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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta -Tuesday, October 3, 1972 UTHBRIDGE HERALD _ Engineering and tackle all structur home design branch al on-f arm problems AH aspects of engineering on tlie farm in southern Alberta, except for Irrigation, arc han- dled by a three-man staff of the engineering and h omc design branch of the re- gional agricultural office. Rod Constable U the agri- cultural engineer, coming to Lethbridge from Vermilion. He works closely with Dennis Dar- by former regional engi neer here who now is the farm struc- tures specialists. Ian West has just bsen appointed water and sewagor technician. Ilod works closely wilh dis- trict agriculturists in the south- ern region in assisting farm- ers and the agricultural indus- try with planning, design and technical information. The majority or the engine- ering projects handled by the office are for farm building design and plans feed lots, daily houses and swine buildings. DAIRY BUILDINGS Rod said current develop- ments in the dairy industry in particular have created brisk demands for building plans and layouts. There are also many requests for farm water system dciigns the Irrigation districts for dugout water treatment and in the PJncher Creek-Cards ton country for systems that take water from springs or deep wells. More individual assistance and research into farm water and sewage problems will now be provided by Ian West. Design and planning for farm homes, the assistance of a home design specialist from Calgary, is expected to see an increased demand. Each winter soason brings requests far a wide variety of schools, short courses and in- formative technical meetings. TlKisc might range from one- day dairy housing workshops to combine clinics or water sup- ply meet'ngs. COURSES Often such courses are a co- ordinated effort between indus- try, construction, machinery or trades people and tire agricul- tural engineering branch. Dennis Darby, as farm Etrue- lures specialist, is primarily in- terested in vegetable storage dos'gn, planning related research work. Perfection of new storage techniques has a major factor in growth and long-term marketing of quality root carrels, turnips, beets, parsnip and cab- bage. Mr. Darby s aid much tai led planning and technical work remains to increase capa- bilities in the vegetable and po- tato industries in Alberta. In addition to working with storage problems in Alberta, Mr. Darby represents this province on tlic national Fruit and Vegetable Storage Commit- tee, a group of storage special- ists who co-ordinate pi ans for all of Canada. STORAGE Centrally located to Alberta's irrigation and vegetable pro- duction areas, Mr. Darby is responsible for storage prob- lems throughout Ube province. As a structures specialist, he will work with other engineers on the staff of the Alberta de- partment of agriculture to de- velop a system of build- Ing plans and to provide spe- cialized structural design infor- mation such as the design of reinforced concrete lank tops or a peculiar truss and beam system. Closer liaison with the engineering and construction Industry regarding commercial products or tcchniquco and the special needs of agriculture is seen as an important con trl- bution of this position. DENNIS DARBY structures specialist ROD CONSTABLE agricultural engineer VICIE LILLY sletio n regional consultant's job Co aim of branc The Alberta department of agriculture lias implemented The Agricultural Development Act which will make up to million of credit available to farmers in the province. In order to run the act, fnrm- od in conjunction witli the Al- hoitn Agricultural Development Corporation which replaces the Alberta Farm Purcliaie Board, (he government has allowed for six regional development con- sultants located in the regional agricultural offices throughout the province. Rudy Sus k o, region al cVs vel- opment consultant for Region 1 started work in Lethbridge the middle of September. The key to the act is ag- ricultural development revolv- ing fund which will Ite sot up by requisition of the corporation from the general revenue fund. The amount of advances out- standing at any time shall not exceed the million maxi- mum limit. MONKY USES The corporation will make loans from the revolving fund to primary producers of agri- cultural products, the owners of businesses and agri- cultural industries for any of the following purposes: purchasing land; consolidating outstanding liabilities; Constructing, repairing or extending buildings on land r.ed o r ng pu rchascd by I lie borrower; Purchasing c u Itural implements or farm machin- ery purchasing livestock; maintain adequate operat- ing capital; ostahlishinrj, developing or Jnlainiuf; secondary aj'ri- rnitural industries; and any purpose approved by the coi-poration related to the r.staijli? hmont or maintenance of a farm unit. AH loans must not exceed -10 years duration. CONSULTANT Mr. Susko explained his dut- ies as the supervision of the credit and loans for the Al- herta Agricultural Development Corporation. To do this, he must provide detailed counselling as well as investigating all loan applica- tions to be able to make a rec- ommendation to the board which operates the corporation. Much of his work is in con- junction with the district agri- culturists. The local DAs con- tact the buyer who want1; to make the loan and after invest- igating Ihe situation on a dis- trict bads, makes a recom- mendation (o Mr. SiisLco. Since June, 120 applications have crossed Mr. Snsko's desk. The maximum loan for an ap- plicant is All bonaCide fanners (persczis making more than per cent of their earn- ings from farming) are eligible for loans with a seven per cent rate. Others must pay nine per cent. All applicants must be 18 years of age. No maximum limit has set but each case will be dealt with on its own merit. 20 J'KIl CENT KQUITY Mr. Susko said applicants will lie expected to have al least 20 per cent equity for the amount of (he loan they want (o take out. fn the case of land pure-base, (he total price might he loaned and the 20 par cent equity could be secured by a first or .sci'ccid mortgage or an assignment of agreement for sale on other lartJi. Hi'pnvlinjf to the legislative assembly, Dr. Hugh Homer. fa's agriculture mi nisi or, said the agricultural develop- ment act will not only provide money hut leadership in the credit field, credit counsel- ling in the credit field and pro- viding individual I-.UDV SUSKO consultant Chcil lie. fwd'ng co ops livestock for mar- keting breeding dairy ami poultry fire prevention tanning. Includ- ing vegetables grazing natural gas real estate water find others, including AT, STANFORD co-operatives honey, chinchilla ranching, flor- al and auction (101, Mr. Stanford tic works closely with groups wanting to start a co-opern'ivc. Ifc can help to arrange for government assistance and provide the right direction from the "The first year is the loitgh- est and then the next three years are also tough" he said. "Once past the threa year peri- od, (lit; co-op should DUST PHOTFCTION Always wear filler and cart- ridge rospirnrors In dust and vlicuiicnls. ;