The Almonte Lecture series continues on Friday, January 27, with a unique take on agriculture: the history of corn and how this one crop has been used for thousands of years.  Local agriculturist Lana Reid is the senior research scientist with Agri-Foods Canada, heading up the corn breeding programme at the Central Experimental Farm. With a PhD in plant pathology, Reid is indeed the authority on the history and science behind this invaluable crop.

CornThis lecture will also explore the vital role the farm plays in the research behind the expansion of corn growing in Canada.  This one crop fuels everything from farm animals to automobiles, and much in between. The cobs we enjoy in the fall are a small part of this fascinating crop.

Everyone who has ever tried to grow corn, either in a home garden or on acreage will be interested in Dr. Reid’s discussion. Although the crop may seem ubiquitous in our area, it demands a lot of attention and holds a lot of secrets.

The lecture takes place at 7:30, Friday, January 27, the United Church Community Hall on Elgin St. in Almonte, and is open to everyone.  Donations are appreciated, but not necessary. The aim is to entertain and educate, with an opportunity to ask questions after the lecture.  No reservations are necessary, just come along and enjoy an evening with like-minded people. It’s a great way to meet your neighbours too!

Here’s where you can get more information about the lectures series.