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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 1O THE 16THBRIOG6 H6RAIO Tuesday, Oclobor 3, The regional concept in southern Alberta Alberta department of agriculture Oy KIC SWIIIAHT of The Herald 1'hc Albert a department of agriculture, under the leader- ship of Dr. Hugh Horner, pro- vincial agriculture minister anil deputy premier for the Progres- sive Conservative government, is continuing to be the watch- dog for farmers and ranchers. New methods j new commit- tees and now departments have been formed to try to promote the aims and aspirations of the new government, So far they all seem to working. One of the most popular moves was the creation of the Alberta irrigation division with headquarters in Lethbridge. It is the first time such a major group bus been established out- side Edmonton and is a direct result of producer and ag rl- business demands. In continuing it's move for de- cenlralizalion of service from Edmonton, the department has assembled a group of special- ists to serve agriculture in southern Alberta through the regional agricultural office with headquarters in the Science Building at the Lethbridge Com- munify College. There are six such offices throughout the province wi Lh a like gathering of specialists which have at their finger tips a mountain of information available upon request to any person. A regional director, recently appointed C. S, (Sherry) Clark, looks afI er tho snioot h opev- ation of Hie entire regional of- fice, responsible for the co- ordination of work within the various branches and divisions. All farm problems can be solved Ih rough the office, mainly after consultation with the district agriculturists on the district level. It is set up to serve the needs of agri- business. Regional director in charge of co-ordination Lothbridge was named the lo- cation for the headquarters for the Region 1 office for the Alberta department of agricul- ture shortly after the decision hi 19CG to decentralize admin- istration. C. S. (Sh erry) Ci ark wa s named to succeed John Calpas as southern Alberta regional (Mrec tor tlii s year when Mr. Calpas accepted the position of provincial director for the de- partment of extension for ttio ADA. Mr. Clark said the reason for the move to decentralization ot the administration to central area offices was to bring the total department of agriculture closer to the farming commun- ity. DECENTRALIZATION "With the administration of the department of agriculture closer to the people, it is easier U> communicate to producers and agri-businessmen in the lie said. The department thought it would be better to provide more specialization in all areas of production and marketing. The specialists brought into the re- gional offices could provide the service nc'txtetl to fill the gap between the generalist or all- encompassing district agricul- turist and those who needed the information (the Mr. Clark defines his role as director of the southern Alberta regional office as one of staff development. Working under the director of extension in Edmonton, Mr. Clark will stress co-ordination of activities relaiing to depart- ment of agriculture programs in the region as well as han-