Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
HERAID Wodnwdoy, Jim. 7, mM THK LSlrTOMwvs; ntivntu Change needed says National Farmers Union spokesman Farmers no match for giant corporations _ __. vonrc non iii Alberta organization woi Bv JIM NEAVES I SASKATOON (CP) Prai- rie farmers who see them- selves as rugged individual- ists will have to change their outlook before they can expect to make money. That, at least, is Hie view of Stuart Thiesson, secretary- t r e a s u r e r of the National Farmers Union. He saj's those farmers who haven't responded to heing or- that they can do belter going it responsible for high produc- tion costs not being matched by prices. As a result, highly-organ- ized corporate giants in food processing wield all the power, he said. This attitude among many farmers was the most difficult that the union had faced and would continue to face. "Traditionally, their value system has been based on a self-image of being rugged in- dividualists. "And, when it comes down to competing with the giant corporations, they are no match at all." CLINT, TO OLD SYSTEM Farmers continued to de- lude themselves into thinking they could go it alone when purchasing the goods and services they needed to oper- ate and in bargaining for the prices of the food they pro- duce. "This is one of the greatest myths. You have to rec- ognize that the market system the farmer operates under in selling his products is the last vestige ot an 18th-century sys- tem that no longer exists for any other industrial form." Mr. Thiesson said there are no other producers of goods today in Canada that place their product on an "auction block and take whatever price the buyer is prepared to pay" as docs the agricultural indus- try. "Farmers seem to be under the mistaken belief that com- peting with one another in finding markets for their products is good." Mr. Thiesson said corpora- tions discovered years ago that competition destroys profits. "They have organized them- selves to make certain that the competition doesn't .de- stroy them." FARMEHS CAN'T WIN TMs a case of "two separate rules ebing applied within the same ball he said. "There's just no way the farmers can win under that type of a deal." The union has a strong fol- lowing in Manitoba, but lost out two years ago in Alberta when that province's farm union voted to join the Alberta Federation of Agriculture lo form a new organization called Unifarm. However, the NFU still has a following in Alberta. Now a similar battle ap- pears on the horizon in Sas- katchewan with the Saskat- chewan Federation of Agricul- ture promoting n new farm group. E. A. Bodeu of Regina, president of the Saskatchewan Federation o f Agriculture, said an educational campaign will be mounted this summer and fall throughout the prov- ince. "We don't want to rush it before people understand what is Mr. Boden said. Similar to Alberta's Uni- farm, the new Saskatchewan organization would have Indi- vidual farmer-members in ad- dition to commodity groups and other farmer groups, such as the wheat pools. Here's where the philosophy differs because the NFU says il wants nothing lo do with large commercial groups which, it says, would domi- nate any organization in set- ling policies for the future. Mr. Thiesson said the only way is for the individual farmers lo discuss and arrive selves. "The move by the Saskat- chewan federation is really a farce because while it claimed grassrools participation is re- quired to make the proposed organization eifective as a policy spokesman I think every farmer in Saskatche- wan belongs to two or more the federation's member or- ganizations right now." June 18tii HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY! 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He researched his presentation for his grade 13 history class at A. Y. Jackson High School, Willowdale, Ont. __________________- She saved coupons to help save lives U.S. pilots to train in west skies WINNIPEG (CP) Aircraft f the United Slates Strategic Air Command are to fly in mid- une over western Canada's our provinces. The flight, also passing over north central and northwest- ern United States and Alaska, HUSTONTOWN, Pa. (AP) Susan Mart, a 14-year-old high school freshman, spent 21 months collecting 2.6 million food .product coupons. She used them to buy five life-saving kid- ney machines as a memorial to her older brother who died in 196B because there wasn't any such machine in this little town. David Martz, then 16, had a kidney disease and needed the dialysis machine to clean his blood. Susan started her collecting in April, 1970, under a now-discon linued program operated bj General Mills Inc. of Minneapo- lis. The company, which pur chased 290 of the machines stopped the plan at the end o 1971 because of adverse public ity. A company spokesman sai the firm had been accused o trading in human misery. Susan's