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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, March THE LETHBRIDGE Forage seed project assures supply OTTAWA When new Canadian forage varieties are released, producers can rest assured that seed of these varieties will be available to meet the demand This assurance comes as a result of the efforts of the Canadian forage seed project. Before its establishment in 1951, plant breeders were often frustrated in trying to have their varieties multiplied and put into general use Plant breeders couldn't multiply stocks of their varieties without giving up valuable research time and there was little incentive for seed growers to Food grading Food has been sold by grade in Canada since the early 1900s. Apples were the first to be graded when grades originally established for export were applied for home market. produce new varieties And with no seed, extension workers couldn't promote new varieties There was need for a fully co-ordinated plan which would ensure adequate pedigreed seed supplies and a program to show farmers the advantages of growing improved varieties. The need resulted in the Canadian seed project. Its members include- Agriculture Canada which administers the project and underwrites its costs; The provincial departments of agriculture which provide programs to encourage use of the new varieties and select growers to produce the required seed; Plant breeders with Agriculture Canada and with Canadian universities who develop new varieties and make breeder seed available to the project; The Canadian Seed Growers' Association which maintains the pedigree and provides the necessary service to ACORN POOLS NOW AVAILABLE Lethbridge and Southern Alberta Special bonus tt ordered before April 15 Put summer fun in your own back yard Do-H-youraeH or have H built -either way your ACORN POOL will give years of fun in the sun. For more information contact: STANLEY'S DISTRIBUTORS Box 665, COALHURST, Alberta Phone 328-3402 grower members who multiply stocks of project varieties, And the Canadian Seed Trade Association which merchandises the seed and helps with the education program needed to have the new varieties accepted by farmers The project encourages the production, distribution, continuity of supply and limited stockpiling of breeder and foundation stocks of recommended forage varieties. Grade standards Federal food grade standards apply to food exports, to imported foods also produced in Canada, and to foods shipped from one province to another. Agriculture Canada inspectors are responsible for enforcing federal grade standards. Whey production Canada annually produces 2 6 billion pounds of whey, a by-product of cheese manufacturing Agriculture Canada scientists are looking at different methods of processing whey, a source of protein, for food manufacturing. CANADIAN TRADE Forty-seven per cent of Canadian agricultural im- ports come from the U.S. which is on the receiving end of 32 per cent of our agricultural exports. Our agricultural imports from Communist countries are less than one per cent; and we send 14 per cent of our agricultural exports to these countries. To ensure that breeder and foundation seed are used only for the multiplication of pedigreed stocks, and not for forage production, the project acts as sole agent for the distribution of breeder seed and contracts with growers for production of foundation seed. Most growers are in the prairies, Canada's principal forage seed production area The project's annual allocation of foundation seed depends on the availability of seed and on the project's annual assessment of the use of certified seed of each variety. the project sets the prices for the foundation seed it contracts to buy and sells this seed to the provinces and the seed trade at cost, plus handling charges Through the co-ordinated efforts of the agencies involved in the Canadian forage seed project, production and use of improved forage varieties has increased in Canada. During the 1972-73 season, 36 forage crop varieties were produced .under the project This resulted in about pounds of foundation seed for allocation. DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE ft GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-0821, HI ,2e STREET MOUTH Be Sure to Visit Our Dis-' at AG-EXPO March 5th thru 9th Featuring a Display of: We Have A Complete Bicycle Repair Shop at... DIETER'S SKI SPORT COLLEGE PHONE 327-0553 And while you're here get your exhaust system checked! INSPECTION ESTIMATES INSTALLATIONS CUSTOM DUAL EXHAUSTS 10 MINUTE INSTALLATION SHOCK ABSORBERS OPEN MONDAY TO SATURDAY 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. CORRAL THESE FOR VALUES ECONOMY MUFFLERS LIFETIME GUARANTEED MUFFLERS PERFORMANCE AS USUAL UNBEATABLE PRICES. FINEST GUARANTEES OF PRODUCT AND WORKMANSHIP 3RD AYE. ft 4TH ST. DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE ;