The federal and Manitoba governments are spending $1.8 million to help develop disease resistant and herbicide tolerant confection sunflower varieties.
“This investment will go a long way in helping our sunflower growers produce high-quality confection hybrids that can be enjoyed worldwide,” said Manitoba MP Larry Maguire.
“These new varieties will deliver economic benefits by expanding the sunflower growing regions in Western Canada.”
Gregg Fotheringham, president of the National Sunflower Association of Canada, said variety development should help Canadian producers tap into global sunflower markets.
Consumers in Turkey and Middle Eastern countries prefer long-type confectionary sunflowers, which have larger seeds.
North Americans are more familiar with round-type confection sunflowers that have a lighter coloured and smaller seed.
Heritage Award nominations
Albertans have until July 15 to submit nominations for the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Heritage Awards.
Presented every two years, they recognize the outstanding achievements of Albertans who work to preserve, protect and promote the province’s heritage.
Awards are presented in four categories: heritage conservation, heritage awareness, municipal heritage preservation and outstanding achievement.
The heritage conservation category has been expanded for 2014 and nominations will be accepted for projects involving the conservation and interpretation of palaeontological and archaeological resources.
Self-nominations are accepted. Full details and nomination forms are available online.
Since 2005, 33 awards have been presented to individuals, organizations, municipalities and businesses in heritage preservation and conservation.
The Heritage Awards ceremony is expected to take place at Alberta Culture’s Municipal Heritage Forum reception in Red Deer, Oct. 16.
New Stampede grounds park
Enmax Corp. recently announced a 10-year investment in the creation of Enmax Park on the Calgary Stampede grounds.
Located on the east side of Stampede Park, Enmax Park is designed to become a community gathering place. The new park will be an open-air museum and outdoor classroom. Families will have the chance to learn about environmental stewardship, First Nations of Treaty 7 and Calgary’s history.
“ENMAX Park will be used year-round for large and small functions, everything from festivals to family picnics,” Vern Kimball, chief executive officer of the Calgary Stampede said in a news release.
The park will be built on 16 acres, previously used as light industrial land.
Enmax is a Calgary utility company.