By Glenn Ells
Here we go into October! This is often a month of ups and downs for farmers – the temperatures, the rain, how fast it dries after a rain, machinery breakdowns, harvest help – there can be many factors that bring either joy or sorrow. We live in a pretty reasonable part of the country and we always get the harvesting done, one way or the other.
I’m reluctantly realizing that farmers and agriculture don’t matter much to political people in this election. There is only a week left and I haven’t heard much about my favourite industry so far. One time I was in P.E.I. during an election campaign and about the only thing they were talking about was farming. Food is mentioned by implication in this campaign, however. Most speakers seem to think that we will believe that we can have our cake and eat it too.
Many of us who graduated from N.S.A.C. have been wondering about Dr. David Gray, the new dean of what is now referred to as the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University. What can we expect from this guy from Scotland? The story in Farm Focus, September issue, was reassuring. He seems to have a very good idea of the close relationship of the A.C. with the industry and agri-business. He has some new ideas that would tend to strengthen this rather than change focus that could result from “city influence” (I’m quoting me here!).
What I have heard so far is positive, too, and this looks like a merger that is working. The right dean will help things along, as will the students graduating from that faculty as they make their mark in society.
I have to tell the story of what happened at the A.C. (Agricultural Campus or college, depending on your age) graduation last spring. There is some of the old N.S.A.C. spirit still floating around as was revealed as the grads marched in. They had all obtained those blue and gold beanies that frosh where during those exciting first days on campus and hidden them under their gowns. When they were inside the gym and marching up the aisle, the N.S.A.C. beanies were whipped out and worn until they were seated. It caused quite a stir and one of the guys running the cameras recording the event wondered what to do – keep on or cut? I hope he recorded the scene so that it can be shown at reunions.