1970: The Grain-for-fees Program
As the 1960s came to a close, Saskatchewan’s wheat economy was in
trouble. A glut on the world market had
suppressed the price of wheat. As a
result, many of Saskatchewan’s farmers were grain rich and cash poor. In August of 1970, the University announced
that the grain-for-fees program would be offered for a second year. A limited number of students, farmers or the
children of farmers would be selected on the basis of need. More than one student, however, could qualify
from the same family. Eligible students
were allowed to make deliveries worth up to $300 or in most cases about
three-quarters of their tuition fees.
The grain, paid at market value, was to be delivered to the University
Farm at the students' expense for later use as feed in experimental
trials. In the first year only barley was
accepted. In the second, oats and wheat
were added. Approximately 65 students in each of the two years qualified for
1970a: J.M. Bell fonds. - MG 182. II. A. 2., Vol. 1
1970b: J.M. Bell fonds. - MG 182. II. A. 2., Vol. 1
1970c: Calendar, 1970/71.
1 Press release, News and Publications, 19 Aug 1970.