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Cow-Calfenomics Heads North

Cow-Calfenomics 2014/2015 – Seizing Opportunities in the Alberta Cow-Calf Sector is heading north. “Cow-Calfenomics is an information session designed for Alberta’s beef producers,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton. “The series focuses on enhancing farm business management knowledge and demonstrating tools available to enhance decision-making skills.”

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


BSE Surveillance

BSE surveillance has taken a bit of a different approach over the past couple of years. Various industry organizations across the prairies have been involved in a collaborative and integrated approach to surveillance. Albert Kamps, with Alberta Milk, explains how this approach benefits the entire cattle industry.

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Beef Kabobs with Peanut Sauce

Healthy goes gourmet with these pretty protein-packed kabobs!

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Markets


The Food Hub Opportunity

An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development specialist says food hubs are growing in popularity as an alternative marketing option for Alberta’s smaller producers and processors.

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Farm Safety


Still Time to Register for the Alberta FarmSafe Plan Pilot Project

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) is looking for feedback on the new Alberta FarmSafe Plan. “Farmers who are interested in completing a safety plan for their farm and who are willing to provide feedback on the program are needed for the upcoming pilot project,” says Laurel Aitken, farm safety coordinator,ARD. “Representation from all sectors of agriculture and all sizes of farm operations is needed.”

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Pest Corner


Keeping Alberta Rat Free

Alberta prides itself on being rat free; but if you think you spot a rat, there’s a new way to report that potential rat sighting.  Bruce Hamblin, an inspector with Alberta Agriculture, explains.

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Webinars


Using Your iPhone or iPad to its Fullest Webinar

If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, chances are you’re not using it to its full capability. If you want to make better use of your device, you should plan to take in the Unleash the Power of your iPhone/iPad webinar January 20, with presenter Darci LaRocque of Swirl Solutions.

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Export Markets


Possibility of Trade Mission to China

Asia is a key market for Alberta products. Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson was in Asia last spring, and Premier Jim Prentice has talked about the importance of the Chinese market and the possibility of a trade mission this year. Agriculture Minister Olson discusses his potential participation in such a trade mission

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Alberta Welcomes Delegation from Turkey

Alberta recently welcomed a delegation from Turkey.

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Crops

Agronomy Update 2015

Mark your calendars for January 20 and 21 in Lethbridge for Agronomy Update 2015. Doon Pauly, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, walks us through the jam-packed agenda.

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How was 2014 for Wheat Producers?

How was 2014 for wheat producers? Kent Erickson, chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission, says it was an above average crop, but with lower quality in some areas.

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2015 Peace Agronomy Update

The 2015 Peace Agronomy Update takes place Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the Dunvegan Motor Inn in Fairview.

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2014 Canola Crop

Colin Felstad, chair of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, discusses how the year was for his growers.

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Last Year’s Barley Crop

2014 saw some quality issues for both wheat and barley crops. Gerald Finster, a director with Alberta Barley, discusses the year for barley growers.

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Forage


Producers and Grazing Management

Each grazing management year comes with opportunities to make a difference and to learn new techniques or improve old ones.

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Livestock

Farmer Perspective on BSE Surveillance

Doug Sawyer, a farmer and also former chair of Alberta Beef Producers, says the surveillance program has been very beneficial.

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National Beef Strategy

The Canadian beef industry has developed a National Beef Strategy. Trevor Atchison, a beef producer and one of the co-chairs of the National Beef Strategic Planning Group, says the strategy provides the framework for industry to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the benefit of all of its sectors.

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Business


Cattle Prices in 2015

As livestock producers will attest to, 2014 was a great year for prices. Brian Perrilat, senior market analyst at CanFax, expects cattle numbers to be tighter in 2015 than they were in 2014.

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On-farm Retail Workshop on Wheels

The On-farm Retail Workshop on Wheels tour takes place on Tuesday January 27, 2015. “This one-day bus tour is aimed at those interested in diversifying their operations by adding a farm store,” says Karen Goad, farm direct marketing specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Grande Prairie. “We will visit three on-farm stores in central Alberta, with each store featuring a diverse product mix and unique size and set up.”

