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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February LETHBRIDOE HERALD-3 CONCERN EXPRESSED OVER LAND TO GROW FOOD By JIM NEAVES SASKATOON (CP) There is a growing concern among Canada's farmers and their organizations about the ever-in- creasing reduction in the amount of land available to grow food. Among the agriculture industry's current problems both international and domestic, the land-use concern appeared more prominent than in previous years as the two-day an- nual meeting of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture opened Tuesday. At least two Columbia and Saskatche- taken steps to control land use and both the On- tario and New Brunswick federations of agriculture made special reference to the situation in reports to the meeting. Ontario said the situation is so critical that, if present losses of farm land continue at current rates, within 50 years all of that province's top food-producing land would be under concrete. The New Brunswick federation said the disappearance of farm land is a major concern and it is working with the pro- vincial agriculture department to formulate policies that will reverse this trend. The maritime federation said some government legislation will be necessary to conserve good land for agriculture. However, at the same time, the problem is compounded because farmers should not be expected to "turn away offers to buy at current inflated prices nor should the farmer who buys this land be expected to pay beyond what he can afford." The Ontario federation said that if the market value of a farmer's land is reduced by a land-use decision made to benefit all of society, "then society should compensate that farmer for his loss." "We have met with resistance from the government and are concentrating our efforts to convince provincial politicians that this compensation is necessary." U.S. beef ban action pondered SASKATOON (CP) Canada may be forced to place an embargo on shipments of beef from the United States, Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan told the Canadian Federation of Agriculture Tuesday. Mr. Whelan, speaking at the federation's annual meeting, said U.S. government action in banning the use of the chemical growth stimulant DES in cattle has been thrown out by the courts in that country and the U.S. government has been told to start all over again to have the chemical banned. This problem will have con- siderable effect in Canada where the federal government moved to follow the DES ban imposed south of the border, Mr. Whelan said. "The Canadian government does not intend to change its he said, adding that many other countries, mainly It doesn't seem to work OTTAWA (CP) If you want revenge on the govern- ment for levying a charge or tax you consider unfair, don't bother paying with a six- square-foot cheque. It doesn't seem to work. A recent attempt at such a protest by a business group apparently has accomplished little, except for inconven- iencing some Ottawa banks. The Canadian Council of In- dependent Business issued two-by-three-foot cheques to its members for use as a protest payment of in- creased Unemployment Insur- ance Commission (UIC) con- tributions by employers. GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE THURSDAY SUNSET L Pre 30 .06 11 .56 .02 .01 Lethbridge......37 Pincher Creek 34 Medicine Hat 33 Edmonton 32 Grande Prairie.. 35 Banff........... 34 Calgary......... 35 Victoria........ 51 Penticton....... 41 Prince George 25 Kamloops....... 47 Vancouver...... 49 Saskatoon....... 20 Regina 26 Winnipeg.......21 Toronto......... 35 Ottawa......... 31 Montreal 33 St. John's....... 29 Halifax......... 30 Charlottetown 21 Fredericton..... 32 Chicago.......41 New York...... 54 Miami 76 Los Angeles 60 Las Vegas...... 68 Phoenix 72 Honolulu.......82 Mexico City.....75 Athens 55 Rome.......... 59 Paris........... 42 London......... 46 Berlin.......... 37 Amsterdam..... 39 Moscow 36 FORECAST: Lethbridge Today, mostly 21 9 15 11 21 31 26 22 26 33 -1 11 -7 30 25 29 13 26 13 26 25 45 68 55 42 52 66 46 45 45 38 34 28 28 30 .18 .28 .39 .14 .13 .43 .39 .11 .42 clear, highs near 40. Lows 20- 25. Thursday, becoming cloudy during the afternoon, highs near 40. Medicine Hat Today and Thursday, mainly sunny, highs today 35-40. Lows 20-25. Highs Thursday 35-40. Calgary Today, mainly sunny, highs near 35. Lows 15- 20. Thursday, mainly sunny, clouding over from the west during the afternoon, highs near 35. Columbia, Kootenay Today, sunny with occasional cloudy periods. Isolated snow flurries in the Columbia district. A few fog patches early this morning. Thursday, cloudy. Periods of rain or wet snow during the afternoon and evening. Windy at times during the latter part of the day. Highs both days 35 to 40. Lows tonight in the 20s. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Partly cloudy today and Thursday. Widely scattered snowshowers this afternoon and a few snow showers in western mountains Thursday. Cooler today, warmer Thursday. Highs today in the 30's, lows tonight 15 to 25. Highs Thursday, 35 to 45. West of Continental Divide Partly cloudy today and tonight. A few snowshowers mostly in the mountains Thursday. High both days 35 to 45. Lows tonight 15 to 25. EDWARD'S ROD WEEDER AND CULTIVATORS See the new double beam mode! at Ag- Expo March 5th thru March 9th. Option- al shanks on front beam to make into cultivator and rod weeder combination. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutta Highway Box 1202 Phont 321-1141 AM ROAD REPORT as of 8 a .-i February 20, 1974 AH highways in the district mainly bare and dry. Highway 3 west, Letiibndge to Fort Macleod and B.C. boundary, bare and dry with occasional slippery sections especially through the Crowsnest Pass. Highway 1 Trans Canada west, Calgary to Golden, bare and dry. Golden to Sicamous lias had 1" new snow. Plowing and sanding in progress on slippery areas. Banff-Jasper Highway mostly bare with occasional slippery sections. of ewtrt. limes in Mountain Standard Tune (Alber- opening and closing t'mes. Camay 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Chief Mountain closed; Contts open 24 hoars: Del Bonita 8 a.m to 5 p.m.; Ktngsgate open 24 bom j; Porttrill Rykerts 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.; Wild Horse 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Roosevilk 7 a.m. to II p m. Logan Pass. (Cnaoa Outran town konr Jan. 6 wbea MoMam went daylight time.) in Europe, will not accept beef that has been subject to the chemical's use. "We have to ask the U.S. government if it is going to