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AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 28

 

 

 

PORK PRICES LOW TO START 2015

 

The pork industry in Alberta is off to a roller coaster start in 2015.

 

At the Alberta Pork regional meeting in Red Deer last night, Executive Director Darcy Fitzgerald talked about some low prices in the pork market to begin the new year.

 

 

 

 

Fitzgerald says this activity hasn't really affected the price of pork at grocery stores.

 

 

  

 

Another Alberta Pork regional meeting will be hosted in Lethbridge tonight and in Grande Prairie on Tuesday June 2nd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 27

 

 

MEETING THE NEW AG MINISTER

 

Alberta has a new face of agriculture.

 

Oneill Carlier was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture and Forestry on Sunday.

 

He says he was quiet happy when Premier Rachel Notley made the call last week.

 

 

 

 

Carlier grew up in southwest Saskatchewan and is now the MLA for Whitecourt-Ste Anne.

 

 

 

 

ALBERTA PORK TO MEET IN RED DEER TONIGHT

 

 

A reminder Alberta Pork is hosting their annual regional meeting in Red Deer today.

 

It will start at 3:00 from the Black Knight Inn, and feature updates from the Executive Director, regional swine experts and others.

 

The current state of PED in Alberta and Canada will also be a topic of discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 26

 

 

 

EDGAR FARMS CANCELS ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL

 

Effects of brutal hail storms last summer are still being felt at Alberta's largest asparagus farm.

 

Almost 28 acres of asparagus were crushed by 2 storms at Edgar Farms near Innisfail, and some tough decisions were made this week.

 

Elna Edgar says they have decided to not pick damaged ferns from last year, which means the 2015 Asparagus Festival has been cancelled.

 

She says they will still pick enough asparagus to serve local farmers markets and the county store this year, and expects the festival to return in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 21

 

 

MANAGING RISKS WITH SEEDING

 

With a new growing season here, it's important to idenitfy risks and how they can be managed.

 

This from crop specialist Harry Brook from the Ag Info Centre in Stettler.

 

 

 

Brook says its also important to manage price risks, and using futures contracts is a good way to do that.

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK ELK CUTTING CLASSIC BEGINS TODAY

 

The Black Elk Cutting Classic begins today from the Ponoka Ag Centre.

 

Action starts at noon, and runs all day today, tomorrow, and Saturday featuring professional and amateur competitors.

 

The public is welcome to watch, you can see more details at BlackElkCuttingClassic.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 20

 

 

PONOKA FOOD GRAINS PROJECT UNDERWAY

 

The Ponoka Canadian Food Grains Bank Project is in the process of harvesting a new crop this year.

 

They will seed, grow and harvest barley this year, with all the money going over seas to people in need around the world.

 

The federal government will match the money raised by the Ponoka group on a 4 to 1 basis.

 

You can contact Peter Doornenbal at 403-783-2947 to learn more or help out.

 

 

 

CANADA TO RETALIATE TO US MEAT LABELING RULES

 

The federal government will soon create retaliatory tariffs on the us in their fight against country of origin labeling.

 

On Monday,  the WTO handed down a fourth and final ruling, reaffirming Canada's position that COOL's measures are discriminatory against Canadian cattle and hogs.

 

Ag Minister Gerry Ritz announced he will seek authorization from the world trade organization against unites states imports during a press conference yesterday.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 14

 


CATTLE PRICES STRONG AT THE AUCTION

 

Prices have been very high this year, but the number of cattle showing up at the auction has been low.

 

This from Mel Glencross, who is the Manager of Red Deer's Burnt Lake Livestock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 12

 

 

 

SEEDING AHEAD OF SCHEDULE IN AB

 

Seeding across the prairies is about ten days to one week ahead of normal.

 

Bruce Burnet, analyst with the Canadian Wheat Board, says seeding is just over 45 per cent finished in Alberta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 11

 

 

 

MINISTER RITZ LANDS TRADE DEAL IN TURKEY

 

Federal Ag minister Gerry Ritz is wrapping up a two day visit to Istanbul Turkey. He was attending the G-20 agriculture ministerial meeting and provided an update before flying home on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 8

 

 

STAYING ALERT WHILE SEEDING

 

Seeding is underway, and many farmers will be spending some long days in their fields.

