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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. We would like to welcome two new director's to the PRFSA board of director's - John Mycek, AB Grower, and 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.

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.

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.

Pest Monitoring Updates
It is the season to be on the lookout for pests in your crops whether it be insects, diseases or weeds. Monitoring is now occuring in both Alberta and BC!! Check out the weekly updates on the research page (scroll to the middle). For more information contact:

Peace Forage Seeding Tool
This new online tool is based off of the BC Rangeland Seeding Manual published in 2013. It 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! Check out the tool and it's progress here.

New Strategies for the Forage Seed Industry
In 2014, the Peace Region Forage Seed Association is updating their strategic plan for the next 5 years for the turf and forage seed industry. We welcome your feedback and ideas. Please contact us by emailing coordinator@peaceforageseed.ca or by telephoning 1 877 630 2198.

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Updates for Grass & Legume Seed Markets
Dave Wong, Market Specialist with Alberta Agriculture, compiles regular 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. See the latest posting for March 2014. We will miss his contributions on many fronts to the turf and forage seed industry, if he retires.

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Forage Seed Summer Tour
It was BC's turn to host this year PRFSA's 2014 Summer Tour. We partnered with the University of Northern BC and the Peace River Forage Association of BC and joined in on an interactive soils and forage course. It was held on Saturday, July 5th, 2014. This provided members with an opportunity to see a variety of projects that the PRFSA has or contributed to. This included re-vegetation of land disturbed by oil & gas activities, BC pest monitoring and the Peace Forage Seeding Tool.
Forage Seed Summer Tour Agenda

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