campaign put kidne about four Pennsylvania hos in Harrisburg Gei eral and one each at Philade phla General, Altoona Merc and the Her she y Medic Centre. "I might be helping sa' someone else's life, or at lea prolonging she said. Abo Americans die from ki ney disease each year. Susan's efforts were the su iect of newspaper articles an television broadcast's. She received coupons from set for the -aliernoon ana night of June 13 and early' hours strangers. "The hardest June 14. was trimming the coupons training exercise. :ls a wrapping them in bundles venture of the Strategic 50, she Command and forces' of .tha Now Susan is looking ahead American Air Defence a career in a field where can help nursing, medicine or perhaps teaching. Her mother, Mrs. units are to track the bomber aircraft and fighter interceptors will practice meet- Martz, thinks the the planes. Surface-to air should do more. She sites will be manned jigger grants lo doctors for kic ney research, increased no missiles are to be fired. Air trafiic control officials in jriations to hospitals to buy ki( icy machines and and the United Stales have been working to keep the lelp to defray the heavy of civil air traffic cal bills of kidney disease the exercise to a mini- Old ship for scrap CAKRICKFERGUS, Sam Campbell, Ireland (CP) The Clyde headed the museum pro- ley, an old ship once used as said efforts in this direc- gun runner which was to have broken down for lack been turned into a floating funds. seum oJ Ulster history, is to Clyde Valley ran arms sold for scrap almost four Ulster before the Firs after being rescued from a simi lar fate in War when Northern Ire land loyalists were bracing fo Hearings not best ivay to probe Property Act CALGARY (CP) Backus, public works minister, said here a government com- mittee formed to study the Al- berta Communal Property Act Govt. bans political aid SALISBURY (AP) The government today banned politi- cal parties from receiving as- sistance from outside Rhodesia The order will prevent the Af- rican National Council among others from accepting funds 'rom groups such as the Organi zation of African Unify, from which it had been hoping to ge donations to put itself on a firm financial fooling. Observers in Salisbury the order as a first move by th government toward banning th council, an African body established late, last yea to oppose the British-Rhodesia proposals for a settlement of th independence dispute with Bri ain. The government already ha banned the council from issuin membership cards, and th council's subsequent attempts raise money by calling for pu1 I lie donations has flopped. enerally feels lhat public hear' gs "are probably not the besi ay to deal with the subject.' Mr. Backus, a member of the ommiltee, said the group wil tiake its decision on the basi: f submissions received befor' une 21. Public hearings dealt wilh IK issue before and "there was roat deal of unliappiness abou 'This is a very emotiona ubject. Radicals on either ide of Ihe issue become very motional particularly on the anti Hutterite side, where they tend to load your hearings." The act, passed in 1947, has been aimed primarily at the )rovincc's Hutterite population. :t limits the amount and loca- tion of land that Hutterites may acquire for their colonies. "The general feeling is that we will gel more factual infor- mation by breaking up into small subcommittees and going around and holding discussions rather than public said Mr. Backus in an interview. The study was initiated last month by the legislature. merger of their counties into a united self-governing Ireland. Later the ship performed reighting chores along Can- ada's East Coast. Finally, in 1968, the Ulster- men who had saved the vessel 'rom being scrapped in Canada bad it brought back to Northern Ireland. MAKE LITTLE PROGRESS But despite some cleaning work done since then, the vessel has remained in Carriekfergus harbor with lillle progress made towards conversion into a mu- seum commemorating the early 20th-century aclivities of tha loyalislst movement. The current crisis in Ulster has undermined the project to some extent. Moreover, the municipal council in this port city IS miles northeast of Belfast eventually concluded that the ship would iave to be removed from the larbor. Berthing facilities were of- fered outside but Campbell said hese offered insufficient protec- tion against stormy conditions. Thus, some 85 years after being launched in Belfast, the iron-hulled Clyde Valley is at last going to its grave. OLDEST SOCIETY The St. George's Society of Halifax, founded in 1786, is the oldest St. George's Society in tha Commonwealth. SCIENCE LIBRARY LETHBRIDGE, Alfa. (CP) The library of the Lethbridge Research Station has vol- umes for the 65 spccialisst. The main areas covered are biology, chemistry, bio-chemistry, ento- mology, botany, soil science, fertilizers and irrigation tech- I oology.