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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE FOUR fHEI.ETHBMPGFf HERA.J MONDAY, JMWUW 10, TMl LITHBRIDQS HgNAlO MINTING COMPANY. LIMITED H Sir..I South, W. A. UUCHANAN ana Dlrtctur JOHN TORUANCE iiuvinvii Manager Mtmber Audit J'urtiU ot eirculntloBS Subscription RfttM: 8-W V" Cully, delivered, ftr week by mail, .pur year Dallr, by for monthi mail, 2 'months Weekly, by mail, per yoar 1 6'J Wttkly. mull, per to U.S... 2.00 MIXED FARMING ADVICE, AND IRRIGATION POLICY At Raymond on Friday night, "Hon. Duncan Marshall, Minister of Agri- culture, nude a strong plea for th ciattUnces, and the result in many was disappointing. Farmers, triad to do too much, and they didn't do rt well. They forgot the lewm of suiamerfallow and good tillage at la their efforts to produce to ni- opacity they disregarded these Bit the time has come now to 'call a halt, Failing grain .prices will help to about a return of food meth- The farmers {rod now on should "mote and should take as their slogan "less land, more Diversification of crops, with tit addition of more livestock, Is the answer. Farmers will prosper if thfy follow the adrice. There were many, however, who hoard Hon. Mr. Marshall's -advocacy of mixed fanning and the growing of more livestock the .other night at Raymond, who felt that while the Minister was right he should have f0jw> farther and advocated the exten- sion of irrigation to every poitible mere In Southern Alberts. the bsst method. of bringing about diversifica- tion of farming in this part of the Pwrinee. The Minister had just cbine, from the opening of a new school of agriculture, situated on an irrigated farm' in one of the Irrigated dUJrlctJ of Alberta, and there was aj opportunity pSered him to dtftlie 'an irrigation., policy which would make mixed tinning In the trier Hctiona of -the south an abso- Inte surety. Hon. Mr, Marihi.ll could hive -Hid to the farmers of Southern Alberta which would have entered them on mdre in their efforts to 'change from straight grain farm- ing" to-mixsd farming than a state- ment that he would do everything in i- power to carry the water now (ding to waste in our rivers out on thjr'iand to grow the alfalfa, silage and other crops. which will stabilize roiled farming. The Minister of Agriculture quite well knowi that mixed" 'farming In some districts of the south is just .about as precarioui terrain farming. The experiences of 1114 and 1919 when livestock of all kinds were sacrificed, by the thous- and! by the farmers pf the south ow- ,ing to feed shortage ire well known to him. He also knows that in few irrigated districts like Coaldale scattered throughout the south would provided the feed without the of shipping from Que- "bec, Washington, and would have resulted in thousands of breeding stock being saved to the country 'insteu'd of dyirig or being to' the block. HON. Duncan Marshall is a warm Advocate of mixed farming, which is right; he ought to be the warmest 'advocate the farmers of the south naye in the Government of irrigation extension, but it is a fact that the farmers. of" the south' consider him lukewarm, at the best, on that im- portant matter. Southern Alberta farmers who are trying to raise live- Hack Mid carry out the mixed farm- Ing idyice lost enough money on live- ifcock 1919 and 1920 to pay the cost of carrying Irrigation to halt Uie tend In this section of the Province far wkich irrigation -water is avail- And Hon. Mr. Marshall would dtoeVwell to realised whefc, -was' preach- rnlxtA fanning to the farmers of Rwmond district. Hoard of Trade is a document which has iti valuable uMfulnesa. It Is en- couraging In Its history ot develop- ment; it of benefit in drawing at lontion to shortcomiBgi with the les- son conveyed In to what ex- perience Is regarded to teach. As a matter ot local history, It reteri lu natural and artificial exnaMlou, It has its interest. The compilation, though exhaustive in its nature, it well ii due emphasis on matters which de- serve a consideration. To this the President of the Board.of Trade lent a thoughtful intelligence, which is a particularly uiefiil feature of the report. It is well that the city has a man in the person of Mr. Marnpch who ia in a position to give his time and ability to the compiling of a report of the variety of features condensed in the annual story. It is a record not only of the activities of the Board of Trade but of other.matters wiiictt may well be regarded as coming the purview of thoee .who are tinctlj Interested in the city and dis- trict. The story is well told, and in the tel.llng life is put into what are to many the dry bones of prosaic happenings. It is this which makes the compilation of..records, >s. prised In the annual ttpft of the Board -Trade, a none too easy 'mat- ter, when the story told has to havii something of the art of recounting so that IL-servw popular in- terest, la this respoct the report has earned a well deserved appreciation. 'With dujl material, figuratively, pleasing edifice -has been raised. In addition it nrves to show the Held which a oC Trade. It It It a live organization, has to. cover. It the need, tnd.amphulies the usefulness of snch'sn institution; ANNUAL HCPORT Of Pftf MMMT OF sWAHO OF TRADE Ai a pen picture of what has taken