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Agri-News – RTW this week (Jan. 6/14)

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Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

Agriculture issues including Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) made up the agenda for the Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit held in Oklahoma on January 3 to 5, 2014. Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson provides some background on how COOL came to be in the first place.

 Click to hear what Olson has to say. > 


Your Farm Safety Resolution for 2014

The New Year brings with it talk of resolutions. Resolutions; however, have a reputation for being declared and then forgotten. This year, make a promise that involves your family and their future. Make a promise to create a safer work environment on your farming operation.

 Click here for more in Agri-News. > 


Chicken Cassoulet

Prepare this chicken cassoulet in your slowcooker in the morning and it will be ready for dinner. You will find the tender chicken and beans have combined their flavours in a most delightful way. Beans, which are a pulse crop, are the key ingredient of this delicious recipe. For more pulse recipes, visit the Alberta Pulse Growers website.

 Click here for this recipe. > 



Winter Webinar Series 2014

Alberta Agriculture’s Winter Webinar Series is set to begin on January 8, 2014. The series will feature 12 weekly webinar sessions from January 8 through to March 26, 2014.

 Click for webinar information in Agri-News. > 





Manage and Market What You Measure Workshops

The Manage and Market What You Measure workshop is being held in three locations this month—January 14 in Mayerthorpe, January 15 in Leslieville, and January 16 in Claresholm. Larry Thomas, national coordinator of the Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) and one of the presenters, discusses how producers can use the information from BIXS. For more information on the workshops, contact your local agricultural fieldman or applied research association.

 Click here for the Call of the Land interview. > 


Getting into Farmers’ Markets Workshops

Explore Local and the Alberta Farmers’ Market Association are hosting three Getting into Farmers’ Markets workshops for those interested in getting their products into their local farmers’ market. Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist with Alberta Agriculture, talks about the workshops which are being held January 23 in Leduc, January 29 in Grande Prairie, and February 12 in Millarville. For more information, contact Eileen Kotowich at 780-853-8223.

 Click for more on Call of the Land. >


What’s New in Ag Information

Field Offices — A Great Resource!

There are many ways to contact a specialist or department staff member of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development . However, if talking to someone face-to-face is preferred, rather than over the phone or via email, then look no further than the local Alberta Agriculture Field Office.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. > 


Bison Ranching — Is It for You?

The Bison Producers of Alberta (BPA) have produced a short video on Alberta’s bison industry. This is the first in a planned series of short videos that the BPA will be producing in the coming months to promote bison ranching to potential newcomers to the industry.

 To view “Bison Ranching – Is it for you?” click this link. > 



Saddle Up at the Canadian Canola Council Convention

Saddle Up in San Antonio is the theme for the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) 2014 convention which brings with it a promise for exciting information and an entertaining event. The CCC convention is the one annual event where the entire canola industry comes together to listen to inspiring, world-class speakers, as well as making face-to-face connections with all links of the value chain in a business-focused environment. The convention is being held in San Antonio, Texas, on February 25 to 27, 2014.

 Click here for a full agenda, conference information, site information and registration. >


Bedding Plant Production Workshops

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association (AGGA) will be hosting two, two-day workshops on bedding plant production. These workshops are for new to intermediate growers and will cover all aspects of production economics, marketing, integrated pest management and more.

 Click here for more information in Agri-News. > 


Alberta Barley Commission on the Canada/European Union Trade Deal

Canada and the European Union signed a trade deal in the fall of 2013. Matt Sawyer, chairman of the Alberta Barley Commission, talks about this deal and what it could mean for barley producers in Alberta.

 Click here to listen to the interview. > 


Join AFC Tour of ARSAN’s Prototype Passive Solar Greenhouse

Limited space is still available to join the AFC Tour of ARSAN’s Prototype Passive Solar Greenhouse on January 15. If you have ever wondered how to reduce the heating costs and emissions associated with operating a commercial greenhouse, register now to reserve one of a limited number of spots on a tour of a prototype passive solar greenhouse that is doing just that near Viking.

 Click here for more information. >



Over 500 Calls to ALERT Line

Since 1995, the Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) ALERT Line (1-800-506-2273) has been providing a valuable service to and has been an integral part of the province’s livestock industry. Last year, over 500 calls were received at the ALERT Line. Of those, 88 cases that were investigated required some form of intervention.

 Click here to read more in Agri-News. > 


The Information Leadership Initiative

Alberta Farm Animal Care, AFAC, has introduced the Information Leadership Initiative, a communications program designed to help producers and industry manage information and keep up to date on the bottom line in farm animal care. To receive the newsletter, visit the AFAC website.

 Click here to listen to the interview. > 



Time to Ensure 2014 Farm Operating Plans are in Place

Now is the time to ensure 2014 farm operating plans are firmly in place. Farm finances, grain and oilseed prices, weather-related supply issues and cash flow are just a few of the things that need to be considered.

 Click here for more information in Agri-News. >


Five Agriculture Economic Issues to Watch in 2014

Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) chief agricultural economist, J. P. Gervais shares five key economic issues in agriculture, and talks about what to watch in the Canadian agriculture industry in 2014.

 Click for more in Agri-News. > 


Century Farm Awards

Alberta Century Farm & Ranch Award Recipients Now Online

Alberta Century Farm & Ranch Award recipients are now posted in a searchable database on Alberta Agriculture’s website. 




Monday, January 06, 2014

In this issue


Coming Events



What’s New in Ag Information




Century Farm Awards

Coming Events

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

2014 Peace Agronomy Update
Fairview, Jan 16  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 > 

Alberta Invasive Species Council – First Annual Conference and AGM
Lacombe, March 12  Details > 

Created January 7, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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