Or­ganic Field Walk in Swift Cur­rent on July 26

The Southwest Booster - - Opinion -

An Or­ganic Field Walk will be held at the Swift Cur­rent Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre on July 26 from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The walk will ex­plore or­ganic re­search tri­als of a va­ri­ety of top­ics, in­clud­ing: per­for­mance and de­vel­op­ment of wheat and oat va­ri­eties for or­ganic pro­duc­tion, in­ter­crop­ping, cover crops, re­lay con­tin­u­ous crop­ping, tillage fre­quency and in­ten­sity, op­tions for non-chem­i­cal weed con­trol, plus other top­ics.

Ad­mis­sion to the Field Walk is free, but in­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants are asked to reg­is­ter on­line at https://www. eventbrite.ca/e/or­ganic-field-walk­stick­ets-6330127080­5.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact or­gan­ics.swiftcur­[email protected] or call 306-770-4459.

For­age Field Tour planned for July 30

A For­age Field Tour is planned for July 30 at the Agri­cul­ture and Agri­food Canada’s Swift Cur­rent Re­search Cen­tre.

The tour runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tues­day, July 30. The in­for­mal tour will visit field re­search tri­als cur­rently be­ing con­ducted un­der the di­rec­tion of Mike Schal­len­berg, Alan Iwaasa and Jil­lian Bainard.

In­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing are asked to pre-reg­is­ter by con­tact­ing Jil­lian Bainard at jil­[email protected]

Cana­dian pro­duc­ers are be­ing asked to share their views on pro­posed changes to seed roy­alty struc­tures for ce­real crops in a new on­line sur­vey that launched on July 15.

Agri­cul­ture and Agri-food Canada and the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency held a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings over the win­ter to gauge feed­back on two po­ten­tial new mod­els of col­lect­ing roy­al­ties on saved seed. The govern­ment con­sul­ta­tion process is cur­rently on hold; how­ever, sev­eral prairie farm groups would like to hear more from pro­duc­ers on the pro­posed changes be­fore the con­sul­ta­tions re­sume later this year.

“The cre­ation of a new seed roy­alty model for ce­real crops will mean sig­nif­i­cant changes for pro­duc­ers when it comes to the is­sue of farmer-saved seed. Fur­ther ex­plo­ration and con­sul­ta­tion is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal to en­sure that the in­ter­ests of Cana­dian pro­duc­ers are re­flected in any re­sult­ing model,” said Lynn Ja­cob­son, pres­i­dent of the Al­berta Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture.

“It is cru­cial that we hear from farm­ers and pro­duc­ers on the two new pro­posed mod­els, be­cause con­sul­ta­tion with those who are di­rectly af­fected ultimately leads to bet­ter de­ci­sion mak­ing,” Bill Camp­bell, pres­i­dent of Key­stone Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers said. “Our hope is that pro­duc­ers will take the time to get in­volved in this process and en­sure their needs are met un­der a new roy­alty struc­ture.”

Todd Lewis, pres­i­dent of the Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Saskatchew­an agrees. “Pro­duc­ers cer­tainly weren’t sat­is­fied with the level of en­gage­ment and con­sul­ta­tion that went into the de­vel­op­ment of the two mod­els cur­rently un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. We want to make sure that pro­duc­ers stay on top of these dis­cus­sions and have their voice heard through­out the process,” he said.

The sur­vey is now avail­able at see­droy­al­ty­survey.com.

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