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  • Click here to hear a Call of the Land interview about the first stops on the tour

Farm Succession Workshop

There will be a farm succession workshop on January 14, 2015 at the Killam Agri-Plex.

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Environment


Long-term Water Management Plans

An Alberta Agriculture specialist says winter is a good time to sit down and take a look at your water sources and identify any risks or anything else associated with them. Melissa Orr-Langner, agricultural water engineer with Alberta Agriculture, discusses a tool to help producers going through the process.

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International Year of Soils

2015 is the International Year of Soils, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly, Tom Goddard, a senior policy advisor with Alberta Agriculture, says our province is unique when it comes to how it deals with soils.

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Research & Technology


Exploring Potential Benefits of Prebiotic and Synbiotic Use in Cattle

There is some evidence that suggests that the use probiotics and prebiotics may improve the health of monogastrics, but their potential benefits for ruminants are not well understood.

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Broiler Chicken Research

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta shows that broiler chickens are not only larger than chickens of past decades, but also have better feed efficiency. Martin Zuidhof, associate professor of agricultural science at the University of Alberta and academic leader at the Poultry Research Centre, says three lines of chickens were used.

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Wood Chip Bedding Study

Barley straw has traditionally been used as the preferred choice for livestock bedding material. Since the 1990s, wood chips have gained in popularity. Knowing that the manure and bedding materials from livestock pens are periodically removed and spread on nearby land, Dr. Jim Miller, research scientist at the Lethbridge Research Centre, wanted to learn more about the long-term effects of land-applied wood chip bedding on the quality of agricultural crops, soil, air and water. A thirteen-year study is now available, with interesting results.

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

General


Alberta Agriculture Booth at FarmTech

FarmTech is coming up pretty quick, and Alberta Agriculture will once again have a booth at the event. Olivia Sieniewicz, a research engineer with Alberta Agriculture, explains about what you can expect to see at the booth.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Markets

Farm Safety

Pest Corner

Webinars

Export Markets

Crops

Forage

Livestock

Business

Environment

Research & Technology

General

Coming Events

Save Tax and Simplify Farm Transfer with the Right Business Structure
Elk Point, January 13.  Details >
Alberta Urban Retail Tour
Calgary, January 13.  Details >
Save Tax and Simplify Farm Transfer with the Right Business Structure
Grande Prairie, January 14. Details >
Farm Succession Workshop
Killam, January 14  Details >
2015 Peace Agronomy Update
Fairview, January 15     Details >
Alberta Urban Retail Tour
Edmonton, January 15. Details >
Calf and Calf Health
Athabasca, January 15  Click Here >
Manure Management Update 2015
Lethbridge, January 19. Details >
Unleash the Power of Your Smartphone
Webinar – January 20.  Link to Register >
Agronomy Update 2015
Lethbridge, January 20-21. Details >
Cow-Calfenomics
Grande Prairie, January 20. Details >
Cow-Calfenomics
Barrhead, January 21.  Details >
Cow-Calfenomics
Vermilion, January 22.  Details >
Hortsnacks@Night
Wetaskiwin, January 22. Details >
Growing Forward 2: What’s Available and How to Access Funding
Athabasca, January 22  Click Here >
Tiffin Conference
Lethbridge, January 22. Details >
Intensive Beef Production on Pasture Systems
Strathmore, January 23.  Click Here >
On-Farm Retail Tour
Leduc/Pigeon Lake, January27 Details >
FarmTech
Edmonton, January 27 – 29. Details >
Hydroponics Food Production Workshop
Edmonton, January 28. Details >
Pacific Agriculture Show
January 29-31, Abbotsford, B.C. Details >
Wintering Watering Systems Tour
Silver Valley, January 31. Details >
Organic Master Gardener Program
Stony Plan. Begins February 4. Details >
Beef Field Day
Green Court, February 5. Details >
HedgingEdge Commodity Marketing Course
Nisku, February 10.  Details >
HedgingEdge Commodity Marketing Course
Lethbridge, February 11. Details >
Getting Into Farm Direct Marketing
Airdrie, February 18.  Details >
canoLAB 2015
Olds, February 18-20.  Details >
Sowing Success: Farming for People, Planet, and Profit Conference
Beaumont, February 27-28. Details >


Created January 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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