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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE IEIHBRIDOE HERAID Wednesday, Worth Z, 1973 No oilseed shortage Western Canada Seed increases crop contracts The number of acres ot contracted for the 1073-74 crop year by Western Canadian Seed Processors Ltd. in Lethbridge is ahead of the pace set last year, alleviating fears of a shortage of the oil- seed crop. The high price being offered for rapeseed is considered the main reason for tlic recovery of the- crop. Government and industry officials earlier I h i s winter had feared a nation- wide shortage of the crop be- cause of the high price of v.'heat and other cereal crops. The threat of the Bertha armyworm in Albsrta and Sas- katchewan was also thought to lie an influencing factor in farmer's intentions to seed for the coming crop year. Again the high price for rapeseed has made the crop more attractive, according to Bob Simmons, vice president in charge of raw materials for Alberta's only oilseed crashing plant. Two new features have been added to Western Canadian Seed Processors' annual acre- ege contract farmors sign which have helped the plant fccure acreages, saitl Mr. Sim- mons. The most significant change in the agreement is that con- tract holders will now nave the alternative of establishing the price he will sell the first 10 bushels per contracted acre. The crushing plant will es- tablish and publish a daily con- tract cash price to be paid for all rapeseed grown under the producer agreement. The farm- er can select a day, not already passed but hot beyond July 31, 1973, and notify the company by wire or by writing on or be- fore the effective pricing day he has selected. For this purpose of prepric- his rapeseed acreage, the farmer may not select a date after July 31, 1973 in which to soil the rapeseed he is grow- ing this spring. Mr. Simmons said this pre- pricing alternative allows the farmer to set the price he will receive on 10 bushels per con- tracted acre. As soon as he signs his contract, he may of- fer the first 10 bushels of his contracted acreage for sale and then deliver at a later date. This makes the farmer feel i better, said Mr. Simmons, be- cause he knows he has the price of production already as- sured and the rest of the rape- seed he harvests over and above the 10 bushels per con- tracted acre will be profit. Tlw other new point in the contract is an equalization pay- ment, ranging from one cent per bushel to 11 cents. Mr. Simmons said farmers near Lethbridge are close enough to use their own trucks and the equalization payment goes to their own pocket. Farmers in the central por- tion of the province have pay a commercial trucker and the equalization payment will help to offset the extra cost. Another feature ot the rape- seed contract which makes it more attractive than other commodiy contracts is a type of forgiveness clause, said Mr. Simmons. If a contract holder has a crop failure, he can notify the company and a representative will investigate. Tf, indeed, something has happened to the crop, the contract holder is re- lessed from his obligation to supply the amount of rapeseed stipulated by the agreement. The Canadian Family Store 318 6th Street S. Phone 328-6566 CHAIN-WIDE PURCHASE! OVER NEW SPRING PANT SUITS 2 and 3-pce. styles in machine-washable polyester. SALE STARTS THURSDAY! Perma-prest 100% polyester or Orion Blnzers, limit and imo'ck tops in solids nnd prints Pull-on flora leg or cuffed panls Navy, lilac, blue, red, beige, pink, while. Sizes 10 to 18 and 38 to 40 After Sals Prits USE YOUR CPARGEXI Open Till 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday NrghtsI Market board would set price for vegetables Silhouette Beauty is where you find it. And it can even he found in an electrical system substalion oi this picture demonstrates. This substation, located off 5th Ave. S, near 4th St., serves ihe nrea. Transformers step down voltage from to volts and breakers protect the nejwork. Dairy industry cautioned about milk price increase The dairy industry has been He said the public hearings could start by May. Any price warned that continued creases In the price of milk as a result of unrealistic demands could result in a drastically lower consumption of dairy products. Addressing the annual meet- ing of the Lethbridge Milk Pro- ducers Association Tuesday, President Albert Kooy told the members the consumer can and does accept price increases that reflect reasonable in creases in of production. He stressed that unrealistic demands for price increases could jeopardize the whole in- dustry. The price of milk to the con- sumer was increased two cents per quart for homogenized pro- duct Jan. 1 following a scries of public hearings. From this increase, pro- j A 20-year-old Lethbriuge man ducers received the bulk of the collapsed in provincial court Tuesday after Provincial Judge change would not be applied to the dairy products until the util- ities board has heard all evi- dence. It would then announce what the price change, if any, would be. On other business, Mr. Kooy said six fluid milk shippers had transferred from Lethbridge to Calgary during 1972 to help take care of the Purity Dairy Co-op Sales. Two new shippers were allo- cated fluid quotas for the Leth- bridge area to panding sales cover the ex- the area. There are now 14 shippers serving Silverwood Dairies and 17 serving Palm Dairies Ltd. No further action has teen taken to amalgamate the dairy producing regions of Leth- bridge, Medicine Hat and the Crowsnest Pass. A resolution was presented to the Alberta Milk Producers Board request- ing recommendations. No cor- respondence has been received to dale, he said. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer BROOKS The first step to- ward the establishment of a marketing board for vegetable producers in AJbeita was taken :iere Tuesday. Twenty-two members of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Grow- ers Association passed by a two thirds majority a resolution which called for application to tho Alberta Agricultural Prod- Marketing Council to change to a marketing board system pending the outcome of a special brief early His sum- mer. Under the present system, vegetable producers are work- ing under the Alberta Fresh Vegetable C o m m i s sion. The commission ir.