NO BOARD VERSUS PRO BOARD
In response to the letter from Ken Larsen (Sept. 12) I have long been of the opinion that no one should be able to tell me where I buy my fuel and oil, equipment, vehicles, fertilizer, seed or breeding stock, etc. By the same token, I shouldn t have the right to dictate to anyone else. Why then, should I be restricted when selling my produce (i. e. grain, oilseeds or livestock)?
I realize that there are a lot of people who want a wheat board, so I feel that those who desire a wheat board, should be able to continue to have one (just don t put my neighbours in jail if they sell a bushel to someone else).
Ken, I know that the Western Canadian Wheat Growers plan for a voluntary board on the same page was printed the same day as your letter, so you may not have had access to it when you wrote. If this is the case then you may not have realized that the only thing that would change, should be to have freedom brought to grain marketing in Western Canada. I would think that no world relationships would be destroyed or damaged at all. It would only be a couple of changes to the board, not a complete destruction of it.
As for me, I would press for freedom for everyone, not just no board as opposed to pro board, and I think that s what the proposal is saying.
David Woodruff Semi-retired farmer,
CATTLE MARKETING 101?
While on a break off of the combine and glancing throughAlberta Farmer,I saw your editorial on the image of agriculture (Aug. 29). I chuckled. This does not surprise me in the least.
Three years ago while my daughter was in Grade 9 she had a little run-in with a social studies teacher. We live on a ranch, and our kids go to school in a small-town school. The teacher was discussing marketing. To use an example, he asked a couple of the farm kids how it was that the rancher determined how much to ask for their calves in the fall. Shocked, my daughter and another farm kid tried to explain to the teacher that you wean your calves, take them to the auction and hope and pray that you get a decent price. The teacher strongly argued with them that this was not so. He said, I have seen ads in papers stating that this and this price was put on a bull.
When they again tried to explain that you can put any price you want on a bull but that doesn t mean you will get it, and selling a couple hundred head of calves is not even close to the same thing. The teacher went away, I am sure, truly believing that farmers are too stupid to know to ask enough for their cattle; that is why the state of agriculture is in such a poor state. Our daughter went away frustrated that someone who is supposed to be educated doesn t really know how things work or is willing to listen to someone who knows.