You may have heard, but this weekend, Canada's throwing a birthday party. Canada 150 has been everywhere recently, and as the world's only "Made in Canada" crop, canola is the perfect oilseed to play a role in the celebration for agriculture.
Canola was developed by Canadian researchers in the 1970s, and has continued to be innovated since. This summer, to go alongside Canada 150, here are three ways canola is "celebrating" its home country's big milestone.
Explore canola at Canola! Seeds of Innovation
On Canada Day, the doors at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa will open and visitors will have the opportunity to see
Canola! Seeds of Innovation, a brand new permanent exhibition.
This immerse, interactive exhibition tells the story of ingenuity by Canadian partners who took on the challenge of creating a healthy vegetable oil from an oilseed crop that would grow well on Prairie land.
Visitors will discover the scientific, agriculture, economic and social impact of canola through hands-on displays, digital games, audio-video presentations, and a live exhibit highlighting the role of bees in canola pollination.
If you find yourself in the nation's capital, this exhibit is not to be missed.
For more on the exhibit's opening,
read the CAFM release.
A canola field, minted in silver
As part of the Royal Canadian Mint's 150th Coin Series, a limited edition silver canola coin is available for purchase. This gorgeous portrayal of a Prairie canola field, with a classic Prairie sky and grain bins off in the distance, perfectly encapsulates the rural environment in flowering season.
To read more about the coin or purchase it,
visit the Mint website.
Playing a part in 4-H's Global Summit
This summer, CCGA is proudly supporting an international 4-H event in Canada, the 4-H Global Network Summit. This event will bring together over 500 delegates and 4-H leaders from 20 countries, where they'll participate in four days of programming centred on global issues.
As part of the event, 4-H'ers will have the chance to walk through an "Opportunities Expo", where they can learn about industry jobs in agriculture and beyond. CCGA will be there, providing information on canola and teaching youth about its sustainability success.
This event is obviously a great showcase for Canada and canola, but more importantly it helps foster that next generation of agriculture leaders.
For more on the 4-H Global Summit,
visit the event website.