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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, March 8, 1974 Machinery supply shortage expected to last another year Shortages of supply and increased prices for farm machinery face producers throughout North America at least for the next 12 months, says a machinery expert Robert Kelly, general manager of the Canadian Farm and Industrial Equipment Institute in Toronto, told a capacity Ag-Expo crowd although there isn't a crisis situation in the machinery industry yet, "supply and demand are out of balance." Mr Kelly said this means farmers may not be able to buy the equipment they have been thinking about, but haven't yet ordered It also means some farmers who have ordered may not get delivery on time and firm prices may not be quoted until actual delivery. Mr. Kelly said part of the problem was a static level of farm incomes during the past few years when costs of production were increasing. Then, in 1973, for the first time in 30 years, farmer's gams were not negated by rising costs. As soon as farm income prospects showed signs of improving farmers started to satisfy their needs He said farmers began buying a little faster than manufacturers could produce the machinery Because of low farm revenues for the past four years, implement manufacturers and dealers faced low levels of profit. This meant little expansion of capacity to manufacture or inventories. Just when manufacturers geared up to meet a revitalized farm demand, raw material shortages started to become apparent This problem was compounded by the environmental crisis. Many small, inefficient and dirty foundries in North America were forced to close and "how we could use their capacity now." A panel of local farm implement dealers echoed Mr. Kelly's view. Chuck James of McKay Brothers John Deere, said the only farmers who can consider the present situation a crisis are the ones who need a particular machine right away. He feels dealers will experience a shortage of big agricultural items but the total dollar value of machinery will remain about the same through more pieces of small items. Bob Graham of Super Sales Ltd. in Lethbridge, said machinery inventories are at the lowest point while parts stocks are good. Don Dalke, of Southland Ford, said dealers now must order parts and equipment 12 to 18 months in advance of delivery. And to make sure they have something for everybody, the dealer has to guess what to order. For this reason, Mr. Dalke said farmers must begin to shoulder some of the responsibility for what a dealer orders. He can do this by planning ahead and ordering early.' Mr. Dalke said the present situation of short Supplies at the manufacturing level will persist at least another six months. It will take another six months to get added equipment into the sales pipeline. Wendell Lind of Noble Cultivators Ltd. of Nobleford, representing the equipment manufacturer, said there is a shortage of steel, castings, wheels, bearings and hydraulic cylinders that is hindering manufacturers the most. He said his firm will increase production this year by 25 per cent. If raw materials were available, sales would gobble up a 60-per-cent increase. Mission to Japan back with promises The city's just-returned trade mission to Japan Thursday promised announcement of at least two developments for the city within seven months. But Aid. Cam Barnes and economic development director Dennis O'Connell said at a city hall news conference they could not disclose what these developments will be or release any details yet concerning their nature The announcements will have to come from the Alberta Export Agency and the Japanese trading companies involved, said Mr. O'ConneJl "It was a most profitable venture for the he said of the 18-day trip. "We're pretty well assured of at least four developments and possibly three others Aid Barnes added that two "outstanding" financial contacts were made with Jap- anese financial institutions that could assist private as well as public development here This information will be related to city council power plant discussions, he said, as one possible alternative in determining whether money will be available for plant expansion The developments indicated by Aid. Barnes and Mr O'Connell appear to be agricultural industry oriented although neither would confirm this is the case. "Our main problem could be one of said Mr O'Connell "The market is there, but our own producers must be able to ensure a continuity of supply He said the city council anticipates visits from one or more delegations from Hong Kong and two from Japan in the next two months, as a result of the trip. Aid. Barnes also said he would recommend that Mr. O'Connell, an alderman and the mayor make a return trip to Japan within a year to follow up the connections now established. Preliminary region plan to be approved in June JUST ARRIVED! STEELE BRIG6S and McKENZIE GARDEN SEEDS Shop Early For Best Selection And Variety Call Garden Dept 327-5767 DOWNTOWN The preliminary regional plan for the Oldman River Region will receive final approval June 27, according to a timetable adopted Thursday. Under the timetable approved by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission at a regular meeting, municipalities in the region can hold public meetings on the document until April 11. 