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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: August 3 – 7, 2015

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Features


The Economic Impact of Fusarium in Alberta

To illustrate the cost of Fusarium head blight to Alberta’s producers, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry recently published a report on its research into the economic impact.  The report outlined the potential costs at both a farm level and for the province as a whole.

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  • Click here for an interview with farm business management specialist Ted Nibourg


Securing Harvest Fuel Needs

Right now might be a good time to start securing your harvest season fuel needs. Alberta Agriculture project assistant Todd Bergen-Henengouwen has the details.

  • Click here for the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for the Agri-News story


Alberta Open Farm Days

Alberta farmers and ranchers are inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food for Alberta Open Farm Days.

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Summer Salad

Alberta-grown pulses don’t just taste good; they’re also good for you. Easy to prepare in a variety of dishes, pulses – which include peas, beans, chickpeas, and lentils – are high in protein and fiber and low in fat, making them the perfect fit for a healthy diet and busy lifestyle.

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Markets

Pest/Disease Corner


Insect Situation

Alberta Agriculture’s Scott Meers gives an update on the pest situation in the province. 

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Webinars


Exporting Agri-food Products to South Korea

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is presenting the second installment in its new Exporting To Northeast Asia webinar series. Exporting Agri-food Products to South Korea takes place Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).

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Export Markets


Mission to Private Label Manufacturers Association’s U.S. Tradeshow

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is developing an in-market program for three to six Alberta food companies interested in attending the PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association) trade show held in Rosemont (Chicago), IL, U.S., from November 15-17, 2015.

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Crops


HortSnacks in the Field

HortSnacks in the Field is set to visit  the Solstice Berry Farm in Crossfield.on August 10. Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture has the details

  • Click here for the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for the Agri-News story


Alberta Barley Hires New General Manager

Rob Davies has been named as Alberta Barley’s new general manager. “Having spent my entire career working in agriculture across Western Canada, I am very excited for this opportunity to work with Alberta farmers and the Alberta Barley board to advance their vision,” says Davies. “The future is bright for Alberta’s barley industry and I’m eager to be a part of that.”

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Livestock


Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey

Earlier this year, cattle producers were asked to participate in the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey, and the results of that survey are now being released. Kathy Larson, beef economist with the Western Beef Development Centre, says 400 producers from across the prairies participated.

  • Click here for part one of the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for part two of the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for part three of the Call of the Land interview

Cow-Calf Survey Results Presentation

The Western Beef Development Centre (WBDC) has posted a recent beef presentation by Kathy Larson, beef economist, WBDC, on summary findings for the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey. The presentation is available on YouTube. Survey results are available from the WBDC webpage.

Business


Questions Before Going to the Bank

Before going to the bank to talk loans, it’s important to onsider the implications and ramifications. Alberta Agriculture’s Rick Dehod says there are five questions producers should be able to answer to themselves and to their business partners before seeking financing.

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Pricing Transparency Project

The Farmers’ Advocate Office is undertaking a new surface rights “pricing transparency” project. Jeana Les, research and communications specialist, explains.

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Financial Stress During Dry Conditions

On past Call of the Land programs, we’ve heard from specialists talking about how cattle and crop producers can deal with the dry conditions on the ground, whether it’s feeding cattle or what to do with crops; but there’s another side to consider, and that’s the financial side. Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says the current dry conditions are creating short-term cash flow stress in farmers’ businesses.

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Food & Ag Processing


Pet Food Trends

When it comes to pets, dietary trends often echo those that affect their owners. Alberta Agriculture’s Sarah Oliveira says that if you can make a healthy treat or pet food that follows the trends in human health concerns, you will probably do quite well. 

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Century Farm Awards


Century Farm and Ranch Award

Fifty-eight farm families are being honoured this summer for having farmed or ranched the same land for at least 100 years. One of those families is Dan Sych’s, whose great grandfather, George, emigrated from Ukraine and homesteaded near Hay Lakes in 1902.

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Farm Families Honoured in Spruce Grove

Alberta families, who have farmed or ranched the same land for 100 years or more, are being recognized through the Government of Alberta’s Century Farm and Ranch Awards. A total of 58 families are being recognized across the province this year, including 16 families who were honoured in Spruce Grove on July 30.

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Jobs In Agriculture


Plant Propagation Aide

Smoky Lake – Do you have a green thumb and an interest in using this horticultural passion to contribute to enhancing forest productivity, forest health and conservation of genetic biodiversity? If so, then Alberta Agriculture and Forestry may have an opportunity for you as a Plant Propagation Aide at the Alberta Tree Improvement and Seed Centre  This competition (Job ID #1030985) will close on August 5, 2015.

  Click here and type ‘agriculture’ in the Keywords space provided in the Basic Job Search box >

Field Operations Aide

Smoky Lake – Reporting to the Tree Improvement Forester at the Alberta Tree Improvement and Seed Centre, this position plays a critical support role in enhancing forest productivity, forest health and conservation of genetic biodiversity. As the Field Operations Aide you will be involved largely in monitoring and maintaining the health of seed orchards and field trials. This competition (Job ID #1030983) will close on August 5, 2015.

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Entomology Technologist (Wage)

Brooks – Under the direction and supervision of the Insect Management Specialist, you will be responsible for: collecting insects; identifying target species; recording and tabulating data; preparing data for statistical analysis; statistical analysis; and, writing draft papers of research projects for final reports. This is a wage position with a term from August 31, 2015, to April 30, 2017. This competition (Job ID #1031009) will close on August 7, 2015.

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Research & Technology


Healthy and Enhanced Meat Research Program

Kenton Delisle, research extension specialist at the Leduc Food Processing Development Centre, discusses the Healthy and Enhanced Meat Research program.

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Statistics


Alberta Crop Report – July 28

The continuation of moderate temperatures combined with wide spread shower activity throughout the province have placed crops under less stress, and crop condition ratings have stabilized at 30 per cent rated good or excellent.

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Agri-News Briefs


#CanolaCountry Campaign

The Canola Council of Canada has launched the #CanolaCountry campaign to showcase the impact of canola across Canada and the benefits of international trade.

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Safely Store Obsolete Pesticides until the Fall

CleanFARMS is partnering with ag-retailers in southern Alberta in the fall of 2015 to deliver its obsolete pesticide and equine/livestock medication collection campaign.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Pest/Disease Corner

Webinars

Export Markets

Crops

Livestock

Business

Food & Ag Processing

Century Farm Awards

Jobs In Agriculture

Research & Technology

Statistics

Agri-News Briefs

Coming Events

A Morning at the Research Farm
Fairview, August 5  Details >
 

Cereal Agronomy & Pulse Research Tour
Edmonton, August 6  Details >
 

HortSnacks in the Field
Crossfield, August 10  Details >
 

Dugout Workshop
Fort Kent, August 12  Details >
 

Water Treatment System Workshop
Bonneyville, August 12 Details >
 

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

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

 


Created August 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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