Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
"'CHINOOK The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDCE. AiBCHTA VOL. 1 NO. 15 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 7972 PAGES 1-16 Market exchange for feed grain operative in south By RIC SWIIIART ot The Herald Optimism is poking its head past worried moments as the provincial feed gram market- ing information exchange is slowly starting to click in south- ern The exchange organized under the Alberta Grain Com- mission, is a system to bring together buyers and sellers of feed grain from throughout the province. From tire outset, many more bushels of grain were being sought by buyers than produc- ers were willing to sell. This turn of events hadn't happened in southern Alberta for years. Since the program has gained some recognition, there has been a slight increase in the response of sellers to the ser- vice provided. At present, producers arc witling to sell bushels of feed grain, mostly barley. Buy- ers, at the same time want bushels of the same type of grain. There is no wheat offered for sale. Gordon Ross, regional head of (he animal industry section for Ihe Alberta department of agriculture, said the present low price of feed wheats is likely the cause of the situation. Although the price for feed in Calgary is higher, the price in southern Alberta makes it unprofitable to sell. As part of the role in the overall system, the local office makes telephone contact with two feed mills and two feedlot oporalors to check out the prica of the feed grains in southern Alberta. This is done three times weekly. Tlie information is sent to the central office in Calgary where they are tabulated into a pro- vincial price range scale to allow producers and users to judge the market. To date, there have been 15 callers with firm commitments for the sale ot feed grain. The buyers list holds five names with firm intentions lo purchase grain through the system. The system works through the six regional offices through- out of the province. Special tele- phone lines connect buyers and sellers to a secretary who rec- ords their wishes. If there is a seller with the proper grain in the right amounts in the immediate vici- nity of the buyer, then they are put in touch with each other. II not, then the other regional agricultural offices are contact- ed for sources of supply. One of the hopes of the or- ganizers is that the system will Iwlp to stabilize the price of (eed grains. Cliff McArtlnir, information exchange manager, said that if farmers are made aware of the feed grain prices, they aren't likely to sell i! ;r 35 cents a bushel. The LcUibridgc information gathering office phone number is 328-7721. Other offices arc lo- cated at Fail-view, Vermilion, Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. GROENEN PHOTO Harvest loaifs for romfer'-s first blast Oct. 3 lo 9 named for fanners Agriculture Week initiates product promotion Agriculture Week, scheduled today tlirough Oct. 9, is a pro- vincial government promotion pulling Alberta grown agri- cultural production the public and it has gained the support oE Unifarm. It is a special project an- nounced earlier this summer by Dr. Hugh Horner, Alberta minister of agriculture, to em- the importance of agri- culture in the province's econo- my and to improve communi- cation between (he farming community and other segment.1; of society. It is not intended to lake the place of year-round promo- tion programs carried out the production, supply and re- tail .sectors of the agricultural Industry, .riaid Dr. ITorncr. Dobson president of Uni- farm e valua tcs agricul turc Week as a commendable effort to create a better understanding by society of the importance of ou r ind us try i n the tot al ec o- nomy of the province. "At the s ame t i me we want to m ake consumers aware of the wide variety of fine quality foods grown here in said Mr, Lea. "Such awareness will, hopefully, reduce the for imported items that can he, and are being, produced, here. "It is said Mr, Lea, "that Agriculture Week will focus attention on our industry and its products; and it will develop as (he focal point of a year-round program of commu- nication between consumers ami the agricultural society." Charlie Cheshire, bead of the Alberta department of agricul- ture's district agricultural s t branch and co-ordinator of Agri- culture Week, reports that the commodity groups and retailers that have been contacted have given enthusiastic support to the idea, The retailers are going lo in- clude information on Agricul- ture Week in their advertising and promotion material through- out the province. The commo- dity groups arc prepared to help the retailers and the news media lo publicize the rc'c their groups piny in agriculture, said Mr. Cheshire. The province's daily news- papers put out an agricuUnr.il supplement Saturday. Mr. Ches- hire says two receptions for the news rnodia were arranged lo launch the event. The first was in Edmcnlon Monday and the other will be held In Cal- gary tonight. The Alberta cVparlment of agriculutre's role in Agricul- ture Week has been mainly one of co-ordination. Tt lias invited various sectors of the industry to submit ideas and plans show- ing the parts they are playing in agriculture's contribution to the overall welfare of tliis prov- ince. The commodity groups have given support to the concept, and liave pledged co-operative solidarity during thnt week, even though (bey may be com- peting for attention and custo- mer support during the remain- r'or of the year, said Mr. Ches- hire. Tho schools, both academic and agricultural, have indicat- ed keen interest ami some ini- tial ideas for an action pro- gram. Agriculture Week will be an annual event, and plans for 1973 are already underway. Root rol Common root rot is the most important disease wheat yncl barley in Saskalcln cwan. While TID sure way has been found to eliminate the disease, scientists at the Saskatoon ant Research Stations are working on the problem. By a multi disciplinary ap- proach to the problem, they hope to reduce the size of tbo losses which in the 1970 crop wore estimated at more than 10 per cent of total production.