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Agri-News – RTW this Week (Nov. 25, 2013)

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

As a response by the Government of Alberta to landowners’ needs, the Alberta Property Rights Advocate Office became operational in December 2012. “In their day-to-day work, the Office often deals with the question of what is meant by property rights. We like to use a practical, working definition of property rights,” says Advocate Cutforth, “one that looks at three basic elements: Right of possession, Right of use, and Right of disposition.

 Click to read the full article in Agri-News. > 

Choosing a Wood Stove

Toso Bozic, agroforester and bioenergy specialist with Alberta Agriculture, discusses how to choose a wood stove. For more information you can contact Bozic at 780-415-2681.

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

Cinnamon Stick Moroccan Alberta Lamb

Alberta lamb is a great choice when planning a special supper, or just adding a little variety to the family menu. The Alberta Lamb website features several delicious lamb recipes so that you and your family can enjoy this healthy, nutritious meat. A few interesting spices combine to add some zip and a little exotic flavour to this dish.

 Click here to link to this recipe. > 


The Industrial Hemp License Application – Simplified!

Interest in industrial hemp continues to increase within Alberta’s agricultural sector. Albertans who are either growing hemp or considering growing hemp, and who are overwhelmed by the application process, will be interested in an upcoming webinar, The Industrial Hemp License Application – Simplified! being held on December 6, 2013.

 Click here for more information and to register for this webinar. > 

Sources of Capital

A webinar on Sources of Capital is being held on December 11, 2013 from 9:30 to 11:30. Click this link for further information and registration details


Alberta Farmers Markets Are Only an App Away

The Alberta Farmers Markets Association (AFMA) launched a new app on November 8, 2013. The app, which is a free download, lists all of the AFMA member markets and is fully functional with iPhone, Android and Blackberry technology. “A mobile app was seen as a flexible, easy and widely accessible way to get information to as many Albertans as possible,” says Maria Iacobelli, project coordinator with AFMA.

 Click here to read more in Agri-News. > 

Food Safety

New Study Seeks to Optimize Food Safety Processes

High Hydrostatic Pressure (HHP) processing is gaining acceptance as an effective tool to eliminate pathogenic organisms and increase food safety. In partnership with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Drs. Lynn McMullen and Michael Gänzle of the University of Alberta are assembling a research team to evaluate the effects of low temperatures on the growth of Listeria monocytogenes and other spoilage organisms. The findings will be used to increase the efficacy of HHP processing.

 To learn more, please click here to read ALMA’s latest information bulletin. > 

Export Markets

Canada Beef Drives Brand Awareness in Global Marketplace

Canada Beef Inc., the organization representing the marketing and promotion of Canadian cattle and beef industry worldwide, will be showcasing Canadian beef and veal at a series of high profile events in Abu Dhabi November 24 to 26, 2013.

 Click to read the full Canada Beef release. >  


Using Biomass Now

A conference and trade show, organized by the Agroforestry & Woodlot Extention Society (AWES) is being held in Edmonton on December 9, 2013. The Using Biomass Now conference will explore the many potential uses for biomass in Alberta while providing an opportunity for networking among interested community officials, business owners and others.

 Click here to read more in Agri-News. > 

Measures that Matter for Crop Producers

Jason Wood, a crops economist with Alberta Agriculture, says that there is a link between decisions and their effect on productivity, profitability or risk. To learn more about the AgriProfit$ Business Analysis and Research program, call 780-422-3771, or go to theAgriProfit$ webpage.

 Click to listen to the interview. > 

Environmental Management Workshops for Greenhouses

The Greenhouse Environmental Management workshop is being offered in two locations in early December. Mohyuddin Mirza, a director with the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association, talks about the workshops in Edmonton on December 3 and in Medicine Hat on December 5, 2013. To register, call 1-800-387-6030.

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

This Year’s Potato Harvest

John Bareman, vice chair of the Potato Growers of Alberta, talks about the potato harvest this year.

 Click to hear what Bareman has to say. > 


What’s Happening in the Greenhouse Industry

Winter is not usually the time of year to think about produce from the greenhouse; but as Mohyuddin Mirza, with the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association explains, some vegetables are in farmers’ markets now.

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



Importance of BSE Surveillance

Doug Sawyer, chair of Alberta Beef Producers, talks about the importance of BSE surveillance in the beef industry.

 Click to hear what Sawyer has to say. > 


Influenza Vaccinations

Fall marks the beginning of influenza season. Both the human and animal perspective on influenza vaccination need to be considered. Dr. Martin Lavoie, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, with Alberta Health discusses the human perspective. Dr. Gerald Hauer, the provincial chief veterinarian, talks about the animal side of things.

 Click to listen to these two Call of the Land interviews. > 



FCC Ag Knowledge Exchange Events

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has organized several events from now until March on an array of agriculture subjects. The events are held across the province and include topics such as:


  • Minimize taxes and maximize purchasing power
  • Fundamentals of commodity marketing
  • How to build and execute your farm business strategy
  • Trends and trade issues in beef markets
  • Put mobile technology to work on your farm

 Click this link for a full list of Ag Knowledge Exchange learning events. > 


Growing Forward 2 Business Opportunity Program

The Growing Forward 2 Business Opportunity Program is focused on helping agricultural producers, new producers, agri-food processing companies and producer groups expand and diversify by connecting with experts who can provide business information, advice and mentoring. Stephanie Kosinski, business opportunity grant specialist with Alberta Agriculture, provides details. For more information on theGrowing Forward 2 Business Opportunity Program, click on the link or call the Ag Info Centre at 310-FARM.

 Click to hear what Kosinski has to say. > 


Farming Smarter Conference and Trade Show

The Farming Smarter Conference and Trade Show is being held in Lethbridge on December 3 and 4. Jamie Puchinger, assistant manager of Farming Smarter, provides the details. For more information on the Farming Smarter Conference and Trade Show, contact  Puchinger at 403-381-5118, or visit the Farming Smarter website.

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


Rural Development

Video Competition for Young Farmers

Alberta youth with a penchant for video production will want to check out the Y We Farm – A Young Farmer Video Competition, being held by Farm Management Canada. Chris Penton,the business development manager for Farm Management Canada, talks about what the competition is all about. Contest entries must be received by December 2, with the winner announced December 16. Click here to link to the video competition website.

 Click to listen to the interview. > 


Jobs In Agriculture

Teacher Convention Coordinator

CAP (Classroom Agriculture Program) is looking for two Teacher Convention Coordinators. The position entails traveling to and working at five ATA conventions in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge between February 5 and March 7, 2014.  As a CAP ambassador, they will promote CAP, distribute CAP educational material, answer questions and register teachers for the protram.  A report regarding registration information and attendance will be required after the five shows are complete. For position particulars, further information and to apply, contact Karen Spelay at403-710-1959.



Monday, November 25, 2013

In this issue


Coming Events



Food Safety

Export Markets




Rural Development

Jobs In Agriculture

Coming Events

Alberta Wheat Commission – Regional Meetings
Region 1 – November 26 – Lethbridge (joint with Alberta Barley) – *elections for 2 Directors and 3 Regional Reps will take place at this meeting

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) 

Alberta’s Regional Land Use Plan Integrating Water and Land Use
Calgary, Nov 27  Details > 

Greenhouse Environmental Management Workshop
Edmonton, Dec 3

Medicine Hat, Dec 5

Working Well Workshop
Bragg Creek, Nov 26

Mallaig, Nov 28

Mulhurst, Dec 4

Pine Lake, Dec 5

Debolt, Dec 10

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

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

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 November 25, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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