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The commission also decided to hold a public hearing on the plan, which sets out land use and development policies, to give added legal weight to the planning regulations. The public hearing will be held June 6 but place and time have not been announced. The preliminary plan was drawn up last year by commission staff and studied and amended this fall by four committees made up of municipal representatives and planning staff. Paul Anderson, representing the Town of Claresholm. told the meeting no-one can complain the commission has not allowed public comment on the plan "We've been very fair about it." he said. In other business, t.ifc commission accepted applications from the Village of Arrowwood, 65 miles north of Lethbridge, and the provincial lands and forests department for commission membership. Under provincial regulations, government departments can sit as voting members on planning commissions. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 PHONE 3274565 E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETHMIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDO. FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMMFERS O14 1874111 Ag-Expo enthusiasts Hundreds of school children and equally enthusi- astic adults from throughout Southern Alberta jammed both the Exhibition Pavilion and Whoop-Up Pavilion Thursday. Here the seed fair displays are being viewed while in the background people are entering a tempo- rary theatre to listen to experts discuss the farm machinery industry. Guerilla group member gets jail term for illegal entry review LCC Fantasticks weren't A man claiming to be a member of a Palestinian guerilla group operating in the United States has been jailed for three months for entering Canada illegally. James Talmadge Moore, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty in Lethbridge provincial court Thursday to the illegal entry charge. Moore did not name the group, but said he was also known as Mohammed Shemial. Court was told Moore entered Canada last November at Emerson, Man. He had forged a mother's affidavit of birth, a document that is prepared to attest to the birth of a person when a birth certificate cannot be found. Moore was arrested near Milk River Wednesday. RCMP said he was hitchhiking south on Highway 4 toward the U.S. border. Cpl. Dick Judd of Milk River told The Herald authorities in Dallas. Tex., confirmed Moore's connection with a group that was raising INSURANCE HONE-BUSINESS FAfW AUTO AND LIFE We Cm Save You Money SEE US SOON! GCNCY 706 3rd Am. S. MMM funds for Arab relief during the Arab-Israeli war. The authorities also said Moore seemed to have a fairly complete knowledge of the Palestinian groups in the U.S. Provincial Judge George Lynch Staunton was told Moore was mentally and physically ill and needed treatment. Moore will also face an immigration inquiry which will determine whether or not he can stay in Canada. A spokesman from the immigration department in Lethbridge said the inquiry would be conducted in Lethbridge unless Moore was sent to Alberta Hospital Ponoka for psychiatric treatment. In that case, an inquiry would be held there, he said. Man remanded A Lethbridge man accused of assaulting a policeman pleaded not guilty in provincial court Thursday and was remanded to April 1 for trial. Lloyd J. Norton, 51. is alleged to have assaulted Const. Lance Howard. By LYNNE VAN LUVEN There is, alas, nothing fantastic about "The Fantasticks." Presented by Lethbridge Community College Harlequin Players, "The Fantasticks" opened to a small crowd Thursday evening at the Yates. It was one of the less- enjoyable of the Players' recent productions. It's but it's far from "fantastic." "The Fantasticks" is a parable about love, a melange of songs strung together by a very lightweight plot which is more a chain of events. It is an awkward vehicle for amateur talent and a difficult production to do well. To be fair, the Harlequin Players seem to enact the musical to the bet of their ability they have invested a goodly amount of youthful exuberance in the performance. But, the production goes on for two hours and one is all too aware of the passing of those. For many, the songs in "The Fantasticks" may be somewhat unfamiliar, with the exception of "Try To Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain To their credit, the Harlequin troupe attempts to make the most of opportunities for humor within the parable-play. The lovers' fathers, Hucklebee (Mark Campell) and Bellomy (Tony Dimnik) perform an enjoyable slapstick song and dance number about the certitude of vegetable- growing as opposed to the vagaries of child-rearing. The two actors Mortimer (Paul Cohen) and Henry (Dale are also figures of fun, parodies of the typical "ham" thespians. Debbie Thiessen as the Mute, whose job is to act as a visible stage-hand, says not a word but displays some very graceful gestures as the prime mover of sparkle dust, snowflakes and falling leaves. Also essential to the musical's action is El Gallo, the Narrator, played by Jim Gray. Mr. Gray is a suitably authoritarian figure on stage, although some of his delivery is more than a splinter wooden. The lovers Luisa and Matt ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg 222 5th Si S Phone 328-4095 are played by Sherry Kennedy and Kim Hall Mr. Hall gives a low-key performance and, without forcing the issue, portrays the young man in a convincing and sympathetic manner. Miss Kennedy, on the other hand, is a bit off-base, strident where she need be merely silly and shrewish where she should be perplexed. Although she is a natural actress who uses her comic talent and clear voice to good advantage, she portrays Luisa as being much older than her immature 16 years. 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