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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-30,Lethbridge, Alberta Il—THI LITHtlUOOl MIIIALD-Wwlneedey. J«iMry M. 1174Vegetable hearings under way Farm marketing plan urged OTTAWA (CP) - The Urifi board Uday b^an hearings tbat have a bearing on the price o£ nearly evejry conceiviible type of fresh or processed fruits and vegetables next year. Altboi^ the hearings are scbeduM to last only until Thursday, the five-member board's report to the finance minister is not expected to be ready for at least 12 months, possibly 15. This is because the hearings are to be followed by private consultation with the producing and processing industries, including tours of various plants. If the board decides that tariffs — the economic barriers to free imports — be reduced or lifted, it might mean lower fruit and vegetable prices for Canadians. However, this might also spell disaster for Canadian producers. If, on the other hand, the board decides the tariffs should be increased, it likely means higher prices for consumers while the producers are afforded more protection against foreign fruits and vegetables being dumped on the Canadian market at below-cost prices. OTTAWA (CP) - New. longterm marketing concepts, including a nationalized body to market and distribute agricultural suipluses, were suggested Tuesday as a means of Keeping wide price fluctuations under control for consumers. It was also suggested by speakers at the annual agricultural outlook conference, that consumers be represented on any national or provincial marketing board, instead of just producers as is the case now. The suggestion for a national marketing System for surpluses came from Benoit Lavigne. Quebec agriculture marketing board chairman, who said that the stand taken by provincial governments and industry that they cannot be responsible for such surpluses is the biggest stumbling-block to orderly marketing- sten Berg, export committee chairman of the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board, said price fluctuations could be prevented if markets were tied to long-term arrangements guaranteeing continuity of supply without the normal supply-demand fluctuations. Mr. Lavigne told the final session of the two-day conference that the market is Canadian and there should be no frontiers between provinces. “If this market is to be orderly, only the nationalization of surpluses with a central management can protect us against sharp price jomps. “Export maricets, surplus pools, export pools, and c<Hn-pulsory levies for this purpose are all available mechanians with which the boards could manage this problem for good.”    . NEED CONSIIM^RS / But he warned against accepting the present marketing board notion “that only producers should be directors” of such agencies, “Administrators of a plan or those who steer the management of su^ily can use statistics as a one-way only without heed for consumers, the trade or the public interest taken as a whole.” he said. “It seems that producers are exaggerating when they claim exclusive power in this matter. “Are they trying to run a closed shop? “There lies the danger of taking unfair advantage for absolutely selfish purposes.... “At least, the interest of the public should be well represented on the management of such national boards,” be said. Mr. Berg said a new marketing procedure being tried in Alberta seems to be highly successful. “The core of the (marketing) concept is very simple,” he told the conference. BASED ON COMMITMENTS “Decisions to produce are based on commitments to buy. “This market is tied to a long-term arrangem«it which guarantees continuity of supply at a price which reflects grain and cmcentrates and controls delivery prices on a month-to-month basis according to real cost fluctuations.'’ he said. “The first contracts were sold in May (1973) and our experience has shown that gross profit margins have been maintained just over |36 per hog and have varied month to month a total of only 20 cents per hog.” Hog production in North America usually follows a pattern of two years of low production and high prices followed by two years of high production and tow prices. In earlier sessions, the 400 delegates were told that beef prices are not excessive and the dairy picture is uncertain Charles Gracey, manager of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, said beef prices are not too high “nor will tb» be through 1974.” He said consumers must learn to recognize that food prices are moving in the same league as incomes and, provided that incomes rise as rapidly as the cost of living, consumers have no reason to complain. PICTURE UNCERTAIN Veronica McCormick, an agriculture department economist, said the dairy picture is uncertain following a sharp decline last year, and any improvement in production will depend on the prices dairymen get for their product. Margo Oliver Her recipes using frozen fish fillets are both tasty and help solve the "whal'll I serve tonight?” problem. Watch for them in WeekeniJ Magazine this Saturday. The Lethbridge