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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, March 5, 1974 Marketing debate steps up Farmers weigh trading alternatives EDMONTON (CP) At a time when farm income is at the highest level in history, Canada's agriculture industry is facing major decisions. With almost guaranteed sales of all they can grow, farmers have been asked how they want their produce marketed, told the transportation system is inadequate and warned that the future is clouded. The most important decision is whether agriculture wants more government involvement in marketing or whether it should be controlled by the private sector. Advocates of both avenues have been active in recent months. The campaign has oecn stepped up by the private sector since rapeseed producers rejected a plan to place the marketing of their product under the Canadian wheat board. The wheat board has come under attack from the private grain companies and the huge Prairies wheat pools have been accused of eliminating the competitive system. Stability While there are national provisions for establishing marketing boards for any commodity group that wishes, such boards have come under fire from the Consumers' Association of STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Street S. Phone 327-3024 Canada and the egg marketing board was criticized by the federal food prices review board. The traditional problem in agriculture has been lack of price stability for produce. Many observers feel stability can only be accomplished through more government controls. Glen Flaten of Regina, Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture president, says agriculture now is moving more in the direction of stabilization as the mdstury becomes more complex and the need arises for levelling out farmers' incomes. "Programs will vary with commodities and may be government or joint government producer financed It may well be that one of the payments for stability will be more controls than some want or think they need C Swartz of Winnipeg, chairman of Northern Sales Ltd., says Canada is moving away from the open market system and losing potential world markets'in the process. Mr. Swartz said in the United States the privately operated grain trade increased its export sales by 50 per cent last year while Canada's sales, through the wheat board, decreased 33 per cent. But supporters of the wheat board reply that the U.S. now is faced with a domestic grain shortage which may involve having to buy back its own grain at higher prices or import grain from other countries. Because of the wheat board having control, Canada will never be faced with that problem, they say. In a bid to provide price equality across the country for feed grains, Otto Lang, minister responsible for the wheat board, placed oats and barley pricing outside the board. However, the board retains control of movement of the grains. This is seen by the National Farmers Union (NFU) as the thin end of the wedge to destroy orderly marketing, with all grains eventually being placed on the open market. The feed grains policy also has come under attack from the Saskatchewan and Manitoba NDP governments and the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. 1974 ELECTROHOME COLOR TV CLARIDGE The CLARIDGE. True elegance knows no limitations to quote a popular auth- or. And the Claridge proves him cor- rect. In its Autumn Oak finish, here is Mediterranean flavor in rich quantity. Yet, in Walnut, the mood is somehow more Transitional. The choice is yours Reg. SPECIAL The CASABLANCA Highlight it in the corner of an elegant liv- ing room, and it is a side cabinet of im- peccable Transitional styling. Until you glide open the richly detailed cJoors. And suddenly the Casablanca is 315 square 'nches of breathtaking-Electrohome color picture. Reg. flOC AG-EXPO SPECIAL I SEE THESE SPECIALS AND MORE AT OUR DISPLAY DURING AG-EXPO March 5-9th LETHBMOCE EXHIBITION PAVILION VAN'S TV SALES SERVICE Roy Atkinson of Saskatoon, NFU president, said the feed grains policy was the "most severe attack" on orderly marketing since the 1920s and farmers should reject the program and concentrate on having all -grains placed under wheat board control, "no matter where they are sold." Act now A. M. Runciman, United Grain Growers president, says farmers who believe in a competitive system will have to act now to preserve what is left of the grain handling system. He said real competition has not existed in the grain elevator system since the beginning of the century and there has been a "steady erosion for the last 50 years of what remains of the competitive system." Competition is good for farmers and has the most to offer but the "whole trend of thought in this country seems, to be moving toward a government run way of life." he said. The NFU, an organization that believes in collective bargaining for farmers, says the day is long gone when an individual farmer can compete with huge multi- national corporations. Strongest among the private enterprise supporters have been Western cattlemen, but even their stance is being questioned. Eugene Whelan, federal agriculture minister, says the public can easily be led to believe Canadian cattlemen are a "free wheeling bunch of right wing radicals who only, want the government to keep its cotton picking fingers off the beef industry." This does not support the facts because the industry "has received more help from the federal government than a long list of other agricultural industries." Ag-Expo evaluation There wih' be a meeting of all those who participated in Ag-Expo and the Ag-Expo committee March 13 on the mezzanine floor in the Exhibition Pavilion. The meeting will be to assess this year's Ag-Expo and to elect a new Ag-Expo committee for the coming year. On the financial side of things one major bank and two credit companies have booths at Ag-Expo. If a farmer sees something in one of the other booths he's interested in buying but isn't sure he can afford it, people from these booths wjll be able to tell him on the spot what kind of financing is available. Some of the booth space has been bought by Edmonton and Calgary firms and one booth owner is from Saskatoon. There are also booths for the farm homes including displays of furniture, sporting equipment and televisions. JAPANESE MARKET Japan has been Canada's biggest market for buckwheat since 1967. In 1972, Japan imported bushels of the crop. The Japanese eat buckwheat in the form of soba (buckwheat 1238-3rdAve.S. Open Thurs.-Fri. till 9 p.m. Phone 327-5020 ALL WELDING NEEDS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE DEPOTS AT: NORLE SALES STERLING BOB'S WELDING-Pictire Bitti MINUTE MUFFLER-MidiciM Hit 6BANUM GREEN HOUSE-Gnum AIRWAY ;