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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD -Tueeday, February 19, 1974 DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE A GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-0821, 232 12e STREET NORTH Ric Swihart Can you imagine eating California and Florida vegetables for 12 months of the year? Can you imagine putting up with cardboard tomatoes, woody celery, hollow radishes and small and hot onions on a yearly basis? Well this just might happen because the vegetable growers in Alberta are just about as disheartened as any group Insist on answers to these five questions before you buy a self-propelled you buy a proven system with a Valley Self-Propelled 1. Does it have real protection against rust? The Valley is almost totally galvanized for twice the life and there's a 10-year warranty against corrosion 2. How accurately does it distribute water? Will it provide uniform distribution of water, across its entire length? Does it have individual adjustment at each nozzle7 Ours does 3. Is the resale value good? There are thousands of Valley systems across the country Many are 16 years old and they're still operating 4. How about reliability and maintenance? Steel wheels outwear rubber 4 to 1 No flats' No expensive tires to replace and A simple water hydraulic drive eliminates expensive electric motors, switches, wiring, chains, and sprockets, generators and high pressure oil hydraulics 5. Is there good service available? Valley factory-trains serviceman to know every nut and bolt He lives in your community, too, so he can get to your place fast See the newest development in Centre Pivot Irrigation Systems the "Valley Corner With the Corner System" you can increase your irrigated acreage by 10 to 17% You can alscrlearn why a Valley Centre Pivot Irrigation system is the best for your money. Come to "Valley Days" February 20, 1974, 1.30 p.m. at the Park Plaza Motor Hotel in Lethbridge. Sponsored by Valmont Industries and Oliver Industrial Supply Ltd Irrigation Division, your Valley distributor. OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. 236-36th St North Phone 327-1571 or contact -OLIVER DEALER" MMM you of farmers can be. This was plainly evident at the annual meeting of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Growers Association and the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Commission in Lethbridge last week. Of the 100 fresh vegetable growers in the province, about 10 took the trouble to attend their annual meeting. Of about 40 growers on irrigation land in Southern Alberta, only four turned out for the growers meeting. Three stayed for the commission meeting. Walter Endo of Taber claimed part of the blame for the lack of response from the vegetable growers could be placed on the tough labor situation. Vegetable growers live and die with hired help during the crucial harvest period. If they get enough help, they get all the hi. If they don't, no harvest. The critical period of about six weeks during the summer could be filled by women. And the commission is suggesting women from the urban centres could fill the bill, if they can be talked into it. But also figuring in on the pending fall of the vegetable industry is the exceptionally high prices for other agricultural products. Wheat is selling for per bushel, barley for per bushel and bay for per ton. And all these crops can be planted, maintained and harvested by one or two men or women end of the labor problem. Late last fall, the vegetable industry met with Alberta agriculture minister Hugh Homer to give its view on points and solutions that are needed to maintain a viable vegetable industry. The most pressing point was the formation of a marketing board. Well the CANADIAN GENETICS CANADIAN GENETICS (LETH.) LTD. Artificial Insemination School i Starts March 4-15-1974 Meet at the stud from p.m. Monday to Friday Price includes tuition, books and material required Mail applications early School limited VWtot Welcome Located 1 South MMcMMr School Phono Vegetable growers .seek production help opportunity for such a board will be given to the producers within two months when a plebiscite will be called. Such a board would be able to control the price for the vegetables at the producer level, assuring some form of profit. At the meeting, an incentive program of loans and grants to families or farm companies for production purposes was called for. Instead, the provincial government came out with a program which would increase the per ton returns for producers when the vegetables were sold. Blasted This type of incentive was blasted by growers and commission members. They claim it won't put enough dollars into the industry at a time when it has its toughest fight for existence. The meeting also called for the establishment of re- payment programs based on market returns to the growers. As the price of vegetables climbs, the growers would be able to pay off their loans but in times of low payments, the repayment of thei loans could be altered to ease the financial burden of growers. Rueben Huber, secretary manager of the commission, told the growers most food wholesalers in the province seem to feel that growers owe them a measure of subsidization because they handle the vegetables for the farmers. He said one or two wholesalers never bought any Alberta vegetables during 1973. This means some Albertans were deprived of the opportunity of supporting their own province's industry and at the same time of eating the freshest, most wholesome products available. He pointed to Macdonalds Consolidated in Edmonton as the kingpin 'of wholesalers. This company, according to Mr. Huber, never wavered in support of the vegetable industry. Mr. Huber said Macdonalds Consolidated never questioned the prices they paid for Alberta- grown vegetables and "I don't think they lost any money either. "If the kind of support and co-operation that these men (Macdonalds) extended to our industry was the rule rather than the exception the outlook for the growers would be much brighter." So we get right back to the basic problem in agricultural production in Canada today can farmers go about their business in such a manner that they can make a living according to today's standards. Increasing costs of producing food have got to be offset by increased returns to the growers. They have to have more money to pay for that increased cost of production or else they end up growing food at their own expense for Canadians. That's not bad one might say. Real patriotic. But what about the millions of dollars of food that are being shipped to export markets yearly. A total that is increasing annually. Mrs. Canadian Consumer is going to have to realize that her neighborhood farmer has to have money to live. MELROE BOBCAT WORLD S MOST POPULAR SKID STEER LOADER One Bobcat handles scores of construction jobs! 26 job-proven, quick change attachments transform Bobcat into S26 kinds of construction specialists. Bobcat does the heavy work the gravel, lumber and masonry hauling then quickly handles picky cleanup jobs. Indoors and out Four Bobcat models give contractors a wide range of capacities and power options to choose from All models feature positive 4-wheel drive. 360 pivot turning, fingertip control and foot pedal hydraulics The exclusive Bob-Tach system allows operators to change attachments in less than a minute without leaving the machine For the price of a phone call we'll demonstrate how the Bobcat can save time and money on the kind of jobs you do. And we'll show you how it's easier than ever to own or lease a Bobcat Call us today. 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