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August 03, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the Historical Significance of the National Farm Radio Forum

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today celebrated the national historic significance of the National Farm Radio Forum which was designated as an event of national historic significance by Minister Prentice, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

"At its peak, the Forum had more than a thousand active groups, making this probably the largest adult education program in the world at the time. Its designation as an event of national historic significance underscores its contribution in building social and community life, education and social well-being," said Minister Prentice.

"The National Farm Radio Forum brought people together from right across Canada through a shared interest in agriculture," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "I am honoured to highlight the historic importance of this successful model for rural development."

An initiative of the adult education movement and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the National Farm Radio Forum was a program on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio network. From 1941 to 1965, farmers across Canada gathered around radios to hear and discuss broadcasts on various topics ranging from technical farm subjects to social challenges of the agricultural community.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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