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

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Ropin' The Web

Features


Social Licence in Agriculture

Industry leaders recently got together to discuss social licence in agriculture at an event organized by the Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta. We asked what social licence means to them and what their associations are doing to help their members achieve it. We hear from:


Tangy Cranberry Pork Chops

This week’s delicious dinner recipe requires only 30 minutes to prepare, and comes to us courtesy of Putporkonyourfork.com.

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Markets

Food Safety

Three Animated Videos on Food Allergens and Gluten

“Over the last few years, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) has developed a series of three animated videos to help food manufacturers assess the opportunities and minimize the risks associated with producing these products,” says Cherril Guennewig, project coordinator, ARD, Edmonton.

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Farm Safety


Farm Safety Topics

We’ve just wound up Canadian Agricultural Safety Week. In this Call of the Land series, Alberta Agriculture farm safety specialist Kenda Lubeck discusses:

Develop a Safety Strategy for Working Alone on the Farm

Farm workers are often required to perform tasks alone, particularly during peak seasons such as spring and harvest. Working alone adds an increased element of danger on top of the hazards inherently presented by the tasks themselves.

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Hazard Assessment and Strategies for Working Alone on the Farm

A hazard assessment is the first step farm owners and managers should take to make farms safer for employees working alone. This is a process of identifying existing or potential hazards on the work site.

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Pest Corner


Sniffer Dogs Lend a Nose to Mandatory Boat Inspections

As Alberta introduces mandatory boat inspections, inspectors will be happy to have the help of sniffer dogs to speed up the inspection process.

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Webinars


Assessing the Risk: Farm Safety for Farm Direct Market Operations Webinar

The Assessing the Risk: Farm Safety for Farm Direct Market Operations webinar takes place on March 31, 2015, from 9-10 a.m. MDT. “In this webinar, I’m going to talk about how farm direct operators can assess the hazards and risk in their business,” says Laurel Aitken, farm safety coordinator, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Leduc. “The webinar will address some of the common hazards and look at ways to control the risks.” 

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Agvocacy Through Better Blogging

Find out why blogging is so important for agvocates and provides 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 >


Modern Nutrient Management in Forages

Join this webinar on  April 8 at 7:00 PM MT to learn about nutrient management as a global issue and some of the problems and strategic solutions for using nutrients.

  Click here for more information >

Export Markets


Delegation from Kazakhstan Visits Alberta

Alberta welcomed Gumar Dyussembayev, deputy governor of Atyrau Oblast, and a group of farmers from Kazakhstan as part of a study trip focused on learning about Alberta’s cattle industry.

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Crops


Putting Faba Bean in Rotation

Robyne Bowness, pulse research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, says while faba bean acreage almost tripled in 2014 from 2013 to about 80,000 acres, there is room for growth.

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Glyphosate Resistant Weeds

Glyphosate resistant kochia has been in Alberta for the past couple of years. Dr. Linda Hall, a professor at the University of Alberta, says there’s reason to be concerned about glyphosate resistant weeds.

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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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What is the Best Choice for Cattle Feed Supplementation?

Good herd management not only means maximizing the number of healthy calves but also doing so as efficiently as possible. This includes minimizing the costs of feeding and supplementing cows while achieving maximum effect.

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Up to One-half of Alberta Hay Supplies may be of Lower Quality

Cattle producers need to be aware that feed testing is critical this year. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says up to one-half of hay supplies may be of lower quality this year, which could be a problem for cattle producers leading up to calving time.

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Alberta Lamb Producers ‘Meet the Board’

The Alberta Lamb Producers invites sheep producers to ‘Meet the Board’ on April 11th, 2015.

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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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Sixteen Questions to Consider Before Buying Farmland

“Interest rates remain low and, athough some farms have experienced some cash flow problems, the majority of Alberta farms have a strong balance sheet and are interested in purchasing additional land, should the opportunity arise,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “A well-researched financial plan will guard against ill-prepared choices, so do your homework before making a final decision.”

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Environment


Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Spring Forum

The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) Society will be holding its spring forum and general meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Trochu Community Centre.

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Rural Development


Looking for Host Farms for Alberta Open Farm Days

Alberta Open Farm Days is putting out the call for host farms. This year’s growing event, which takes place August 22-23, is all about connecting with our urban and rural neighbours who are invited to stop in for a visit to the farm to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. Takota Coen, who runs a mixed organic farm in Ferintosh, shares his past experience being involved in the program.

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Jobs In Agriculture

Meat Inspectors

Various locations – Play a role in maintaining Alberta’s reputation for excellence in food safety – join the team responsible for meat inspection at provincially licensed abattoirs.Alberta Agriculture is looking to fill several casual, cover-off (wage) roles throughout the four regions (Edmonton, Vermillion, Airdrie, Lethbridge) within the province.

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

General


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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Meat at NAIT

Meat at NAIT takes place April 28-29, 2015, at the NAIT School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Edmonton.

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Farming Smarter Tour to Germany

Farming Smarter is organizing a tour to Germany this fall. Assistant manager Jamie Puchinger has the details.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Food Safety

Farm Safety

Pest Corner

Webinars

Export Markets

Crops

Livestock

Business

Environment

Rural Development

Jobs In Agriculture

General

Coming Events

Working Well Workshops
Various locations, March 2015 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 >
 

Red Deer River Watershed Alliance Spring Forum
Trochu, March 26  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 >
 

Alberta Lamb Producers ‘Meet the Board’
Stettler, April 11  Details >
 

Getting into Farmers Markets Workshop
Spruce Grove, April 21 Details >
 

STOPDED AGM & Conference
Olds, April 23  Click Here >
 

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

Getting into Farmers Markets Workshop
Olds, April 28  Details >
 

Meat at NAIT
Edmonton, April 28-29 Details >
 

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

Visions 2015
Red Deer, April 30-May 1 Details >
 

Farming Smarter Crop Walks
Lethbridge, May-June  Click Here >
 

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


Created March 24, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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