Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Agri-business lures boys from the farms By JIM NEAVES Canadian Press Staff Writer The number of off-farm jobs inagriculturehas risen sharply during the last few years and many rural young people who obtain university degrees in agriculture have no intention of going back to the family farm. But, many spokesmen say, this isn't all bad because al- though the survival of the family farm is important, the Willy Brandt sees progress on unification BERLIN (AP) Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany expressed satisfaction here that the four-power talks on Berlin have entered an active phase of negotiation. "Despite all Brandt said, "the negotiations are mov- ing forward." The 15th session of United States, British, French and So- viet ambassadors to divided Germany reached the point recently where it had become possible to speak of "negotia- tions in the real meaning of the he added. Brandt would not elaborate on what actuary was discussed. efficiency of today's farm de- pends on many forms of what has come to be known as agri-business, some of which were not in existence 20 years ago. Only about seven to 10 per cent of students earning agri- cultural degrees at prairie universities return to the farm move ino the agri- business field, into research and teaching. Conversely, young people and older farmers who attend agricultural colleges for a two-year diploma course are returning to the farms in greater numbers. Almost 50 per cent return to the farm with the other half going into agri-business. The economics of today's farming work against many trained young men staying on the farm after they marry. K. R. Parker, acting cc-or- dinator of agricultural educa lion in Alberta, says: "At the time of marriage, the father and son find that the family farm will not sup- port two families; and the son, with his agricultural training, moves into agri-busi- ness." He says while there may be other reasons, the economic squeeze on farming has been a major factor. In Alberta, there has been a growing enrolment in the di- ploma courses at the agricul- tural colleges at Olds, Vermil- ion and Fairview. save ON INCOME TAX Up to a year may be deduct- ible for income tax purposes from yovr income if you invest it in a REGISTERED RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN while you also guarantee yourself a monthly retirement income for hie. Ask me for with Sun Life of Canada. W. D. J. FEUOWS, Senior Underwriter Bus. 317-3815 Res. 327-5537 SUN LIFE OF CANADA in 19VO there were 392 stu- dents compared with 353 in 1965 and 263 in 1955. There has been a marked increase in the number of stu- dents requesting education loans this year at these col- leges, Mr. Parker adds. He says better income pros- pects have been found in off- farm occupations because of the small returns on farm in- vestments. At the University of Mani- toba, enrolment in the agricul- ture degree course increased to 424 in 1970-71 compared with 314 in 1965-66 and 164 in 1960-61. A survey of graduates dur- ing the last three years showed seven per cent re- turned to the farm in Mani- toba, 29 per cent went into agri-business, 23 per cent into government jobs, seven per cent into teaching, 27 per cent into graduate work and re- search and seven per cent were not known. At Saskatoon, the Univer- sity of Saskatchewan says en- rolment in the four-year de- gree eoi-se dropped this year compared with the previous year and the decline was at- tributed to poor economic con- ditions. Dr. W. J. White, dean of ag- riculture, says the drop in first-year students to 264, low- est total since 1959-60, may re- sult in a shortage of needed, trained personnel in 1975. Saskatchewan's school of agriculture two-year diploma courses reached its peak of 220 enrolled in 1967-68, de- clined during the following two years, then jumped back to 201 this year. There has been no explana- tion for this year's jump, but Canada Manpower launched a program to support such stu- dents, this year. Agriculture Minister H. A. Ruste of Alberta says few uni- versity agriculture graduates return to the farm because such education is not geared to training farmers. "Most students realize they will never go he says, adding: "They take the courses offered because of their love for the industry and their desire for employment in the multiplicity of business and government activities that support modern farm- ing." The list of occupation awaiting the graduates is long and varied. They include sales and serv- ice occupations with equip- ment dealers and distributors, technical assistants such as fieldmen and plot field work at research stations, farm foremen and fieldmen, regu- latory positions with govern- ments, commercial green- houses parks systems, dand- scape contractors and nurs- erymen, farm land assess- ment and appraisal, soil sur- vey work, technical work in livestock production and em- ployment in irrigation dis- tricts. There are growing oppor- tunities in fertilizer sales and distribution, agricultural chemicals sales and service, and range production such as community pastures and the supervision of native pasture lands. Relatively new occupations necessary to today's farming include artificial insemination technicians and crop-spraying pilots. The importance of agricul- ture in its broad sense was il- lustrated by the federal agri- culture minister, H. A. Olson, last fall when he said one of every three Canadian families depends on its pay cheque di- rectly or indirectly on agricul- ture. Dean F. V. MaeHardy, of the University of Alberta agri- culture faculty, says human resources are the key to Can- ada's way of life. "The young men and women graduating are an essential component in Can- ada's enviable human re- source bank." American armed forces drop motherhood rules WASHINGTON (AP) The United States armed services, facing charges of sex discrimi- nation, are easing long-standing Supermarket prices in line GRANDE CACHE (CP) A spokesman for a supermarket here has denied reports of un- warranted high prices, the sub- ject of a demonstration by wo- men a week ago. In attempt to buy food at cheaper prices the women had demonstrated in front of the community's only large gro- cery store and had organized bus trips to Hinton, 85 miles southeast. 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Even with the new regula- tions, the army still is not open- ing the door to wholesale enlist- ment of a previously unaccept- able women. These include hose who were once married or lad a pregnancy while unmar- ried. The changes permits waiv- ers in individual cases. 42 languages a problem for schools TORONTO (CP) When it comes to communicating with pupils and their parents, the city's school board probably has it tougher than the last count it took 42 different lan- guages. That's the number spoken in the board's attendance depart- ment where a staff of social workers, "translater-counsel- lors" and secretarial personnel serve as a multilingual clearing house in addition to their regu- lar work as modem-day truant officers. But even the 42 languages spoken there do not match the number used in the homes oi pupils, says departmental head Bertha Reynolds. 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