Alberta farmers and ranchers know that, in the frustrating business of agriculture, years of bounty inexplicably turn into years of despair. Looking back over the past half century, Jaques recounts the tumultuous history of the Alberta farm organization Unifarm. Unifarm: A Story of Conflict and Change documents Alberta farmers' quest to increase control over the forces that have had such an impact on their lives and describes how it led them to form organizations that have afforded them measures of stability and security throughout the past century. Unifarm, one of the most enduring of these organizations, is chronicled from its development in the 1970s to its reorganization as the Wild Rose Agricultural Producers in 1995. In discussing the relationship of Unifarm to the business of agriculture, Jaques addresses issues of co-operative philosophy, marketing boards, surface rights, commodity groups, and the importance of education and training for members of the rural community. Unifarm is an important book that sheds new light on the many facets of Alberta's rich agricultural history.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Title Page 1
Table of Contents 5
Series Preface 6
Dedication 9
Introduction 10
Chapter 1 - The Early Years 17
Chapter 2 - Farmer's Union of Alberta 33
Chapter 3 - Steps to Amalgamation 49
Chapter 4 - Time for Decision 61
Chapter 5 - "All Those Pepermints" 77
Chapter 6 - "Ten Miles Each Way" 99
Chapter 7Goldeye: "Boy you really have to work to make democracy function!" 115
Chapter 8 - Following a Grand Tradition 133
Chapter 9 - Surface Rights, Land Use, and All That 153
Chapter 10 - Women of Unifarm: Half the Sky 175
Chapter 11 - "We Have Got to Get Organized" 191
Chapter 12 - Under the Umbrella...Or Not 223
Chapter 13 - "A Great Degree of Misunderstanding" 239
Chapter 14 - Showdown 263
Chapter 15 - Changing Times 287
Chapter 16 - What to Do? 305
Epilogue - Wild Rose Agricultural Producers 329
Sources 335
Bibliography 337