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Our History: December 1968

Prairie farming has a history of exotic livestock ventures that offered more promise than results. This ad for prospective chinchilla ranchers ran in our Dec. 5, 1968 issue.

In an unusual move, we ran a front-page editorial to bring attention to the need to dry grain from the disastrous 1968 harvest. The editorial said that terminal drying capacity was insufficient to handle the estimated 800 million bushels of tough and damp grain, and that farmers could not expect the public purse to help them out. The wheat board was not expected to issue a quota beyond the current three bushels per acre for tough and damp grain, and the total wheat quota for the year was not expected to exceed six bushels. Manitoba Pool had acquired three grain dryers, and Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin said that the import duty on dryers from the U.S. would be lifted.

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That issue also reported that the grain industry was testing a new “block shipping” plan to co-ordinate grain shipments, with a trial to begin around Dauphin, Man. and Medicine Hat, Alta. The system did prove effective and was later implemented across the Prairies.

We also reported that Manitoba Agriculture Minister Doug Watt had announced implementation of marketing plans for chickens and turkeys.

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