectly safe" and that other bee- keepers had used it success; fully. 'Mr. Wheeler says he has since learned the dye was so strong that one cup of it would be enough to color the entire length of the Thames bright green. made under Part XI of the Regulations. Capital cost al- lowance is recoverable on dis- posal of assets. This includes allowances claimed previously under Part XVII. Question My husband has a farm tractor that he uses, not to earn his living, but to do farming and a little logging and collecting of firewood. Can he claim any depreciation on this farm tractor? Answer If your husband is a farmer and is reporting his income from farming or log- ging he would be able to claim depreciation on the tractor. However, if he has no income from farming or logging, and the tractor is not being used for the purpose of producing in- come, he would be unable to claim any depreciation. Question My husband and I own a farm. The income !..._ always been declared on my husband's income tax form and the cost of running the business has been claimed on my hus- band's form, also. As the farm is owned by both of us can I claim the cost of operation on my income tax? Answer The taxability on any income derived from this particular source, where there is a joint ownership, depends entirely on which of the part- ners supplied the money that originally purchased the prop- erty or business. Normally, in most cases, it comes entirely from the husband, even though the wife may be working and contributing in that way. Un- less the wife has money of her own that she earns herself, or she had money that was left to her to invest in the farm, it is always considered to be the hus- band's income. Question If 1 sell grain to a grain company and request that payment be deferred until the next year, in which year do I report the sale as income on my tax form? Answer You report it in the year it was sold to the com- pany. The fact that you request them to hold payment until a later year does not change the date of sale. However, if you placed the grain in storage, re- ceived storage tickets and did not surrender them until a later year, at which time you are issued a cash ticket, you would report the sale in the year the cash ticket was issued. Question I am a farmer and I used 1964 as the year of averaging for income tax pur- poses and am eligible to aver- age again in 1970. Am I re- quired to average again using 1970 as the year of averaging, or can I wait until a year in which averaging would be more beneficial to me? Answer You may choose any year you wish as the year of averaging, provided that re- turns have been filed as re- quired and that the averaging period chosen does not overlap another period for which you have averaged. Question I am a retired farmer living in the city. My farm lands are rented to a ten- ant. I make six or more trips each year to the farm to super- vise seeding, summer fallowing and harvesting. Can I claim on my income tax return the ex- penses incurred in travelling to and from the farm? A ns w e r Travelling ex- penses incurred while travelling to and from your farm cannot be claimed as a deduction from your rental income. No car, travelling or supervision ex- penses may be claimed as a deduction from rental income, regardless of the source of the rentals. Question What is the in- come lax situation if I sell land with standing crop? Answer If the agreement specifics an amount for the standing crop, that, amount is income to the vendor and an expense to the purchaser. If the agreement docs not. specify an amount for standing crop, then no portion of the selling price is attributable to the standing crop as far ns the purchaser and vnridor urn Agri-business calendar February 14-19 Banff Agricultural policy issues confer- ence February 15 Fort Mackod Swine management series commences February 16 Magrath Baler school February 16 Taber Federal Grain special crops meeting February 17 Coaldale Baler school February 17 Cardston Management decisions and record keeping February 17 Raymond Irrigation of four meetings February 17 Vauxhall Vauxhall agricultural short course February 17 Warner Federal Grain special crops meeting February 18 Picture Butte Irrigation of four meetings February 18 Taber Baler school February 18 Pincher crop clinic February 18 Clareshohn Federal Grain special crops meeting February 19 Vulcan Federal Grain special crops meeting February 22-26 Fort Macleod A.B.S. artificial insemina- tion school February 24 Taber Agricultural chemicaj school com- mences (first of Wednesdays) February 25 Lethbridge Annual meeting Southern Al- berta Swine Producers Association. March 1-3 Calgary Spring bull sale March 9-11 Old's Farmstead mechanization days March 10-20 T- California Vegetable growers tour sponsored by Calgary Power March 16-18 Lethbridge Southern Alberta swine show and sale March 18 Cardston Commercial and hobby fish farming meeting March 19-21 Lethbridge A.I.C. sponsored science fair March 20-26 Olds Pesticide-herbicide applicators training school March 22-27 Lethbridge Week-long Agri-Rama program at Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion March 21-22 Lethbridge Annual meeting and short course Seed Growers Assoc. March 21-25 Lethbridge Annual seed fair and machinery show March 25 Lethbridge Grain marketing short course March 27 Lethbridge The Beef Industry in the '70's Seminar March 31-April 2 Lethbridge Spring bull show and sale Quality in potatoes DR. W. E. TORFASON. Horticulturist Quality in potatoes is the sum of all factors that affect their nutritional value. Personal preference plays an important role in consumer ac- ceptance, and, although most people prefer dry, mealy po- tatoes, some prefer potatoes laving a moist, soggy con- sistency. For others, potatoes merely serve as a base for lib- eral quantities of gravy season- ing. A potato that is good for boil- ing may not necess a r i 1 y be good for baking, french fries, or chips. The ideal variety would be one that could be used for all the above and be pro- cessed satisfactorily into dehy- drated instant potatoes. In evaluating new potato in- troductions, we at the Leth- bridge Research Station con- sider the following factors: Disease resistance: During the growing season the foilage is examined for disease symp- toms. At harvest the presence of hollow heart and tuber di- sease is noted. Appearance: A potato for the fresh market must be at- tractive and relatively uniform in shape, size, and color. For processing, appearance is of less importance. "i Yielding ability: A new variety must have the potential to yield as well is or better than existing varieties. Dry matter content: High dry matter is desirable since it is associated with mealiness in boiled and baked potatoes. Also, it is important to the pro- cessor because higher yields of processed products are obtain- ed as dry matter increases. Culinary rating: Boiled and baked samples of selected introductions are taste tested and rated on the basis of tex- ture, color, and flavor. Highest texture scores are given to very mealy samples and low- est to those that are very sog- gy. Tubers with white flesh are scored higher than those that are creamy or yellow. The pre- sence of off-flavors, the ten- dency to disintegrate during cooking, and the tendency of the flesh to darken after cook- ing are factors for which pen- alties are assessed. Processing: Samples are sliced to a standard thickness and fried at a constant tem- perature in vegetable oil. The resulting chips are scored on the basis of color, those with the lighest color being assigned the highest score. Storage: Selections that have performed satisfactorily in other respects are stored, to evaluate shrinkage, time of sprouting, and any tendency to develop storage rots. TOPS IN SEED CORN Contact ALBERTA WHEAT POOL or the Warwick in Southern Albtrta, HAROLD HUGHES 'WARWlCrO Acres Hybrid Seed Corn P.O. Box 959, Phone 345-4675 Coaldale, Aha. SAFEWAY SUPER SAVERS PRICES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridge Stores Feb. 12-13 FRESH BREAD APPI F KIHGF Mm lib k m W I W k PRFAM PARN II k M Iff W V II Lvl GROUND COFFEE FRUIT IIIIPF U J U I W k SODA CRACKERS Town House, vitamined 48 fl. oz. tin for 99' Taste Tells, Canada Chain 1 4 f I. oz. tin for Lalani' Hawaiian Pineapple 48 fl. oz. tin %J for 1 75' ROBIN HOOD FLOUR II A In llHIwI Burn' shamrock' tc serve- part skinned. Whole, half or quarters Ib. Burns Shamrock side Blade, bone removed. Canada Choice Canada Good Beef Ib f 11 fJ BP APPI K Vl JHIl I kkV Can. Ex. Fey. Spartans 4-qt. bskt. GOLDEN BANANAS 6 T WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES SAFEWAY 1960, CANADA SAFEWAY LIMITED ;