Organic Field Walk in Swift Current on July 26
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.