Grow it and Use it

Please feel free to download the following information sheets.

1) CFGA Testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture & Agri-Food – May 12, 2014.

CFGA is a national, non-profit association representing Canadians who produce hay and forage products, as well as stakeholders who depend on forage and grasslands to support their industries. Forages are Canada’s largest cultivated crop at almost 13 million hectares, or 39 percent of the land devoted to crop production. Forages are also grown on an additional 15 million hectares of native or natural pastures and rangeland. The livestock sector is the largest user of forages in Canada, with 80 percent of Canada’s beef production and 60 percent of a dairy cow diet dependant on forages. To read more – Download CFGA testimony to House of Commons (PDF)

2) CFGA’s Elevator Pitch

CFGA’s testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food forms a basis for an “elevator pitch” – a short, memorable, interesting and succinct, but persuasive speech that may be used to trigger an interest in what CFGA does, what it represents and what makes it unique.

Stakeholders may use these pitches, which are typically of about 20 to 30 seconds duration, to propose the development of relationships with organizations and individuals that agree with and would like to support CFGA’s Mission, Vision, Values and Objectives by providing financial and/or in-kind funding. To read more Download CFGA’s elevator pitch – June 2014 (PDF)

3)  CFGA Code of Ethics
Download CFGA Code of Ethics May, 2014

4) CFGA Strategy – June 2014

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is a national, non-profit association supported by stakeholders in the forage and grassland industry.  Our mission is to promote the growth of the forage and grassland sector by advocating  a sustainable and environmentally friendly industry which includes research and development, market development and innovation thereby enhancing the industry’s ability to profitably produce and supply forage and grassland products that offer superior value to  producers and consumers in Canada and internationally. To read more Download CFGA Strategy For The Future(PDF)

5) The lack of clover inoculant in Canada.

The lack of supply of rhizobial inoculants for clover has become more serious over the last two years

Cause of lack of inoculant

Legume inoculants are regulated under the Fertilizer Act by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Inoculant quality is based on a minimum number of viable and effective rhizobia or cells that must be applied to each legume seed or be present in each of gram of packaged inoculant. Clover rhizobia are viable for a shorter period of time than alfalfa rhizobia. It does not matter whether the inoculum comes packaged or whether the seed is pre-treated with inoculum – the decline in the viability of the inoculant is equivalent.

This explains why clover inoculant does not always meet CFIA standards. In order to comply with Canadian standards, inoculant manufacturers need to minimize the period of time that elapses between its production and its use. This constraint, in addition to low demand for the product, has led to suppliers abandoning the Canadian market. Read more – Download The lack of clover inoculant in Canada – English (PDF)

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