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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERMD Tuesday, Julf )l, till Ric SWIHART The shake-up in Unifarm and Ihc Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board structures appears com- plete now with the appointment of Unifarm vice- president Dick Page as chairman of (he marketing board. Sten Berg, chairman of Hie marketing hoard, was asked to resign his position follc-iving an internal dispute and general manager Dr. Bnire Jel'fery re- signed shortly after. John Savaak oC Vegrevillc replaces Mr. Page as vice-president of the farmer-oriented organization. As a direct result of Mr. Page's departure, Bill Nicol of Kipp becomes the Unifarm delegate to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture Board. Mr. Nicol is the southern Alberla delegate lo Unifarm. The Alberla government crop insurance commit- tee, one of Dr. Hugh Homer's agricultural advisory committees, will be holding information meetings in Vulcan ,7uly 19, Lcthbrklge July 20 and Brooks July 20. The committee is calling on farmers lo give in- formation which will lead to recommendations for legislation to affect the law on all risk crop insurance and hail insurance. Organization and research institutions operating in Hie field of weather modifications will also be dis- cussed. Following the information meetings, the commit- tee will hold hearings lo accept public briefs deal- ing witll crop insurance and weather modification programs. I wonder if, because there hasn't been a great deal of problem with hail or crop insurance in this area, if. the farmers will sit hack and let northern and central Alberta do all the work. Letting another person do all the leg work is an easy thing to do when the four hours it would take to attend the meetings could mean a few hundred extra bales in the pile. But what will happen if the legislation that will come out favors the northern and central farmers and leaves southern Alberta farmers out in (he cold because they never expressed their views? Murray McLellancl, district agriculturist for the counties of Lethbridge and Warner, advises farm- ers and ranchers may be missing the boat by not having their names on the provincial government mailing list for Agri-Science and Agri-News, publica- tions about agriculture in the province. These publications will be mailed to the farm regularly at no charge. Interesting to see Andy Brown, owner of Brown's Meat Market, sweep the ribbons al. the Swift Current Agricultural Fair cattle show recently. He took the reserve grand champion bull over all breeds with (he bull which copped the grand cham- pion Aberdeen-Angus bull award. Ife also took the reserve grand champion bull Angus banner. His grand champion female Angus took the grand champion female over all breeds also. Apparently his show string will now head for Calgary. He will show (he animals in Lethbridge dur- ing the fall show. What has lo be one of the greatest youth oriented projects to come along in a long lime. Hie annual Intel-provincial 4-11 exchange, sponsored by (lie Royal Bank of Canada, is off and running again. Nine <1-I1 delegates from other provinces will be in Alberta for two'weeks and nine delegates from this province will visit other regions for a similar time. David Reli of Taber is to be in Erilish Columbia while Wendy Miller of Readymade is off to New Brunswick. Dianne Bolduc of Slavery will be in On- tario, to complete southern Alberta participation. The purpose of the exchange is lo provide 4-II members with an opportunity lo gain first-hand knowledge of other people and places and the 4-11 movement in Canada. Then there was Hie time one farmer wanted to exchange horses wilh his neighbor for breeding pur- poses but got a mule by mistake. It was a trying few weeks but he took consolation in the fact tJiat al- though the animal was just as stubborn as his wife, il never gave him any backlalk. export agency suggested by pork council The Canadian Pork Council a national hog export co-ordinating agency should be established and it will seek the cooperation nf swine breeders associations in actively devel- oping and operating such an agency. The council, meeting in Ot- tawa, nofcd there is a growing export market for breeding hogs but thr.rc is no central office through which potential buyers can gel their interest comnwniealrd to producers. It envisaged an agency which would rcroivc orders for export and it would allocate I hose or- ders through I he national of- fices of the breed Hog brooders would have lo identify themselves and indi- cate their interest and the ne- cessary cheeking and health ot sling would have to be done. Leonard McQuay, Gall, Ont.. will represent Canadian breed- ing hog interests at the Cana- dian Pork Council's exhibit in the Canadian Solo Fair, China, Aug. 21 to Sept- 2, the council announced. The exhibit will lie aimed ril acquainting the Chinese with I he quality of Canadian breed- ing hogs and il will seek to de- velop markets for Canadian swine in China. Mr. McQuay, newly appoint- ed secretaiy of the council, will provide literature and conduct lectures and discussions on breeds and breeding syslems. The Canadian Pork Council par- ticipation in the fair will financed jointly by the Cana- dian Breeders Associa- tion, the Canadian Landracc Association, the Canadian ,La- Qombc Breeders Association and the council itself. In a statement following the council mii-liny. President Sten Ecrg, Ardrossan, Alta., said there is a need for amendments to agricultural stabilization leg- islation to make it more use- ful. The council is looking at alternative methods of support and new methods for establish- ing the base on which stabili- zation payments are consider- ed. Currently payments are made when Lhc average price in a year falls below 80 per cent of a base price which is Uie average of the previous 10 years. The council is studying the possibility of n shorter time period for establishing the nape price and also different levels than SO per cent. On the question of who should receive payments, the council said payments should be made on 80 per cent of the previous year's slaughterings, sows in- cluded. This, it said, wnuld not adding incentives to new producers lo overload the mar- ket. The council asked the co-op- eration of the federal govern- ment and provincial producer agencies in studying alterna- tives i n v o 1 v i n g govern- ment funds and producer con- tributions, either separately or together, for exploring new markets and considering alter- native marketing methods. Soft spring wheat gets quota change New changes in UK; quota sysl em for soft white spring wheat will be of considerable significance lo prairie growers, according to M. Barry Hall, Canada Grains Council research agronomist. Mr. Hall said that a low pro- tein soft white spring wheat is needed to produce quality flour for cakes and cookies. Proper agronomic practices, particul- arly irrigation, must be used to obtain Ibis. The new Canadian Wheat Board quota policy for deliver- ies of soft white spring wheat on a selected basis should aid (lour mills in obtaining suffi- cient quantities of this product with the right milling quality. A result of the change in the quota system may be to en- courage the contract-growing of this crop, he said- Usually a contract between a grower and mill specifies at least two irri- gations during the growing sea- son, to help produce the desired low protein content. With the new quota system, producers of soft white spring wheat who do not meet the acceptable qual- ity, will have to deliver on their regular wheat quota. In the coming year, deliver- ies ol soft white spring wheat will be made on a selected basis. A producer's deliveries will be based on the number of acres he has assigned for this This may be done in two ways. Producers deliv- ering selected soft white spring wheat by truck may deliver up to 50 bushels for each aligned acre. Producers will havo the option of shipping a carlot shipment. Selection will be made by the mills according lo their requirements. Contract growers producing grain wilh the required milling qualities will be hi a preferred position. Since the change in the quota will emphasize the need for milling quality, inexperienced growers, producing this grain on dry land and consequently harvesting a crop with a pro- tein content higher than desir- able, will have little incentive to produce this specialty crop, Mr. Hall said. HOPPER CAR ORDER Alberta Wheat Paol elevator No. 1 assistanr manager Fred Ziegler supervises ihe loading of one of Canada's teased hopper cars at Claresholm. The hopper cars hold more bushels of grain Ihon Ihe standard boxcar and unload much fasf er. They are usea' for unit trains which are unloaded without being unhooked and while slid in molion. Canada recently put in an order for such cars to help move grain to export position. The Canadian wheat board expects to sell more than BOO mil- lion bushels of grain ihis crop year, surpa-sing fhe all-lime record of 700 million sel last yetir. Swihort Photo ;