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Agri-News March 27, 2017

Ropin' The Web


Managing Unharvested Crops

Deciding on how best to manage unharvested crop can be difficult. The question is how best to capture the highest value from the unharvested crop, while managing cost and risk. Trevor Wallace, nutrient management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, looks at the options in this four-part Call of the Land series. 

Classic Reuben Sandwich

A classic Reuben sandwich is a restaurant favourite sandwich that can be easily made at home. It’s perfect for parties or weekend get-togethers. These sandwiches are great to feed a crowd.



Disease and Unharvested Crop

Unharvested crop and disease – what’s the story? Mike Harding is a research scientist in plant pathology at the Crop Diversification Centre South in Brooks, and explains. 

Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

Iris Vaisman, who is a manager with Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, discusses the group and some of the resources it has created.

Industrial Hemp and Flax Seminars

The Northern Alberta Development Council is hosting a couple of industrial hemp and flax seminars. Executive Director Janis Simpkins explains. 

What’s New in Ag Information


Cow-Calfenomics Recording Available

Cow-Calfenomics 2016 presentations are now available online.

“A vibrant beef sector looks to attract the next generation to take up the reins as producers retire or sell their assets,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “To help with this, AF organized five provincial beef Cow-Calfenomics extension meetings across the province in the fall of 2016.”  

Extension and Learning

Troubleshooting Shelf Life Workshop

A reminder of the upcoming Troubleshooting Shelf Life workshop, which will help small scale food processors understand the process of determining shelf life, testing and interpreting test results. Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, explains.

Labelling for Local Markets Workshops 

What are requirements for food labelling, and how do they apply to your farm direct marketed food products? Those questions and an opportunity for one-on-one food label coaching are all part of the Food Labelling for Local Markets workshops being held April 12 in Airdrie and April 13 in Leduc. Karen Goad with Explore Local fills us in.

Business and Marketing

Land Ownership

Spring is just around the corner and farmers are reviewing their cropping plans and land rental agreements. Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says some farmers are also looking for opportunities to purchase land. And he says there are some key questions to consider before buying that farmland.

Getting Into On-Farm Sales Workshop

Are you interested in learning what it takes to start on-farm direct sales? Explore Local is hosting a Getting Into On-Farm Sales workshop this spring in Leduc. Karen Goad with Explore Local, explains.

Rural Living

Food Safety at the Farmers’ Market

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is hosting a webinar on the ins and outs of food regulation as it applies to Alberta approved farmers’ market sales. Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist, has the details.

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.


The Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) AGM and Conference takes place on Thursday, April 6 in Olds,

Jobs In Agriculture

Executive Advisor

Edmonton -Reporting to the assistant deputy minister (ADM), of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s industry and rural development division, the executive advisor (EA) supports the ADM in leading the strategic direction, policy, planning and engagement processes throughout the division. Using your superior, systems thinking, analytical and project management skills you will manage and oversee operational systems for the ADM office while leading the development of strategies that align with an enterprise approach and improved internal governance. This competition (Job ID #1041212 will close on March 28, 2017.

Legislative and Governance Advisor

Edmonton – The Legislation and Governance Advisor is responsible for supporting staff throughout the ministry  of Agriculture and Forestry in undertaking legislative policy review, developing regulatory amendments, and ensuring appropriate statutory delegations and designations are in place. You will also provide leadership, advice, and training related to Government of Alberta public agency governance requirements, including governance best practices, recruitment and appointments, mandate and roles documents, codes of conduct, and agency reviews. Additional responsibilities may include the development of training or guidance materials to build governance capacity within the department. This competition (Job ID #1041141 will close on March 31, 2017.

Southern Area Facilities Coordinator

Rocky Mountain House – The successful candidate will coordinate the delivery of  Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s wildfire management branch’s construction and maintenance program in the southern forest management area. You will ensure facilities are fully operational and meet Health Board requirements, OH&S legislation and Alberta building codes. This will include overseeing the maintenance of existing facilities and coordinating capital upgrade or replacement projects. This competition (Job ID #1041151) will close on April 3, 2017.

Agreements Administrator

Edmonton – Contract and grant management are essential business processes for the wildfire management branch of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Grants and contracted services support wildfire prevention and suppression initiatives. Every year agreements are set up and must be managed accurately to efficiently maximize resources and minimize risk. As the agreements administrator you will be essential to support the contract and grant administration needs of wildfire management branch.This competition (Job ID #1041287 will close on March 31, 2017.

Wildfire Geospatial Analyst 

Edmonton – Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your vast knowledge of GIS principles? This position is responsible for making base mapping, land use and natural resource inventory data available in a format suitable for use in Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s business systems, other government of Alberta ministries, the Government of Canada, and private industry, according to identified stakeholder requirements. This competition (Job ID #1041036 will close on April 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.


Alberta’s Elm Pruning Ban Starts April 1

To help keep Alberta Dutch elm disease (DED) free, the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) encourages everyone to pay attention to the provincial elm pruning ban between April 1st and September 30th. To help eliminate beetle habitat, it is important to properly prune all dead wood out of your elms and dispose of all pruned elm wood and elm firewood by burning, burying or chipping by March 31. Stored elm wood can harbour the elm bark beetles that can carry DED. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Coming Events



What’s New in Ag Information?


Extension and Learning

Business and Marketing

Rural Living

Jobs In Agriculture


Coming Events

Negotiating Renewable Energy Leases

Managing Internal Parasites

Surface Rights Workshop

Hiring Employees

Getting Into On-farm Sales

Alberta Milk Spring Producer Meetings

  • April 4-7, various locations

Murray Hartman’s Science-o-rama

Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease AGM and Conference 

Organic Grain & Field Crops Conference 

Working Well Workshops

Canadian Global Crops Symposium 

Troubleshooting Shelf Life Workshop

Marketing Essentials: Intro to Marketing

Food Labelling for Local Markets


Marketing Essentials: Telling Your Story

AHEA AGM & Conference

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Editor: Ken Blackley