 

We all know how busy it can get at this time of year, which is why Alberta Agriculture is stressing the importance of managing fatigue and nutrition.

 

Spokesperson Kenda Lubeck says it can be dangerous operating equipment while fatigued, and offers some advice to farmers.

 

 

 

 

She says it's also important to bring in more farm workers if certain jobs are physically overwhelming

 

 

 


PONOKA DISTRICT 4H BEEF SALE RESULTS

 

Calving season is winding down, which means 4H clubs across Alberta are auctioning off their hard work.

 

The Ponoka District 4H Beef show and sale was hosted this week, where about 12 females and 31 steers were sold.

 

 

The 2015 Grand Champion Heifer belonged to Julianna Harvey, Virginia Harvey sold the Grand Champion Cow/Calf, the Grand Champion Steer was sold by Tyson Matejka, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer was showed by Patrice Stalder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 6

 

 

 

ALBERTA TO GET A NEW NDP AG MINISTER

 

There will soon be new Ag Minister in Alberta.

 

Verlyn Olson lost his seat in Wetaskiwin-Camrose Tuesday night, which means he is no longer the Minister of Agriculture And Rural Development.

 

The newly elected NDP will roll out a new cabinet in the coming weeks, but there's no obvious choice as to who the new minister could be.

 

Some agriculture points were brought up on the NDP party platform.

 

It includes a pledge to review federal rail and transportation policies and a promise to strengthen landowners rights for fair compensation.

 

The platform also says an NDP government would stand up for farmers rights to save and sell their seed, focus on working with small producers to eliminate barriers to local food production and marketing, and show an emphasis on diversifying the provincial economy, including value-added agriculture, food processing, alternative energy and small Alberta brewing.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 5 

 

 

ALBERTA SUGAR COMPANY MAY CLOSE

 

Talks have broken off between sugar company Lantic and southern Alberta farmers who produce Canada's only homegrown source of the sweetener.

 

The Alberta Sugar Beet Growers marketing board says it has rejected a final offer from Lantic on a new multi-year deal.

 

Lantic vice-president Manon Lacroix says if that decision stands, the company will phase out its use of sugar beets once inventories are used up.

 

She says to make up the difference Lantic would ramp up production of imported sugarcane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 1

 

 

 

ALBERTA STILL PED FREE

 

The movement of PED in western Canada remains at a stand still.

 

That positive update was provided this week by Alberta Pork, who say Alberta, Saskatchewan, and BC are still free of the piglet killing virus.

 

Dr. Julia Keenliside with Alberta Agriculture shared the update during a telephone townhall yesterday.

 

 

 

 

There are still 5 infected farm sites in Manitoba, and there are just over 100 cases in Canada.

 

Most of those are in Ontario and Quebec.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 30

 

 

LIVESTOCK 101 IN LACOMBE THIS WEEKEND

 

Canadian Heritage Breeds is hosting Livestock 101 in Lacombe on Saturday.

 

Event Spokesperson Callum McLeod says everything from poultry, rabbits and sheep will be discussed and showcased.

 

 

 

 

It will all be hosted this Saturday from the Lacombe Ag Society Building from 10:00 AM til 4:00 PM, and everyone is invited.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 29

 

 

VISIONS CONFERENCE BEGINS TOMORROW

 

The Alberta Agricultural Economics Association is hosting Visions 2015 tomorrow and Friday at the I-Hotel in Red Deer. 

 

Registration will begin at 8 am tomorrow morning, with the Presidents closing remarks scheduled at 12:10 on Friday afternoon.

 

 

 

EUTHANAISIA ON DECK FOR  ALBERTA PORK TOWN HALL

 

Alberta Pork is hosting another PED Telephone Town Hall tomorrow.

 

This one will focus on euthanasia, and feature guest speaker Dr. Craig Wilkinson, the Director of Animal Care at the University Of Calgary.

 

The town hall starts at 2:00 pm, and you can call 1-877-229-8493 to participate, and use the pass code 112339.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 27

 

 

FERTILIZING WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

 

Fertilizing season can sometimes be an expensive time for farmers.

 

Crop Specialist Harry Brook from the Ag-Info Centre in Stettler has 2 ideas you can use to get more out of your fertilizer dollars.

