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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: February 23 – February 27, 2015

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Features


On-farm Grain Storage Options

Recent record yields and transportation backlogs have increased interest in farm storage options. Alberta Agriculture project assistant Todd Bergen-Henengouwen is one of those who has been looking at grain storage and says there are a lot of options available, both temporary and permanent.

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Time to Plan for 2015

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Rick Dehod says now is the time to review operating plans, investment plans and cash requirements for the upcoming year in order to make strategic decisions and to prepare for discussions with business partners and operating creditors.

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Minestrone Beef Soup

Nothing says home quite as well as enjoying a bowl of this hearty homemade soup. Spaghetti is the perfect pasta for speedy soup since it cooks in just minutes. Each serving is an excellent source of zinc and vitamin A.

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Markets


Marketing and Pricing for Profit

An upcoming Explore Local workshop looks at marketing and pricing for profit.“This workshop looks at how you can use low cost, simple pricing, marketing and display tools to maximize sales and ramp up your business potential,” says Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Vermilion. 

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Direct Marketing at the Alberta Farm Fresh School 2015

“The annual Alberta Farm Fresh School has been running for over 25 years and is full of sessions geared to learning about direct market production and marketing, as well as connecting with producer peers and experts,” says Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre, Stettler.

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Pest Corner


AISC Annual Conference and AGM

The Alberta Invasive Species Council 2nd Annual Conference and AGM (annual general meeting) takes place Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Lacombe Memorial Hall. 

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Glyphosate Resistant Kochia

Two years ago we learned that glyphosate resistant kochia had been confirmed in Alberta the previous summer. Bob Blackshaw, research scientist, weed science, with Agriculture Canada, says after that discovery, scientists wanted to determine how widespread it was.

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Webinars


The Importer/Distributor’s Perspective

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) wraps up its Exporting to Central America webinar series on March 11, 2015, at 10 a.m. MST with a webinar entitled The Importer/Distributors Perspective.

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New ARD Webinar Landing Page

Web based seminars, or webinars, have become an increasingly used communication tool in the past few years and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) has just made it easier to find out which ones are on the horizon. The new Webinar landing page, accessed from ARD’s homepage, lists all upcoming Ministry webinars and includes easy links to register for each one. 

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Dealing with the Media

Dealing with the media can be intimidating for some people, and Explore Local is hosting a webinar series to help those new to the business of self-marketing work more effectively with the media. Dianne Finstad, communication specialist, will be presenting the Navigating Media Routes webinars, the first of which is on February 24.

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Managing Rumen Health to Improve Productivity Webinar

Join this free Beef Cattle Research Council webinar at 7 p.m. February 25 to learn about:

  • what is rumen health: balancing the needs of the microbes and beef cattle
  • the direct and indirect links of rumen health and productivity
  • strategies to optimize rumen health and productive outcomes

  Click here for more details and to register >

Crops


Faba Beans in a Crop Rotation

When it comes to looking for a crop to work in conjunction with a cereal in a crop rotation, faba beans can be a very nice fit.

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Crop Production Workshops

The Battle River Research Group is hosting a couple of crop production workshops—February 26 in Vegreville and March 3 in Castor. Eric Nielson, extension coordinator, says a couple of presentations will be of particular interest.

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Organic Hemp Production

Farmers attending Organic Alberta’s annual conference on February 27 and 28 will learn about the opportunity in the production of organic hemp. Clarence Shwaluk, director, farm operations with Manitoba Harvest, is one of the speakers, who will be discussing market opportunities.

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Livestock


Buying Bulls with RFI

Improving the feed efficiency of a beef cattle herd can mean big savings for producers. One way to achieve this goal is to select breeding bulls that are naturally feed-efficient, since 80 to 90 per cent of the genetic improvement in a herd comes through the sires.

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Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey Deadline

The deadline for completing the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey (WCCCS) is February 28, 2015.