ship beef into Canada with an assurance that DES has not been used in the the minister said. "We hope to work out an agreement and if not it will mean an embargo on beef cattle coming into Canada." Canada imports considerable quantities of beef for use in such products as wieners and processed products and, while Mr. Whelan did not specifically say so, any reduction in such imports could mean higher prices for Canadian beef. Mr. Whelan did say, he be- lieved "some people are over- estimating the number of beef cattle in Canada today." The industry has been dis- rupted by government actions during the last year and the DES situation is another ex- ample, he said. The agriculture department has conducted studies showing consumer buying habits in beef have "not changed much." "But they still are not paying what beef is worth." SHARE RISKS Mr. Whelan reiterated that if society expects fanners to invest to increase food production, it should be willing to share some of the risks involved "through tax support for price and income stabilization programs." Consultations now are under way with farm groups and provincial governments to evolve income stabilization programs for farmers. He said Canadian farmers do not have far to go in earning a reasonable, decent income for their work, investment and management abilities. "But we do have a long way to go to make sure that, having reached our first goal, the pattern of assured satisfactory income remains within the grasp of our producers." Of the farmers in Canada in 1971, almost one- third had total sales of less than with another selling products valued at between and With most farmers working a 77-hour week, the has to pay for his cost of production, his wages and a return for his skill, management and investment. "And we wonder why farmers are leaving the farm at the rate of 31 a day in Mr. Whelan said. "We should all be amazed that there are more than farmers left in 1974." Marketing boards 'legitimate tool9 EUGENE WHELAN New sugar price hike offing in TORONTO (CP) The 'price of raw sugar delivered to refineries jumped two cents a pound Tuesday to an all-time high of nearly 31 cents a pound, sugar refinery spokesmen said. This might mean a retail price of 38 to 40 cents a pound "in a matter of a week, if it holds." an executive for one supermarket chain said. The current price is just un- der 31 cents a pound. Refinery spokesmen said the increases in raw wholesale prices will be passed on almost immediately in the prices being charged to distributors for refined sugar already processed in the last few weeks. The previous all-time high for raw sugar before this year was 24 cents a pound in July, 1920. This was topped last Jan. 28 when the price rose to 25 cents. It hit 29 Monday. Fertilizer shortage raises fear WASHINGTON (Reuter) A United States Senate agriculture subcommittee heard warnings today that a fertilizer shortage in the U.S. is raising the spectre of world famine, hysteria in the international wheat market and sharp increases in U.S. food prices. "We have the possibility of famine in dimensions we have never known" in some parts of the world, Senator Hubert Humphrey (Dem Minn.) told a hearing. The fertilizer shortage is linked to the energy problem. SASKATOON (CP) Charles Munro said Tuesday that the public's growing impression that producer marketing boards are responsible for increases in food prices and that there is something improper in such boards is nonsense. Mr. Munro, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, told the organization's annual meeting that the forces resulting in higher food prices "have essentially nothing to do with marketing boards." He said marketing boards are an essential and legitimate tool for agricultural producers who wish to use them for achieving stability, security and equity in production and marketing. "It would be extremely un--; fortunate and unfair if through the political process the con- sumers concerned about food prices were to make an attack on marketing boards, a symbol of that concern." Mr. Munro said it should not be forgotten that marketing boards are subject to surveil- lance under legislation which granted them existence, and there are no marketing boards that object to public scrutiny, provided such examinations are made "in a responsible and orderly way." He said the federation will oppose and object to any and all attacks on the legitimacy of the marketing boards "or any attempt to make marketing boards the whipping boy in political support of a public outcry against food prices." Mr. Munro said that subject to reasonable and fair review, the producers of the various commodities have the responsibility and the right to run their marketing agencies themselves and set the policies under which they operate. CONTRACTS NECESSARY The federation president predicted that agricultural production in the future must be under some form of contract basis which will enable growers to plan production, make investment decisions and gain some idea of future income "I do not see how Canadian agriculture can develop in an orderly way to serve consumers and with equity and security to producers without some form of contactual undertakings either among producers, between producer and processor, between producers and government, or a combination of these. "Decision-making and in- vestment in agriculture is a long-term proposition and there must. be a long-term commitment to the industry and the policies to make this commitment effective." OUT OF RESPECT for the late H. A. (Herman) SMITH SMITH'S COLOR TV AND APPLIANCES in Lethbridge and Coaldale WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY THURSDAY. FEB. 21st While farming improved substantially during the last year, there still needs to be an appreciation of agriculture's oft-repeated statements fanners should receive a fair price, reasonable stability and security. With Canadian grain producers particularly affected by world conditions, they expect "their own government to ensure they cannot again become the victims of depressed world conditions in international grain markets." Agriculture is not yet out of the woods and it is essential that both farmers and con- sumers draw the right lessons from recent experiences. "Consumers must gain an appreciation of the real nature of the over-all world situation which at best is one of bare sufficiency of food supplies. "They must realize that agriculture is a huge industrial complex involving not only the farmer and his land but enormous quantities of fuel and other inputs." 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