 

 

 

 

He says you can check the Ag-Info Centre's website for some other free tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 23

 

 

 

CENTRAL AB FOOD GRAINS ACQUIRES 145 ACRES

 

Some good news for the Central Alberta Canadian Food Grains Bank project. They are entering their 20th year, and have acquired some donated land for this year's harvest.

 

Spokesman Doug Maas they will harvest a wheat crop near Lacombe this year.

 

 

 

 

The federal government will again match whatever is raised this year on a 4 to 1 ratio to help people in need around the world.

 

If you want to help out, you can contact Doug Maas at 403-782-1860 in Lacombe.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 22

 


FARMLAND INCLUDED IN FEDERAL BUDGET

 

The federal budget came down yesterday, and one of the highlights has to do with farm land. Included in the figures is a 1 million dollar lifetime capital gains exemption for farm and fishing businesses.

 

Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen explains what this will mean for farmers in Alberta.

 

 

 

 

Also 18 million dollars was made available to help promote competition and trade opportunities in the Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector. That money will be spread over 2 years, starting in 2016.

 

And there's a proposed investment of 12 million dollars over two years to market Canadian farms and livestock around the world.

 

 

 


BEEF CATTLE RESEARCH COUNCIL CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

 

Today is Earth Day, and the Beef Cattle Research Council is celebrating with the launch of 2 new projects.

 

"Defining The Environmental Footprint of Canadian Beef Production" will be led by Dr. Tim Mcallister and Dr. Karen Beauchemin at the Lethbridge Research Centre.

 

This project will examine changes between 1980 and today in the amount and types of feed, land and water needed to produce a kilogram of beef.

  

A project called "Canadian Roundtable For Sustainable Beef", will look at the environmental, economic and social impact of the Canadian beef industry today, and identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for future benchmarking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 20

 

 

STOP DED MEETS IN OLDS THIS WEEK

 

Stop DED is hosting a conference and AGM on Thursday in Olds. The latest on dutch elm disease will be discussed, and Stop DED Executive Director Janet Feddes-Calpas says everyone is welcome.

 

A reminder the annual pruning ban is now in effect in Alberta, so the pruning and transportation of elm wood between now and September 30th is illegal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 17

 

 

MINISTER RITZ PROVIDES BSE UPDATE

 

The investigation continues into Canada's latest case of BSE. It was found in a cow on a farm near Edmonton earlier this year.

 

A number of countries, concerned with the discovery, temporarily suspended beef shipments. 

 

Minister Ritz was asked for an update on the situation, during a stop in Saskatoon this week.

 

 

 

 

The purebed cow was born in 2009, so investigators are tracing cattle born on that farm between 2008 and 2010 because they may have eaten the same feed. 

 

 

As many as 750 animals could be involved in that group, but it does not mean they have BSE. This was the first case of BSE in Canada in about 4 years.

 

 

(Story courtesy of CFCW, Edmonton)

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 16

 

 

VARIETY REGISTRATION SYSTEM UPDATED

 

The Western Barley Growers Association is pleased with the Federal Government's announcement on Tuesday of a new streamlined variety registration system.

 

The changes will remove a tier from the registration process from 3 to just 2, and will send ideas for the Recommendations Committee to speed up the approval of varieties. 

 

Barley Growers President, Doug Robertson says the time was now to make the registration process simpler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 15

 

 

CWB GOES PRIVATE

 

The federal government is privatizing the CWB by selling majority ownership to G3 Global Grain Group.

 

The new company based in Winnipeg, will get just over 50 percent of the organization in exchange for an investment of 250 million dollars. The remaining 49.9 percent will be kept in trust for farmers who deliver grain to the board. 

 

Producers will have the opportunity to own equity in the new company. Federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz made the announcement earlier today in Winnipeg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 14

 

 

 

AGRICULTURE'S ROLE IN THE ELECTION

 

The campaign is underway for the upcoming provincial election, and people in agriculture are paying attention.

 

Jeff Nielsen, Board Director with the Grain Growers of Canada hopes each candidate includes farmers and livestock in their campaigns.

 

 

 

 

So far some candidates have been making efforts to bring up conversations on agriculture and nielsen hopes that trend continues.

 

 

 

 

 

FARMLAND VALUES RISE IN 2014

 

Average farmland values in Alberta continued to rise last year, but the climb wasn't as steep as the previous year.  That's according to the latest farmland values report from FCC. 

