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Agri-News April 18, 2017

Ropin' The Web


Legislation to Re-empower Agricultural Commissions

The Alberta government is supporting agricultural commissions by giving producers more autonomy to choose which service-charge model works best for their industry.

Best Ever Turkey Chili

Be toasty warm with the best ever chili. This recipe courtesy of Alberta Turkey Producers.




Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) has just released the Crop Choice$ planning tool for 2017. Rawlin Thangaraj, a crops economist with AF,  discusses this new version of the software-based crop budgeting tool.

Export Markets

New Opportunities Identified for Alberta Companies in Australia

Eight Alberta companies recently participated in video conference Export Cafés held in Calgary and Edmonton with the Trade Commissioner Service at the Canadian High Commission in Australia to obtain tailored, product-specific market intelligence as well as information on market access and import protocols for their products.

Alberta Companies Build Momentum at Foodex Japan

Seven Alberta companies were part of a recent trade mission to the Foodex Japan tradeshow in Tokyo. 

The program included exhibitor and walking program options: three companies showcased and sampled their products in an Alberta Agriculture booth within the Canadian Pavilion, and four more walked the show and participated in a store tour program to gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese market.



 Feeding Overwintered Crops

An Alberta Agriculture and Forestry specialist says using overwintered cereal crops for swath grazing in the spring or baling for use as greenfeed in the fall and winter are two options to utilize the 2016 crop for ruminants.  Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre says it is also possible to thresh the crop and feed the grain to monogastrics and ruminants; but he says there are a number of concerns associated with feeding overwintered crops to both types of livestock.  


 Jim Gerrish 3-Day Grazing School

The Foothills Forage and Grazing Association is hosting the Jim Gerrish 3-Day Grazing School at Gem in June. Environmental and Communications coordinator Rachel McLean has more on the event.

  Nominate an Outstanding Researcher

The Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation is presented by the Beef Cattle Research Council each year to recognize a researcher or scientist whose work has contributed to advancements in the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry.


Extension and Learning

Alberta Farmland Values Down in 2016 

Average farmland values in Canada continued to climb in 2016, but lost steam in most provinces, including Alberta, according to Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) latest Farmland Values Report

Nuffield Scholarship Deadline April 30

Applications for 2018 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarships are due April 30, 2017. 

Business and Marketing

AgriStability Deadline

Jane Mercier, product specialist with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, says AgriStability provides compensation and support for participating producers who experience a decline in farming margins for their whole farming operation.

Pea Market Update

The pea market has been interesting to producers, especially in the past year with historically high prices last spring. But what’s been happening this crop year? 

Questions to Ask Before Going to the Bank

Rural Living


Better Wildlife Protection with Funding Boost

The Alberta government is providing $15 million a year for its FireSmart program, up from $3.8 million last year, to help communities boost their wildfire protection activities.

AHEA 2017 Conference

The Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association (AHEA) is holding its 2017 conference on April 28-29, 2017, at the Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, 4100 Stewart Creek Drive, Canmore.

Jobs In Agriculture

Meat Inspector Trainee

Vermilion – As a meat inspector trainee, you will learn the duties of a meat inspector and eventually assume responsibility for maintaining continued excellence in food safety and ensuring Alberta’s licensed abattoirs and their meat products are in compliance with relevant legislation and policies. This competition (Job ID #1041736) will close on May 3, 2017.

Area Forester 

Peace River – As an area forester, you will ensure the sustainability of the forest resource in the Peace River forest area. This position will play a key role in the review of forestry operational plans and the monitoring of forest operations to ensure adherence to the Forests Act disposition, forest management plans, provincial legislation, and, policy and departmental directives.This competition (Job ID #1041260) will close on April 18, 2017.

Wildfire Ranger

Whitecourt – As a wildfire ranger, you will use your knowledge of fire behaviour and prevention, fuel types, firefighting techniques, and forest ecology to facilitate and participate in wildfire prevention, operations, detection, and forest management programs. This will include assisting with wildfire detection, enforcement, education, engineering, pre-suppression, and suppression activities as well as the supervision and coordination of seasonal wildland firefighting crews to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of wildfire suppression activities.This competition (Job ID #1041615) will close on April 26, 2017.

Executive Director

Alberta Turkey Producers is looking for a dynamic executive director who is accountable to a board of directors and the overall management of the organization. As an executive director you are responsible for policy and governance, management and administration.

Volunteer Opportunity in Ghana

Farm Radio International is a non-profit organization based in Ottawa that supports broadcasters in developing countries to strengthen small-scale farming and rural opportunities. Blythe McKay, director of broadcaster resources, says the organization has a unique volunteer opportunity in Ghana for a knowledge management advisor.


Soil Moisture Reserves

The latest soil moisture update, as of April 10, from Ralph Wright, head of agrometeorology with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, indicates soil moisture reserves are generally well above normal across most of the province.

Soil School Featuring Nicole Masters 

The Foothills Forage and Grazing Association is hosting the Soil School featuring Nicole Masters May 23 in Claresholm. Environmental and Communications coordinator Rachel McLean has more on the event.

Farm and Food Care Canada

Farm and Food Care CEO Crystal Mackay discusses  her organization, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, and public trust research 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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In this issue


Coming Events



Export Markets


Extension and Learning

Business and Marketing

Rural Living

Jobs In Agriculture


Coming Events

Working Well Workshops

Cover Crop, Soil and Plant Health Conference


Marketing Essentials: Telling Your Story

Negotiating Renewable Energy Leases 

Crop Insurance Meeting

Visions 2017 Conference

AHEA AGM & Conference

Cows, Crops, Culverts & Fish

4-H Horse Grooming and Showmanship Clinic 

Farm Safety 2017

Soil School featuring Nicole Masters

Letrhbridge Plot Hop

Jim Gerrish 3-Day Grazing School

Farming Smarter Field School 

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Editor: Ken Blackley