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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta vctebtr iHt LeiHBRIOQE HERALD Ric Swihart Bears trouble healthy Alberta honey farms It takes a good long talk with Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner to try to understand the farm scene in the west but only a short time to catch on to the importance he, as a government official, places on the industry. Not many people can get excited about bees, beeswax and honey since few producers are in the business. But a statistic like 40 to 50 per cent of Canadian honey production coming from Alberta sheds a new light on the industry. The honey production in Alberta this year was down, mainly because of inclement weather con- ditions which limited the amount of flowering crops and the time the bees could work. Even with an off-year, the provincial government is trying to work out longer delivery contracts to supp- ly Japan, the largest customer of Alberta honey. The Japanese use it as a health food. John Woodburn who runs a family honey processing and gathering business near Grimshaw, 15 miles west of Peace River, ex- hibits the type of excite- ment for the honey in- dustry that is usually reserved for gold rushes. John owns only 20 acres of land but he makes a good living from honey sales, es- pecially since producers started getting 50 cents a pound, almost double the price of a year ago. John claims Alberta honey is the best in the world and he feels the almighty dollar proves his point. Honey from other parts of Canada sells for 48 cents a pound wholesale in Toronto. Wholesalers are paying 50 cents a pound for Peace River honey, as well as the freight to get it to Toronto. Whereas the drought and lack of flowering crops has been the big problem for the south area beekeepers, bears have caused the most concern for producers in the north. John has had to shoot only three bears this year but a neighbor has killed 35. The reason is simple even with 35 bears killed during the year, John's neighbor has lost in honey production plus all the equipment which was smashed. Land use and the fear of urban encroachment on agricultural land has alsc caught the attention of Dr Horner. He has instituted a land use forum which will! be meeting with Albertans, during the next few months to find out which direction the government should go in planning future uses for Alberta land. Dr. Horner said the government will have to equate the findings of the forum man's oldest right the right to own land. But land management, the ability to make the best use of available land, is a key to land ownership. Dr. Horner feels there are two sides to the land ownership coin the owner's and those who don't own land. In the case of the Pincher Creek area, Dr. Horner said there has been lots of squawking to get community pastures es- tablished for the use of many ranchers. The main push has been to get the land in the hands of "true" Albertans before foreign interests take over what is available. Dr. Horner said four or five ranchers were offered an opportunity to buy a ranch but "they couldn't get together." And the future Farmers of Alberta program is a gem in the eye of Dr. Horner. Through this program, young Albertans can borrow money to work on an agricultural project to gain experience Dr Horner said young people will be able to gain practical experience and build an interest in livestock production and specialty crops. The entire program is designed to strengthen Alberta's farm base. And this is the entire aim of the Alberta Department of Agriculture to provide a strong industry for as many people as possible and at the same time provide a real boost to the economy of Alberta and Canada. To do this, Dr. Horner said Alberta farmers and ranchers must begin to produce agricultural products for the entire world. "If we had to produce only for Albertans or Canadians, we would only need a few farmers." he A talk with Dr. Horner will assure anyone that Alberta agriculture is in good hands. We have a man who is pushing for Alberta ALBERTA HOME INSULATION CO. 32414M St. S. UftkrWtt P. A. Dm PIMM 327-63U We specialize in insulating older existing buildings and homes Serving Southern Alberta and B.C. for 25 farmers and all Albertans. Time waits for no man is a time worn phrase but it applies to Jock, that canine companion of this reporter for 16 years and three months. Almost one year to the day of his near tragic trip into a muskeg swamp near Radium Hot Springs last Thanksgiving Day, Jock passed on to that great soup bone in the sky. The passing was swift and sure at the hands of a sympathetic veterinarian. It had to be done. I think such a relationship, ending with a traumatic experience, has many good points which far outweighed the bad. For this reason, there will soon be another pal romp- ing around my house, providing for another generation what Jock gave me. The Lethbridge District Exhibition Ass'n Presents 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain Livestock Show Salo 23rd Annual Cattle Breeders Fall Cattle Sale Exhibition Pavilion, Lethbridge Alberta CATTLE SHOWS: TUESDAY, NOV. p.m. Charolais, Shorthorn, Brown Swiss (Rocky Mtn. Show) WEDNESDAY, NOV. p.m. Hereford and Aberdeen Angus (Rocky Mtn. Show) THURSDAY, NOV. a.m. Show of Southern Alberta Cattle Breeders Hereford Sale Animals CATTLE SALES: THURSDAY, NOV. p.m. Southern Alberta Cattle Breeders Fall Cattle Sale -104 Lots Hereford Cattle SWINE SHOW: TUESDAY, NOV. p.m. Rocky Mountain Swine Show 120 Head Purebred Swine SWINE SALES: WEDNESDAY, NOV. p.m. Rocky Mountain Swine Sale 70 Head Purebred Swine For information write: LETHBRIDGE DISTRICT EXHIBITION 3401 6 Ave. S. Lethbridge, Alberta T1J1G6 WE MAKE IT EASY AT Corner 3rd Ave. 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 STORES WE MAKE IT SO EASY to stretch tire life and enjoy a smooth ride with a IMPORTED CARS Torsion Conditioning Extra PAUL HENDERSON SAYS See the excitement of thai lanlasnc Canada hockey senps Hundreds of full colour pictures and authoritative ten! thai lakes you behind the scenes Profits