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Web-extra (January 22, 2015): Opinion: It’s not just a cornfield. Make your voice heard; re: Land Transfer from the Farm to NCC.

Web-extra (January 22, 2015): Opinion: It’s not just a cornfield. Make your voice heard;
re: Land Transfer from the Farm to NCC.

In November the Government decided to sever 60 acres of Central Experimental Farm (CEF) fields near Carling Avenue. In his decision the Federal Minister for the National Capital Commission (NCC), has made it clear that a national heritage site designation offers no guaranteed protection from development. This is unlike other countries and it doesn’t even trigger consultation with stakeholders.

While many support a new hospital, it need not result in the loss of valuable land with national historic status and ongoing long-term research. Former FCEF presidents, along with the media, historians, researchers, heritage and community advocates have written about the land transfer.

Peter Anderson of Queens University explored the many responses to the land transfer announcement. He noted that many see the Farm as empty fields that are “untapped, wasted”. That is totally unfounded as Julie Harris, heritage specialist and co-author of the CEF National Historic Site Management Plan notes. These “empty fields” are, in fact, open-air laboratories. Here “important agricultural research continues to be conducted.” It is land on which detailed scientific data has been recorded for over a century.

For more than 125 years of cropping research at the Farm, there have been many scientific success stories. These include;

Plus the development of new techniques and methods of cultivating, fertilizing and screening for plant diseases, with countless patents and licenses. generating royalties. As Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz pointed out regarding new grain legislation, “the sector generated about $23 billion last year in grain and oilseed farm cash receipts.”

It is clearly not just a cornfield. There are immense benefits to Canadians and to Canada’s agriculture and food industries from such research. This research depends on continuity in the field experiments using the same testing grounds year after year.

Volunteers, other supporters of the Farm and Ottawans are encouraged to make their views known to MPs, MPPs, city councillors and to Federal Ministers. In this election year please help protect the Farm in its second century for all Canadians.

Man examine stacks of wheat in wide fields far from the new hospital

Years of Success

Photo Caption: By the time the Civic Hospital (upper right corner) was built in 1924, the CEF had 38 years of research, a huge success with new Wheat (starting with Marquis variety) transforming the Canadian West, and dominating part of wheat varieties grown in the U.S.A. It gained worldwide recognition and monies for the Government then and now. 1920’s Photo provided courtesy of FCEF.

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