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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 30 – April 3, 2015

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Ropin' The Web

Features


Fumigating Grain Beetles

Accessing and using fumigants for grain beetle control in stored grain has become more complex, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist. “Obtaining the fumigant, whether Phostoxin, Gastoxin or Weevilcide, is only half the job, as requirements for application and record keeping have changed,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist, ARD, Stettler. “Products containing phosphine are highly toxic and rules have been recently updated to reduce the risk to both the applicators and the public.”

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Almond Cherry Biscotti with Citrus

Italian for “biscuit,” biscotti are twice baked for extra crispiness. This week’s recipe comes to us from canolainfo.org.

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Markets


Getting into Farmers Markets

Getting into Farmers Markets is a one-day examination of selling food products at Alberta approved farmers markets. It takes place April 21, 2015, at the Garden Valley Community Hall, south of Spruce Grove, and April 28, 2015, at the Provincial Building in Olds.

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U.S. Cattle on Feed Report

The latest U.S. Cattle on Feed report has been released. Herb Lock of FarmSense Marketing has the highlights and implications.

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Farm Safety


Alberta FarmSafe Plan

Laurel Aitken, farm safety coordinator with Alberta Agriculture, says the Alberta FarmSafe Plan will be one of the topics at an upcoming webinar on farm safety for farm direct market operations.

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Pest Corner


What is IPM?

While Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an important catchphrase in agriculture today, there can be confusion as to what it actually is.

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What’s New in Ag Information


Varieties of Pulse Crops for Alberta

This year’s version of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’sVarieties of Pulse Crops for Alberta is now available. 

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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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Crops


Shelterbelt Planning and Design

Trees and shelterbelt planting is a long-term investment that requires careful planning and design.“You have to ask yourself what you want to accomplish by planting trees or shelterbelts on your property,” says Toso Bozic, agroforestry/bioenergy specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “You should involve all family members in this process to bring in their ideas, thoughts and values.”

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Livestock


To Supplement or not to Supplement

Alberta Agriculture’s Barry Yaremcio looks at whether or not to supplement. In these Call of the Land interviews, he says:

Business


Was Your Farm Profitable in 2014?

With seeding coming up, a lot of farmers are getting their books together and meeting with their accountants to file their 2014 income tax. Rick Dehod, agriculture farm financial specialist, with Alberta Agriculture, says unfortunately, some farmers really don’t know if their farm was profitable in 2014.

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What’s Happening with Fertilizer Prices

Producers may have noticed slight increases in fertilizer prices since December, as the Canadian dollar has continually slid down to the 79 cent mark. Todd Bergen-Henengouwen, project assistant with Alberta Agriculture explains why, and what to expect in terms of where fertilizer prices are heading.

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Calculating Accrual

When it comes to doing an accrual, Rick Dehod 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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Food & Ag Processing


Know Your Customer

Who are your customers? For most entrepreneurs this simple question is often one of the most challenging to answer, and also one of the most important in the success of a new business venture.

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Environment


Alberta’s Elm Pruning Ban Starts April 1

To help keep Alberta Dutch elm disease free, the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease encourages everyone to pay attention to the provincial elm pruning ban between April 1st and September 30th.

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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.

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General


Visions 2015

The 32nd annual Visions conference, Economic Impacts: Perspectives on Trends in Agriculture, the Environment and Society, is coming up April 30 and May 1 in Red Deer. This event is co-hosted by the Alberta Agricultural Economics Association. The groups’ president, Lukas Matejovsky, previews the event. 

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Canadian Food Championships Preferred Qualifier Event

Local Edmonton chefs and restaurants will compete to create the best noodle dish at Edmonton’s Mount Royal School’s Culinary Cook Off and Auction on April 18, 2015. The winner will automatically qualify to compete in the Canadian Food Championships’ pasta category July 21-25, 2015, to be held in conjunction with Taste of Edmonton.

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Meet the Board

The Alberta Lamb Producers invites sheep producers to “Meet the Board” at an event in Stettler on April 11. Caitlynn Reesor spoke with executive director Christa Winsnes about the importance of having such an event.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Farm Safety

Pest Corner

What’s New in Ag Information

Webinars

Crops

Livestock

Business

Food & Ag Processing

Environment

Jobs In Agriculture

General

Coming Events

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

Effective Spraying Workshop
Flat Lake Hall, April 9  Click Here >
 

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

Solar Energy Workshop
Vermilion, April 16  Details >
 

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

Holistic Management Overview
Cottonwood-Gordon Hall, April 23  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 >
 

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

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

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

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


Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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