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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 9 – 13, 2015

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Features


Alberta Observes Canadian Agricultural Safety Week March 15 – 21

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week runs March 15-21 this year.  It’s a great time for farmers, farm workers and families to initiate discussion around safety and implementing a health and safety system on their farms.

  Click here to read the Agri-News article >


Variety Registration System under Review

The variety registration system is currently being reviewed.  Erin Armstrong, director of industry and regulatory affairs with Canterra Seeds, who’s also been involved with the Prairie Grain Development Committee, explains.

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


Bee Nutty Choco-Chips Cookies

Combine honey, peanut butter, and chocolate morsels to make delicious cookies. This week’s recipe comes to us courtesy of the National Honey Board.

  Click here for this week’s recipe >

Markets

Farm Safety


Hazardous Material Information is Important for Farmers, too

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or WHMIS, is more than just a short course for workers handling pure chemicals. From farmers to chefs, hospital staff to mechanics, any time a worker handles a hazardous product, material or substance classified by WHMIS in Canada, they can be assured that the system is working to keep them informed and safe.

  Click here to read the Agri-News article >

Check Your Rig Before Hauling Livestock This Spring

In order to haul livestock safely, there are a few things to check on both the truck and trailer before hooking on, loading up and heading out. With a bit of research and some hands-on inspection, you can increase the safety of the driver, animals, and everyone else on the highway.

  Click here for the Agri-News article >

Webinars


The Importer/Distributor’s Perspective

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development 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.

  Click here to read the Agri-News article >


Hort-Snacks-to-Go Webinar

The final Hort-Snacks-to-Go webinar in the winter series takes place March 16, 2015, at 3 p.m. MST.

  Click here for the Agri-News brief >


Agvocacy through Better Blogging Webinar

Farm Management Canada’s webinar on March 25 at 11:30 am Mountain Time looks at:

  • how powerful and influential blogging can be in telling a positive story of agriculture
  • the most effective ways to structure your blog
  • ways to create a blog using a current agricultural news topic or issue to draw in your audience

  Click here for details >

Weed Management in Horticulture Webinar

Managing weeds in organic systems and diversified vegetable systems can be a big issue. Eric Gallandt, associate professor weed ecology and management at the University of Maine, will addressing weed management on next Monday’s HortSnacks-to-Go webinar.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >

Export Markets


Food Ingredients Mission to Mexico

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership recently headed up a market development mission to Mexico, focusing on food ingredients for human and animal consumption. Industry partners included Alberta Barley, Canadian International Grain Institute and SaskFlax.

  Click here to read the Agri-News article >


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.

  Click here to read the Agri-News article >

Crops


Canadian Grain Commission Consultations

The commission has begun consultations on its proposal to modernize Canadian wheat classes.

  Click here for the Call of the Land story >


Growing Lentils

High market price and varietal improvements are two good reasons to grow red lentils this coming year. Neil Whatley, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, has more details.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >

Forage


Alberta Forage Industry Network’s AGM

The Alberta Forage Industry Network’s AGM is being held March 12 in Olds. In these Call of the Land interviews:

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.

  • Click here for the Agri-News article
  • Click here for the Call of the Land interview


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 spokesperson Eileen Kotowich. 

  Click here to read the Agri-News article >


Pasture Lease Arrangements

“The calls are starting to come into the Alberta Ag-Info Centre asking about pasture rents,” says Ted Nibourg, farm business management specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Stettler. “What is different this year is the increase in requests for formal lease agreements. This is likely reflective of the positive financial state of the cow/calf sector.”

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Understanding Wheat Basis Levels?

When it comes to understanding wheat basis levels, it is important to know how they are calculated, the effect of the weaker Canadian dollar, how grain buyers quote wheat basis levels and how to judge the basis levels being offered by those buyers.

  • Click here to read the Agri-News story
  • Click here for a Call of the Land interview with Neil Blue


New Farm Implement and Dealership Act

The new Farm Implement and Dealership Act will continue to ensure Alberta farmers are treated fairly when purchasing and maintaining farm equipment. Jeana Les with the Farmers’ Advocate Office, dropped by the Call of the Land studios with more details.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >


Grain Transportation and Oat Growers

We’ve heard that grain transportation was a major issue for grain producers across the prairies; but how did it affect growers? Call of the Land’s Caitlynn Reesor recently caught up with Art Enns, president of the Prairie Oat Growers Association, who says that oat growers were hit particularly hard, given a large percentage of our oats head south of the border.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >

Jobs In Agriculture

Meat Inspectors

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is looking to fill one full time, permanent meat inspector position in the Edmonton region, as well as several casual, cover-off (wage) roles throughout the four regions (Edmonton, Vermillion, Airdrie, Lethbridge) within the province. This competition (Job ID #1028703) will close on March 10. 2015.

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

Research & Technology


Canadian Cow-calf Smartphone App Development Survey

The Canadian Hereford, Simmental and Angus Associations have jointly been awarded funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) to explore the development of a mobile smartphone application for Canadian cow-calf producers with integration into Canadian breed association performance data.

  Click here to read the Agri-News story >

General

Seeding the BioEconomy: Growing Alberta BioClusters

Seeding the BioEconomy: Growing Alberta BioClusters takes place Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Conference Centre Edmonton South.

  Click here for the Agri-News article >

Social Licence in Agriculture Conference

The Social Licence in Agriculture conference is coming up March 11-12 at Leduc’s Executive Royal Hotel. One of those involved is Sean Royer, who is the executive director of the environmental stewardship division at Alberta Agriculture, and the lead for the social licence pillar within the ministry.

  • Click here for the Call of the Land interview
  • Click here for an Agri-News brief about the event


ALMA-funded Projects

ALMA, the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, has funded hundreds of projects in the areas of research and development, commercialization, and industry and market development. SunGold Specialty Meats at Innisfail has received funding from ALMA for a few projects, one of which is a new lamb kill floor. CEO Dwayne Beaton says this will make a huge difference to the bottom line.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >

Monday, March 09, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Farm Safety

Webinars

Export Markets

Crops

Forage

Business

Jobs In Agriculture

Research & Technology

General

Coming Events

Working Well Workshops
Various locations, March 2015 Details >
 

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

Solar-Wind Workshop
Forestburg, March 11  Details >
 

Social Licence in Agriculture
Leduc, March 11-12  Details >
 

Alberta Forage Network AGM
Olds, March 12  Details >
 

Smart Farming Workshop
Calmar, March 12  Click Here >
 

Seeding the BioEconomy: Growing Alberta BioClusters
Brooks, March 12  Details >
 

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 >
 

HortSnacks-to-Go Webinar
Webinar, March 16  Details >
 

Dugout Workshop
Valleyview, March 17  Click Here >
 

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

Beeginners Beekeeping Course
Edmonton, March 20-21 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 >
 

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


Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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