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New Forage Varieties: Webinar March 23

Update: Missed the webinar? Find the recording and check for future webinars on our Webinars page.

Current competition for land from other crops is putting further pressure on the forage industry to increase margins or be converted into a more profitable commodity.  This makes forage breeding a key piece to the long term health of the beef industry.

The forage breeding program at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre is aimed at improvement of crops such as alfalfa, sainfoin, cicer milkvetch, orchardgrass, and giant wildrye. Researchers have developed adapted perennial forage cultivars of these crops along with an annual legume ‘fenugreek’ and appropriate agronomic packages for optimizing forage and seed production. They have also collaborated with other North American researchers to explore other uses for these crops.

Join this free webinar to learn more about the success stories of some of these crops, consequent impacts, and how you can utilize them on your operation.


Wednesday March 23rd at 7pm MDT

  • 6:00pm in BC
  • 7:00pm in AB and SK
  • 8:00pm in MB
  • 9:00pm in ON and QC
  • 10:00pm in NS, NB and PEI

Watching on a tablet or mobile device?
If you plan to join the webinar using your tablet or mobile device, you will need to download the appropriate receiver. We recommend that you join the webinar 15 minutes early as you will be prompted to download the receiver once you log in, which may take several minutes to complete. To download the receiver ahead of time, visit: 

Interested but aren’t available that evening?
Register anyway! This webinar will be recorded and posted online at a later date. All registrants will receive a link to the recording and additional learning resources. By attending the live event, you’ll have the opportunity to interact and ask questions too.

Approximately 1 hour.

BCRC webinars are available free of charge thanks to guest speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to support advancements in the Canadian beef industry, and through the Knowledge Dissemination and Technology Transfer project funded by the National Check-off and Canada’s Beef Science Cluster. 


Dr. Surya Acharya, Ph.D – Research scientist, forage breeder, at  and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, AB.


Dr. Acharya has developed and commercialized high yielding disease resistant cultivars of traditional forages such as alfalfa, cicer milkvetch, orchardgrass and sainfoin. He has also developed and commercialized the first North American cultivars of perennial cereal rye and forage fenugreek along with many native Alberta grass cultivars. In recent years he has developed a sainfoin cultivar AAC Mountainview that can be used for bloat prevention in alfalfa pasture, in addition to an acid tolerant (AAC Meadowview) and a saline tolerant (AC Bridgeview) alfalfa for western Canada.

Dr. Acharya has earned National and International awards, positions in Scientific Societies and has served on Editorial Boards of International Journals. For his research contributions on traditional and non-traditional crops he received the “Breeder of the Year Award” in 2012 by Canadian Seed Trade Association and Canadian Seed Grower’s Association. He has received Fellowship Awards from the International College of Nutrition (ICN) and the Canadian Society of Agronomy and other international and national awards including the Key to the City of Lethbridge.

What is a webinar?
Webinars are just like attending a workshop or conference, but from the comfort of your own home or office. We bring the presentation right to you. They’re easy to join and participate in. A reliable, high-speed internet connection is required.

All you need to do is register beforehand, and about 5-10 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to begin, click the link you were provided when you registered. Then turn up your computer speakers or call the phone number provided. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy. As a participant, you can anonymously answer polls and surveys, and will have the opportunity to ask questions near the end of the webinar.

Don’t have high-speed internet? Consider calling a neighbor that does and watch the webinar together, or call your regional ag office to ask whether arranging a group viewing is possible.

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