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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, March S, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 1E Ric Swihart Farm discussion invited at Ag-Expo Booth No. 42 Ag-Expo Seventy-Four- Cast opened doors this morning at the Exhibition Grounds with the Whoop- Up and Exhibition Pavilions jammed to the rafters with boothes, farm machinery and food displays. Only the second time the winter agricultural fair has been held in Lethbridge since replacing the traditional seed fair, Ag- Expo will operate for public viewing 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Most booths will be open Saturday during the grand finale auction sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WELCOME The Herald welcomes the general public to drop into its booth Number 42 to view displays and to talk to yours truly or Percy Dougans. sales representative for advertising. The booth will be manned at all times to answer questions about newspapers. Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board and Canada's attorney-general, held a three-hour informal dialogue with members of the Alberta Farm Writers Association in Calg'ary recently. From hearing this man talk at various farm meetings the past three years and from infrequent press conferences, one rapidly assesses his abilities as top-notch. Sure he is a politician whose ability to talk is his fort, but Mr. Lang is one government man who exudes confidence in a listener. A farm boy out of a small Saskatchewan town, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University .in England. That speaks for his intelligence. Seven children and a "terrific family" speak for his nationalism. An obvious question arises when a government minister holds two hats. He has been minister for the wheat board for about four years. In that time he has also held the positions of minister of mines and resources and manpower and immigration. How does he do it? Does one of the positions suffer? He claims an absolute no. In his present position as justice minister and wheat board head, Mr. Lang says many grain problems can be sorted out easily and without red tape because he has to work with them from the justice office. The problem of not enough hours in the work day to satisfy-both jobs is solved by competent civil servants who know their job and can run the day-to- day activities without ministerial guidance. This leaves him with time to tackle the priority issues facing government. Two of these issues he pointed to in Calgary were agricultural stabilization (included in the throne speech as promised) and the rapeseed poll. Mr. Lang feels strongly that some form of income stabilization is needed in agriculture, some plan which will cushion the swings of international marketing. Under his plan, the government will look at the net cash position of farmers. If this level falls below a previous set level, money will be paid to fanners from a fund which will be built up from government and farm funds. And producers don't have to join the program if they don't want. The rapeseed poll, conducted last year, drew votes from more than 80 per cent of the rapeseed producers. The decision was to-remain under the present open market system for selling the oilseed crop and not to allow the crop to come under the complete control of the wheat board. As head of the wheat board, he was careful not to put pressures on farmers to vote one way or the other. And he has accepted the producer vote as gospel. One change he has made is to provide an impartial supervisor for the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange through which the majority of Canada's rapeseed crop is sold. After getting all kinds of complaints about the grain payment at the end of 1973 which normally comes after the taxation year end, Mr. Lang has promised farmers all future payments after the initial payment will be made not before Jan. 1. The payment made in December, 1973 added income to fanners at a time when most of them already feeling the taxation bite due to high grain payments. The extra income came just when most of them were least expecting it and left them little time to put the money into another venture, such as- feeder cattle, to avoid. the higher tax bracket. Now all extra payments will be held over to the last part of any crop year, which always comes in a new taxation year, and will allow the farmers to plan their operations more fully. At that same meeting, Harry Legget, marketing advisor the Canada Grains Group, said he was pleased with the work of the Foothills Forage Association of Calgary. This group .is trying to Co-op Implements YOU AT AG-EXPO Be sure and see our display featuring the New 204 Cultivator and 013006 Diesel Tractor Ask about our other Equipment, 344 31 St. North Phone 327-8232 improve the native grassland of the foothills from Pincher Creek to north of Calgary. Mr. Legget said this is also the objective of the federal government increase the cattle carrying capacity of pastures. When asked why the provincial government was getting all the publicity about increased agricultural activity on Indian reserves in the south, Mr. Leggett passed. Mr. Lang stepped in for him, claiming much of the money for the agricultural IDENTIFICATION The National Identifica- tion Service of Agriculture Canada's Entomology Research Institute has received specimens to date hi 1973. programs on Indian reserves come from the federal government because Indians are a federal responsiblity. But many of the programs are run. 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