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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: August 17 – 21, 2015

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Features


Using Pea Straw in Cattle Rations

With a shortage of feed supplies for cattle this summer, many farmers are looking at their options, one of which is pea straw in cattle rations. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says with the pea harvest underway, now is the time to think about using pea straw in those rations.

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Fill up on Fun at Alberta Open Farm Days

If you’ve eaten out lately, you may have noticed the phrase “farm to table” knocking about. Knowing where our food comes from has become increasingly important but many of us don’t really have the opportunity to get to know our local producers…until now.

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Thai Grilled Pork Shoulder with Spicy Dipping Sauce

This week’s tasty recipe comes to us courtesy of Passion for Pork

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Markets

Farm Safety


Harvest Safety

“The safety conversation around ‘no one gets hurt’ needs to be the first conversation, first action and first thought farm owners and workers have as they go to work each day,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator.“Common discussion around the plan to avoid identified hazards and work to the optimum, not necessarily the maximum, should take place early and often in the harvest season to ensure everyone makes it home safely each night.”

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Pest/Disease Corner


Beneficial Insects

Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says one way to control pest populations is through the use of beneficial insects.

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What’s New in Ag Information


Economics of Milk Production, 2014

The “Economics of Milk Production, 2014” is now available. .This report is the result of the provincial dairy cost study which is a study tracking the cost and returns information on milk production in Alberta.  

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Pricing: Moving from Farmers Market to Retail Sales

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) has released a new factsheet on pricing when moving from farmers market to retail sales. “You have been selling your product at a farmers market and have earned a loyal following, says Kathy Bosse new venture specialist, AF. “Your customers are enthusiastic, and you think your product could do well in a larger market. Moving beyond the farmers’ market to a retail setting can be a natural next step in the evolution of your product.”

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Crops


HortSnacks on Wheels

HortSnacks on Wheels is set to go on August 24-25, 2015, and will tour greenhouses in eastern Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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HortSnacks in the Field visits the Hidden Valley Garden

HortSnacks in the field will be touring the Hidden Valley Garden on September 1, 2015.

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Swathing Canola

Some canola farmers have already begun swathing their canola. Murray Hartman, provincial oilseed specialist says it’s important to keep the heat in mind.

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Forage


Canola in Cattle Feed

Drive by canola fields in the province and you’ll see them in various stages, from full bloom to early pod stage. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says crops at that stage require about six weeks to maturity. He says instead of combining, you can cut it for green feed or silage.

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Livestock


New Requirement when Purchasing Livestock Medicines

A new requirement of providing a Premises Identification Number when purchasing medicines and medicated items for livestock from authorized medicine sales retailers is a new change in the Authorized Medicine Sales Regulation. Grady Owen, senior investigation specialist with the inspection and investigation branch with Alberta Agriculture, explains what the change means for livestock producers in Alberta.

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Business


Resources to Help with Tax Relief for Livestock Producers

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a pair of resources available to help producers with the federal livestock tax referral.

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Rancher’s Return Lite

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) has a new tool to help ranchers with their economic decisions. “Rancher’s Return Lite is an Excel spreadsheet tool that will assist producers in calculating their own feed costs, variable costs and enterprise profitability” says Bruce Viney, business development – risk, AF, Olds.

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Robert (Bob) L. Ross Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The scholarship is offered by Agri-Food Management Excellence in collaboration with Farm Management Canada, Family Farms Group and the Ross Family. The successful recipient will receive free tuition to the CTEAM (Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management) program (valued at $7,500) as well as up to $4,000 towards travel expenses. 

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Feed and Hay Prices

Many livestock producers are facing feed shortages and higher prices for feed this summer, and heading into winter. To find out what those hay and feed prices are doing, Caitlynn Reesor spoke with Jason Wood, provincial livestock market analyst with Alberta Agriculture.

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Food & Ag Processing


Trends in the Pet Food Industry

Sarah Oliveira, emerging market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, says sales pet food sales are growing in Alberta.

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Environment


Reduced Rates for Water Pumping Program

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has announced a reduction in the rental cost for the Water Pumping program as a way to support producers as they manage dry conditions this year.

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4-H


Major 4-H Event Coming to Edmonton

There’s a major 4-H event coming to Edmonton in 2017. We spoke with Janet Kerr, who is one of the organizers who says their group is looking for volunteers to chair some of their organizing committees.

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Research & Technology


Lower Harvest Losses Start with a Drop Pan

We know canola losses occur out the back of the combine. Are losses high enough to warrant the time spent to reduce them? They certainly will be for some combines and in some conditions. “Combines could be throwing over 5 bu./ac. and growers may not even realize it because those seeds are so difficult to see once they hit the ground,” says Angela Brackenreed, agronomy specialist for the Canola Council of Canada. “A pan is the best way to see these losses.”

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Innovation and Research in Livestock Production

If you’d like to see some of the innovation and research undertaken by Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta and Agriculture Canada in Lacombe, you should plan on attending the Innovation in Action: Opportunities in Livestock Production field day at Lacombe on August 19. Tom Lynch-Staunton, director of industry relations at Livestock Gentec, previews the event.

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General


Alberta Open Farm Days

A new participant in this year’s Alberta Open Farm Days says she got involved because she loves relating farm life to those who don’t live it. 

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Monday, August 17, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Farm Safety

Pest/Disease Corner

What’s New in Ag Information

Crops

Forage

Livestock

Business

Food & Ag Processing

Environment

4-H

Research & Technology

General

Coming Events

Whole Farm Water Planning
Various locations, August 18-20 Details >
 

Organic Vegetable Field Day
Lethbridge, August 20  Details >
 

Home, Hobby and Horticultural Show
Ponoka, August 21-22  Details >
 

Alberta Open Farm Days
Various locations, August 22-23 Details >
 

HortSnacks on Wheels
Sherwood Park. August 24-25. Details >
 

HortSnacks in the Field
Sylvan Lake, September 1  Details >
 

Explore Horticulture
Red Deer, September 19 Details >
 

Facility Design Workshop
Airdrie, September 30  Details >
 

Advancing Women: Life Skills for Leadership – Women in Ag Conference
Toronto, October 5-6  Details >
 

Real Dirt on Farming
Red Deer, October 6  Details >
 


Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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