By Gerald Friesen
Some of the most turbulent sessions within the heritage of prairie agriculture is chronicled in a brand new publication in regards to the lifestyles and instances of Alexander ""Mac"" Runciman, the Saskatchewan farmer who led the United Grain Growers as president from 1961 to 1981. Mac Runciman earned the dignity and admiration on either side of the nice agriculture debates of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies from person farmers to Pierre Trudeau, who provided Runciman a cupboard submit in 1980 (Mac grew to become him down). Mac Runciman: A lifestyles within the Grain alternate tells the tale of ways Runciman rose throughout the ranks of the UGG to play a vital position within the fierce debates over the modernization of grain dealing with, backed freight charges, and the position of The Canadian Wheat Board. Runciman's memories provide new insights into the occasions and personalities of that serious interval in Canadian agricultural background, a time within which the agricultural neighborhood started to query hugely centralized and controlled advertising and transportation structures. The occasions and judgements of these years proceed to reverberate in ultra-modern controversies over grain advertising and grain transportation.
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That's what it cost, which was awfully reasonable. I was doing road construction that spring to make some extra money, and I was making enough cash with a two-horse team to buy the gas and get the work done. It sold me on the concept:Yes, you can farm with a tractor. By this time, the farm was starting to turn the corner financially and to show some profits. In 1938, Mac recalled, "I grew a crop of oats from registered seed, and they were perfectly clean. There wasn't a wild oat in them. I was getting fifty cents a bushel for them.
Was paid cash on the barrelhead for picking potatoes in Scotland before I went to school, and I picked the half-stint for several days. " He started school in October 1919, and he completed a grade or two while at Invereighty. However, he didn't continue, because his father, who by the early 1920s had worked in estate management for almost twenty years, longed for a place of his own. In January of 1921, he was able to rent a small property under a program for veterans of the war. It consisted of some fifty-two acres, with perhaps forty-six cultivated.
His immediate ancestors on both sides of his family were people with more than their share of initiative and independence. Both father and grandfather were skilled administrators who built their professional lives on these talents. His mother's immediate forebears were entrepreneurs, while her own siblings, like herself, made their way in a wide range of ventures, dispersing themselves far and wide in the process. I had the sense, as Mac and I talked about this period of his life, that he had been rather closer to, and more admiring of, his mother than his father.
Mac Runciman: A Life in the Grain Trade by Gerald Friesen