Pr o v i n c i a l forage and grassland organizations have come together to form the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association.
“We are very pleased to announce the formation of a new national association for our forage and grassland industry,” said Ed Shaw, chair of the newly formed Canadian Forage & Grassland Association/ Association Canadienne pour les Plantes Fourragres (CFGA/ACPF) in an April 11 news release.
“A national organization will help us promote the growth of the forage and grassland sector at home and abroad and provide a national voice for our industry.”
The CFGA board of directors will consist of representatives from across the entire forage industry including Eastern and Western Canada Provincial Forage Associations-Councils, the forage export sector, and the livestock sector. CFGA will also be working closely with representatives of the livestock sector such as beef, dairy, sheep and equine.
The association will be housed in Brandon with Wayne Digby, executive director of the Manitoba Forage Council, serving as executive director.
The group has an extensive list of objectives with a strong focus on advancing the forage and grassland industry and promoting it within Canada and abroad.
According to Ray Robertson, CFGA vice-chair and manager of the Ontario Forage Council, “forages are recognized as the largest single crop grown in Canada, yet the largest percentage of it is fed on the farms where it is produced. This organization will have a major emphasis on helping our domestic producers and the users of forage.”
Ray emphasized the CFGA will work closely with research and extension agencies to ensure there is support for forage and grassland research and technology transfer.
“At the Québec Forage Council, we firmly believe that forage and grassland are the backbone of a broad-based cattle industry as well as a natural resource for landscape and regional development, essential for a diversified and sustainable agriculture,” said Germain Lefebvre, president of the Québec Forage Council.