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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD TUMday, OetolMr 29, Family farm alive, well in Alberta WHY FEED ANGUS? Proven to with ten time) in your feedlot Wins mow than any otlMr breed. High resistance to Oct 30- LethTEjdtiMtton PavUon SaL, 2nd Cetoenr Agri-Market Albert AMU CM ort, Nov. 4ft Left. Exhibition Pnflk By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer The privately owned family farm is alive and well everywhere in Alber- ta, says a department of agriculture study published by the Alberta Land Use Forum. One reason why Alber- ta's traditional farming operation continues to thrive, the report suggests, is "sufficient gains in capital labor substitution" which have made power machinery a thing of the present and hired hands a thing of the past. "Technology has been applied to farms since World War Two in a similar fashion to the rest of our modern technological world. Capital on farms has increased. Land area has increased (to an average size of 684 acres in 1971) and labor input has reads the Land Use summary report. Surprisingly, the report documents how big business has failed to make large inroads in the domain of the private fanner. In 1971, only 1.4 per cent of Alberta's 50 million acres of farmland was owned by big business. Institutional farming (mainly Hutterite Brethren) accounted for 4.3 per cent of the province's farmland and 0.3 per cent of Alberta's total number of farms. The 1971 statistics show privately owned units LIVESTOCK DIVISION Highway No. 3 Lethbridge Public Stockyards SUPPORT YOUR CO-OP Your consignment properly sorted and mer- chandised consistently brings more through buyers competition proved by your Co-op. SPECIAL CALF SALE NOV. 1st FRIDAY 1 P.M. FATS and FEEDERS Wed. and Friday 10 a.m. LIST YOUR CALVES EARLY Uctncwd, bonded and corttfiod at your Uthbridgo Public Auction Markot FEEDER HOG SALES MON., 1 P.M. Wo assomblo markot hogs ovory day of tho wook. Wo will fill your foador cattle orders to your sat- isfaction. Placal your orders with us! Call a Professional Marfcot MINI! Consign all your Livestock to your Co-op CALL CO-OP lambs Phono 3 27-401O farming 78.2 per cent of the province's farmland and comprising 90.2 per cent of the total number of farms. "It is unlikely that large corporate farming can compete with the family farm, given the risk and uncertainty faced by most agricultural operations." The report also shows partnerships and family corporations farmed 14.8 per cent of Alberta's agricultural land and made up 9.1 per cent of the total number of farm" !a 1971. The report traces family farm development from early Canadian settlement policy: "The 'settlers came and in 1936, when the Alberta farm population peaked, Alberta farms averaged 453 acres in size. Farm assets totalled "The average net farm income totalled a magnifi- cent One in four farms had a tractor. One in 40 had electric lights and water and sewer. Family farming-was farming for self-sufficiency with a minimum of household conveniences." The Land Use report fails to forecast the future of the family farm, but notes the following pressures that may affect future prosperity: "The standard of living and lifestyle' desired by farmers; "The need to generate capital for purchasing land and machinery; "The transfer of wealth NOW IN STOCK WHILE THEY LAST 4000ft 5000 M Tractors Artswiy Mills Buk vi i IIP nw Hiytasfir Tib wi We have just acquired additional 800 900 Versatiles for delivery in early spring. These are available on first come basis. WOLFF AND SON IMPLEMENTS UNITED P.O. Box 700 PhOM 653-3252 CARDSTON, AIU. from generation to generation." The Land Use. report offers readers some gloomy speculation regarding the effect of inflation on agriculture. "Inflation has had and will have serious effects on the agricultural industry.. (which) cannot pass on the increase in its costs to processors, wholesalers, retailers and thereby con- sumers Farmers will be pressed to produce more to maintain a status quo in- come position, relative to the .rest of society. "Inflation in its severest form causes investors to look at land as a hedge against the loss in value of their money. These investors' are not interested in land as an agricultural factor of production but as a com- modity that retains and increases its value. "The family farm would be further eroded with continued inflation as investors compete with farmers for the available land supply. One out of every four acres of farm crops raised in the United States goes to another country. Inventors hindered Big business is being ac- cused of standing in the way of private inventors. W. J. Tarver of Calgary, president of the Copyright Invention and Patents Association of Canada, told The Herald industry, big business and governments hold about 85 per cent of all patents throughout the world.' He said this high percen- tage is by design for finan- cial reasons. It is better from a business viewpoint to have an invention come from existing industry channels, he said. A complete reversal from the time of Alexander Graham Bell when private individuals held 90 per cent of the patents, it is the role of the CIPAC to help private inventors get their inventions recognized. An exhibition of inven- tions at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology this year drew more than visitors but none of the big "industrial magnets" were in atten- dance. With a membership of 240, about two thirds from Alberta, CIPAC provides information on the best way to get protection. MSB Reno. San Fran- Cisco, Hollywood. Universal Studios. Knots Berry Farm. Fisher- man's Wharf. Palm Springs. Nov. Vegas. Reno, San Francisco. Hollywood. Universal Studios. Knotts Barry Farm. Fisherman's Wharf. Palm Springs. Dec 24. 14 days SMS GaTttW MHsjM PMSMIW InH TNT. Las Vegas. Reno. San Francisco. Fisherman's Wharf. Hollywood. Universal Studios. Knotts Berry Farm. Dec. days. As tow as. DtaVf WHtf. D.C. TNT. Washington D C. Cape Kennedy Space Centre. Cocoa Beach. Fort Lauder- Miami Beach. Nassau in the Bahamas, Walt Disney World. Pensacola, B Paso. Jurarez Mexico. Phoenix. Las Vegas. Ml Sfriafl. In VlfK TNT. Reno. San Fran- cisco, fisherman's Wrwrf. Hollywood, Universal Studios. Knotts Berry Farm. Jan. 11.14 days. As KMT VMaT fm Las Vegas. Reno. Palm Springs. Jim 16. Feb. 11. March 13.11 days as low as US Reno. San Francisco. Fisherman's Wharf. Hollywood. Universal Studios. Knotts Berry Farm. Feb. 8. Udaysastowas _ lewtJ HUM MMf WHw. Wwawpwl lew. Washington O.C.. Cape Kennedy Space Centre, Cocoa Beach. Fort Lauder- dale. Miami Beach. Nassau in the Bahamas. Wan Disney World. Pensacola. San Antonio. EJ Paso. Juarez Mexico. Phoenix. Las Vegas. Feb. days SSS9.BO CMfM. in MSB THT. Reno, san Francisco, fisherman's Wharf. Hollywood. Universal Studios. Knotts Berry Farm. Palm Springs. March 1. 16 4ays as TeaY. Reno. San Francisco. Fisherman's Wharf. Disneyland. Hollywood. Universal Studios. Las Vegas. March27.11 days.aslowas low as Trtp fsr 2 en Hew Parade Tew 3 DtftTtitis fir Hiwtii Jii., Fib.. Mtf. "WoriO's Only Airline Service On The Ground" NORTHERN BUS TOURS ;