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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 1X1 UTHkMDCI HEKAID March South Albertas Bud Olson heads vast empire at Ottawa Agriculture department operates on million budget By DOUG SMALL OTTAWA CP The sen ior command of the federal agriculture department has a ninthfloor view of a tidy experimental now surrounded on all sides by Ottawas urban That may help Agriculture Minister Bud Deputy Minister S Syd Williams and three assistant deputies keep their thinking close to the but in They work with Ca nadian a total still dwindling in the steady ero sion of rural population that once represented the most powerful economic and politi cal force in the country Their empire runs on a budget of more than mil lion with about public senants and control over more than acres of gov ernment levities range from pure research to supervision of race track betting from po tato grading and providing recipes for housewives to in forming farmers of technolog ical change provided by elec tronic data processing ma The staff of tess than is down from a peak of more than in the late 1960s and compares with the 27 manning the first agriculture department on Confederation in KNOW THEIR SUBJECT There are trained in More than two thirds work across the coun inspection and regional offices and re search and experimental sta tions lie close to the agricul tural action in 210 cities and Operations fall under the authority of more than 30 acts of Parliament including the one establishing the depart ment and the Pesticide Resi due Compensation The department structure has three main branches headed by assistant deputy Wood handles Holland the economic arm that defines and recommends and Esmond both the divisions of production and marketing and of health of The top command is farm bom to a Olson is an Albertan with a cattle and grain farm In the Medicine Hat first elected to the Commons for Medicine Hat in 1957 for the Social He was named minister in mid1968 after switching to the Liberal DIRECTLY INVOLVED Williams was raised on a Quebec farm and his post graduate work at McGill Uni versity was hi animal nutri Woodward came from the area and has degrees in chemistry and animal nutri Poirier is a former dean of agriculture at Laval and Jarvis served as Manitoba deputy agriculture minister from 1962 to Syd bald and comfortably is ad ministrative chief of a depart mental operation that sprawls both directlv below him and across He leans bearlike across his mahogany desk to say The agriculture depart ment takes a less abstract ap proach than other parts of government because it is di rectly involved mth the peo ple it But it typifies government as a whole because govern ment has regional problems and so does the department of agriculture We deal indi vidual entreprencurswith the accent on individual Farm as managers and opera tors of their own are vitalh awar of This mikes them difficult to deal that theyre unreasonable bat theyre mory concerned and j aware of tbeir ovn COSTS BALLOON t This mantoman approach is reflected in fhc depart ments Williams sas Most Including senior had worked up through the field and verc of daytoday farm prob lems Farm ex IsTcd before f s firs agriculture the es tablished in T France ai For S The Indian had their too S r e Cp i n of nh i for more than and romnlamts that rnts Ixyn shead of fm farmjOTprH Market hue rocked the prairie grain economy are ex amples of farm Todays farm total of about in The farm labor force of compares with 1 4 million in 1939 and in 19fil Farm production last year accounted for Si M of every worth of goods and serv ices In farm output accounted for 210 on the same ObTPLT INCREASED Most farm output increased by 31 per cent between 1901 and Per person it rose nearly 67 per cent and per manhour by per In other com mercial output per person rose only per cent and per manhour by per The departments organiza tion is designed for modern The research and economics branches are primarily con cerned with countering prob lems and improving condi The production and marketing branch tries to put the efforts of the other two into The offices of Olson and Williams lie outside the branch system along with cer tain other The Canadian dairy the Farm Credit Corporation and the Canadian livestock feed board report directly to The Canadian gram com the agricultural prod ucts board and the agricul tural slabilization board are responsible to as are the departments ad ministrative branches of fi personnel and the in formation HAS DUAL ROLE Broken Wood wards research branch ex tends in four main directions institutes and services and experimen tal The job is to provide scien tific information necessary to keep the agriculture industry up to the frontier in quality His branch aims at both taking the gamble out of farm production and promoting effi cient At the same research efforts are directed toward encouraging individual farm ers to do says the bookish r e s ea r c h Because hes responsible for about million of the de partments annual budget and Wood ward says he has to keep his staff At times its necessary to say to a scientist youve made a scientifically sound decision but this deci sion has to look sound There are 26 research sta 14 experimental farms and eight research institutes across the The work is delegated down the line through a director Migicovsky of An assistant direc torgeneral is in charge of western experimental another for those in the east and one for the research insti tutes and A fourth assistant director general is in charge of admin istrative The diversity of the farms and stations and the varied program of experiments may mean as many as differ ent projects at any one So a group of research coor each concentrating on a different phase of agri cultural act as liai son between the field and the branch executives in COVERS ALL BASES The branch cooperates closely with the provincial other federal the department of fisheries and the regional eco nomic expansion department and the National Research with various in farm or ganizations and Seven of he esab Iishmenu are on campuM1 Tne economics branch is a much smaller unit i h about 150 mostly econo and an annual of about million But it parks punch The nvikrliny ami for example tourhes all the in the distri o prod the to the rorjte rkveops and and pro Lnji frir tMtion trade proriiems and economic forecasts hiinch keep an rn such as the Fw and Or ganization of the United and on international production ami firm 1 fiin and an economic re search division round out Jia structure of the economics The marketjig and trade di vision formulated the contro versial farm products market ing long stalled in the Commons agriculture committee by Op position criticism COLLECTS DATA The farm management divi sion is for agricul tural programs Olson is expected to an nounce legislation regarding an adjustment policy shortly for costbenefit analy ses of current programs and It also developed the Can farm a national management that col lee s and analyses data for About farms are involved in the The research division works outside the daytoday opera tion of the handling requests from any part of the Esmond at 35 the youngest assistant deputy minister in the federal depart says his production and marketing branch is geared to maintaining quality agri culture The branch controls the big gest part of the departments million is estimated for the coming year has six These are fruit and plant products and plant prot Jarvis is also responsi ble for the workings of the ag I stabilization the agricultural products crop insurance and the prairie firm assistance ad Plant products division must ensure ihat animal fertilizers and pesticides are useful zjid safe and that they are appropriately la belled and represented to con The branch supervises parimutuel betting during about racing days an The authority comes under the Criminal HELPED TO ADAPT Jarvis is also responsi ble for 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