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Agri-News – RTW this Week (December 16, 2013)

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Agriculture Hall of Fame Call for Nominations

The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame is accepting nominations to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry. Every two years, Alberta’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes up to three Albertans whose outstanding leadership, innovation and business practices have advanced Alberta’s agriculture and food industry at the community, provincial, national or international level.

 Click here for more information in Agri-News. > 


Beef Wellington

Entertaining this holiday season? Beef Wellington is a show-stopper. One of the many recipes on the Canadian Beef website, this delicious dish adds sophisticated dinner-drama to any table.

 Click here for this recipe. > 



Introducing Twitter and Blogging

The fourth in a series of six Explore New Media webinars is being held on December 17, 2013. Join the webinar and listen as David West shares the good, bad and ugly of what he’s learned over his 10+ years experience with the internet, online marketing and social media world.

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Online Grocery Shopping

Online shopping is a trend that many Canadians have adopted with considerable enthusiasm. The trend continues to grow, and has even started to make inroads into food and groceries.

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NAFDMA Conference Preview

The North America Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) conference is being held in late January in Kansas City. Cherie Andrews with Chinook Honey Company the Chinook Arch Meadery, who attended the conference when she was just getting into farm direct marketing, says the conference is a great opportunity for getting new ideas. For information on the NAFDMA conference, visit the website.

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Pest Corner

Wheat Midge Forecast for 2014

The wheat midge forecast for 2014 indicates a general decrease for midge risk in some areas of Alberta, but large midge risk increases in others. Producers are advised to pay attention to midge downgrading in their wheat samples and use this as a further indication of midge risk in their fields. Each producer needs to assess their risk based on indicators specific to their farm as individual fields throughout Alberta may still have economic levels of midge.


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Organic Master Gardener Program

The Organic Master Gardener (OMG) program in Stony Plain is Alberta’s first and most extensive organic master gardener program. Under the umbrella of the Multicultural Heritage Centre, the program is geared to adult learners of all levels of gardening experience.

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Alberta Barley Re-elects Chairman, Appoints New Vice-chairman

Alberta Barley’s board of directors has re-elected Region Two Director Matt Sawyer as chairman and elected Region Three Director-at-Large Mike Ammeter as vice-chairman.

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Wheat Update

Alberta Agriculture provincial crops market analyst Charlie Pearson talks about the current wheat situation.

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How Was This Year’s Canola Crop?

Colin Felstad, chairman of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, discusses this year’s canola crop.

 Click to hear Felstad’s report. > 


Agronomy Update Conference

The Agronomy Update conference has been a major crop production extension event in Alberta for 20 consecutive years. Agronomy Update 2014 is at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel on January 14 and 15. Neil Whatley, a member of the organizing committee, provides details. To register for Agronomy Update, call 1-800-387-6030.

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Ranch Horsemanship and Yoga

Married couple and both well-known for their horsemanship, Curt and Tammy Pate are two of the 13 speakers coming into Red Deer for the 32nd annual Horse Breeders and Owners Conference. Curt’s presentation is titled Ranch Horsemanship, and Tammy’s presentation is titled Yoga and Horsemanship. This Montana couple, who travel the world giving clinics, are a much anticipated addition to the agenda of the conference being held in Red Deer on January 10 to 12, 2014.

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ALMA Shares Another Local Success Story

Edmonton-based Select Ready Foods Inc. (Select Ready) produces quality, frozen Alberta meat products for Canadian food service and retail customers. With funds from two Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) grants, Select Ready will soon have the capacity to develop a total of 10 new food items using Alberta pork. For more information, contact Brieanne Graham, communications officer with ALMA, 780-638-1682.

 Click here to read ALMA’s latest information bulletin. > 


BSE Surveillance Program

Dr. Hernan Ortegon, with animal health programs at Alberta Agriculture, talks about the BSE Surveillance program. Producers are reimbursed $75 per eligible sample collected on farm for BSE testing.


Producers are encouraged to contact the nearest veterinarian if they have an animal that could be eligible for the program.



Bunch Grazing

Greg Selzler, who farms in the Mayerthorpe area, discusses bunch grazing and says he definitely sees a future in bunch grazing.

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A New Years’ Resolution for Profit and Success

It’s that time of year again…just blink and 2014 will be here! With the onset of the New Year and the making of well-intentioned resolutions, you may find yourself looking for ways to make 2014 more profitable than the year before.

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Reduced Water Yields

Reduced well yield occurs when a well does not produce as much water as it did when it was first installed. Darcy Talma, agricultural water specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says that there are four main causes of reduced well yield. For more information on this or any other Growing Forward 2 program visit the website or call the Ag Info Centre at 310-3276.

 Click to hear what Talma has to say. > 


Monday, December 16, 2013

In this issue


Coming Events



Pest Corner





Coming Events

Peace Country Beef Congress
Dawson Creek, Jan 10 – 11 Details > 

Manage and Market What You Measure
Mayerthorpe, Jan 14

Leslieville, Jan 15

Claresholm, Jan 16

Agronomy Update 2014
Red Deer, Jan 14 & 15 Details > 

2014 Irrigated Crop Production Update
Lethbridge, Jan 21 & 22 Details > 

Canadian Bull Congress
Camrose, Jan 24 & 25  Details >

Edmonton, January 28 – 30 Details > 

Alberta Wheat Commission – AGM
In conjunction with FarmTech, attendees do not need to be registered for FarmTech to attend the AGM January 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM in Hall E 

Canadian Association of Farm Advisors – Current & Connected
Red Deer, Feb 6  Details > 

Precision Ag 2.0 Conference
Calgary, Feb 11 & 12  Details > 

Growing Rural Tourism Conference
Camrose, Mar 3 – 5  Details > 

Created December 17, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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