The Western Producer takes a weekly look at some of the stories that made headlines in issues of the paper from 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago.
75 years ago: Nov. 7, 1940
The bacon board reduced prices by 70 cents per 100 pounds, bringing the price for a sizeable Wiltshire side for export to $17. Agriculture minister James Gardiner and board chair J.G. Taggart were in London negotiating a new bacon agreement with the United Kingdom.
More than 150 people attended the Saskatoon Fur Breeders Association’s fourth annual field day, which featured a large display of fox and mink and a demonstration of the most desirable types of animals for pelting purposes.
In comparison, 160 delegates attended the beginning of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool’s annual convention in Regina.
50 years ago: Nov. 4, 1965
Larger farms and better roads prompted Sask Pool to urge mandatory use of reflective signs on all slow moving vehicles, mainly farm machinery. The pool made the pitch to members of the Saskatchewan legislature’s highway traffic and safety committee.
Prairie farmers would soon be able to contribute grain gifts to help drought stricken producers in Eastern Canada. National Farmers Union president Roy Atkinson said farmers could tell their elevator agent the amount of the gift and the agent would issue a ticket for that amount to fund headquarters.
25 years ago: Nov. 8, 1990
Ontario farm leaders who were in Ottawa trying to draw attention to the income crisis facing their members complained that they were becoming tired of being ignored while their western counterparts received all the attention from the federal government.
This was the first paragraph of a short story on page 15: “If terms like software, hardware and mod-ems sound foreign to you, the Computer ’90 Conference, to be held Dec. 5-6 in Brandon, can help you become more computer literate.”
The conference, organized by Manitoba Agriculture, would feature sessions on accounting packages that work on a cash or accrual basis, GST and tax management systems and customizing a data-based program for livestock.
10 years ago: Nov. 3, 2005
An American company received a Canadian patent for the infamous terminator gene technology. The system’s developer claimed it was designed to stop genetically modified crops from spreading, but some farm groups and environmentalists worried that the ultimate goal was to extend corporate control over the seed industry.
Former Reform party leader Preston Manning encouraged farmers to build a coalition of sustainable interests with urban environmentalists as a way to bring real political change. He said producers should present themselves less as farmers and rural residents and more as “stewards of the land.” Such a coalition would be similar to what was used to bring the Reform party together, he added.