RAWF to educate city folk about farming
September 19, 2018 - The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is going to put the emphasis on educating the urban public about agriculture this year.
“Get Agricultured hits at the core of our original mandate established almost 100 years ago,” said Charlie Johnstone, chief executive officer of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair since 2015.
“Everybody has an interest in gaining knowledge on food, agriculture and the richness of our environment, as well as the role these play in our lives,” he said.
“In many ways, The Royal is more relevant today than it’s ever been. Most importantly, it continues to offer education in one of the most memorable and enjoyable ways – through experience,” Johnstone said.
Burnbrae Farms is sponsoring a culinary academy, there is a new Country Music Culinary Festival and a competition for craft beers and cider.
What remains the same are competitions to judge the best livestock, poultry, fruits and vegetables and the horse shows.
Plant breeders want wild species saved
September 19, 2018 - Plant breeders want wild relatives of commercial crops saved because they may hold useful genes.
The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is celebrating Crop Wild Relative Week September 22-29, 2018., aiming to raise awareness about the valuable wild relatives of familiar crops.
“These wild and weedy species contain important genes that can be crossed into our domesticated crops,” said Marilyn Warburtin, Crop Science journal’s editor.
”Plant breeders depend on these crop wild relatives to provide new genes that do not occur in our crop plants, as a way of introducing natural and useful diversity for the creation of new crop cultivars.”
Information about crop wild relatives can be found on CSSA’s page, www.crops.org/crop-wild-relative
New products from sweet corn
September 18, 2018 - Mirexus Biotechnologies Ltd. has opened a $7.2 million-dollar facility in Guelph to extract PhytoSpherix from sweet corn.
The substance has many uses, including health care and cosmetics.
The 12,000-square-foot plant in the Hanlon Creek Business Park is based on research at the University of Guelph where PhytoSpherix was discovered. It has been trademarked.