Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Sepltmbtr 19, 1972 THE 1.ETHMIDW HERALD 11 POT-LUCK By D'ARCY RICKARD There was a time, long, long ago, when Tann- ing was an individual effort. The farmer was free to do his own thing, as the hippies say. Farmers took great pride in running their own operations the best way they saw fit. But now it looks like the farmer will soon only have one major decision to make. That will be the day to pay his taxes if he wishes to do so before deadline. All other decisions will be made for him. Last year, Iowa passed a precedent-setting law that provides for forcing landowners to adopt what- ever practises arc necessary to hold erosion losses below stated levels. In southern Alberta, soil erosion has always le- gally been held lo be an Act of the Kiffiak case in Alberta Supreme Court some years ago. Farmers go out with their "big spikes" to ridge but if the wind keeps who in hell can stop it? It looks like Iowa thinks the courts can stop it. Other states and provinces of this country may follow suit. Bills patterned partly after the Iowa act have died in committee in Washington and Idaho, but sources in both states say the bills may come up again. Pennsylvania has helcf hearings on erosion-con- trol and sedimentation. Major clashes are coining along between farmers and pollution fighters regarding fertilizers. At hear- ings, environmentalists claim Uial concentrated ni- trogen-fertilizer applications had been a significant cause of nitrate pollution water. And so it goes. Trash-cover farming was Hie answer to one prob- lem but solve one problem and another one pops up around Uie corner. Some-stales now prohibit or limit open burning of crop residues, cob piles, ditch-bank weeds and other refuse. South Alberla's mighty winds soon clear our skies, hut Hie smoke has to go somewhere. And the lownspaople slill complain about the smells that come from livestock operations nearby. Two suils settled (his spring offer some hope to slockment. In one of them, Michigan hog producer Bill Biergans won a foul-odor suit because, the court said, he was using the best available technology to control odors. In Ihe other, an Arizona feedlol was ordered to shut clown after a nearby housing developer com- plained that the lot was a nuisance. But the stale's Supreme Court ordered Uie housing developer to pay for moving Ihe lot to another local ion. We can be sure ot one thing. New regulations bring new financial burdens to the producers. It costs plenty to gas up and pull the "big spikes" over miles and miles of land. And nobody has found a way to stop southern Alberta's big wind the breeze that blows in court. NEW SUNDANCE WINTER WHEAT BULK CERTIFIED PER BUSHEL TERRA SEEDS LTD. 1274 2nd AVENUE SOUTH LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA PHONE: 327-7303 ...BUT They Always Ring The Church Bell! Whenever a merchant leans back and claims I don't have to advertise. I've been on this corner for umpteem knows what I've then he's wooing sales Troubles You see, they remember what he used to have but they didn't know that he had updated his merchandise to include new modern lines. They didn't want what he used to have-So they went on over to his competitor, who told them of the new shiny wares on his shelves through his local newspaper. You See, the Corner Might be Familiar-but the People Aren't It's just like the old church that stood on the corner for 75 years. "It was well-establihed-but the minister still rang the bell every Sunday WHY NOT RING YOUR BELL EVERY WEEK THROUGH AN AD IN The lethln idgc Herald Phone 328-4411 and a Representative will call on you!