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Feed Efficiency Resources

Susan Markus, research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, discusses cattle feed efficiency resources.

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Business


Agriculture Job Fair in Edmonton

Thursday, March 5, 2015, sees an agriculture job fair at Northgate Centre, located at #2050. 9499-137 Ave., Edmonton.

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SR&ED Credit on Income Taxes

Wheat producers paying the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) provincial check-off are eligible for a tax credit through the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program for their investment in AWC funded research and development (R&D) projects.

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Rural Development


St. Paul Agricultural Society Recognized

The St. Paul Agricultural Society was one of 22 ag societies recognized at this year’s annual convention of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies. Andre Chamberland, president of the ag society, says ag societies play an important role in rural Alberta.

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Research & Technology


2015 ARECA Activities

When it comes to activities, the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) runs the gamut.“We do everything from annual crop research, to variety, fertility and silage trials,” says Janette McDonald, executive director, ARECA. “We then go into perennial crops and special crops. At least 50-60 per cent of our work is in forages and pasture management, forage establishment, rejuvenation of pastures, fencing systems, and winter grazing. We do lots of work in forages and lots of work in crops.”

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Alarm Systems for Remote Watering Sites

We know there are alarm systems for such things as grain bins and livestock barns, but what about alarms for remote watering sites? Ken Janzen, an electronics technologist with Alberta Agriculture, says there can be issues with these sites, prompting a project to assess various alarm systems.

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Statistics

Alberta Agriculture Releases Two New Statistics Publications

Alberta Agriculture’s statistics and data development branch has just released two new publications:

 

General


Ag Expo

Ag Expo is in Lethbridge this week. Olivia Sieniewicz, a research engineer with Alberta Agriculture in Lethbridge, has the details on Alberta Agriculture’s booth at the event.

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Farming Smarter Annual Growers Meeting

Farming Smarter is holding its annual growers meeting on February 26 in Lethbridge. Assistant manager Jamie Puchinger, joins us on the line with the highlights.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Pest Corner

Webinars

Crops

Livestock

Business

Rural Development

Research & Technology

Statistics

General

Coming Events

Working Well Workshops
Various locations, February-March 2015  Details >
 

GRO AGM and Spring Fling
Westlock, February 24  Details >
 

SARDA AGM
Falher, February 24  Details >
 

Alberta Farm Fresh School 2015
Olds, February 26-27  Details >
 

Job Fair
Lethbridge, February 26 Details >
 

Ranching Opportunities
Olds, February 26  Details >
 

Farming Smarter Annual Grower Meeting
Lethbridge, February 26 Details >
 

Organic Alberta 2015 Conference
Beaumont, February 27-28 Details >
 

Sowing Success: Farming for People, Planet, and Profit Conference
Beaumont, February 27-28. Details >
 

Horses 201
Magrath, February 28  Details >
 

Holos Model Workshop
Airdrie, March 4  Click Here >
 

WCFA Annual Meeting
Entwistle, March 5  Details >
 

Equine First Aid
Fairview, March 7  Details >
 

ShelterBelts, Growing Forward 2 & Environmental Farm Plans
Eureka, March 10  Click Here >
 

Alberta Forage Network AGM
Olds, March 12  Details >
 

Smart Farming Workshop
Calmar, March 12  Click Here >
 

Alberta Invasive Species Council Annual Conference
Lacombe, March 12  Details >
 

Land Acquisition and Planning for the Future
Grande Prairie, March 13  Click Here >
 

Wildrose Bison Convention
Ponoka, March 13-14  Click Here >
 

Dugout Workshop
Valleyview, March 17  Click Here >
 

2015 Livestock Care Conference
Calgary, March 26-27  Details >
 

Northlands Farm and Ranch Show
Edmonton, March 26-28 Details >
 

Ingredients for Success; The Conference on Food Innovation 2015
Calgary, May 26-27  Details >
 


Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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