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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 Tnc LBinBtiiuuc nenMLU nuiy Ric Swihart Vegetable growers vote on Alberta market plan The fresh vegetable in- one of Alberta's long standing ventures in agriculture and one of its is in the throes of a major decision that will have an impact on the limited number of growers in the province as well as consumers. Ballots have been mailed to all as well as all potato to vote for a marketing board to Your New YAM AH A Sales Service Centre for MILK RIVER and Area Now equipped to do all repair jobs Complete line of Yamaha motorcycles in stock Parts and Accessories From BOcc to 750cc have 'em DROP INTODAY KEN'S SPORTS MILK RIVER 123 Main Street N. Phone 647-3866 Ken Gaits control the price of product grown in the province. Final results of the farmers' wishes should have started to roll in to the Alberta Marketing Council by this writing and if a marketing board should be in opera- tion by this fall. Teeth The idea behind a marketing ac- cording to Reuben Huber of secretary of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable is to put some teeth into control of the at the farm of Alberta- grown produce. A marketing board would establish the wholesale price of vegetables and ensuring growers a good price and at the same time giving retailers a definite price on which to base their retail vegetable prices. Several voices in the fresh vegetable as differentiated from the canning and frozen have been screaming loud and clear for a couple of years now of the need for a marketing board. It seems unscrupulous types within the industry had a way of underselling their com- establishing new yTf trill CANADIAN Alberta's newest and most up to date bull stud facilities Collecting and distributing semen from all breeds of bulls Now accepting application for quarantining 1974 fall imports in our new facilities Contact us for further information HERDSMAN REQUIRED reliable. Enquire at Canadian Genetics Ltd. Located 2Va miles East and mile South of Uethbridge Airport or 3 miles straight South of Stewart Elevator on Highway 4. P.O. Box Alberta Phone 329-3212 low prices for all growers just to make a sale. This type of action not only set a low wholesale price detrimental to the it put the wholesalers in an uproar. A store owner couldn't be certain of advertising a fresh vegetable special because the chances were his competitor could find similar produce from another grower cheaper and undercut the special. Stability Perhaps the most beneficial part of a marketing board for the fresh vegetable industry will be stability in the in- dustry. Farmers will be able to go ahead with production plans fully aware they will be able to sell all their production and at a good price. And this means the con- sumer will also benefit. Instead of relying on California Florida onions and other foreign Albertans will probably be able to eat Alberta fresh vegetables. The way it is Alberta growers supply only 35 per cent of the provincial needs and that is only during the local growing season. That statistic carried over a total year comes to only 12 per dis- graceful to say the least. Now it is up to the grower. He can help himself and the consumer or he can continue to struggle along. That's democracy and it's beautiful. The last issue of Chinook reported five scientists from the federal Animal Diseases Research In- stitute west of Lethbridge have been or will be presenting scientific papers at various meetings throughout the world. The papers deal with new research findings being made public for the first time. Well since only two appeared in this column instead of the promised three more appear here today. H. J. Cho has also just returned from the 4th International Congress of Allergy and Rheumatology in Toronto. He spoke on the isolation of the virus of aleutian disease in mink and how he developed a specific test for infected animals. This paper has particular interest for human medical researchers also since the aleutian disease test provides an animal model of a comparable human disease similar to rheumatoid arthritis. In the future Peter Stockdale will address the International Congress of Parasitology in Germany. He will discuss how parasites can cause lung disease in domestic animals. In November R. W. Bide will talk at the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases in Chicago. Dr. Bide has been able to measure thyroid hormones in cattle. His work has enabled researchers to measure insufficient amounts of iodine in local grasses that has contributed to abnormal health in cattle in relation to thyroid. On the cereal several local farmers have been elected to delegate positions for the Alberta Wheat Pool. F. B. Zaugg of Stirling has been elected by acclamation for sub- district 105. Other re- elected by include E. J. Konvnenbelt of Nobleford for sub- district C. F. Thurston of Bow Island for sub- district 109 and Nick Dyck of Pincher Creek for sub- district 201. NOW I FORAGE HARVESTERS Complete with Corn Headers GRAIN AUGERS in all sizes MACLEOD FARM CENTRE NEW HOLLAND EQUIPMENT Phone 234-4428 328-1477 Fort Macleod Alberta DAVIS ENTERPRISES We Piy HM HighMI PricM lor HIDES-SCRAP METAL-CAST IRON-BATTERIES ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS Division ol Davis Industries Lid. Dealers in New Structural Flats and Pipes. Both Businesses A..- c i Phone 327-4035 or 327-6261 ;