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Alberta Government and Clear Hills County Partner to Improve Internet Access for Rural Residents

Clear Hills County residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $240,600 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant.

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International Apiculture Congress

An Alberta Agriculture apiculturist reports on Apimondia’s biannual International Apiculture Congress in Kiev, Ukraine.

 Click here to read the Agri-News story > 

Beef and Pasta Florentine Bake

This recipe is a snap to make and, pairing beef, greens and pasta – well, it’s a full meal in one bubblingly delicious dish. Canadian Beefhosts a great website that includes all sorts of cooking and nutrition information, including a wealth of great recipes. 

 Click here for this recipe. > 


Canola Adds $6 Billion to Alberta’s Economy

Alberta enjoys nearly one-third of the economic benefits generated by Canada’s largest cash crop, according to a report recently released by the Canola Council of Canada.

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What’s New in Ag Information

845-22 Promoting Your Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market

Before anyone can shop at a farmers’ market, they must be aware that the market exists. Getting the word out takes time, careful planning and effort.

 Read this new booklet here > 

845-23 Evaluating Your Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market

Once your farmers’ market is open, it’s important to evaluate all aspects of the market each season. Find out how.

 View this new booklet here > 

Export Markets

Mexican Beef Buyers Visit Alberta

Last month, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development  partnered with Canada Beef Inc. to organize a program in Alberta for a group of buyers from an important food service distributor and retail chain in Mexico.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Ritz on EU Trade Agreement

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says farmers will see major benefits from the trade agreement with the European Union

 Read the Call of the Land story > 


Fall Fertilizer Application

With the completion of harvest in many areas across the province, attention now turns to next year’s crop. Mark Cutts, crop specialist at the Ag Info Centre says fall is a good time to consider applying fertilizer.

 Hear the Call of the Land interview > 

Sugar Beet Harvest

Andrew Llewelyn-Jones, agriculture superintendent for Lantic Sugar in Taber, says they’re expecting an overall average of 25 to 26 tonnes per acre.

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Canfax Cattle Market Forum

The 2013 Canfax Cattle Market Forum takes place , November 26-27, 2013, at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary.

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Costs of Production of Different Beef Production Systems

How do different beef production systems compare in terms of cost of production and other costs of doing business? That’s what Susan Markus, a beef research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, set out to do. In her Growing Forward funded project she compared natural, organic and grass-finished systems to our more traditional or conventional commodity grain-finished type system.

Project goes beyond actual cost of production

Preliminary findings


Alberta Beef Producers 2013 Fall Meetings

Alberta Beef Producers fall meetings run until November 7.

 Click here to see the full schedule.  > 

Funding for the Poultry Industry

Ottawa is contributing $2.6 million to research the development of chicken vaccines and other poultry health products.

 See the Call of the Land story > 

Canadian Bison Association Receives Federal Funding

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced money for the Canadian Bison Association to promote bison meat in markets like China and Mexico.

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Cow-Calfenomics 2013

Cow-Calfenomics 2013: Tools and Strategies for Better Decisions is being offered in four locations this fall. Freeman Iwasiuk, cow-calf specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says the focus of the meetings is cow-calf profitability and risk management.

 Click here for the Call of the Land interview > 

Farm Safety

Eliminate Slips, Trips and Falls on the Farm

While slips and falls can be a real danger in the workplace, an Alberta Agriculture specialist says a few simple precautions can go a long way to ensure safety.

 Read the Agri-News article here > 


Pricing Products

Alberta Agriculture new venture coach Kathy Bosse says pricing products is key to the success of any business, especially when it comes to food products and farm direct marketers. Find out more in this Call of the Land interview.

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Province Looking to Help Small Businesses

The province has launched a new series of stakeholder consultations with small business owners throughout Alberta with the aim of launching a small business strategy.

 Click here to find out more > 

Food & Ag Processing

Building a Culture of Food Safety Workshop

Producing a safe food product is the number one priority of any food producer. But as Karen Goad, farm direct marketing specialist with Alberta Agriculture explains, it’s also becoming a priority for consumers. She previews an upcoming workshop.


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Click here for the Call of the Land interview


New Video for Food Manufacturers

Alberta Agriculture’s Food and Health unit has just produced a scribe animated video, “A Food Manufacturer’s Guide to Allergies and Gluten.” Cherril Guennewig, with the Food and Health unit, talks about this video and future videos in the series.

 Click here for the Call of the Land intervbiew > 

Taste of Canada Showcase

The Taste of Canada Showcase is in Chicago in February, but the registration deadline is fast approaching.  Sarah Soetopo, international initiatives officer with Alberta Agriculture, previews the event.

 Click here for the Call of the Land interview > 


Winter Feeding and Bedding Sites

With harvest wrapping up, or in many cases wrapped up, livestock producers will soon be thinking about getting their feeding and bedding sites ready for the winter. Alberta Agriculture CFO specialist Deanne Madsen discusses.

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Alberta Crop Report – October 22, 2013

The latest Alberta crop report has been posted.

 See the latest crop report here > 


Monday, October 28, 2013

In this issue


Coming Events


What’s New in Ag Information

Export Markets



Farm Safety


Food & Ag Processing



Coming Events

Gathering of Alberta Co-Operatives 2013
Red Deer, Nov 1 & 2  Details > 

Farmfair International
Edmonton, Nov 3 – 10  Details >

Canadian Finals Rodeo
Edmonton, Nov 6 – 10  Details >

Working Well Workshop
Mulhurst, Dec 5

Building a Food Safety Culture
Airdrie, Nov 13 Details 

Developing a Business Advisory Board
Leduc, Nov 7  Details > 

Green Industry Show & Conference
Edmonton, Nov 14 & 15 Details > 

Buck Brannanman Horsemanship & Ranch Roping Clinics
High River, Nov 16 – 18 Details > 

Advanced Agronomy Conference
Leduc, Nov 19 & 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, November 26 & 27 Details > 

Canadian Forage & Grassland Association Conference and AGM
 Details > 

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

Alberta Farm Animal Care 2014 Livestock Care Conference 
Edmonton, March 26-27, 2014 Details > 

Created November 1, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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