Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Tu.lday, Morth THt UTHftlllDGE HEftALD 3 Whiskey delivery point Whiskey Gap elevators face increased pressure despite their poor physical condition. At Ihe end of 1973, a delivery point seven miles norlh will be definitely abandoned. Whisky Gap is the last delivery point on a spur line leading from the Lethbridge-Cardston rail lin Elevator ramp Trucks have lo back out of this Whiskey Gap elevator because of o broken ramp. Farmers in the area have complained of 1ho poor physical condition of some elevators. Magrath and District Chamber of Commerce officials say the elevators haven't been re- paired because grain companies ore planning to pull out of Southern Alberta anyway. Hauling distance increased Gravel roads ond longer distances to haul grain fo market confront Southern Alberta farmers In rail abandonment areas. Smaller farms may go out of the grain business al- Sogether rather than try and cope with increased transport costs. Store owners in towns like Jefferson and Del Bonita anticipate hardship if smaller ranches sell out to larger opera- tors, as has been predicted by real estate agents and the Palliser Wheat Growers Associa- lion. Ric SWIHART Grain handling and the trans- portation system for the move- ment of Canada's grain crops is rapidly becoming the num- ber one challenge facing agri- culture today. A king-sized two day semi- uar Thursday and Friday in Saskatoon will kick off discus- sion on what will likely be the most hotly contested issue to face agriculture. At the Saskatoon seminar, sponsored by the University of Saskatchewan and the Canada Grains Council, experts rang- ing from government, elevator companies and transportation companies to commodity groups and farmers will explain the many intracacies of the grain handling and transportation systems aral the problems in- tieront in each. Concern In Southern Alberta, great concern has been expressed re- garding the proposed rail line abandonment and the pull out of several country elevator de- livery points. Officials of Magi'ath and District Chamber of Commerce have jumped on a band wagon to push for the maintenance of the railway and the delivery points as the only saving factor for small communities in the region. A way of life could end and the abandonment of the rail line and country elevator delivery points is just the beginning of the end, according to the cham- ber. The chamber members have bean going ahead at district meetings advocating the reten- tion of the rail lines, particular- ly, and if possible, the grain elevators. Their information has been gathered from statistics and parlayed into their desires for their community. Depressed land values, shrinking farm populations and declining small town populations is the chamber's prediction. For this reason, all of the speakers at the Saskatoon semi- nar will be listened to by all sectors of rural Western Can- ada. The seminar Iras been set up specifically to provide the op- portunity for interested persons to discuss the issues involved in planning an improved Cana- dian grain handling and trans- portation system, Objective A major objective of the sem- inar is to promote producer participation in the discussions of costs associated with handling a billion bushels of grain per year through the existing sys- tem. Robert B. Moffat, general manager of Manitoba Pool Ele- vators, will discuss the chal- lenge of holding the line on costs of operating the country and terminal eleva-tor system of the future. That's of interest to rural Canada. The capabilities and associat- ed costs today and tomorrow of maintaining and operating a rail transportation system for the movement of Canadian grain will be dealt with by A. H. Williams, vice-president of the Prairie region of Canadian National Railways. That's of Merest to rural Canada. G. N. Vogel, cliief commis- sioner of the Canadian wheat board, will discuss the effect of changes in grain handling and transportation costs on grain marketing in the future. That's of interest to Canada. The likely impact of rail line abandonment and removal of grain eUvators on rural com- munities will be discussed by Dr. Jack Stabler of the Univer- sity of Saskatchewan, Everett Murphy, president of the Sas- katchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and John Chan- non, chairman of the Alberta Grain Commission. That's of interest to Canada. Producer views will be put across by a panel chaired by J. A. Brown of the University of Saskatchewan. Panel mem- bers include Walter Nelson, president of the Palliser Wlieat Growers' Association, Roy At- kinson, president of the Nation- al Farmers Union and Ted Boden, vice president of the Canadian Federation of Agri- culture. That's of interest to Canada. To get the bulk of the avail- able Information on this pres- sing problem right from the horse's mouth would be the ideal situation for all farmers and ranchers. Changes Changes arc coming to the agricultural industry and they are born of necessity. If fann- ers and rancher want to have a comfortable bed to sleep on for the rest of tlicir lives, they better shake off the mothballs and attend this seminar. The Magrath chamber has been criticized for premature action. At least they are tak- ing some action to save some- thing they feel strongly about. There is far too little of this type of action in Canoda. Looking info the future is what it's all about. It reminds me of Jock, that canine companion of this re- porter for more than 15 years, when, just more than a pup, the season of frolicking about with pup of the opposite sex got him in trouble (in more than one The "smell of something new" across the street was keeping Jock up all' hours of the niglit. To alleviate some of the pressure of many male dogs on his front lawn, the neighbor asked the town to lock his fe- male up in the pound. The dog catcher didn't even have to lift a finger to catch Jock. He followed that "smell" right down to the pound and aH the dog catcher had to do was to open the door. He didn't look far enough Into the future.