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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 8 – June 12, 2015

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Ropin' The Web

Features


Dealing with Dry Pastures

Some cattle producers are faced with dry conditions in their pastures, and grasses heading out early. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, has seen some of those pastures, and says it’s important to know what you’ve got and how to graze to make best use of what you do have.

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Barbequed Asian Back Ribs

This week’s delicious recipe comes to use courtesy of  Passion for Pork.

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Markets

Food Safety


Modernizing the Food Labelling System

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is seeking feedback on options to change food labels and the food labelling system. Specific options, such as revising the format of best before dates, expanding food class names (i.e., “vegetable oil” or “flavour”), and changing the required contact information for food dealers are proposed in an online survey for comment.

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Pest/Disease Corner


Weekly Insect Update

Scott Meers, insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says reports are coming in from pretty much across the province on grasshoppers hatching.

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Export Markets


Incoming Latin American Buyer Delegation

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is inviting Alberta export-ready suppliers of grains, pulses, oilseeds, animal feed and food ingredients to participate in one-on-one meetings with qualified buyers from the Mexico and Colombia food/feed industry on July 29-30, 2015.

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Update on Country-of-Origin Labeling

The issue of Country-of-Origin Labeling, or COOL, may be coming to a head. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says if COOL isn’t repealed, retaliatory tariffs could be in place by the end of summer. Ritz says the United States is out of options and out of time, and must repeal the controversial legislation.

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Opportunity to Participate in Trade Mission to India

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is inviting Alberta export-ready suppliers of pulses, canola oil, fertilizers, swine and dairy genetics, as well as agricultural and grain storage equipment, to participate in a trade mission to India from August 18 to 25.

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Crops


Alberta Crop Report – June 2, 2015

Seeding was virtually completed a week ago. Seeding now stands at 99.5% completed with a small amount of cereals for silage/greenfeed production remaining to be planted. Approximately 82% of seeded crops have emerged. Cereal crop development averages the 4 – 6 leaf stage while 41% of the canola is in the cotyledon stage and 51% in the 1 – 3 leaf stage.

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Forage


Reducing Bloat

To help with grasses heading out early, Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, advocates turning cows onto pasture to clip off the seed heads. But what should producers be doing if that pasture is a mixture of legumes and grasses, to reduce the issue of bloat?

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When to Cut for Greenfeed

The Ag-Info Centre has been getting calls from producers wondering about winter annuals that have begun to turn yellow and when to cut for greenfeed. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist says timing is important.

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Livestock


Beef Cattle Conference

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’s fifth annual Beef Cattle conference is in Calgary June 17 to 19. John Kastelic, one of the co-chairs of the conference, has the highlights.

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Growing Forward 2


Growing Forward 2 Business Management Skills Development Program

The Business Management Skills Program is now accepting applications. “This program helps agricultural producers, new producers and processors, agri-processing industry staff and producer groups improve their business management skills through timely training and targeted skills development,” says Stephanie Kosinski, business opportunity grant specialist, Agriculture and Forestry.

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Business


Farm Cash Receipts

Farm cash receipts for Canadian farmers totalled $14.8 billion in the first quarter, up 4.5 per cent from the same quarter in 2014.

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New Tool for Farm Managers

As the agriculture industry becomes more and more capital intensive, managers require sound financial information and measurements to aid them in making good decisions. Therefore, it is increasingly important for managers to learn how to interpret and use their financial statements for both long term planning and day-to-day decision making. Here, Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist with Alberta Agriculture discusses a new resource for farm managers.

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Food & Ag Processing


New Resource for Farm Direct Marketers

Farm Direct Marketing: Know the Regulations is a collection of six new publications that has just been added to the Explore Local resource tool box. Karen Goad, farm direct marketing specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Foestry, says these new publications give Alberta farm direct marketers an introduction to the federal and provincial requirements that must be met when producing and marketing food products in Alberta.

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Forestry


Non-Timber Forest Products

Canada’s forests serve as an important feature to the national economy, with timber being the primary product derived from these green spaces. However, as Canada looks to diversify economic opportunities within the forest sector and as the international market demand increases, non-timber forest products – any product within the forest other than timber – are expected to rapidly grow.

