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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, March 19, 1974-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-7 Rk Swihart I had a rather rude awakening about the glorious agricultural products of this fair province the other day. Long time sugar beet grower Walter ,F. Boras ef Iron Springs was enjoying a fine cup of coffee with this reporter the other day. In order to keep his rather large and muscular frame in proper running order, Walter dropped two packets of sugar into his cup, uttering something which resembled a choice phrase some carpenter friends of mine use when the hammer meets the nail thumb nail that is. I quizzed him about his contempt for this small, helpless little packet of sugar. SPECIALTY It turns out sugar served in many restaurants in packet or individual cubed form is classed as specialty sugar and the majority of this type of sugar served in Alberta and Saskatchewan is made from imported cane product. The packet Walter used was marked Canadian Sugar Factories so I questioned him about his claim that local sugar beet growers were losing revenue because of infringing cane sugar products. After all Canadian Sugar Factories are located in Taber and Picture Butte. The crunch is that there are more factories owned by the parent company B.C. Sugar Refining Co. Ltd. located in Vancouver. these factories process imported cane sugar for sale throughout the rest of the market area not served from the sugar beet fields of Southern Alberta. ECONOMICS A local official for the company reported economics enters the picture when talking about specialty sugar and apparently is the only reason local restaurant patrons, mostly unknowingly, eat cane sugar in the heart of Canada's sugar beet country. Local factories don't have the necessary equipment to manufacture the packets and handle the small sizes and because specialty sugar .accounts for a small percentage of sugar consumed in Alberta and Saskatchewan, it isn't NOW IN STOCK New Holland Grinder Mixer bale feeder. NEW HOLLAND BALERS New New Holland Forage Harvesters Macleod Farm Centre New Holland Equipment Fort Macleod, Alberta Phone 234-4428 328-1477 Imported sugar cubes leave sour taste with beet growers an economically viable expenditure. From a growers point of view, every little bit helps. The Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association has been making representation to Canadian Sugar Factories Ltd. for installation of the special equipment but to no avail. The push for the equipment is based on the fact partly that growers get 63 pr cent of all sugar sales as a final return for their sugar beet crop, one of the highest percentages in North America. DAVIS ENTERPRISES (ALBERTA) We Pay the Highest PriCM for ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS Division of Davit Induatriee Lid. in Ntw Structural Steel, Plata and Pipes (Wholesale Prices) Both Located at 1505 2nd Aw. S., Lethbridge Phone 327-4035 or 327-6261 Ro-Neet controls weeds for better sugar beet yields There's no better way to control weeds in sugar beets than to use Ro-Neet herbicide before planting. Mix Ro-Neet in the soil field-wide and control weeds in the rows and in the middles as well. Ro-Neet works on weeds rain or shine. It's mixed right in the soil in the weed germination zone where it destroys weeds as they sprout. You don't have to wait for rain or irrigate to make it work. With clean fields from the start, thinning and blocking are easier. And less expensive. Liquid Ro-Neet 7.2E is easy to use. Ro-Neet controls nightshade, barnyard- grass, wild oats, pigweed, foxtails and many other troublesome weeds. For bigger beet yields and easier harvest, get Rp-Neet now. Always follow label directions carefully. Stauffer Chemical Company of Canada, Ltd., Montreal and Vancouver. Distributedin Canada by: Chipman Chemicals Umitod Beloeil, P.O., Hamilton, Winnipeg Stauffer Ro-Ntot from I ;