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Vintage Forage Information Historical information and documentation on crops and varieties in the region.
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BC MarketSafe Online Course
Designed for those that sell their wares at farmer¹s markets, farm gates or other temporary food markets, this course teaches the awareness and knowledge to run a successful vendor table.
You can check out our Information Page for more details and the Registration link to take the course.
New AB Director & Seed Trade Rep
We would like to welcome two new director's to the PRFSA board of director's:
John Mycek, AB Grower
Rob Lyons, Seed Trade Rep.
Thank you to our outgoing board members, Danny Friesen and Todd Smith, for your support and committment to the association.
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.
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.
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: July 7th, 2015
Location: Beaverlodge Research Station
Contact: Calvin at 1 780 864 3879 / Chris or Talon at 1 877 630 2198
Click here to see the tour agenda.
AB Forage Seed Growers Regulation Review
In accordance with a Government of Alberta mandatory regulatory review policy, PRFSG commission is currently reviewing the 3 regulations that enable to us to exist and operate under the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act. The three regulations can be accessed here. The proposed amendments are minor and administrative in nature.
Alberta Peace Region Forage Seed Growers Authorization Regulation (AR 112/2004): no changes are required except to extend the regulation for another 10 years.
Alberta Peace Region Forage Seed Growers Marketing Regulation (AR 117/2004): no changes are required except to extend the regulation for another 5 years.
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 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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