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Agri-News March 20, 2017



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Spring Management Options for Un-harvested Crops

Deciding on how best to manage un-harvested crop can be difficult. The question is how best to capture the highest value from the un-harvested crop, while managing cost and risk. Retaining as much residue as possible is beneficial for soil health, subsequent crops and conservation; however, the un-harvested crop must be managed to enable the best seeding practices and crop establishment in the following season.

Dealing with Insured Un-harvested Crops

As producers get ready for seeding, many are having to deal with insured un-harvested crops. Marcus Miller, communications specialist with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation discusses what steps those producers need to take before seeding.

BLT Egg Wrap

This week’s mouth-watering treat is the featured recipe at  the Egg Farmers of Alberta.




Lit Up: Controlled Environment Agriculture in Alberta

The Lit Up: Controlled Environment Agriculture in Alberta workshop takes place on March 22, 2017, at the Agriculture Business Centre, 6547 Sparrow Drive in Leduc.

What’s New in Ag Information

Winter Grazing

if you’re looking for information on using winter grazing systems in your own ranching operation, a reminder of the new video series, Managing Risk in Winter Grazing Systems. Grant Lastiwka, forage/livestock business specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says this video series provides a great deal of information for both new and established producers.

Economics and Competitiveness Publications

Blue Book is Now Available

One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the Crop Protection book, also known as the “Blue Book” in industry circles, is now available for 2017. 

Export Markets

Value of Agri-Food Exports

Barb Pekalski is a trade research statistician with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and discusses the value of Alberta agri-food exports.


Livestock Care Conference

Alberta Farm Animal Care, AFAC, is hosting the Livestock Care Conference March 21 and 22 in Leduc. Executive Director Angela Greter explains the focus of the conference.

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 explains.

Labelling for Local Markets Workshops 

Most foods in Canada must be labelled by law. To find out more about food labelling, Explore Local is hosting two Food Labelling for Local Markets workshops this spring. Delores Serafin with Explore Local has the details. 

Business and Marketing

Crop Lease Arrangements

If you have questions about crop lease arrangements, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is hosting a webinar on March 22 at 10 a.m.  to address those questions. Ted Nibourg, farm business management specialist will be presenting the webinar.

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

4-H Heritage Families

The 4-H Heritage Families initiative is an opportunity for multigenerational 4-H families to tell their stories. Families with a strong 4-H history are encouraged to share their history through a brief description of their participation in 4-H.

“In the spirit of celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Alberta, it’s important to showcase our history and our future,” says Susann Stone, executive director, 4-H Council of Alberta. “The collection of multigenerational 4-H families’ stories demonstrates the strength of 4-H’s roots and showcases the evolution of the program through generations.”

Preparing for Emergencies

Planning is the key to developing and implementing an effective emergency response plan. Blair Takahashi, farm safety specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, explains.

In an emergency, assistance from outside agencies and industries can be helpful and, in many cases, is essential. Takahashi says no one wants to put emergency crews in a dangerous situation, adding the more details they have about your farm will not only help protect them, but gain them valuable time to protect your farm.

A Farm Safety Plan Starts with a Hazard Assessment

The process of developing a farm safety plan should start with a hazard assessment, says an Alberta Agriculture and Forestry specialist.

“When it comes to safety planning, all the buzz around assessments, policies and reports can make the process sound complex,” says Nicole Hornett, farm safety specialist, AF. “Which is the best assessment checklist to use? What good will a policy do? Will anyone ever read these incident reports again?”  

Keeping Children Safe on the Farm

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a number of resources and programs available to help keep children safe on the farm.

Strengthening Grain Safety Practices

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has announced up to $375,000 for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) to implement the new Grain Safety Program which aims to educate Canadians and reduce injuries and deaths due to grain handling in Canada. 


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

Jobs In Agriculture

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.

Provincial Telecom Technologist 

Edmonton – Are you looking for an opportunity to use your vast telecommunications and radio experience to contribute to a program responsible for supporting wildfire operations in the province?  The provincial telecommunication technologist provides provincial program leadership, and overall provincial scale telecommunication network solution support to very highly skilled, motivated, technical teams throughout the province. The central support and coordination ensure mission critical telecommunication systems, telemetry networks and other electronic systems are operational and available anytime. This competition (Job ID #10401040 will close on March 27, 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 #10401036 will close on April 3, 2017.


New Proposed Food Safety Requirements 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently launched a 90-day consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations to better protect the health of Canadians.

Upcoming Solar Workshop

The Foothills Forage and Grazing Association is hosting a solar energy workshop on March 23 in Okotoks. Rachel McLean, environmental and communications coordinator with the association, fills us in.