-ay establish quality standards and carry out advertising, educational and re- search programs for producers. According to secretary man- ager Hueben Huber the com- mission in Alberta lias nit done the job. Under a marketing board ap- proach, the new board would be able to set the price the pro- ducer gets from the saler. It would be able to ne- gotiate the price with the trade for the price to be paid pro- ducers. ft would also be able to sell the product for the producer through a single sales agency. For a marketing board to be established, since it carries much more power than a com- mission, a vote must be held by those producers eligible to vote. No vote is needed to es- tablish a commission. Clark Ferries, chairman of tha Alberta Agricultural Prod- ucts Marketing Council, then explained the procedure to be followed to establish a market- ing board. Dave Nelson, a member o] the board of directors of Newel] VegtUbles Ltd., a storage and sales outlet for growers, object- ed to the resolution, claiming it would mean a loss of revenue for producers using Newell fa- diilies. He said a five per cent check-off fee for services that coukl be levied against the i gros.i price the wholesaler pays j could msan a So reduction in the returns to the grower. He said it this happened, Kewell might not be able to get enough growers to make the storage and sales outlet work efficiently. Mr. Ferries earlier had told ona producer that the forma- tion of a marketing board would in no way hinder or dis- rupt Newell Vegetables. He said Newell is really just a sroker and it is the grower s making the project a success and the marketing board is de- signed to assist the grower. Through the marketing ward, some regulations Mould included which would con- :rol vegetables as soon as they leave the farm gate. This would include groups such as Hutter- ite colonies although it was pointed cut that tiis clause was net aimed at the religious sect, Mr. Ferries said the passage oi the resolution could force the marketing council to hurry the report on Alberta's vegetable industry which is slated to be released early this summer. He said there is a possibility the maikiting board concept could become a reality within six weeks if all parts of the procedure arc followed with" no problems. Vegetable growers executive elect BHOOKS Dave Zaychuk, co-owner of Zaychuk Nursery, Vegetable and Berry Farms Ltd. of Edmmlon, was elected president of the Alberta Fresh Vegetable Growers Association here Tuesday. He succeeds Rueben Huber of Rosemary who stepped, down from the position after the ini- tial six years of the association. Hie board of directors for the growers association is filled with a chairman of the six re- gional grower associations. Bill Henderson of Peace River will serve that region while Ted Hclc of St. Albert will repre- sent the Edmonton growers. Chairmen of regional grower associations will be elected in the near future for the Med- icine Hat, Brooks, Taber-Coal- dale and Lethbridge-Picture Butte regions. Charlie Wallish of Sherwood Park was elected secretary- treasurer for the group. Snowfall to be brief The light snowfall which hit Lethbridge early this morning was expected to end later this morning. Highs this afternoon and Thursday are forecast to be near 45 with lows in the 20-25 degree range. Man collapses in court after being refused bail benefit. Another request has gone to the Public Utilities Board from the processing sector o! the dairy industry for another increase. Al Wiggins, manager of the Silverwood Dairies Ltd. plant, said (lie in- creafo awarded by (he utililics board in January, didn't even' !or purpose3 of cover the increased cost of la-' L. W. Hudson refused his ap- plication for change ot plea and for bail. Mark Steven Hovan, of 1222 3nl Ave. A. S., had pleaded guilty, without Ire advice of j bridge Iron Works. counsel, to a charge of posses- sion of hashish and counts of theft under S2IW was remanded in provincial court Tiiesday to March 13 for sen- tencing. William Lynn Allan Bates, who had pleaded guilty to the charges, stole a total of from employee lockers at Let li- ter at the processing plinl. j Mcli Now (n Operation PARK ELECTRIC 717 17th St. N, Ph. 328-8987 or 328-7814 Commercial and Residential Work system set and had waived his right to be served with a certificate of an- alysis, wliich would indicate i whether the substances sei7ed were in fact illegal drugs. Provincial Judge Hudson itlllS niOll'll] i said, in refusing the applica-1 lion, that Hovan appeared to be aware of what he was doing i when he originally pleaded, Hovan then passed out but was soon revived and taken down to police cells to await an appearance Thursday when he will be sentenced. A youth 16-year-old charged Lethbridge with seven STILL SELLING FOR LESS! STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd Street S. Phone 327-3024 A two-day seminar and work- shop, U> study conversion to the metric system of weights and measures, will be held March 22 and 23 at Lethbridge Com- munity College. The program, sponsored by the pldman River Regional Planning Commission, is gear- ed mainly to the needs of ur- ban and regional planners, the construction industry and sur- veyors. Both the plenary sessions and the workshops are open to the public. A registration tee includes all materials (scales, measur- ing tapes, conversion kits) used in the workshops. The LCC caf- eteria will be available for meals. Applications for registration can be obtained from the Old- man liiver Regional Planning Commission, 1003 4th Ave. South, Lelnbridge. EVERYONE !S ON TOP OF THE 70's EVERY ONE OF OUR SUITS ARE 70 OR LESS GOOD SELECTION OF WOOLS, FORTRELS, DENIMS OUR SUITS WILL ALWAYS BE OR LESS STATUTORY GRAPE BOUTIQUE 325 7th St. S. PHONE 327-3313 ;