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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuexiay. Otfoblr 3, THE IETHBRIDGE HEKAID _ Extension firm (or go-vfirnnieiit Unison District agriculturalist grassroots aid Tli'e district agriculturist for tile Alberta clop ailment of agri- culture is ttie extension arm for liaison between the people in the agricultural community and the government. A person with a 11. Sc. in ag- riculture from an accredited university and two years of re- lated experience in extens i o n work, the DA tries to help im- prove the total agricultural in- dustry through hLs own district. Usually encompassing two or more counties or municipal dis- tricts, the DA works with mun- icipal bodies and an agricultur- al service board chosen from within the district. On the service board, the DA sits in an advisory capacity and is the government repre- sentative on Seed Cleaning Plant meetings and the service board, KKKVICE BOARDS His work on the service board ranges from weed control and live-stock disease regula- tions and pest control to spe- cialized services lo individual farmers. Regional agricultural special- ists deal directly with produc- ers in the majority of (he cases but the initial contact and fol- low-up is made through tbe DA. When new policies are insti- tuted through 1 eg :sl atioti, the DA advises the residents of his district. Initial steps in applying for loans are atso car- ried out through the DA office. A similar approach is taken with the Lethbridge Research Station. The research personnel new products and meth- ods and the DA serves to help to disseminate the information lo the people. The extension service at the field level is a matter of per- sonal contact beeUveen the pro- ducer the DA. This con- tact involves a wide range of activities from farmstead plan- liing lo far in management. Evej-y facet of agriculture is covered. The work of DAs is somewhat seasonal with activities geared lo synchronize with those of the farmers. When farming activi- lies are sinck, short courses on subjects of particular interest to farmers are offered. fn winter, Canada Manpower CVn've-funded courses are set up and carried out to supply management and lechn i c a 1 training to the form operator. In summer, weed control lest plols, new varietal plots and fertilizer test plats are set out around the districts (or demon- stration purposes. Programs by the DA usually at the request BLAIR SHAW district agriculturist MURRAY Mel.ELLAND district agriculturist JAMIE WILLIAMSON district agriculturist of the agricultural c r v 1 c boards wliich know of the par- ticular needs of the farmers to the district. In an effort to stay abreast of the vast amounts of n e w technology, great quantities of literature cross the desks of the DA weekly. This latest in- formation ifi then screened lor dissemination of pertinent top- ics to the people in the district, In-service training courses are conducted throughout the province regularly covering specialized interest fields as well as new developments and legislation. Adult agricultural education is carried out contin- uously through farm visits, of- fice interviews and extension meetings. SPECIALISTS Each district agriculturists office is backed- by expertise from the regional specialists In the regional office in Leth- bridge. Agricultural engineer- ing, economics, co-operative services, poultry, animal Indus- try and plant industry experts from the Alberta department of agriculture, located in (lie bridge regional office, arc avail- able to supplement the know- ledge of tlte local DAs. The entire Lothbrtdgc Re- search station staff co-oper- ates well with the DAs to sup- ply .specialized information. Ssils and feed testing labora- tories located in Edmonton will test soils for fertility and feed for nutrients to further aid the agriculture producers in okx4- sion making processes. JACK ANDERSON district a gricnltiirlst Mi-diunc Hat RENTS KENNEDY district agriculturist Medicine Hat HOB LYONS district agriculturist Pinchcr Creek HANS LUNG district agriculturist Cardslon JENSEN district agriculturist Faremoct District home economists serve rural Alberta women district Cards Urn The disfrict home economists in the region serve rural south- ern Alberta and are interested particularly in the welfare of the women- There are -J2 district homo economists throughout the prov- ince .serving farm families through the district extension offices. Typical responsibilities of Ihe home economists include lec- tures and demonstrations nt meetings, short courses, field days, conventions and confer- ences. Discussions nl meetings re- volve around food preparation and nutrition, school lunches, household furnishings, houso plans, color schemes, clothing and textiles, labor saving ideas, money management, home management and family living. With a change of emphasis, priority programs now place an importance on district home economists involved in projects associated with prim- ary producers along with the promotion and marketing of llreir product. Local home economists In- volved in this new approach in- clude Marilyn Tatem at bridge, Norm a Jean Gray at Brooks and Betty Donner, home economist presently working out of the Brooks office. An example of the, work of the district home economists in their new role was the recent banquet celebrating the open- ing of new laboratory facilities at the Alberta Horticultural Re- search Center at Brooks. The home economists completely ar- ranged for a dinner which in- volvc-d the HFC of locally grown produce exclusively. Complete co-operation o f growers ami distributors of ag- ricultural products, local cater- ers, the Brooks Chamber of Commerce, the research center and district home economists pointed up the wealth of Alber- ta-grown products available to wholesale houses, caterers and home mnfccrs, said Mrs. Gray, ALLEN TOLEY district agriculturist Clares holm ;