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This Week in Agriculture: October 27 – October 31, 2014

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Premier Prentice Reacts to WTO Ruling

Recently, the World Trade Organization, WTO, ruled U.S. country-of-origin labelling, or COOL, rules discriminate against exports from Canada and Mexico. The WTO compliance panel said COOL breaks trade rules because it treats Canadian and Mexican livestock less favourably than U.S. livestock. The panel said changes the U.S. made to the rules last year made the policy even more detrimental to livestock exporters. Alberta Premier and Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Jim Prentice talks about the ruling in this Call of the Land interview.

  Click here to listen to the interview with Premier Prentice >

Sizing a Dugout

This is the time of year producers may be thinking about digging new dugouts. Melissa Orr-Langner, agricultural water engineer  talks about sizing a dugout in this Call of the Land interview.

  Click here to hear the interview >

Lentil Salsa

Alberta-grown pulses don’t just taste good; they’re also good for you. Easy to prepare in a variety of dishes, pulses – which include peas, beans, chickpeas, and lentils – are high in protein and fiber and low in fat, making them the perfect fit for a healthy diet and busy lifestyle.

  Click here for this recipe >


Pest Corner

STOPDED GM and Conference

The Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) general meeting and conference takes place November 19, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the Land Science Building at Olds College.

  Click here for the Agri-News brief >


Working with the Media Webinar

Farm Management Canada is holding a webinar on  November 6, 2014, at 11:30 a.m on working with the media to spread the good word on agriculture.  The webinar will explore what media outlets want and need, and share a few tips to put you on the road to a great relationship with them.

  Click here for the webinar details >

High Pressure Processing: Opportunities for the Canadian Food Processing Sector

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in collaboration with FOODTECH Canada, is offering a webinar titled “High Pressure Processing – Opportunities for the Canadian Food Processing Sector”, on Thursday, November 13, at 11 a.m. MST (13:00 EST).  The webinar will include a presentation by Alberta Agriculture’s Dr. Jimmy Yao from the  Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc.

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Fertilizer Prices

Fall is the time of year many producers are wondering about where fertilizer prices are going. Jennifer Stoby, ag inputs market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, says currently, prices, while decreasing, have been more stable than expected throughout North America in the past few months.

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

Short Term Manure Storage

“Short term manure storage is a practice that many producers use to manage their manure and field activities,” says Chris Ullmann, CFO (confined feeding operation) extension specialist. “It’s also an activity that often generates questions. Short term storage can be concerning to neighbours if the rules are not followed or if people don’t understand why you would store manure in a temporary location.”

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

Best Management Practices for Short Term Manure Storage

Trevor Wallace, nutrient management specialist with Alberta Agriculture, discusses some best management practices for short term manure storage. Wallace says it starts with following the regulations and then moves to scouting an appropriate site ahead of time.

  • Click here to hear an interview on best management practices
  • Click here to hear an the interview on available resources and tools

Crop Conditions as of October 21, 2014

Enabled by favourable weather throughout much of the province, producers were able to make good harvest progress last week. Harvest is close to completed with 97.7% combined, 1.6% is in the swath and 1.8% is standing. Harvest in west central Alberta, Calgary north to Red Deer corridor and west, continues to lag the rest of the province at 85% completed. This is final Crop Report of the 2014 crop season.

  Click here for the full report >

Harvest Update

It’s another sweet harvest for sugar beet producers in southern Alberta. Taber’s Lantic Sugar plant expects to take in between 27 to 28 tonnes of beets. Caitlynn Reesor looks at this and the Alberta Crop Report.

  Click here for the Call of the Land report >


Cow-Calfenomics 2014-2015

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, along with partners, is hosting six information sessions across the province focusing on risk management in the cow-calf sector. Cow-Calfenomics 2014-2015 takes place from November 25 to November 27, 2014, in southern Alberta, and January 20 to 22, 2015, in northern Alberta.

  • Click here for the Agri-News story
  • Click here for an interview with farm financial specialist Rick Dehod

Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released a new 44-page booklet entitled Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada.

