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Excerpt from Report of Second Annual Meeting, Vol. 1: Held at Ottawa, June 27th, 28th and 29th, 1905
Hitherto the work of the Association has been conducted as a part of the work of the Seed Branch of the Department of Agriculture. When such was the case, the Minister of Agriculture was quite agreeable to nominating or appointing the president, which he did last year. The minister thinks it desirable that the holding of office in voluntary associations by officers of the department should no longer continue, and I personally concur in the opinion that it is altogether undesirable in the main, that the officers of the department should be officers of associations having business to do with the department. It is not that these men are not capable and efficient as officers of the Association, but when the Association comes to the minister for financial help or legislation, he must refer the application to his officers for advice as to whether the application is one that should be granted in the public interest. If we think it necessary to ask for money from the department many of us think that it would not be good form, to say the least of it, for the secretary of the Association, who is at present also the seed commissioner, to appear as one of the deputation to interview the minister asking for money for the Association. That is the reason, therefore, for this decision; and I should like to make it clear that it is not from a lack of sympathy with the Association on the part of the minister, but because of the desirability of doing business in a proper way.
Moved by Prof. Zavitz, seconded by Donald Innes, that the constitution be revised as recommended by the board of directors, and that the executive council be directed to prepare the revised constitution for publication in the annual report of the proceedings. - Carried.
Moved by F. Kirkham, seconded by Donald Innes, that this Association concur in the recommendation of the board of directors to defer action in the election of applicants for membership for a period of at least one year, or until they have taken up the work of seed growing and seed selection according to the regulations of the Association. - Carried.
Moved by Prof. Zavitz, seconded by W.L. Davidson, that this Association approves the principle of giving prizes at seed exhibitions for seeds grown and selected according to the regulations of the Association. - Carried.
The annual report of the secretary of the Ass Delation was called for, and presented by the secretary.
Report Of Secretary.
G. H. Clarck, Seed Commissioner Department of Agriculture, Ottawa.
Mr. President and Gentlemen. - At the organization of this Association a year ago I presented, in the form of a report, some general information pertaining to that branch of educational work which had been carried on by the Department of Agriculture, with a view to encourage the production and use of agricultural seeds of superior quality, and to the progress that had been made with that work as shown by the records of the Macdonald-Robertson Seed Growers' Association. In my report for this year I have thought it well to present to you only a statement that will show in concise form what the members of the Association have accomplished since our last annual meeting, and what has been done by the Association to advance the interests of seed growers. I will leave that part of ray report, which may treat more particularly with the work of inspecting the operations of members and the observations made therefrom, to the district sunperintendents, who have direct charge of the educational work of the seed branch in their respective districts, and who, from time to time, come into direct contact with the members on the farms where the seed is grown.
In order to more effectively carry out our plans of educational work, I divided the territory, and placed a trained man in direct charge of the work in eac..