 

 

The report says Alberta was among five provinces that showed a smaller increase from the previous year, slowing from an increase of almost 13 percent in 2013, to 9 percent last year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 10

 

 

TRAIN DERAILS NORTHEAST OF CALGARY

 

There's reports of a grain car derailment off a railroad northeast of Calgary this morning.

 

12 cars came off the CN track near the community of Kathryn, which is about 22 kilometers east of Balzac.

 

Luckily nobody was injured, and the cars were only carrying grain and nothing hazardous.

 

 


PIPER CREEK PROJECT WELL UNDERWAY

 

The Piper Creek Restoration Agricultural Project is making good progress. Work began last year to restore the ecosystem around the creek south of the Red Deer Landfill, which was once farm land.

 

An update was provided this morning by Project Lead Rene Michalak.

 

 

 

 

The project is hoped to finish in 2018. Michalak spoke during the Red Deer Watershed Alliance's Ambassador Breakfast this morning.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 9

 

 

SUPREME COURT DENIES FRIENDS OF CWB APPEAL

 

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the Friends Of The CWB's application to continue with their class action lawsuit against the federal government.

 

The Canadian Wheat Board's single desk was removed in 2012, and the lawsuit aimed to restore the single desk and recover any damages from Ottawa as a result of it's removal.

 

Jeff Nielsen of Olds is a former Board Director with the CWB, and he says the decision from the supreme court is welcomed news.

 

 

 

 

Federal Ag Minister Gerry Ritz is pleased with the ruling as well, saying it upholds western Canadian farmers right to marketing freedom.

 

Friends Of The CWB Spokesman Stewart Wells says they are disappointed, but will continue with a smaller lawsuit involving alleged misallocated money from the 2011-12 crop year.

 

 

 

 

PRENTICE MAKING AGRICULTURE TOUR

 

Agriculture will be a big focus on the election campaign trail today.

 

PC Leader, Jim Prentice is touring central Alberta, including Innsifail, Red Deer, Stettler and Olds with the direct purpose of talking about agriculture.

 

Farming and livestock makes up a large portion of the economy in the central Alberta, and it's importance will only grow with the falling price of oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 8

 

 

ELECTION MAY BRING ATTENTION TO AGRICULTURE

 

You probably heard the news yesterday that an election has now been officially called for May 5th here in Alberta.

 

Premier Jim Prentice says this will be a great chance to turn more attention to agriculture.

 

 

 

 

Agriculture made up just over $900 million of the 2015 provincial budget revealed last month.

 

 

 

 

LAMB INDUSTRY TO GATHER IN STETTLER ON SATURDAY

 

A free workshop on lamb production takes place in Stettler on Saturday, hosted by the Alberta Lamb Producers.

 

Executive Director Christa Winsnes will be there, and she says the day will be your chance to "meet the board" as there will be plenty of panel discussions and opportunities to ask questions.

 

There will also be a full pate of guest speakers covering a wide range of topics dealing with the lamb industry.

 

It starts at 1:00 PM from the Canalta Hotel in Stettler on Saturday, and you can contact the Alberta Lamb Producers at 403-948-1522 to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 7

 

 

PRUNING BAN NOW IN EFFECT

 

The Province's annual Dutch Elm pruning ban went into effect on April 1st.

 

Alberta remains free of the tree killing disease, and Janet Feddes-Calpas, Executive Director of STOP DED says it's very important that we all obey the pruning ban.

 

 

 

 

The pruning of dead or dying elm branches is illegal between now and September 30th, and is only recommended between October 1st and March 31st.

 

 

You can learn more by attending the STOP DED AGM and conference in Olds on April 23rd.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 6

 

 

AAEA HOSTING VISIONS CONFERENCE IN RED DEER

 

The Alberta Agricultural Economics Association will be hosting Visions 2015 on April 30th and May 1st at the Radisson Hotel in Red Deer. 

 

President Lukas Matejowski says an impressive line up of speakers will be there.

 

 

 

 

You can learn more at aaea.ualberta.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 2

 

 

ALBERTA REMAINS PED FREE

 

Alberta is still free of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. During an Aberta Pork telephone town hall this morning, Dr. Julia Keenliside with Alberta Agriculture shared the good news.

  

There are still 100 primary cases of PED in Canada, and most of those are in Ontario and Quebec.

