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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Herald i a km \ By STEVE BAREHAM A RECENTLY publicized. interview with Otto Lang, minis-A ter in charge of the Canada wheat board, revealed a much mellowed and considerably more optimistic look at Car nadian agriculture than has been heard for the past year. He is spearheading a bold thrust by government into the country's farm community, an area where many politicians in the past have trodden lightly. All of his ideas may not be 100 per cent practical, but some comfort can be gained from the knowledge that at last the ball of progress is rolling. Under a new grain policy proposed by Mr. Lang, Canada would begin to take feed grain production seriously. Prairie farmers would grow 16 million acres of barley this year to build inventories and go after the expanding market. "If Canada is to sell feed grains, a more determined marketing system will have to be established. The Canada grains council has made a good start with its missions abroad." He said that in past years, Canada's marketing philosophy has been going in a circle. "We couldn't sell it because we didn't produce it, but we didn't produce it because we didn't think we could sell it." Mr. Lang said the government is coming on strong with plans to provide farmers with more market information so they can plan crop programs more intelligently. One step in this direction would be a list of initial grain prices to be published by March 1 every year. "I just hope that any market outlook material distributed by government will be based on fact. Farmers must have solid facts, not wild, unsupported opinions." Mr. Lang's new grain policy is designed to enable farmers to turn their attention back to die job of producing food. He says the farmers' role in the new program will be one of guidance to government, in developing effective agricultural policy and marketing procedures. Mr. Lang said he is looking for ways of improving the liaison between farmers and the wheat board, and in future hopes to see less government involvement and more farmer participation in agricultural policy making. So, now that we have a government official who has a good understanding of Canadian agriculture, one that appears to be aggressively progressive, what happens to the ship when be leaves? "What I want to leave behind is a structure that assures Canada doesn't fall back into the old situation. The structure must enable farmers, and the industry, to respond to the market. "We've adjusted the quota system because k was preventing farmers from finding out what the market situation was. Now, it should reflect the market system, and enable the farm-am to adjust. "The wheat board was created as a structure given the Job of selling whatever the farmer delivered to it. Now, of course, we are changing the objectives of the act, so the board sees itself as a full-fledged sales and marketing arm of the industry. The board also has an obligation to give guidance to the industry on any alternative products which might be marketed." Disappointment at not winning a ribbon at regional fair? Several considerations to make when purchasing sprinklers By ROGER MOORE Irrigation Specialist, Water Resources Division. We have been conducting a consensus research data study of pivot and side - roll sprinklers. The question of which unit to buy cannot be answered by a simple recommendation. Farmers frequently select their sprinklers solely on the basis of its purchase price. The decision should be based on the annual cost of owning and operating the system, its suitability for field conditions, and A LETHBRIDGE RESEARCH STATION Foots in poultry rations DR. E. E. GARDINER, Poultry Nutritionist Full utilization of by-products from food  processing plants can often make the difference between profit and loss. To discard these by - products, which cannot be used as human food, would be wasteful and, if uses cannot be found for them, they become pollutants in our environment. Many by - products have a high feed value and can be blended into poultry and livestock rations as protein or high-energy supplements. By-products from breweries, distilleries and meat - packing plants-even the crumbs from bakeries 4-H Club ^Bulletin Board9 PARK LAKE The regular monthly meeting of the Park Lake 4-H beef club was held Jan. 6. Wendy Wilson led the pledge, and the role call was the name of your calf. We decided to send a thank you card to the Barons - Noble club for inviting us to the curling bonspiel. A committee was set up to discuss fund raising. The committee consists of Cyril Hubbard, president, Wilma Stroeve secretary, Marion Duban, social convenor, Brian Nicol, Doug Hausley, Dale Ham and Craig Wilson. The next meeting will be held ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 at the Nicol's home Jan. 28 at 4:30 p.m. DALE HAM-reporter RAYMOND RAYMOND (HNS) - D'Arcy Ralph was elected chairman of the recreation and entertainment committee Jan. 11, when the Raymond Philipian 4-H club held its first meeting in the new year. The full committee of Jean-nine Hicken, Susan Brandley, Beverly Baker and Tom Hick-en will plan and arrange a full program for club members for the year. The first meeting of the year gave the members of the club the information on the insurance for individuals who hold membership in the club and the advantages that come with insurance in case of an accident. The group will meet every two weeks for instructions during the winter months at an in- door meeting, later there will be activities in the open during the meeting periods. DELIA B. WOOLF-reporter BARONS The Barons 4-H beef club held its annual banquet and awards night recently at the Barons Hall. Chairman Larry Letho Intro duced the head table, and Ma yor Johnson welcomed everyone. Ray Speaker, MLA for Little Bow was the guest speaker. His topic was, The Young People of Today. Award winners were as follows: Linda Akitt, grand champion calf, Marilyn Charlesworth, reserve champion, Shirley Letho, efficiency award, Gerald Barvir, rate of gain, Mar i 1 y n Charlesworth, speaking award, Jim M a y h a, judging award, Marilyn Charlesworth, record book. ROLF KOSTKA-reporter Sprinklers boost Production! Are you in the livestock or dairy business? Or have you suitable land - and a market - for alfalfa or other forage crops? Do you have access to surplus water? To ensure greater productivity, use sprinkler irrigation! Sprinkler irrigated pastures can provide increased beef production on the same acreage. It can double your yield of alfalfa. It conserves water and soil. Sprinkler irrigation can provide moisture where other methods cannot For further information, mail this coupon - Our Agricultural Sales Representative will be pleased to assist you. CALGARY POWER I would like further information on Sprinkler Irrigation. NAME **m**maB*Bmmmtmmmmm*wammm*f**�m