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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDGE HERALD July 1974 Bee industry thrives in Peace area There's honey in those 45-gallon drums Alta. The stack of 45- gallon drums beside Jack Smith's farm gate about two miles west of this Peace River community is not his hedge against rising fuel costs. The yellow drums are used to ship honey from about 11 million bees. They populate hives scattered within a 30-mile radius of the 300 miles northwest of Ed- monton. Mr. Smith is only one of hundreds of beekeepers in the one of the largest honey-producing areas in Canada. He started in 1934 with ACORN POOLS NOW AVAILABLE Lethbrfdge Southern Alberta Special bonus if ordered before April 15 Put summer fun in your own back yard Do-it-yourself or have it built -either way your ACORN POOL will give years of fun in the sun. For moro information STANLEY'S DISTRIBUTORS Box Alberta Phone 328-3402 five hives. The Peace River region has expanded from an estimated colonies in 1950 to in 1972 and still is growing. It produces 20 to 25 per cent of Canada's honey. area produces about 12 million pounds a year of Alberta's total production of about 22 million said Mr. a vice-president of the Honey Council of Canada. total production is about 52 million Prices The fortunes of producers have improved as prices for sugar and honey soared last year. At the same production costs climbed as the cost of imported bees from the United States tripled to for a package of this year. Mr. Smith cites research as one problem. previous years when honey production was no- where near the amount it is the federal govern- ment had 14 or 15 people engaged in research. the industry ex- LETHBRIDGE FARM EQUIPMENT LTD. 1263 SECOND AVENUE SOUTH ALBERTA PHONE 327-3888 USED MACHINERY READY FOR THE FIELD Cockshutt 1950 Turbo GM 1800 very WD 45 Allis 3 point good.......... Farmall M good....................... Case 117 Garden tractor IHC 3616 Gas Hydrostatic hoe and very good............................ GVI new very good........... 806 IHC very good............................. 1270 250 Air conditioning....... 530 CK Case Back Hoe and loader. Good................ Dual loader for 3020 John Deere......................... SEE OUR DISPLAY AT THE FAIR DEALER FOR THESE GREAT LINES CASE and DAVID BROWN TRACTORS VIBROMAX COMPACTORS ANDERSON ROD WEEDERS DUAL LOADERS HODAKA MOTOR BIKES See Them Ml on Display NIW TRACTORS WILL M IN SHORT SUPPLY POR TH1 NIXT 12 MONTHS IN NOW AND LIT US KNOW YOUR NHDS POR PALL 1974 AND SPRING 1978. DON LAIDLAW............................327-7145 R. SNOWDEN 327-5622 E.A.FRASZ 329-0468 WeMAKFItl particularly dur- ing the last few we now have fewer research with two at the federal agriculture station in Beaverlodge and two at There is no federal of- ficial designated as an apiarist who can handle all the problems encountered by beekeepers. council's personnel now have to work through federal entomology research coordinator but if we want say in we have to go to the agricultural engineering co-ordinator and if it's an economic problem we have to go to someone else rather than have one person handle all Mr Smith said this divi- sion of responsibility may work well for large agriculture crops such as grain or livestock it sure as hell doesn't work for Criticizes He is not happy either with available research personnel. the research personnel in Canada have got into a situation where they figure they must publish or perish. they are obsessed with the idea of going into some obscure area of research to make an international name for themselves and they don't complement the produc- tion in Mr. Smith said in- dication was one researcher in Ottawa who attended more inter- national congresses than he has attended national organization An opponent of marketing Mr. Smith also said Western gets a raw deal from Ottawa. Last spring the national walkout by airport firemen resulted in no bees being imported by air from Mex- where prices are lower than in California and southern United States areas. Started that walkout had been concentrated in it would have been settled very but it started in Van- couver. if we get pneumonia out here they treat us for a cold and down if they get a cold they treat them for Mr. who drives his own temperature- controlled truck to Califor- nia each spring to pick up a new supply of thinks there will be more attempts in future to winter bees in the North. Such wintering has not been common because of the costly procedure need- ed to protect the bees against the cold but the increased cost of imported packages probably will make it more attractive. Mr. Smith said many young farmers now are starting honey production. always room for but we have to be careful we don't over-expand. Right now we're in a position where production has outpaced domestic demand and while the world market in- creased during the last three that too has fidllened out and is not that attractive to ship to any Mr. Smith said beekeep- ing still is a family opera- tion and he has his wife one of two sons working with him on a full-time basis. EDITION OF THE Will appear in The Lethbridge Herald July 23 Advertisers are reminded that the dead- line for advertisements is July 17th. The Lethbridge Herald Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask about our Guarantee ENGINES WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 ;