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Tree Pruning

An Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) specialist says there are many reasons why a tree should be pruned. “Among others, you might need to remove dead, diseased or storm-damaged branches, thin the crown to permit new growth and better air circulation,” says Toso Bozic, bioenergy/agroforestry specialist, AF, Edmonton. “You might also want shape a tree for design purpose, or encourage flowering or promote fruit production.” 

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Research & Technology


Study Looks at Increasing Wheat and Barley Yields

A current three year research project is taking a province-wide look at the efficient and effective use of in-crop nitrogen fertilizer, foliar fungicides, and plant growth regulators. “Most farmers want to improve their productivity, efficiency and profitability,” says Dr. Sheri Strydhorst, agronomy research scientist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Barrhead. “The project is investigating the use of advanced agronomic practices to increase wheat and barley yields.”

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Statistics


Meat Consumption Trends

Statistics Canada recently released the annual food availability which shows per capita consumption in Canada. Jason Wood, provincial livestock market analyst, takes a look at meat consumption trends.

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General


Lethbridge Crop Walks

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be hosting crop walks on June 11 and 18, 2015, in the Lethbridge area.

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Farming Smarter Summer Field School

The Farming Smarter Field School 2015 is being held June 23, 24 or 25, 2015, at the Farming Smarter research and development site located east of Lethbridge on the jail road.

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SARDA Summer Field School

SARDA, the Smoky Applied Research and Demonstration Association, is hosting its second annual Summer Field School June 24. Extension coordinator Shelleen Gerbig says the field school is designed to allow participants to interact with experts and fellow producers, participate in presentations, and view specially prepared demonstrations.

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Organic Transition Workshop

If you’re thinking about organic production or marketing, you should plan on attending the Organic Transition workshop that’s set for Tofield on June 24. Melisa Zapisocky, livestock program manager with Organic Alberta, previews this upcoming workshop.

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Beaverlodge Beekeepers’ Field Day

The 62nd Annual Beaverlodge Beekeepers’ Field Day will be held on Friday June 19, 2015, at the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Research Farm at Beaverlodge.

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Monday, June 08, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Food Safety

Pest/Disease Corner

Export Markets

Crops

Forage

Livestock

Growing Forward 2

Business

Food & Ag Processing

Forestry

Research & Technology

Statistics

General

Coming Events

The Original Grazing School for Women
St. Paul. June 9-10  Details >
 

Alberta Pork Congress
Red Deer, June 10-11  Details >
 

Peter Donovan Soil Carbon Workshops
Various sites, June 15-30 Details >
 

Future Fair 2015
Calgary, June 16  Details >
 

Stockmanship with Curt Pate
Eaglesham, June 16  Details >
 

UCVM 2015 Beef Cattle Conference
Calgary, June 17-19  Details >
 

Stockmanship with Curt Pate
Beaverlodge, June 17  Details >
 

Battle River Watershed Alliance AGM
Killam, June 18  Details >
 

Stockmanship with Curt Pate
Smoky Lake, June 18  Details >
 

Beaverlodge Beekeepers’ Field Day
Beaverlodge, June 19  Details >
 

Farming from the Air
Fort Kent, June 23  Click Here >
 

Farming Smarter Field School
Lethbridge, June 23 – 25  Details >
 

Organic Transition Workshop
Tofield, June 24  Details >
 

Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Workshop
Olds, June 25-26.  Details >
 

Controlled Traffic Farming & Precision Agriculture Field Day
Cleardale, June 29.  Details >
 

Focus on 4-H
Mayerthorpe, July 2-5   Details >
 

International Farm Management Congress
Quebec City, July 12-17 Details >
 

How To Measure Soils Health Workshop
Parkland County, July 16. Details >
 

Sainfoin Training: Improving the Profitability of Livestock Grazing
Lethbridge, July 21 or 22 Details >
 

Medicine Hat Field Day
Medicine Hat, July 22  Details >
 

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


Created June 10, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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