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Agri-News – RTW this Week (November 18, 2013)

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Rancher’s Risk and Return — a New Economic Analysis Tool for Alberta Cattle Producers

A new decision support tool to assist cattle producers in calculating their cost of production and risk exposure has been posted to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website. The new tool,Rancher’s Risk and Return is an excel spreadsheet calculator that takes an innovative approach to assessing the market price risk that cow-calf and feedlot producers continually face.

 Click for more information in Agri-News. > 

Creamy Barley Risotto

The nice thing about this dish is that you don’t have to constantly stir it, and barley is very nutritious. This is a basic recipe that you can tailor to your family’s taste. You can add different vegetables (peas, carrots, corn etc.) to give a different flavor, add some soup, butternut squash or carrot ginger. This recipe freezes great as well. Alberta Milk’s More About Milk website contains a wealth of recipes and nutritional information.

 Click here for this recipe. > 




Canola Futures Carry … Can You Use It?

Western Canadian producers have just harvested a record crop. Among the crops with record production is canola, with total Canadian production estimated at nearly 16 million tonnes. “For much of the past year, the canola futures market has been trading in an inverse,” says Neil Blue, P Ag, market specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, “This is, the nearby futures prices have been higher than deferred futures prices within the crop year.

 Click for more information in Agri-News. > 


What’s New in Ag Information

Farmers’ Market Mobile App

The Alberta Farmers’ Market Association has launched a mobile app. Maria Iacobelli, project coordinator with the association, discusses why the app was developed and its features. The free app can be downloaded from the Association’s website.

 Click to listen to the interview. > 



2014 Irrigated Crop Production Update Conference

The Irrigated Crop Production Update is being held in Lethbridge at the Lethbridge Lodge and Conference Centre on January 21 and 22, 2014. “The agenda includes presentations on agronomic management, pest management, irrigated crops, irrigation equipment, water management and financial management,” says Shelley Woods, soil and water research scientist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Click to hear an interview with Woods.

 Click for information in Agri-News. > 


Pesticide Applicator Re-certification

The Association of Agricultural Fieldmen is hosting the pesticide applicator re-certification credits training day on December 4. Ron MacKay, ag fieldman for the M.D. of Willow Creek, says the day is open to all pesticide applicators. For more information, go to theAssociation of Agricultural Fieldmen’s website, or give Cathy Preston a call at 403-642-2255.

 Click to hear what MacKay has to say. > 


Canola Regional Meetings

Rick Taillieu, grower relations and extension coordinator, talks about the focus of the upcoming Alberta Canola Producers Commission regional meetings. Meetings are:


  • November 19 – Grimshaw
  • November 20 – Falher
  • November 21 – Grande Prairie and Camrose
  • November 26 – Westlock and Lacombe
  • November 27 – Stony Plain and Rosebud
  • November 28 – Vegreville and Oyen
  • December 3 – Lethbridge
  • December 10 – Marwayne

Details can be found on the Alberta Canola Producers Commission website.

 Click to listen to the interview with Taillieu. > 



Alberta Fights for the Livestock Industry in Washington

Alberta’s Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Verlyn Olson will meet with U.S. legislators to encourage them to end the U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labelling rules. Click to hear theinterview with Minister Olson.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. > 


Innovation is the Path to Growth and Profitability for Alberta Lamb Producers

Alberta is well-known for its beef, but there are a growing number of producers putting their efforts into raising Alberta lamb. The Alberta sheep industry benefits from an overall development strategy and a partnership between Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) and Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development. Recently, ALP and Alberta Agriculture partnered with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) on a trio of projects to provide lamb producers with new tools and technology needed to support a successful industry.

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


Beekeeping for the Future Workshop

Beekeeping for the Future: Integrated Pest Management Workshop 2014 – an IPM workshop is being held in Edmonton on January 30 and 31, 2014, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Honey Council and Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists.

 Click for more news in Agri-News. > 


Risk and Opportunity in Livestock Markets

Risk and opportunity in today’s markets is one of the focuses of the Cow-Calfenomics workshops coming up late in November. Market analyst Anne Wasko (nee Dunford), who will be presenting at the workshops, comments. Cow-Calfenomics 2013: Tools and Strategies for Better Decisions is being offered in four locations: November 25 in Vermilion, November 26 in Veteran, November 27 in Olds, and November 28 in Lethbridge. To register, call 1-800-387-6030. Pre-register by November 20 is advised.

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


New Approach for BSE Surveillance

Various industry organizations across the prairies have been involved in a collaborative and integrated approach to BSE surveillance. Albert Kamps, a director with Alberta Milk, talks about this approach and how it benefits the entire cattle industry.

