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Agri-News – RTW this week (December 2, 2013)

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Marketing Nutrition Workbook — Healthy Eating Guidelines

Now, more than ever, consumers are choosing food products with health benefits. It’s increasingly important for food processors to know which aspects of their food product they should promote. When it comes to the latest nutrition fads, many of which are featured on talk shows or in diet books, you may wonder if they credible and useful marketing tools. Brenda Arychuk is a registered dietician and author of the workbook.




Carbon Credits – an Update on Protocols

Conservation Cropping is still the main protocol of use for Alberta farmers looking at the carbon market, but there are others to keep an eye on as well. This article provides update information on 10 protocols that Alberta farmers can consider, and on 5 new protocols that are in varying stages of development.

 Click for the full update in Agri-News. > 


Quinoa, Black Bean & Mango Salad

Quinoa, an ancient “grain” that’s actually an edible seed related to beets and spinach, makes a fantastic base for a salad. Its mild, nutty flavour lends itself well to soups, grainy breakfast cereals and anything in which you’d use rice or couscous. With a lighter, fluffier texture than most whole grains, quinoa is also a rich source of protein. A canola oil dressing is just what’s needed so that light nutty flavour isn’t lost.

 Click here for this recipe. > 





Feed Grain Markets

Charlie Pearson, provincial crops market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, talks about the feed grain market situation and outlook, and explains the major re-adjustment in crop prices in the past three months.

 Click to hear the Call of the Land interview. > 


What’s New in Ag Information

Alberta Agriculture Adds Two New Factsheets

Two new factsheets have been added to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s webpage. Fertilizing Eroded Knolls and Fall-applied Nitrogen: Risks and Benefits – are the titles of these new factsheets.

 Click for further information in Agri-News. > 


New Farm Management Videos

Six new farm management videos have been posted on Alberta Agriculture’s YouTube channel. The videos provide key information on various farm management topics. Abby Verstraete, with the livestock and farm business branch, talks about the video, Understanding Production Costs and Returns. The farm management videos can be found by clicking this link. If you have questions on calculating cost of production, contact the economics branch at780-422-3771.

 Click to listen to the Call of the Land interview. > 



Cereals Canada Announces Inaugural Board of Directors, Officers

On November 13, 2013, Cereals Canada confirmed its inaugural Board of Directors. This initial 12-member Board will support Cereals Canada’s goal to enhance the domestic and international competitiveness of the Canadian cereals industry for the benefit of all members of the value chain.

 Click here to read the full release. > 


This Year’s Sugar Beet Crop

Rob Boras, president of Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, comments on this year’s sugar beet harvest.

 Click to hear what Boras has to report. > 



Alberta’s Beef Industry

A great turnout was seen at the Cow Cafenomics conferences recently held in Lethbridge and Olds. Ann Dunford-Wasko was interviewed on Global News and talked about the health of the industry in Alberta.

 Click to watch the Global news clip. > 


Record Keeping for Confined Feeding Operations

Under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA), anyone who handles over 500 tonnes of manure per year in the province is required to keep records. Laura Thygesen, with the Confined Feeding Operations (CFO) extension specialist team, talks about why these records must be kept. For more information, contact an Alberta Agriculture CFO extension specialists at 310-FARM, or visit the AOPA webpage.

 Click here for the interview with Thygesen. > 


Workshops for Commercial Cow/Calf and Purebred Producers

Manage and Market What You Measure, a workshop for producers in the cattle industry, is being held in six locations in December and January. Pat Ramsey, business development specialist in beef competitiveness with Alberta Agriculture, talks about the focus of these workshops.

 Click to hear what Ramsey has to say. > 


Bunch Grazing

Greg Selzler, who farms in the Mayerthorpe area, uses bunch piles or bunch grazing to extend the grazing season. He uses the residue (straw, chaff, and light grain) in the field, as part of his cattle feeding strategy.




