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Events & News
Forage Seed Summer Tour
It is AB's turn to host this year PRFSA's 2015 Summer Tour. The tour will start at the Beaverlodge Research station looking at the Peace Region Grass Seed Testing trials, herbicide tolerance and weed control trials, crop rotation work, the entomology lab and more.
Date: TBA (late June/early July)
Contact: Calvin at 1 780 864 3879 / Chris or Talon at 1 877 630 2198
Peace Forage Seeding Tool
Based off of the BC Rangeland Seeding Manual published in 2013, this new online tool goes through an interactive decision making process to help users select forage species to seed, create seed mixtures with a seed mix calculator and even connect with seed suppliers! The development of the tool is spearheaded by the Peace River Forage Association of BC but AB & BC levy grower dollars were put towards creating links between users and seed suppliers!
Check out the tool and it's progress here.
Pest Monitoring Updates
During the growing season, consider accessing two resources supported by grower associations and commissions on the prairies:
You can check out the weekly updates on the research page (scroll to the middle).
Updates for Grass & Legume Seed Markets
Dave Wong, retired Market Specialist with Alberta Agriculture, compiles market updates for grass and legume seed prices. These can be found at the left hand side of the Markets page under the heading Current Market Prices. The PRFSA has contracted Dave to compile another round of market updates. Since October 2014 he has completed:
Forage Seed Canada Update
Forage Seed Canada has recently released a position statement regarding GE Alfalfa and GE Forage Seeds. See their official statement here.
Forage Seed Production & Marketing Seminars & AGMs 2015
The Annual General Meeting was held in Fort St. John, British Columbia on March 19th, 2015. This event was at the Kid's Arena Field House, 9324 - 96th Street in Fort St John. The Production and Marketing Seminar showcased many exciting updates on initiatives and research the PRFSA is administrating and/or supporting. It was an opportunity to have face to face contact with your directors and input into how your levy dollars are spent.
Our keynote speaker, Stephanie Greene a Supervisory Plant Physiologist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service, focussed on how the introduction of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa will impact the fine seed industry. She is the lead scientist of the Seed Preservation Program at the Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Unit. Her current research is focused on assessing the escape of genetically-engineered genes from alfalfa into the environment as well as looking into the different avenues of gene escape and strategies to prevent the escape.
See the agenda here for more details on the events of the day.
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