July 24, 1942


Item agreed to. Science service. 9. Agricultural chemistry, $102,881.


CCF

George Hugh Castleden

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

What work is being

done by this branch?

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Robert Gardiner

Mr. GARDINER:

From the experience

which the hon. member has had along certain lines he will know that chemistry is the basis of practically all studies in connection with agriculture. Soil studies are based upon chemistry, as are the constitution of plants and other matters of that kind. The chemical branch provides all information used in connection with studies of this kind.

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CCF

George Hugh Castleden

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

In the United States they are carrying on extensive research work in connection with plastics and other byproducts of agriculture. Is any provision being made for the greater utilization of agricultural by-products?

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Robert Gardiner

Mr. GARDINER:

The Department of

Agriculture may provide information which would form the basis of certain studies, but these are carried on largely by industrial chemistry. That work would come under the Department of Trade and Commerce.

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CCF

George Hugh Castleden

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

The Department of Agriculture is not carrying on any extensive work?

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Robert Gardiner

Mr. GARDINER:

Not along those lines.

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Item agreed to. Science service. 10. Entomology, $450,854.


NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER (Peterborough West):

Some time ago the department advertised for an

Supply-Agriculture

artist, but it was specified that he should be male. I have had inquiries from young ladies who have attended art * schools and colleges and who want to know why they were not given an opportunity to apply for this position.

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Robert Gardiner

Mr. GARDINER:

The artists that we

employ in the department must go out into the fields, into the forests and among animals in order to make drawings and pictures of the different types. It was thought advisable to have them male.

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Item agreed to. Experimental farms service. 12. Central experimental farm, $585,130.


CON

John George Diefenbaker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

Last year I inquired about the farm at Rosthern, and I should like to have a statement from the minister as to what disposition has been made of this farm and the animals and equipment, whether the land has been sold to anyone and, if so, to whom and at what price. Last year the minister stated, as I remember it, that while some effort had been made to effect a sale, or that tenders had been called for, nothing had been done up to the time the estimates were before the committee.

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Robert Gardiner

Mr. GARDINER:

The farm has not been sold; it has been rented to Mr. Friesian, who made an offer for it. The live stock has been transferred to other farms, and most of this stock is still in the province. I think by far the greater part was transferred to Melfort.

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CON

John George Diefenbaker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

In the lease to

Friesian is there any option to purchase?

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Robert Gardiner

Mr. GARDINER:

No.

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NAT

James Arthur Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (Souris):

The hon. member for Melfort (Mr. Wright) asked about rust-resistant barley. Could we have a statement as to what work has been done along these lines?

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Robert Gardiner

Mr. G ARDINER:

Some investigations have been carried on in connection with rust-resistant barley, but they are not by any means completed. Certain types have been developed which resist certain types of rust, but we have not yet been able to obtain a variety free from leaf rust. Further work is being carried on in this direction.

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CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WRIGHT:

Are they being distributed

commercially?

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Robert Gardiner

Mr. GARDINER:

No.

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NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER (Peterborough West):

Why should SIS,040 be paid for feed in connection with an experimental farm of 827 acres? Is it impossible to grow this feed on the farm?

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July 24, 1942