U.S. Cattle on Feed Report

Herb Lock, of FarmSense Marketing in Edmonton, takes a look at the latest U.S. Cattle on Feed Report. Lock says while the numbers came in about as expected, there are some interesting numbers.

 Click for more from Lock. > 


A Veterinarian’s Perspective on the BSE Surveillance Program

Dr. Ernie Doktor, a veterinarian in Smoky Lake, has been involved with the program since its inception. He says it’s important to keep up with BSE surveillance to continue to have a good handle on the disease.

 Click to listen to the interview. > 


Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) ALERT Line

The Alberta Farm Animal Care ALERT Line was introduced in 1995. Pam Miller, ALERT Line coordinator, says the service was instituted at the request of livestock producers. The ALERT Line has a huge resource list of people who can help out. To call the toll-free ALERT Line, dial 1-800-506-2273.

 Click to listen to the interview. > 


Farm Safety

On-farm Safety Training — a Great Winter Activity

It’s the time of year when some farmers take a step back from their hectic physical farm work and make assessments for the future. If you and your family or work crew made it through the year with no injuries, you either had safety in mind, or you were lucky. However, depending on luck is no way to manage risk. Be pro-active and use this winter to ensure next season’s farm work is injury- and incident-free.

 Click to find out more in Agri-News. > 



Those Long Winter Nights…

Winter is a time to start looking forward to the next crop year and developing plans to address the challenges that may come up. During the next three months, many large, provincial conferences and meetings are held, making this a great time to learn what’s new in technology, pests and pest control products, soils, fertilizers and markets.

 Click for more information in Agri-News. > 


Volunteering in Uganda

Lukas Matejovsky, crop statistician with Alberta Agriculture, is currently in Uganda where he’s volunteering with an NGO. In an interview before leaving for Uganda, he talked about what he’ll be doing there for six weeks.

 Click for more information. > 


Getting Measures that Matter through the AgriProfit$ Program 

When it comes to make profit-based decisions in beef and crop enterprises, using productivity and economic measures is important. Pauline Van Biert, research analyst with Alberta Agriculture, talks about the AgriProfit$ program and the importance of building “measures that matter” for your farm. To learn more about the AgriProfit$ Business Analysis and Research program, call780-422-3771, or visit the AgriProfit$ webpage.

 Click here to find out more information. > 



Alberta Moisture Situation as of November 24

From November 13 to November 24, 2013, at least three major snowstorms swept across the province. The hardest hit agricultural areas were found in a large band extending from Grande Prairie to Red Deer, with many areas experiencing up to a foot or more of new snow.

 Click here to read the Agri-News article. > 


Monday, December 02, 2013

In this issue


Coming Events


What’s New in Ag Information



Farm Safety



Coming Events

Greenhouse Environmental Management Workshop
Edmonton, Dec 3

Medicine Hat, Dec 5

Working Well Workshop
Mulhurst, Dec 4

Pine Lake, Dec 5

Debolt, Dec 10

Pesticide Applicator Re-certification Credits Training
Red Deer, Dec 4  Details > 

Using Biomass Now Conference
Edmonton, Dec 9  Details > 

Canadian Forage & Grassland Association Conference and AGM
Olds, Dec 9 – 11, 2013 Details > 

UFA Grain & Canola Storage Insights Seminar
Camrose, Dec 10  Details > 

Manage and Market What You Measure
Elk Point, Dec 10

Veteran, Dec 11

Brooks, Dec 12

Mayerthorpe, Jan 14

Leslieville, Jan 15

Claresholm, Jan 16

Farm Water Management Seminar
Debolt, Dec 11  Details > 

Alberta Wheat Commission Meetings

Region 4 – December 11 – Vegreville


Annual General Meeting – January 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM in Hall E (in conjunction with FarmTech, attendees do not need to be registered for FarmTech to attend the AGM)





Animal Nutrition Workshop
Stettler, Dec 12  Details > 

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

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

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

Edmonton, January 28 – 30 Details > 

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

Created December 4, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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