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: Sept. 24, 1942
The Wartime Prices and Trade Board was considering ways to keep beef prices under control as the country experienced an “acute” shortage of the meat. A price ceiling already existed, but board chair Donald Gordon said consumer rationing and allocation of supplies could be necessary to ensure fair distribution.
However, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture expressed “complete disgust and disagreement” with Gordon’s statement, saying it expected beef prices to go down rather than up.
50 years ago: Sept. 28, 1967
The grain handling industry established a technical advisory group to study the most efficient and economical system for transporting grain from farm to ship.
It comprised senior representatives of the Canadian Wheat Board, the Board of Grain Commissioners, the three prairie wheat pools, the North-West Line Elevators Association, United Grain Growers, Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.
Saskatchewan Premier Ross Thatcher promised on the campaign trail that if re-elected, his Liberal government would establish at least one more agricultural college in one of the province’s smaller cities.
Kurt Silversides, left, and Robbie McKay keep an eye on the operation of a dehy plant in Tisdale, Sask., in this undated photo. | File photo
25 years ago: Sept. 24, 1992
Cattle producers across northern Alberta and British Columbia were weaning and shipping calves earlier than normal because drought meant they couldn’t afford to keep them until November.
Most of the calves went to feedlots in southern Alberta and the United States.
Federal Agriculture Bill McKnight had little sympathy for the Saskatchewan government as it asked for more help for its beleaguered farmers.
McKnight said he had warned the province that it could face a financial crisis if it changed Gross Revenue Insurance Plan rules.
“If someone is suggesting that if you kill your parents and then you’re an orphan and ask for help, that you deserve help, that’s what the government of Saskatchewan has done.”
10 years ago: Sept. 27, 2007
The Canadian loonie reached par with the U.S. dollar, which was great news for national pride but terrible for farmers’ profits.
“We all knew this day was going to come one day, and everyone was enjoying it when the dollar was at 80 cents or less, and it’s not going to be the end of the world, but it’s really going to squeeze things,” said Larry McIntosh, general manager of the Peak of the Market vegetable growers co-operative.
Canadian consumers would soon be learning about wheat — that is, if they read the label.
The wheat board and Robin Hood planned to put a label on five million bags of flour explaining the history and quality of wheat produced in Western Canada.