AG Notes

Canola producers help fund GMO movie

The Alberta Canola Producers Commission is providing $150,000 to help pay for a full-length global movie project called Know GMO.

The documentary, expected to be completed this year, will focus on the science of genetic modification and how it contributes to global food security.

It will aim to explain the technology behind GMOs and demystify possible misconceptions surrounding the growing use of GM crops.

Movie founder and certified agricultural consultant Robert Saik said the documentary will help people understand that biotechnology is a tool in achieving global food security.

The film will be made available for free to the public, schools and other educational institutions.

The Farm & Food Care Foundation is administering donated funds and issuing tax deductible receipts.

For more information, visit www.knowGMOtheMOVIE.com.

App planned for cow-calf producers

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency will fund the development of a mobile smartphone application for Canadian cow-calf producers for performance data.

The first step in the process is confidential online surveys conducted by Integrated Traceability Solutions Global of Okotoks, Alta. The company has been contracted to research and summarize what cattle breeders want in a mobile app.

Survey responses will be accepted until March 31.

For more information, visit appinfo@livestock.com.

Canola grower receives award of excellence

Bruce Dalgarno of Newdale, Man., has received the Manitoba Canola Growers Association’s Canola Award of Excellence.

He was recognized for his passion and perseverance during his 19 years in the canola industry.

His family farm encompasses 3,600 acres of cereals, oilseeds, grasses and pedigree seeds.

He is one of the drivers behind the association implementing the check- off system and increasing it to $1 from 50 cents.

Dalgarno was chair of the Canola Council of Canada and president of Manitoba Canola Growers and Canadian Canola Growers.

He was also involved in the integrated pest management initiative, which evolved into the pesticide harmonization project with Canada, the United States and Mexico.

New name and logo

The Manitoba Pulse Growers Association is now called Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers.

The new name and logo were adopted to better represent the association’s membership, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

Soybeans are not technically a pulse, but they are now a large part of the association’s business through increased acres and sales.

A new logo illustrates a bean seed sprouting to signify growth while keeping the organization’s existing colours.

Funding renewed for lentil research chair

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers has renewed its funding for the industrial research chair in genetic improvement of lentils.

The position is co-funded with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

It receives $3.5 million from SPG and $2.8 million from NSERC over five years.

Money will go into continued lentil research for disease issues, genetic advancements and root and soil interactions.

More than 7,500 lentil growers in the province have planted 2.4 to 3.2 million acres of lentils a year over the past six years.

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