Farmers ; I do not think there are business men concerned in it at all. They are men who are interested in the growing of seeds. The work of growing seeds has been gradually increasing in this country, and there has been correspondence with the officers of my department for about four years, until it has culminated in this gathering which took place at Ottawa. It was in consequence of a general interest which has been felt in the country at large and resulting in a request for a gathering of all those who were interested to organize themselves for the purpose in view. They formed themselves into an organization and passed by-laws, a copy of which I have under my hand. I will read to the committee the one which indicates the objects of the association :
The object of this association is to advance the interests of seed growers and other farmers
(a) Making regulations respecting the growing, selecting and preserving of seeds of various kinds of farm crops for the guidance of its members ;
(b) Causing records to be kept of the history
of seeds produced by members ; .
(c) Fixing standards for seeds that may be eligible for registration ;
(d) Publishing information as to standards;
(e) Issuing certificates of registration to members by which hand selected seed or the product therefrom may be known from other seeds;
(f) Such other means as may be expedient from time to time.
Then they went on to adopt certain rules and regulations :
The general officers of this association shall consist of a president, three vice-presidents, a secretary and ten directors, elected each year at the annual meeting, which body shall have power to add five directors to its number.
Then it goes on to define the duties of these officers in the usual way under incorporation.
Membership. The association may admit as operating members the persons now enrolled as members of the Macdonald, Robertson Seed Growers' Association, any person resident in Canada who may choose to make seed-growing a special branch of their farm operations, and who agree to conform to bylaws and regulations of the association.
Subtopic: SEED-GROWERS' ASSOCIATIONS.