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Agri-News – RTW this Week (December 9, 2013)

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Oh, Christmas Tree

The members of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association are part of a thriving business. In 2011, there were 2,381 farms in Canada growing Christmas trees. When it comes to choosing and caring for a Christmas tree, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

 Click here to read more in Agri-News. > 


Moisture Update to December 4

From November 30, yet another large winter storm system moved into Alberta. This particular storm was accompanied by high winds, blowing snow and poor visibility. The storm was so wide spread, that few areas escaped with no measurable precipitation accumulations. By December 4th the system had moved off, leaving in its wake cold arctic air and precipitation accumulations ranging from a few cm of new snow in through the Oyen areas to upwards of 40 cm of new snow along the Milk River Ridge. High in the mountains that feed the South Saskatchewan River, some stations saw nearly three feet of new snow.

 Click here for the full update. > 


20-Minute Chili

Lean Alberta pork is the base for this recipe that takes a little liberty with tradition, and the results are delicious. Treat the family to a bowl of this tasty chili topped with sour cream and grated cheese and served with crusty rolls … be sure to make enough to accommodate seconds!

 Click here for this recipe. > 





NAFDMA – Premier Convention for Farm Direct Marketers

Every year, several Alberta farm direct marketers attend the North American Farm Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) convention. This year’s theme is Makin’ Hey in the Heartland. The convention draws attendees from across the world, farmers making a full-time living from their farms and families selling products and experiences.




What’s New in Ag Information

Give a Growing Gift to Gardening Enthusiasts

Information about Alberta’s native plants and growing and maintaining healthy gardens and landscapes make great gifts. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has several publications that would be a perfect fit for the gardener on your list.





Great Gifts for the Livestock Producers on Your List

Wondering what to buy for the person who has everything? Books and videos make wonderful gifts and stocking-stuffers for the farmer, rancher or 4-H member on your list.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. > 


Export Markets

Alberta Agriculture’s Export Catalogue

One of the ways companies can promote themselves internationally is through Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s export catalogue. Marcy O’Connor, international marketing officer with Alberta Agriculture, talks about the latest edition of this marketing tool. For more information, email the Agri-Food Exports team.

 Click to hear what O’Connor has to say. > 



Agronomy Update 2014 Promises to be Another Exciting Soils and Crops Exposition

Grain producers, crop advisors and industry partners have an opportunity to consult with leading agriculture research scientists about soil and crop issues in Alberta at Agronomy Update 2014. The Agronomy Update conference has been a major crop production extension event in Alberta for 20 consecutive years. The conference is being held at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel on January 14 and 15, 2014.

 Click for more in Agri-News. > 


Woodlot Management Planning

Woodlot Management PlanningJeff Renton, project manager with the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society (AWES), says woodlot owners have goals they want to achieve, whether recreational or economic. He says when developing goals, it’s important that they are realistic and achievable. For more information, visit the AWES website.

 Click to hear the Call of the Land interview. > 



Call for Nominations for the 2013 National Equine Coaching Awards

To nominate a deserving coach for the 2013 ED/NCCP National Coaching Awards, contact the coaching administrator at your provincial association. The coaching administrator and their selection committee will choose from nominations they receive, and send one final nominee for each category, to Equine Canada. Deadline for nominations is January 5, 2014.

 Click here for more information and nomination forms. > 


Honey Bee Health and Honey Purity

Honey is an important industry for Alberta. Canada produces 75 million pounds of honey annually, and approximately one third of the crop is from Alberta. Half of all honey produced in the province is exported, with 80 to 90 per cent exported to the United States. As well as honey, bee health is also extremely important for crops and horticulture as the pollination of fruit, vegetables and canola is essential to all crops. For more information in Agri-News about what Alberta Agriculture scientists are doing to ensure bee health and honey purity,

 click here. > 


Changing Ownership of Confined Feeding Operations

Chris Ullmann, confined feeding operation (CFO) extension specialist, talks about the legal and regulatory considerations to think about when contemplating taking over ownership of a CFO. To contact a CFO extension specialist, call the Ag Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

 Click to listen to the interview. > 


The Effect of Bunch Grazing on Succeeding Crops

Greg Selzler, who farms in the Mayerthorpe area, uses the residue (straw, chaff, and light grain) in the field, as part of his cattle feeding strategy. Selzler talks about the effect of bunch grazing on succeeding crops.

 Click to hear what Selzler has to say. > 


Benefits of Bunch Grazing

Greg Selzler, a farmer in the Mayerthorpe area who uses bunch grazing, talks about some of the benefits, including a reduction in fertilizer costs for following crops, and a reduction in feed costs. He says there are also benefits when it comes to soil and soil health.

 Click here to listen to the interview. > 


Peace Country Beef Congress

The Peace Country Beef Congress is being held in Dawson Creek January 10 and 11, 2014. Danny Waluk, president of the event, talks about the event. For more information on the Peace Country Beef Congress, call 250-784-4490.

 Click here for the Call of the Land interview. > 


Update on the Beef InfoXchange System, BIXS

Larry Thomas, national coordinator of the program, with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, says that the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) is on the way. Thomas is also one of the speakers at the Manage and Market What you Measure workshops, that are being offered at six locations. For more information, check the coming events section of this e-newsletter, or contact your local agricultural fieldman or applied research association.

 Click here for the Call of the Land interview. > 



Manage and Market What You Measure Workshop

Manage and Market What You Measure, a workshop for commercial cow/calf and purebred producers, will include an update on BIXS, the Beef InfoXchange System, and utilizing beef herd management information. One of the presenters is Scott Bothwell, who will be talking about BioTrack. For more information on the Manage and Market What You Measure workshops, click on the links included in the Coming Events section of this e-newsletter.

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


Rural Development

Improved Internet Access to Four Rural Regions in Eastern Alberta

The County of St. Paul, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, Lac La Biche County and the Municipal District of Bonnyville are receiving $1.2 million in grants through the Government of Alberta Final Mile Rural Community Program.

 Click to read the full release. > 


Research & Technology

Latest ABDC e-Newsletter Available

The Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre’s most recent e-newsletter contains information on hemp license applications, success stories about developing biobased products, and funding opportunities. The e-newsletter is sent out to a growing email list. To receive the e-newsletter, visit the ABDC website and sign-up for the e-newsletter.

 Click to visit the ABDC website. > 


Monday, December 09, 2013

In this issue


Coming Events


What’s New in Ag Information

Export Markets




Rural Development

Research & Technology

Coming Events

Farm Water Management Seminar
Debolt, Dec 11  Details > 

Animal Nutrition Workshop
Stettler, Dec 12  Details > 

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 10, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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