 Click to hear more on BSE surveillance. > 



Using Biomass Now Conference

The Using Biomass Now conference is being held in Edmonton on December9, 2013. Jeff Renton, project manager with the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society (AWES), talks about how the conference will explore potential uses for biomass and provide interested community officials, business owners and others to make valuable connections. For more information, visit the AWES website.

 Click here for more information. > 



ALMS Releases New Watershed Planning Workbook

After several years of collaborative effort, Alberta Lake Management Society (ALMS) has released its Workbook for Developing Lake Watershed Management Plans in Alberta.

 Click here for more information. > 


Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development at the Lethbridge Exhibition Ag Expo

Alberta Agriculture will have a booth at the Lethbridge Exhibition on Ag Expo February 26, 27 and 28, 2014. The booth will feature information on topics such as: Land-use framework, Growing Forward 2, Aquatic Invasive Species, Nutrient Management, and more. For further information, contact Olivia Sieniewicz at the Ag Tech Centre403-329-1212 (ext. 250), or Troy Ormann, C.E.T., watershed field specialist at 403-381-7106.



Alberta Nurseries’ Alberta Shelterbelt Program Still Going Strong

Alberta Nurseries has been working in conjunction with The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) for the past 17 years, growing and dispersing tree and shrub seedlings for the establishment of shelterbelts and other agroforestry, conservation and reclamation projects on eligible agricultural lands. The Alberta Shelterbelt Program continues to operate and Alberta Nurseries is confident in meeting the perpetual needs of residents in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, with their extensive facilities located in Bowden.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. > 


Rural Development

Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarships Awarded at CFR

At the recent 40th Canadian Finals Rodeo, three students were awarded the prestigious Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarships. Scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to the students pursuing an education in broadcasting or agriculture.

 Click here to read more. > 


CAP is Looking for Volunteers

The Classroom Agriculture Program is looking for volunteers. The program theme this year is Future Generations, Growing with Agriculture. The long-standing program helps bring agriculture into the classrooms where young Albertans then have a chance to learn more about this important and thriving industry. To learn more about the program, what volunteering involves and how to get involved in CAP, visit the CAP website.



Alberta Rural Development Network Launches New, Rural-Focused Blog

ARDN One is the Alberta Rural Development Network‘s rural blog that aims to give a voice to the people who have a real stake in rural Alberta development. The site also provides an engaging place for discussion. Through this new blog, ARDN hopes to see rural Albertans contributing their personal stories and ideas as well as commenting on ARDN’s work. To visit the new blog site, click this link.

 Click to link to ARDN One. > 


Ag Tourism

Boomtown Trail Wins Award

The Boomtown Trail Community Initiatives Society has been named recipients of the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming for its “Bringing History and Culture to Life” project. CEO Ken Duncan talks about the Trail and the award.

 Click to hear the Call of the Land interview. > 


Jobs In Agriculture

4-H Alberta Regional Summer Assistant

Alberta 4-H is looking for three detail-oriented people who work well with others and who don’t mind a bit of around-the-province travel. The positions provide competitive hourly rates, a fulfilling summer and marketable work experience. The employment term will be from approximately May 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014. 4-H Alberta Regional Summer assistants will provide coordination, planning and administrative support for multiple projects and initiatives that occur during the summer months, including: summer events, livestock shows, and summer programs.

 Click for details in Agri-News. > 


Monday, November 18, 2013

In this issue


Coming Events


What’s New in Ag Information





Rural Development

Ag Tourism

Jobs In Agriculture

Coming Events

Alberta Wheat Commission – Regional Meetings
Region 3 – November 19 – Lacombe (joint with Alberta Barley)

Region 2 – November 21 – Strathmore

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 

Building Green – Sustainable Building and Urban Development Courses
Calgary, Nov 19 – Nov 26 – Dec 3  Details > 

Advanced Agronomy Conference
Leduc, Nov 19 & 20  Details > 

Cattlemen’s Day
Rocky Mountain House, Dovercourt Hall, Nov 20 Detals > 

Climate Change, Water Balance, Modelling a River and Transforming Municipal Flood Management
Calgary, Nov 20  Details > 

Cow Calfenomics 2013 – Tools and Strategies for Better Decisions
Vermilion, Nov 25

Veteran, Nov 26

Olds, Nov 27

Lethbridge, Nov 28

Canfax Cattle Market Forum
Calgary, Nov 26 & 27  Details > 

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 > 

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

Greenhouse Environmental Management Workshop
Edmonton, Dec 3  Details > 

Created November 18, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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