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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 16 – 20, 2015

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Ropin' The Web

Features


Top Five Reasons to be an Open Farm Days Host

Are you a producer with a great Alberta agricultural story to share? Do you know an Alberta farm or agri-business that needs a showcase? Look no further – Alberta Open Farm Days is for you!

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To Supplement or Not to Supplement

When it comes to making a decision on feed supplements, it’s a question of first looking at the facts. “After talking to various retailers, one comment comes out loud and clear,” says Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist, Ag-Info Centre, Stettler. “Sales of lick tubs, molasses blocks, mineral products and protein supplements are way up from previous years. But are any of these products actually needed in your situation?”

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Black Bean Burgers

These healthy black bean burgers will satisfy your craving for a big juicy hamburger – without the meat. This week’s recipe comes to us from the Alberta Pulse Growers.

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Markets

Farm Safety


It’s Farm Safety Week!

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week runs March 15 to 21. Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator with Alberta Agriculture discusses:

 


Keep Fatigue out of Farm Shift Work

While some people can adapt to shift work – and even thrive on it – others find it difficult to get into a rhythm. Finding a rhythm with work/life balance is important to acquiring enough sleep and maintaining the balance, energy and strength to work safely.

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Move Farm Equipment Safely on Public Roads this Spring

During the busy spring season, farmers often travel long distances between fields, and this requires transporting equipment on public roads throughout rural Alberta. Farm equipment is oversized and slow compared to other vehicles using the roads and, when certain procedures are not met, can lead to collisions and other incidents.

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Webinars


Alberta Agriculture Webinars

Web based seminars, or webinars, have become an increasingly used communication tool in the past few years. It’s now easier to find out which ones are on the horizon as well as listen to recordings of past ones.

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Agvocacy Through Better Blogging

Find out why blogging is so important for agvocates and provide practical ways to help you write the most effective, persuasive blogs possible. Owen Roberts, agricultural communications professor and Research Communications Director at the University of Guelph, will provide you with simple, concrete strategies to become a better blogger. This webinar goes March 25, 2015, at 11:30 AM Mountain Time.

  Click here for details on this upcoming webinar >

Export Markets


Agri-food Opportunities in Brazil

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is organizing a roundtable discussion on business opportunities for Canadian agricultural and food processing companies interested in Brazil on Friday, March 20, 2015.

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Alberta Exporters Participate in Mission to the Middle East

The United Arab Emirates is a strategic market for Alberta, and the Gulfood Food and Hospitality Show is one of the world’s largest. To pursue the opportunities afforded by the show, Alberta’s delegation to Gulfood 2015 was comprised of five exhibiting and three non-exhibiting companies representing Alberta’s grains, pulses, beef, canola and honey industries. 

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Mexico Trade Mission

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development trade representatives recently returned from a market development mission to Mexico which focused on food ingredients for human and animal consumption. Paola Zaragoza, acting head of the International Relations and Marketing Branch gives us the details.

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Crops


USDA Crop Production Estimate

Last week, the USDA released their Crop Production Estimate Report. Charlie Pearson, provincial crops market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, has all the details.

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Growing Faba Bean in Alberta

Faba bean is still a relatively new crop in Alberta, and some farmers grew it for the first time last year. Acreage in Alberta almost tripled from the previous year, up from 30,000 acres in 2013 to close to 80,000 acres in 2014. Find out how the year went, and what lessons were learned from the 2014 growing season, in these Call of the Land interviews with pulse research scientist Robyne Bowness.

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  • Click here for part two

Forage


Pasture Lease Arrangements

The calls are starting to come into the Ag-Info Centre asking about pasture rents. Ted Nibourg, farm business management specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says what is different this year is the increase in requests for formal lease agreements.

  • Click here for part one of the Call of the Land interview
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Livestock


2015 Livestock Care Conference

The 2015 Livestock Care Conference is coming up shortly and Kristen Hall, marketing and communications manager at Alberta Farm Animal Care, says this year’s event offers something new to producers to advance and promote responsible livestock care.

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Business


The Leading Edge Farm Management Series

The Alberta Canola Producers Commission is presenting the Leading Edge Farm Management Series three times during the month of March. “This seminar brings up-to-date business information and best practices for farm managers to implement and incorporate into their farm management planning,” says spokesperson Joel Bokenfohr.

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Accrual and Changing Inventory Value

When it comes to doing an accrual, an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist says it’s important to remember that a change in value for an inventory item can have a dramatic effect in calculating the accrual adjustments.

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Was your Farm Profitable in 2014?

So, how do you know if you made a profit in 2014?  Rick Dehod looks at how to get the answer. 

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Farm Manager

An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development farm business analyst says the department’s farm manager website has a number of tools that can be used by producers to help them make the best possible management decisions. 

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Farm Management Canada Resources

If you’re looking for resources on farm management topics from succession and financial planning to business structures and agreements, Farm Management Canada is a great place to start. Caitlynn Reesor caught up with executive director Heather Watson at FarmTech.

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General


2016 Nuffield Farming Scholarship Applications Open

The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for their 2016 program.

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Visions 2015

The Alberta Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) will be hosting Visions 2015 – Economic Impacts: Perspectives on Trends in Agriculture, the Environment and Society, on April 30 – May 1, 2015, at the Radisson Hotel Red Deer.

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Agronomy Workshop

The Agricultural Research and Extension Council is holding an agronomy workshop in Leduc County March 12 at the Calmar Legion for grain farmers. Janette McDonald, executive director of council, says it’s a great opportunity for growers to get some timely information and network with both other farmers and crop specialists.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Farm Safety

Webinars

Export Markets

Crops

Forage

Livestock

Business

General

Coming Events

Working Well Workshops
Various locations, March 2015 Details >
 

Dugout Workshop
Valleyview, March 17  Click Here >
 

Crop Talk 2015
Ardrossan, March 18  Details >
 

Forage Seed Production and Marketing Seminar and AGM
Fort St.John, March 19  Click Here >
 

Beeginners Beekeeping Course
Edmonton, March 20-21 Details >
 

Crop Production Workshop
Smoky Lake, March 24 Details >
 

Leading Edge Farm Management
Grande Prairie, March 24 Details >
 

Leading Edge Farm Management
Nisku, March 25  Details >
 

Leading Edge Farm Management
Lethbridge, March 26  Details >
 

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

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

Showcase 2015
Lloydminster, March 27-28 Details >
 

Women in Ag Conference
Calgary, April 6-7  Details >
 

Freehold Owners Association AGM and Seminar
Red Deer, April 25  Details >
 

Getting into Farmers Markets Workshop
Olds, April 28  Details >
 

Marketing and Pricing for Profit Workshop
Olds, April 29  Details >
 

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


Created March 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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