Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to advise the house of a change which will be made by the Canadian wheat board in the basis of the specified acreage upon which general delivery quotas are based. From time to time producers, farm organizations and others interested in land utilization in the prairie provinces have expressed the view that some encouragement should be given to individual producers to increase their acreages of soil improving forage crops. They believe that such a development in suitable areas within the prairie provinces would be constructive from the standpoint of the agricultural industry. It has been further indicated that a measure of encouragement would be accomplished if acreages seeded to such soil improving crops were included in the specified acreages upon which the board's general delivery quotas are based.
The wheat board has given careful consideration to this matter and thinks there is merit in including soil improving forage crops in its specified acreage, and this change will be effective for the 1957-58 crop year.
I might add that at the present time specified
acreage consists of acreage which producers seeded to wheat other than Durums, oats, barley, rye, and land in summer fallow. I believe that this change approved by the wheat board is a constructive one and in the long-range interests of western agriculture.
Subtopic: INCLUSION OF SOIL
Sub-subtopic: IMPROVING CROPS IN SPECIFIED ACREAGE