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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta _ THE LETHMIDOE HERALD Thursday, February II. BIG QUESTION: how to keep youth on the farms By JIM NEAVES Canadian Press Staff Writer To entice youth to stay on or return to farms there must be more financial security built into agriculture. This is the consensus of Western Canada farm spokesmen concerned about declining rural populations and the increase in the average age of today's farmers. Today's rural youth are better educated than ever and, because of the lack of financial security in farming, lend to move to jobs in urban centres. This has led to the situation where a farmer ap. proaching retirement has none of his family who wants to take over the operation. Samuel Uskiw, Manitoba agriculture minister, says income security and stabilization programs for agricultural commodity prices could play a "vital role" in restoring rural communities to their proper place in today's society and attracting young people to farming. D. T. McFarlane, Saskatchewan agriculture minister, says the most important factor is the development of policies which will provide new, firm long-range markets for agricultural products. "Once we establish markets it will attract young also savs co-operation is needed among all levels of government and private industry to ensure credit policies will be provided to make farming attractive and at an interest rate that will allow ycung people to get started in agriculture. It takes about to get started in agriculture, most of the high cost involving land and machinery. E. A. Boden. Saskatchewan Wheat Pool vice-president, says one way to deal with this would be establishment of some form of land transfer policy in which the government could purchase land from a farmer who wants to retire and then lease it to a young man at reasonable cost on a long-term basis. But A. M. Runciman of Winnipeg, United Grain Growers president, says an attitude of commitment is needed tied to the knowledge there is satisfaction in growing a good crop or raising good livestock. "But for ycung persons to commit themselves and then find out after 13 to 25 years of hard work that they are faced with bankruptcy is not what they want from a life on the he says. "Security that would protect them from this sort of thing would be just as important as a regular flow of dollars am cents into their D. McNairnay, Manitoba assistant deputy municipal affairs minister, says the lack of economic opportunity is one symptom of illness in his province's rural areas. Concerned about diminishing retail sales and populations in rural areas, Mr. McNairnay says this change cannot be stopped but can be adapted to preserve those "things we regard as essential to our way of life." Harold Sneath, Manitoba Pool Elevators president, says there is a much greater impact to the rural-urban migration than most people realize. "I think it is much better to retain some rural areas and to maintain some people on the farm than to crowd everybody into the cities." Federal Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson said last fall agriculture has been but Mr. Boden says this is partly the farmer's was time farmers presented their case to the urban population. "Otherwise we're not going to pet the government and the general public to accept policies required to keep in a viable position." The agricultural industry has rejected a section of the controversial federal report on agriculture in the '70s which said younger, non-viable farmers should be of fanning throigh temporary welfare programs, education and the provision of jobs in other sectors of the economy. The industry maintains this attitude concentrates too much on the hard economic facts without concern for the social implications. The nub of reluctance by young people to get into farming is the high cost of production coupled with decreasing revenue from sales of produce. Mr. Uskiw says governments must try to do something to reduce production costs and that young people won't be attracted unless there are unproved financial guarantees for produce sales. centre on schools sp< EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Urban Municipalities' Association has asked Education Minister Robert Clark for stricter enforcement of regulations governing school board spending. In a letter to the minister, Ernest Newman. AUMA executive secretary, says 71 boards have been allowed funds from their municipal authorities above the amount stipulated by the province. The regulations say that urged mding board wishing to increase its budget by more than six per cent a year must call a public vote on the additional funds. Mr. Newman said the association is concerned the ruling "will be .overlooked and COAST SEAFOODS TRUCKLOAD SALE OF FRESH FISH AND SEAFOODS Will bt held at FORT WHOOP-UP SERVICE Thursday, February 18th and Friday, February 19th FROM 11 A.M. TO 8 P.M. A shipment of Lake Whitef'uh, Pickerel and Northern Pike will included in thii BARBER SHOP WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS Tuesday, February 23rd LOWER FLOOR McFARLAND BUILDING, ZIP 'ER UP Andrea Gemma, 13, found an original way to beat the steady rain. While waiting for a bus in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, she tucked herself in- tide a garment bag carried by companion Rob Nicholson. Ombudsman No. 2 may be needed EDMONTON (CP) Alber- ta may need a second ombuds- man in the future to avoid cre- ation of a "new George McClellan, the present ombudsman, said here. He said in an interview that he doesn't foresee this happen- ing for some time. "But the day the volume (of complaints) becomes so great I have to start delegating the authority to make the final de- cision, that would be the day I started a new bureaucracy. "If that happened, I would have a discussion with the gov- ernment about the appointment of a second ombudsman." Mr. McClellan said the sec- ond ombudsman would have equal authority with him but the two would deal with dif- ferent complaints. POLARIZED LENSES POLARIZED LENSES com- pletely eliminate annoying glare from water high- ways and beaches. And now you can have them in your own pre- scription! Drive more safe- ly. See more clearly. Frarr- ed in our zingy new plat- ters, squares, ovals or octagons. Order them today! 308 7lh St. S. s-4l' Phone 327-5949 or 3J7-3609 Student housing law challenged CALGARY (CP) The Uni- versity of Calgary has filed affidavits in Alberta Supreme Court challenging the legality of a city bylaw which taxes student residences. One affidavit asks the bylaw be overruled on the basis that certain legal requirements were not adhered to in city council's handling of the bylaw. The other seeks a court order instructing the city assessor to take the 20 acres of land on which the university residences are located off the city's tax rolls. The bylaw was passed Dec. 16 after changes were made in provincial legislation early last year. KINDLE TROUBLE ROME (AP) Police ar- rested 28 prostitutes warming themselves at bonfire0 they had built in the streets. They were i charged Wednesday with violat- ing the law forbidding fires in the streets. Just a Few Examples of Our Special Offers at HOYT'S SPECIALTY SLEEP SHOP 13th ST. N., LETHBRIDGE SPRING MORN 39" .MATTRESS AND BOX SPRING AND 6 LEGS Quality 220. 13 oouoe toil construction. Smooth lop, rayon damask iickinq. Reg. Price 74.95 SPECIAL OFFER 49' SPRING MORN 54" CONTINENTAL BED COMPLETE WITH LEGS This unit contains the wmu riuullly .-.instruction ai above. Mattress, box