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Celebrating 100 years of research at Summerland agriculture centre

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November 13, 2014 - 7:28 PM

SUMMERLAND - The B.C. government is recognizing Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland for 100 years of providing important research for the sector with a Century Farm Award.

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton presented the award to MP Dan Albas and the staff of the Summerland facility today thanking them for their contribution to the British Columbia agriculture industry and its history.

The Government of Canada established the Dominion Experimental Farm in Summerland in 1914 to support British Columbia's fledgling agriculture industry. The farm was renamed the Summerland Research Station in 1959 to reflect the amalgamation of the farm with the plant pathology and entomology laboratories. The facility continued its research in the area of crops, as well as poultry, swine, and cattle farming.

In the 1980's, the research scope narrowed to focus on the primary challenges in tree fruit, grape production and food processing. The facility was renamed the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in 1996.

Today, the proud tradition of quality research continues at the 320 hectare site. The centre's research programs aim to generate knowledge and technologies to promote the sustainable and economically viable production of wholesome foods and novel bioproducts from high-value horticultural crops for local, national and international producers and markets. The Summerland facility is also the home to the Canadian Plant Virus Collection consisting of freeze-dried and live viruses maintained in perennial plants.

Century Farm Awards honour agricultural organizations that have been active for 100 years. The Century Farm award program was created in 1994 to mark the centennial of the Ministry of Agriculture.

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