From the Archives: Sask. set hourly wage for stooking, cutting

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: Aug. 13, 1942

The Canadian Wheat Board took steps to control grain storage on the Prairies by banning unauthorized movement of grain by truck from grain elevators to other elevators, mills and other storage space.

The committee in one of the zones set up in Saskatchewan to manage labour for the upcoming harvest suggested a wage ceiling of $3 a day for stooking and cutting and $4 a day for threshing. Wages for combine and separator operators and engineers were not in-cluded in the recommendations.

50 years ago: Aug. 17, 1967

The three prairie wheat pools demanded that the federal government proclaim all of the National Transportation Act into law so that the new Canadian Transportation Commission could take administration of the railways from the Board of Transport Commissioners. The new legislation had been passed but not all of it had been proclaimed.

The provincial government opened up new farmland in northeastern Saskatchewan. The 29 farming units were in the Cracking River area near Carrot River.

25 years ago: Aug. 13, 1992

The previous year’s record exports had allowed the prairie wheat pools to significantly in-crease their grain handlings, but that didn’t result in large profits for the co-operatives because of their decision in recent years to hold tariff increases below the rate of inflation to help farmers struggling in a tough farming economy.

The wheat board was worried that suspicious offers to sell Canadian grain at cheap prices would hurt its credibility. One prospective buyer was quoted a price that was $40 a tonne below the market rate, while some brokers claimed to have access to one-third of Canada’s entire wheat exports. Most of the offers were made from outside Canada.

10 years ago: Aug. 16, 2007

The wheat board, along with the U.S. firm WeatherBug, Pioneer Grain and 40 other partners, planned to set up a network of 600 weather stations within three years that would give individual farmers live, real time weather data for their own locations as well as for all the other locations on the network.

Canada closed its borders to animals and meat products from Great Britain after foot-and-mouth disease was discovered on two farms.

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