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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Ric Swihart S trikes put freezer on agriculture income Hail strike. Dock strike. Shippers strike. What else is new'' At least this can understandably be the thoughts ol Western ''anada grain and beef producers Hardlv a year goes by that farmers and ranchers aren't affected to some degree by a strike of some type this year, the national rail strike did it up light, treexmg almost en- iirelv gr.nn and beef movement The unions may as well have put a freezer on the income of Canada's farmers and ranchers. To have such a strike oc- cur in 1973 hurts more than in almost any other year to date because good markets for all products at record high prices have been mis- sed The rail strike, in effect, cut off the head of the goose that laid the golden, eggs, as far as Canada's rural population is concerned CANADIAN FRONTIER MUSEUM BELMORE'S ALTAMONT COUTTS, ALBERTA Cars. Airplanes. Tractors. Machinery. Rocks. Pioneer and Collectors Items. Antiquns Wildlife Something of interest fi" "wvone quote "Everythmq from a post- age stamp to an oil 6 ACRES OF THE UNUSUAL Coffee Shop, Souvenirs, Camper Facilities Tourist Information Novv Open to Serve You 7 Days A Week April ?1 October 21'- 7 a.m. to 9 p.m NEW SHIPMENT! Drought was the big fac- tor in poor crops in Southern Alberta this year. This was an act of nature, something which was com- pletely out of the hands of man. The strike wasn't. By walking out on CP Rail, the non-operating rail employees also walked out on the rest of Canada Individually, farmers and ranchers were hurt the most. Their incomes were cut off at a time when huge loans were due. when new equipment was needed or when new livestock was re- quired to make a living on the farm. Many other men and women were put out of work and practically every Canadian was affected in some manner, whether through delayed freight or curtailment ol services The shortrun affect of the strike has already been felt The total impact will not be known lor many months to come Alberta in particular and Canada in general has had a big puysh on to sell agricultural products: both in ttie raw and processed forms. What this str- ike will do to the push is hard to determine ANSWER Part ol the answer may come todav JUST RECEIVED! nr. LOCKWQOD Tl BEET TOPPER an and LOCKWOOD LI PMASTER WINOROWER FTER-LOADERS See them displayed at McLEARY FARM EQUIPMENT SUPPLY 2636 2nd Ave. N.. Lettibridge Phone 328-5374 when eight Japanese farm journalists visit Alberta at the invitation of the provin- cial department of agriculture. These men represent eight major industrial and food'industry publications and daily newspapers in Japan The combined readership coulo be as high as 10 million It has been left up to the Alberta Farm Writers Association to make all the arrangements and to guide their Japanese counter- parts throughout Alberta. It won't do any good to say it's only the third rail strike in the past 23 years. The writers are in Alberta to learn about Alberta's agricultural in- dustry. It is hoped they will write about it and create trade between Japan and Alberta It will be tod bad if all they ran say is. "look at all the wonderful food. Too had you can't ship it to Japan." Drought can be a vicious teacher. Already, the engineering branch of the Alberta Department ot Agriculture has given out to 357 farmers in the province for water development. The federal-provincial program is designed to en- courage farmers to expand their livestock operations or to diversify their operations so they can include livestock or livestock supporting enterprises such as forage crops. The maximum grant per farmer is It also covers up to 50 per cent of any water treatment needed BONAFIDE To be eligible lor a grant, the applicant must be able to show that he is a bonalide farmer who needs the water to meet the needs ol his livestock The grants are retroac- tive and can be used to cover well drilling and water system installations that were started on or alter April 1. 1972. HONEY COLOR The color of honey does not affect its grade in Canada, but is an indica- tion of flavor. Usually, the darker the honey, the stronger its flavor. There are four color classes white, golden, amber and dark. CANNED VEGETABLES Some canned vegetables as peas or beans may be graded and marked as to size, or marked "assorted sizes" or "mixed size" if ungraded as to size. SUGAR ADDITIVES The sugar added to cann- ed or frozen fruit in Canada must be declared on the label as percentage of syrup or as dry sugar. When fruits or juices are packed without sugar, the words "No sugar added" or "unswettened" must appear on labels, except apple juice. Alberta's honey industry isn't as sweet as many peo- ple think. The drought in Southern Alberta has limited the number of (lowers in fields. Without flowers: the bees can't get nectar Without nectar they can't make honey. Beekeepers in the south can expect to harvest only about 50 pounds ol hon- <-v per hive Beekeepers in the Brooks area are more fortunate, with the honev crop expected to reach 150 to Kill pounds per hive cLtd. P.O. BOX 357 COUTTS HIGHWAY LETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-9671 CUSTOM SEMEN COLLECTION, PROCESSING, FREEZING AND DISTRIBUTION Semen available for all breeds of cattle NORMANDE AMI line or... The newest breed m ARTIFICIAL North America INSEMINATION EQUIPMENT at reasonable prices CONQUEROR VIAL CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. THE BEST REBUILT MOTOR IS A CUSTOM 1605 3rd Ave. South Lethbridge. Alberta Phones 328-8181 328-8182 COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE MACHINE SHOP TO HANDLE ALL ENGINE WORK AND ENGINE PARTS CYLINDER HEAD and BRAKE DRUM SERVICE WHILE YOU WAIT ;