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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, Jwie 12 THE UETHMIOGC HBtAtO S Ric SWIHART Youth needs a chance on the farm The recently-initiated. govern- ment program to help the farm labor situation and at the same time provide employment for students is being widely accept- ed by the students. Applications for-work from dents is far Outstripping the requests for student power by farmers even though the pro- vincial government will pay one half of the salary up to a contribution. For the County of Lethbridge, 10 farmers have hired 12 stu- dents under the program. But waiting in the wings for jobs to open up are another 20 students. Piled Ten students last week had work applications filed with the local district agriculture office and 10 with the .department of youth, culture and recreation. 'At the time the program was announced The Herald conduct- ed a telephone interview with farmers in SoutBern Alberta. Very few of the farmers thought the program, which they con- sidered good in principle, would ever really pan out. By looking at the farmer re- sponse during the first few weeks of the program, the sur- vey either proves itself or the farmers aren't giving it a chance to work. The latter explanation is the one I would stick with. My assumption is based on the response and comments of the farmers themselves. They held a two-pronged theory about hiring students for even summer work around the farm most of the work around the farm needs exper- ienced laborers (something lacking by most students) or they felt the students just couldn't or wouldn't do the work. A phone call to the district agirculturists office in Taber reveals that, at the time, six farmers had hired students under the program while 10 farmers had made application for workers. While this seemed encourag- ing, it was pointed out that most of the workers were wait- ing for high school to get out so they could hire a student they knew would and could do the work. Now where does that leave the rest of the student popula- tion so desperately looking for work? If the farmers won't co- operate it would appear that they are in a kettle of fish. But why? In the case of agri- culture, tihe necessity for exper- ience and hard work hasn't gone the way of the Edsel and knickers. It is a reality. Townsfolk see young people of all types, shapes, sizes and condition, both good and bad. Country folk don't Mobile The majority of young people seen by farmers, excepting rel- atives, are Canada's mobile youth, the hitch bikers. Mobility, a facet exactly op- posite to the landlocked farm- ers, combined with the so- called bad image of today's youth through the hippy cul- ture, drug community and sup- posed free love society, has turned farmers off on the de- pendability of young people. Not all but enough. Some people will say this approach young people is right. Many will disagree. But regardless, it will be up to the youths who do land a farm job to go all out to prove to the agricultural community that they can work, that they are worthy of the government support. If the workers perform ade- quately tins year, jobs will be more plentiful next year. If they don't perform, adequately, fewer farmers will take the chance next year. KERBER FLOORS Wall to wall jbreadloom linoleum and vinyl sheet goods and tites 1251 2nd Ave.S. FREE ESTIMATES PH. 327-0023 RES. 327-7133 LOWER THE HIGH COST OF LEAVING AT TOYOTA TRAVEL CENTRE Brand New 1973 Empress 2000 MOTOR HOME 413 engine, radio stereo combination, rear divider door, BTU ducted heat, power steer- Ing and brakes. Regular retail Lower high cost of leaving saving SPECIAL THIS WEEKEND 12265 BRAND NEW 1973 SKYLARK 16' TRAILER Sleeps 6. Twin propane tanks, 5" foam cushions, electric brakes with control, window awning, stove. Icebox. Regular retail Lower the high cost of leaving saving SPECIAL THIS WEEKEND BRAND NEW EMPRESS DELUXE 2400 MOTOR HOME Has all the standard features including power steering and brakes, styrofoam insulation. Self contained with thft following options: 413 engine, radio stereo com bination, rear speakers, air conditioning, divider drapes, divider door, chrome front and rear bumpers. Regular retail Lower the high cost of leaving saving SPECIAL THIS WEEKEND 13.998 Bank Financing Arranged Payments As Low As With No Down Payment O.A.C. Largest stock of Skylark trailers, campers and Empress motor homes in Southern Alberta 40 new Toyota cars and trucks to choott rrom TRADES WANTED TOYOTA V I V I M CENTRE COUTTS HIGHWAY OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL 9 PM PHONE 327-3165 ;