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RTW this Week – Agri-News (Sept 9, 2013)

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Harvest Safely — Harvest Safety

Make a plan to ensure everyone gets home safely this harvest season! “The safety conversation around ‘no one gets hurt’ needs to be the first conversation, first action and first thought farm owners and workers have as they go to work each day,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “Common discussion around the plan to avoid identified hazards and work to the optimum, not necessarily the maximum, should take place early and often in the harvest season to ensure everyone makes it home safely each night.”

 Click to read more in Agri-News. > 


Spicy Elk Lettuce Wraps

As the last of the warm summer weekends wind down, turn your thoughts to something spicy and easy to serve-up. Spicy elk lettuce wraps are healthy and delicious and make a perfect mid-week dinner or weekend patio treat! The Alberta Ranched Elk  website provides a wealth of information on buying and serving elk, and features numerous recipes that are sure to please.

 Click here for this recipe. > 

Webinars


Explore Local New Media Webinar Series

Want to learn more about using various new media tools and best practices to use them effectively? Alberta Agriculture is hosting the Explore Local New Media Webinar Series, which kicks off later this month. Margurite Thiessen, value chain specialist with Alberta Agriculture, talks about the upcoming webinar series. More information on the Explore Local New Media Webinar Series is available online.

 Click to listen to the Call of the Land interview. > 

Markets


Food Safety

Reopening a Food Establishment After Flooding

Alberta Health Services has prepared and posted factsheets that deal with flood aftermath, resources available to producers, processors and business operators and the steps that need to be taken to ensure safe business resumption. Reopening Your Food Establishment After Flooding is one of these factsheets.

 Click here for details in Agri-News. > 

Pest Corner


Field Survey Database

Every year, members of the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network survey approximately 300 fields for canola insects, another 300 for wheat insects and 150 for pea leaf weevil. In order to improve the quality of these surveys, the creation of a network of cooperative producers who will work with the Network to help select appropriate fields for survey work has been proposed. In return, these producers will receive a report back at the end of the year which will include information on what was found in their fields.

 Click for more information in Agri-News. > 

Crops

Latest Crop Report Online

The latest Alberta Agriculture crop report as of August 27 is available online. Harvest operations are underway in all regions with nearly 10 per cent of the crops in the swath and 4.5 per cent combined. Warm temperatures over the past two weeks have benefited crop development, though the risk of damage due to frost still exists especially for the areas northeast and northwest of Edmonton.

 Click here to view the latest Alberta Crop Report. > 

AWC Hires Grower Relations Coordinator

Building strong relationships and connecting with wheat producers is a major priority for the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), and Brian Kennedy, the new Grower Relations Coordinator with AWC is hard at work doing just that. Kennedy started with the AWC just a few weeks ago, and although harvest is well under way in many parts of the province, he’s already been travelling widely trying to meet with as many AWC producers and stakeholders as possible.

Forage


Perennial Forage Species Best Suited for Your Location

For a field in the Bow Island area, would it be better to plant Alfalfa, Slender Wheat Grass or Meadow Brome Grass? What forage species are recommended for the High Prairie area – Sweet Clover, Tall Wheat Grass or Russian Wild Rye? When it comes to planting and establishing a healthy and productive forage stand, all species and types of forage are not created equal. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development forage specialists maintain a factsheet, Perennial Forage Species Grown in Alberta Adaptability Matrix to help producers make the best seed selections and forage decisions.

 Click for more information in Agri-News. > 

Livestock


Olds College and ALMA Team-Up

Olds College has distinguished itself as a premier public education institution by offering industry-relevant courses that can give a competitive edge to students and the companies that hire them. In partnership with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Olds College is expanding its training expertise by upgrading its Meat Training Centre.

 To learn more, please click here to read ALMA’s latest information bulletin. > 


Cow Herd Profitability

During the course of the fall calf run many producers will be trying to decide whether their cow herd is profitable. Many factors come into play in calculating profitability including calf prices, feed costs and pasture rent. How these factors play out often means the difference between a profitable year and one that needs an infusion of outside cash. Ted Nibourg, farm business management specialist with Alberta Agriculture, discusses calculating future profitability.Rancher’s Return can be found on Alberta Agriculture’s website.

 Click to hear what Nibourg has to say. > 

Business

Acting Farm Implement Inspector

The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) welcomes Bernie Yakimyshyn to act as Farm Implement Inspector. The FAO is currently recruiting for the full-time Farm Implement Inspector position. Yakimyshyn is a former FAO employee who already possesses a working knowledge of this important role, and his expertise will help provide excellent service to FAO clients in the interim. Anyone requiring information or assistance regarding farm implements, parts availability, farm implement dealer/distributor licensing, warranty issues, failure to perform inquiries or the obsolete parts directory, are asked to contact Yakimyshyn toll-free in Alberta at 310-FARM (3276) or to search the Farmers’ Advocate Office  website.

Current & Connected Conference

The Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) is hosting the Current & Connected Conference in Lethbridge on October 3, 2013. The conference will provide exciting, timely and useful information for your practice as well as great networking opportunities with farm-focused professionals.

 Click to read more in Agri-News. >  


Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives 2013

The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association’s (ACCA) second annual ‘gathering’ is being held in Red Deer on November 1 and 2, 2013. The theme of this year’s event is The Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade Comes to Alberta. The gathering will provide an opportunity of the co-operative community to get together, learn and work on a strategic vision for the association.

 Click here for more information. > 
 

How Companies Can Use New Media

Rob Eirich, host of This Country Called Agriculture on RDTV, talks about new media and some keys to success. He says it boils down to developing loyalty and engagement, something he says is a process.

Rob Eirich is hosting a webinar on September 17, entitled Engaging Your Customers through New Media. For more information on the webinar, click here and then the ‘events’ tab. 

Food & Ag Processing

BioAccess Commercialization Centre

The BioAccess Commercialization Centre helps companies with natural health products. Executive director Bev Stangeland is presenting survey results at the Healthy Food and Natural Health Products (NHP) Ingredients Alliance Workshop in Edmonton on September 19. For more information on the workshop, contact Margurite Thiessen at 780-968-3513.

 Stangeland talks about the Centre. >  

The Changing Food Retail Industry

Alberta Agriculture provincial consumer market analyst, Jeewani Fernando says the Canadian retail industry has been transforming due to combination of factors such as economic conditions, demographic shifts, changes in consumer behaviour and technology innovations.

Alberta Food Awards Gala

After being flooded out earlier this summer, the Alberta Food Awards Gala  is now set for September 23 in Calgary. Ted Johnston, president and CEO of the Alberta Food Processors Association, provides the details on the event and a look at the food processing industry in the province. More information is available on the Alberta Food Awards Gala website. Johnston expects the Alberta Food Awards Gala to be an annual event.

 Click to hear more. > 

Rural Development

UFA Awarding $250,000 to Five Community Projects

UFA will be awarding a total of $250, 000 to five projects that support rural sustainability in the communities the company serves. Applications can be submitted starting on September 10, 2013. Five winning projects will be chosen between the end of October 2013 and the end of April 2014. For more information, visit the UFA contest website.

 

 

Monday, September 09, 2013

In this issue

Features

Coming Events

Webinars

Markets

Food Safety

Pest Corner

Crops

Forage

Livestock

Business

Food & Ag Processing

Rural Development

 


Created September 11, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

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