Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, October 1, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-3 PRODUCTIVE ECONOMY Alberta is not only a province of mineral wealth, it is one of the most productive agricultural economies in the world. Of the estimated 70 million acres of land suitable for agricultural purposes, approximately 49 5 million acres are currently being used as farm land. According to the 1971 Alberta census, there are farms of great varie- ty and sizes utilizing this land. These farms produce 20 per cent of the total Canadian agricultural out- put, yet Alberta has less than 8 per cent of Canada's population. In view of this small pop- ulation and consequently low consumption, the marketing of Alberta agricultural output- demands utmost priority. Farm week to focus on food chain link October 1-5 has been set aside for 1974 Agriculture Week, Alberta Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Hugh Horner, announced today. "Growing Together" is the theme of this year's promotion, which is spon- sored by agri-business farm organizations, and by the Alberta department of agriculture. In Alberta, agriculture is a major in- dustry, accounting for an estimated 60 per cent of the provincial economy. About 14 per cent of the province's pop- ulation is directly employed in farming and ranching, with numerous others in- volved in agriculture-related fields. Last year alone, says Dr. Horner, Alberta's farmers produced more than a billion dollars worth of products that were refined, manufac- tured, and distributed by Albertans. With such a vast agriculture in- dustry, however, it's easy for even the well-informed to lose, sight of the overall picture. "And states Dr. Horner, "is the purpose of Agriculture Week to let people know what Alberta agriculture is all about." Activities during the week will focus on the role of the producer, processor, retailer and consumer in the food, chain. How do farmers and ranchers produce the high quality food on our dinner tables? What about the en- vironment? What proportion of the finished product's cost does the farmer actually receive? How do you fit into your agricultural province? Find out during Agriculture Week! For further information on Agriculture Week, contact Doug Pettit, chairman, Agriculture Week, at 424- 0641, Room IB, 9718 107th Street, Ed- monton. VEGETABLE INCREASE When you think of farm- ing in Alberta, vegetable crops don't come to mind first. There's a good reason- they're an expen- sive, high-risk crop, and relatively uneconomical to in our climate. Nevertheless, the vegetable industry has boomed in Alberta in re- cent years. More than acres of fresh vegetable crops were produced this year alone. Potatoes, carrots, par- snips, onions, rutabagas and cabbage are grown in sufficient quantity to supp- ly a major proportion of the retail vegetable market In the past, most Alberta-grown vegetables were stored for winter use. Late-harvesting root vegetables are particular well suited for this pur- pose GROWING TOGETHER SALUTE TO AGRICULTURE JONES HYDRAULIC POST DRIVER SET UP AND READY TO GOI Additional improvements over the 1973 model. Tilts hy- draulically to line up on uneven in and out hydraulically for best driving operation. Levels to keep table "right" even in valleys or on hills. Safe .and easy to use. Works off any PTO for one-man operation. Stake pockets for carrying a supple of posts. Complete with and tubes and a One-Year Money-Back Guarantee HONEY WAGON From prt lo field, the Clay "Honey Wagon" makes man- ure handling cleaner and easier. A single unit loads, hauls and spreads With large enough pit you haul when time and weather permit No longer is manure handling a messy daily chore 800 and 1500 gallon wagons See us for complete details. GRAM ROIICR UFA Model 2400 Grain Roller Showing easy-to fill hopper, and 13 foot 6 inch diameter discharge auger with 90 degree Elbow Gear Box. Made in Alberta by Vermillion Machine Manufacturing, the UFA GRAIN ROLLER is a better buy for the money. Exclusive "Inst-A- Just" is one feature found only on UFA Grain can ad- just roll spacing without stopping the mill, and open the rolls for easy cleaning. In addition, the UFA Grain Roller has efficient bar magnets and coil spring roll tensioner. Both rolls are power driven. But that's not all! Check the other features! Body and undercarriage are one integral unit Roll diameter, grooved every inch Roll diameter reinforced in centre to prevent flexing and prolong uee Discharge auger 6" diameter and 13 foot length Ball bearing equipped Runs in tfAnwnisclon oil Low concentrate hopper tor easy fining, by-paaaet rofla and the concen- trate into feed Capacity up to 600 per hour Body and undercarriage are one integral unit for greater efficiency with less maintenance. ALL UFA MERCHANDISE IS FULLY GUARANTEED YOUR MONEY BACK IF YOU ARE NOT SATiSFIEDI VULCAN MAHCR 485-2257 Her. PAUL WALO 3131-2 AVE. NOR1H IHWK06E. ALKRTA PI. 3215531 JACK fcflOMLD. I In 220 4425-5 SF. EAST CLWESWW. AUERTA 235-3337 DM IAMB.