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the 1970's this increased rapidly when the Soviet Union experienced a sunflower crop failure and the scarcity of wheat forced a rise in prices of all agricultural commodities. By 1976 sunflower acreage in southern Manitoba had skyrocketed to 380,000 acres." In 1971 alone, Rhine­ land's sunflower acreage jumped from 9,470 in 1970 to over 20,000 in 1971. 18

Another new oil seed crop which became important in Rhineland during the 1970's was rapeseed. Introduced to Manitoba in the 1950's, rapeseed rapidly increased in acreage as world demand and prices escalated. Commanding consistent high prices, higher rapeseed acreages in Rhineland have generally coincided with lower wheat pnces.

Rural and Municipal Developments

The continuing population decline in the rural areas of Rhineland during the 1960's and 1970's and the corresponding growth of Altona created new problems for the municipality. By the 1980's there was the' perception that the provincial government had lost sight of the fact that the municipality was primarily rural and that its problems were agricul­ tural. More and more it was felt that the government was serving urban areas and neglecting the rural. 19

A.M. of Rhineland Council-1967. Back row I. to r.: Barney Gerbrandt, Ward 2; Henry Dyck, Ward 4; John Wahl, Ward 1; David Stobbe, Secretary-Treasurer. Front row I. to r.: Bernhard Penner, Ward 3; August Lang, Ward 5; William Dueck, Reeve; Walter Klippenstein, Ward 6.