Herald Valentine warmup With Valentine’s Day approaching, swans get into spirit of things with love dance at Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Thanks but no thanks ----- OTTAWA (CP) - The New Democratic Party has said thanks but no thanks to contributions totalling $1,650 from two Toronto companies, party officials said Tuesday. Cliff Scotton, party secretary, said in an interview the party’s federal council returned the cheques, one for $1,000 and the other for $650, after discussing the matter earlier this month. He would not identify the companies, but said one is a manufacturing concern and the other a service business. “These cheques came out of the blue,” Mr. Scotton said. “1 decided it made sense to check with the council because the meeting was scheduled for a few weeks later,” Letters to the companies this week thanked them for the cheques but explained the llt^fDember party council had decided not to accept them. How to SAVE MONEY on Gas. Nleai. Vegetables Food costs more these days. So does gasoline. But take heart! Fehrutify Reader's Digest provides you with more than 30 helpful sugi^eslions to help you L'opc with rising prices. Find out how you can get the most out of your gasoline dollar ... how being more selective in your fruit und vegetable purchases will stretch your food dollar ... and how using yotir freezer properly can save you money on nearly all your froren food bills. Gel ihe f-icts. Be sure to read HOW TO SAVE MONEY-one of 34 jrticles and features in the February Reader’s Digest. At \our newiistand iof/ai ' Bill’s Southern Auto Service - Taber COMPLETE GARAGE DISPERSION AUCTION SALE S401 - SM A*«, li TMv MWl| ktni «m Put« Fmltin Saturday, Feb. 2 — 11 a.m. ' LUNCH AVAILASLC Having received instruclions from Mr. W (eill) Braun, wtro is dispersing his present business and expanding inia another business, we will □Her the following by public auction The articles listed below «re merely a guide and in no way a warranty or guarantee as to condilion, size or age and are subject to minor changes you may tmd them Ihe day of the sale TERMS; C««h Ihe day ol th* Sal*, with ■ettlement in lull betore rwneval. TRUCKS: 1967    Ford TeOO Full Tandem, lull air, 477 mOlOr, automatic transmission. power slaenng. 12 yard gravet box, HD teleacopa hoist, only one season s operation on new motor and reconditioned transmission 1969 Ford 700, S Speed Transmission, 2 Speed Axte, 6 Yard Gravel Box & Hoist, (Real Nice Unit) 1964 Ford. 250 V. Ton 1963 GMC Ton. V8, 3 Speed Transmission, Radio CAR:    ' 1968    Ford LTD, Air Conditioning, Automatic (Good Clean Unit) QARAOE EQUIPMENT: Wheel Alignment Machine, Model No 3831, selling as complete unit Marqueiie Model 1000 Engine Analyzer, complete with engine analyzer and exhaust analyier Bear-Spin Wheal Balancer w/Clamps Bear-Hydraulic Ponpower wilh extensions (of body shop work Heavy Duty Garage Type Floof Jack (Portable Body Litl) Brunner Air Compressor Heavy Duty. 2 Cylinder, w/1 H P Electric Motor Chester Cham Hoist, complete with overhead trame Bead Breakers and lubeless Tire Band Sparkplug Cleaning IWacnire 1,-lmpacl Air Gun No 734 1-Air Chisei wyAttachments, 1-Metal Press Bench Grinder. Bench Vise, Mac Tool Chest, S Floor Creepers. Gear OH Dispenser 10 Amp eatt Charger, Timing Lights, quantity of SK Tools, Sear Pullers, Slide Hammer, quantity of air hose, trouble lights. Valve insert tool. Valve spring tool. Cylinder hone, sol of seal drivers 3 meial cabirets for ignition parts. Quantity of automotive bulbs and fuses Quantity ol used tires. Copper Tubing, Assorttrient of Heater Hose. Quantity of automotive parts and accessories and garage loois too numerous to mention Quantity ol scrap iron MItCCLLANBOUSi    , 1972 Massey Ferguson No 10 Riding Tractor, w/Roiary Mower S Rolo Teller 1? f^oal */6vinrude Engine. Electric Siarl 9W Camper W/Oven Type Stove, Cooler, furnaee. Propane Lights, 12V 4 iiO Wiring 1-SOO fiat Fuel Tank on 2 Wheal Trailer i Older Cars lor Auto Wrecking II ran 4 ply tires blackwalls E7S-M(73i| m-\4{775) F78-15(7751 No charge for tire mourtlng Isldclcwallt    blackwalls G78-14(fl25) G78-15(82i|    H7B-U(855) H78-15(8S5) J78-15(885| No trade-in required AWCTlONHRt NOTI: T?w a^Mlpwaiil hi m» Ml* «| I* Iw HI CBniWlan and appaaia to ba imIi gewieefa lar eafeje wwe or «Mm. ftALt COHOUCnO >V: EGLAND AUCTIONS CAMMAMOAT.ALHirrA ALLAN l«LAI(0 LM «Ititi »Mmt4»41N    ..... tartñ. Altana CAtHltIt« MAN OMtN U«. «ItM» Tartu, ANMrtt m-Mi« STP Oll TRtATMINT The röctr'i edge’ Limit 2 cant PRESrONi DE-ICER With scraper top. mud* m Cenado BOOSTER CABLES Eight fear aluminum booittr coblet. mad* m Canade TUNE-UP KITS 119 6 cylindar kift t Cylindtr Kilt 3.99 MINI CAR MATS Twin front & rear maU. Choie* of 4 colourt. moörn in Cataria Op«n Dally 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurwlay and FrWay 9 a.m. lo 9 p.m. Wa roaarva tha right to limit quantltiaa COI 202S Mayor Nlagr«th Drtw WWW to.1 ^ DEPARTMENT STORES \    A DfViaiON OP TMC _ I r.fV. ttOOltKMTH CO. tHMTCDi IF YOU TAKE AWAY OUR LOW PRICES YOU’VE GOT A REGULAR DEPARTMENT STORE 1., ccn*. \j; V ;