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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta iht LtiHBRIDGE HERALD luesday, October 1, 1974 Joint problem solving may ease Hutterite, farmer fuss CALGARY (CP) New reports of bitterness in a long standing squabble are appearing in Alberta and Arnold William Platt is in the middle. The Hutterites need more land for members of their expanding religious sect. Non Hutterite farmers contend the sect is buying all the good farm land in some districts, squeezing them out. This is where Mr. Platt comes in. At 64, he is chairman of a special ad- visory committee on com- munal property that is charged with trying to ease friction between'Hutterites and their neighbors. "We're all on thin ice." he said. "If there were any easy solution, someone would have thought of it by now." Mr. Platt, appointed to his job last year by the Alberta government, sees farm technology, not the Hutterites, as the root of the trouble. jIVo restraint The latest complaints have come from farmers in the Carmangay area, southeast of Calgary. They expansion of Hutterite farms is threatening their traditional way of life and sought government protec- tion. No longer are there any legal restraints against Hutterite expansion. The government last year repealed the Communal Property Act which had re- them to seek government approval before buying more land. Mr. Platt and his com- mittee were given the job of reviewing a proposed Hutterite purchase. The committee takes local sen- timent into account and "advises the colony whether we think it is a reasonable thing to do." The committee, however, has no power to stop Hutterite expansion. The communal Hutterite colonies traditionally divide and create a new colony when the population in the original unit reaches a certain level. The smaller, more marginal farmer is usually African bees are dangerous VANCOUVER (CP) It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but John Corner, British Columbia provincial apiarist, describes the so- called "killer bee" of Affica as an over- emphasized but serious problem. Mr. Corner speaks from facts gathered on an ex- tended visit to Kenya as an adviser on beekeeping to the Kenyan government. There he studied this bee which has given rise to innumerable scare stories and which, introduced to Brazil 15 years ago, now is threatening the United States with an apparently unstoppable northwards migration. The problem, Mr. Corner said, is that the smaller but super-aggressive African bee may suppress the North American species. "We did not think they could cross the Amazon, but they just scooted right he said. They are migrating at the rate of 200 miles a year." Mr. Corner said the African bees are con- sidered dangerous because, unlike the domestic bees, which were introduced 114 years ago from the Italian Mediterranen, they will at- tack en masse and have been known to kill tethered animals. Did you know that farmers receive only seven cents for every dollar spent on corn flakes? We Stock Exchange Car and Truck Motors We can CUSTOM REBUILD Your Own Motor CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING CYLINDER REBORING CYLINDER HEAD RECONDITIONING For complete details contact: Shop Phone 328-9888 BAALIM WHOLESALE LTD. 205-10th Street South Phone 327-8587 or the GARAGE or SERVICE STATION NEAREST YOU! the one to worry about Hutterite expansion, Mr. Platt said. Confronted by increasing land and operating costs, they view Hutterites and corporation agriculture as a destabiliz- ing influence. In addition, some farmers worry that Hutterites one day will control Alberta agriculture because of their high birthrate. Mr. Platt disagreed. He said the Hutterite birthrate is declining. In addition, capital was becoming steadily more scarce, which might encourage more enterprises on ex- isting colonies, rather than establishment of new ones. But this does not alter the main problem. Despite differences in religious and social outlook, Hutterites and the neighbors are still farmers. How to ameliorate the distrust and jealousy? One way, said Mr. Platt, is to persuade Hutterites to participate with other farmers in an attack on agricultural problems the one thing that unites them. If this happens, "there likely will be more respect between them." Corporate invasion.' Is Alberta's family farmer in future danger of being driven off the land, by a corporation following the product from seedling to super- market? Probably not, judging by the findings of American farm corporations. If production increases, they find overhead costs appear to grow faster than the company's volume. Heavy expenses are incurred for specialized advisers, and for extensive travel between holdings. The biggest corporations have learned their financially oriented brass simply don't unders- tand fanning. Corporations try to grow too fast and have no chance to make little mistakes before making big ones that bankrupt them. Painfully they've learned the essential factor in profitable fanning is, according to an old adage, "the shadow of the owner of his To put it another way, day to day supervision by a man with a substantial stake in the business makes the difference. Farming can't be run like a large scale manufacturing industry, where repetitive procedures are established on assembly lines that eliminate the need for workers to make choices. The many uncertainties inherent in far- ming, such as weather, soil and yields, mean im- portant decisions must be made daily: in the fields, not behind a desk. They require intuition, not "book The small independent farmer is familiar with his land; he knows its problems and capabilities. He's been dealing with uncertainties all Ms life, and he's philosphically better equipped to deal with setbacks. In fact, he knows it's probable more years will be bad than good. Incidentally, Alberta's farm land doesn't appear to be in any immediate danger of cor- porate takeover. About 78 per cent of the province's acres of farm land is owned or rented by private individuals. Tomorrow's Treasure is a FAMILY PORTRAIT 8x10 and 4x5 COLOR PORTRAITS (family or indMduil) ALL FOR ONLY CALL FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT SOON! Phcm. 327'7449 416- 13 Strwt North 9 am. CLOSED MONDAVS TYROL CANADA'S NO. 1 TYROL Born Aprils, 1971 CPA No. 1 Weight Price: per ampule "VISITORS WELCOME" CANADIAN GENETICS (Left) LTD. Located 2% Miles East and Mile South of Lethbridge Airport or 3 miles straight South of Stewart Elevator on Highway 4. P.O. 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