Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
J$ ~ THI UTHBRIDGE HERALD - Thundo-y, February 22, 1973 Are you interested in your province? The Vulcan Chamber of Commerce asked me this question recently. The question came on a leaflet. Yes, dear Vulcan merchants, I am interested in my province. It's the greatest place in the world and I hope it stays that way. Your leaflet, dear Vulcanizers, says you are concerned with all facets of land use in Alberta by "large foreign and Canadian corporations and communal holdings and large family farms." My, my, that covers a lot of ground. And you're heading a motorcade to Edmonton Friday to protest the proposed repeal of the Communal Property Act. Save your gas. You say the death of the small farm is killing the small community. Vulcan looked remarkably alive and healthy when "1 visited it last week. Come on, Vulcanizers, you don't really believe the Communal Property Act repeal will cause you to suffer intense withdrawal pains? The small farm is dying because wheat growing is unprofitable on small farms in the County of Vulcan just the same as elsewhere. You should know this better than anyone, Vulcan merchants, because your own County of Vulcan commissioned a study by Hedlin, Menzies and Associates Ltd. of Winnipeg to determine this very question. This firm studied costs and returns to wheat producers in the county for the years 1965, 1966 and 1967. In 1965, the report says, a year close to the normal pattern, less than half the farmers in the Vulcan area earned enough from wheat production to cover their capital and labor expenses. In 1966, one of the best years for wheat growing, the profit picture is much improved. But still impractical for the small, farmer. The averge cost of producing a bushel of wheat in the Vulcan area in 1966 on small farms was 1-68; on medium farms, .1.39 cents: and on large farms, 1.30 cents. Get the picture - the larger the farm, the cheaper the production. Compare these costs with the No. 2 wheat selling price that year of SI.78 and the margin per bushel � on small farms was just 10 cents; on medium farms, 39 cents; and on large farms, 48 cents. Moral of the story: It isn't economical to farm small units. Chasing around Edmonton on your tractors won't change a thing. The small farm is a losing proposition for wheat .mining. But that doesn't, mean the town of Vulcan is fated for an early death. Vulcan's life expectancy is quite normal and promising. Just check the various payrolls and you'll discover why. Big farms use big tractors. Big tractors need big repairs and big replacements. Vulcan handles this. What is sad, is the persecution of a minority group. The "blame if on the Hutterites," diagnosis is mighty disheartening. It might interest Vulcan merchants to know that Hutterites spend good hard cash for gasoline and oil, for lumber to rebuild their colonies and to build new ones, for a hundred and one things it takes to make a colony run. Don't take my word-for it, sociologists have completed inume rattle studies which prove conclusively that Hutterites are good for communities such as Magrath, Raymond, Vulcan and Lethbridge. The Communal Properties Repeal Act will be proclaimed March 1 says Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell. In effect since 1947, it restri xl the size of Hut-terite colonies to 6,400 acres and required colonies to be at least 40 miles apart. It was a stain on a freedom-loving nation. DSP Rent-a-Truck MEMBER . . . FORD RENTACAR SYSTEM Economy Cars # Pinto # Maverick # Torino * SPECIAL WEEKEND RATES * CALL NOW! DUN10P FORD SALES LTD. 16th Avenue and M.M. 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