  Click here for the Agri-News brief >

Horses 101 and 201 Seminars

The Horse Industry Association of Alberta is offering the Horses 101 and 102 seminars in November

  • Click here for Horses 101 information
  • Click here for Horses 102 information

Alberta Beef Producer Zone Meetings

Alberta Beef Producer zone meetings get underway this week; and there will mobile field reps from the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency on hand at those meetings, who can help answer a number of questions. Amber Moskalyk is one of the field reps.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >


Explore Local Learning Opportunities

Explore Local has a great offering of learning opportunities this fall and winter, with something for almost every farm direct marketing operator. Karen Goad, farm direct marketing specialist with Alberta Agriculture, talks about some of the in-person learning opportunities geared for those new to the industry.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >

Agriculture Excellence Conference

The Agriculture Excellence conference is coming up in November in Winnipeg. Joel Bokenfohr, manager, business structures and financial policy with Alberta Agriculture, previews this conference, which is hosted by Farm Management Canada, and  discusses who should consider attending.

  Click here to hear the Call of the Land interview >

Getting into CSA Comes to Lacombe

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Explore Local initiative is hosting a one-day Getting into CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) workshop on November 18, 2014, at the Provincial Building in Lacombe.

  Click here for the Agri-News story >

AgriInnovation Program Accepting Funding Applications

The Enabling Commercialization and Adoption stream of funding under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriInnovation Program is now accepting applications.

  Click here for the Agri-News story >

Jobs In Agriculture

Executive Director – Alberta Lamb Producers

Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) is looking for an Executive Director. This position is responsible for implementing ALP’s strategic plan for the Alberta sheep industry.

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Water Research Specialist

Edmonton – Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is looking to fill one permanent and one temporary water research specialist. You will play a leadership role in scientific work that facilitates environmental stewardship of water resources for the agriculture and food industry. Your knowledge and expertise will be applied in water quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting to provide science-based policy advice. Strong analytical and written communication skills will be used to develop and communicate findings from applied research and monitoring studies conducted by the department, and to develop scientifically defensible strategies that mitigate agricultural impacts on water quality. This competition (Job ID #1027156) will close on November 4, 2014.

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


Farming Smarter Conference and Trade Show

It may seem a long ways away, but a heads up if you’re planning on attending the annual Farming Smarter conference and trade show. Assistant manager Jamie Puchinger says there are a couple of new things to keep in mind.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >

Alberta Agriculture at Agri-Trade

Agri-Trade is fast approaching and will again this year include an Alberta Agriculture booth. One of those who will be involved with the booth is Olivia Sieniewicz, who is a research engineer with Alberta Agriculture.

  Click here for the Call of the Land interview >

Monday, October 27, 2014

In this issue


Coming Events


Pest Corner





Jobs In Agriculture


Coming Events

Getting into Farming Information Session
Airdrie, October 30  Details >
Agriculture Labour Summit
Red Deer, October 30  Details >
Building Soil – Creating Land
Rycroft, November 3  Details >
Horses 201
Brooks, November 3  Details >
Alberta Milk 2014 Fall Producer Meeting
Leduc, November 4  Details >
Farmfair International
Edmonton, November 4-9 Details >
Alberta Milk 2014 Fall Producer Meeting
Barrhead, November 5 Details >
16th Annual Red Deer Swine Technology Workshop
Red Deer, November 5 Details >
Alberta Milk 2014 Fall Producer Meeting
Red Deer, November 6 Details >
Verified Beef Production Training Workshop
Winfield, November 6  Details >
Alberta Milk 2014 Fall Producer Meeting
Lethbridge, November 7 Details >
Alberta Barley Regional Meetings
Various locations, November 13-27  Details >
Horses 101
New Sarepta, November 15 Details >
Optimized Wheat Productivity Seminar
Lethbridge, November 18 and November 25  Details >
Getting into CSA Workshop
Lacombe, November 18 Details >
Agriculture for Life Harvest Gala
Calgary, November 8  Details >
Agri Innovation Forum
Winnipeg, November 18-19 Details >
STOPDED GM and Conference
Olds, November 19  Details >
Agricultural Excellence Conference
Winnipeg, November 19-21 Details >
Horses 201
Okotoks, November 21 Details >
Medicine Hat, November 25 Details >
Lethbridge, November 26 Details >
Olds, November 27  Details >
Canfax Cattle Market Forum
Calgary, November 18-19 Details >
Farming Smarter Conference and Tradeshow
Medicine Hat, December 2-3 Details >
Good Wheat Marketing Basics
Lethbridge, December 4 Details >
Western Canadian Grazing Conference and Trade Show
Edmonton, December 9-11 Details >
Good Wheat Marketing Basics
Brooks, December 9  Details >

Created October 27, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

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