 

Keenliside is reminding all pig handlers to be extra careful with surveillance at this time of year in light of the wet conditions.

 

 

 

ROUGHSTOCK RODEO GOES TOMORROW IN STETTLER

 

A reminder the Stettler Agricultural Society is hosting their 12th annual Roughstock Rodeo tomorrow. It will feature regular rodeo events and the Bull-A-Rama. 

 

Doors open at 6:30 and the first performance is at 7:00 and you can head to stettleragsociety.com for more details.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR APR 1

 

 

DEALING WITH GRAIN BEETLES

 

Using fumigants for grain beetle control in stored grain has become more complex. 

 

Crop Specialist, Harry Brook from the the Ag-Info Centre in Stettler says accessing the fumigants is also quite the process.

 

 

 

 

You can contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

PED TELEPHONE TOWNHALL TOMORROW

 

There will be another Alberta Pork PED telephone town hall tomorrow morning.

 

This month's meeting will focus on antibiotics.

 

 

You can participate by calling in at 10:30 tomorrow morning, at 1-877-229-8493 with the pin number 112339.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 30

 

 

CANTIN RETURNS TO OLDS COLLEGE

 

An alumni of the Olds College Turfgrass Program was a guest speaker on campus on Friday.

 

Grant Cantin graduated in 2000, and is now the Deputy Head Groundsman at the All England Club, home of the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championship .

 

Cantin says his goal on Friday was to motivate the next generation of turfgrass managers.

 

 

 

 

And Cantin says the technology the All England club uses on their rye grass tennis courts hasn't changed much over the year.

 

 

 

 

The students were very engaged during cantin's presentation, and even lined up afterwards to meet him.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 27

 

 

AB BUDGET IMPACTS AGRICULTURE

 

The provincial budget came down yesterday from Finance Minister, Robin Campbell.

 

$931 million has been allocated for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, which is down about $80 million from last year.

 

With the province not relying on oil as much anymore, Associate Agriculture Minster, Everett McDonald says this is a great chance for his ministry.

 

 

 

 

However, with fuel prices going up 4 cents a liter today, Red Deer County Mayor, Jim Wood says rural people will take the biggest hit.

 

 

 

 

$19 million in capital funding has been set aside for irrigation districts.

 

 

 

 

PRO'S RELEASED YESTERDAY

 

CWB released updated pool return outlooks yesterday for the 2014-15 winter pool and futures choice winter pool. 

 

Compared to the last pro released in February, projected returns for wheat and wheat futures choice are $13 and $14 per tonne lower, respectively. 

 

 

Durum projected returns are $12 per tonne lower for no. 1 and 2, $7 per tonne lower for no. 3 and $3 per tonne lower for no. 4.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 26

 

 

AB BUDGET COMES DOWN THIS AFTERNOON

 

We'll find out how agriculture will be affected by the fall of oil prices and the Canadian dollar when the Prentice Government rolls out the 2015 budget this afternoon.

 

Agriculture made up just over $1 billion of the $43 billion budget in 2014, and saw an increase of $97 million.

 

The province has talked about turning more attention to resources outside of oil and gas in the past, but we'll find out when the numbers are released at 3:00 this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

HORTICULTURE ALUM TO SPEAK AT OLDS COLLEGE 

 

A special guest and former graduate will speak to students at Olds College tomorrow.

 

Grant Cantin is an alumni of the college's horticulture program, and is now the Deputy Head Groundsman at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The All England Club is home to Wimbledon, the most historic and prestigious tennis tournament in the world.

 

Cantin will address students and guests during a town hall tomorrow at 1:00 from the Lecture Theater in Duncan Marshall Place.

 

He'll share experiences and motivate students currently enrolled in the turfgrass program.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 25

 


RDRWA HOSTS SPRING FORUM TOMORROW

 

Tomorrow the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is hosting their annual spring forum in Trochu. It begins at 9:30 and runs til 3:00 and will focus on water quality in the watershed.

 

Watershed Alliance Executive Drector Jeff Hangar is expecting a busy day.

 

 

  

 

The Alliance asks that you call them today if you'd like to attend, at 403-340-7379.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 23

 

RITZ BACK FROM ASIA

 

Federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, is back from his trade mission to Asia. He spent the last few days in Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan to hype up our beef industry and boost business opportunities.

 

Ritz urged the South Korean Agriculture Minister to lift the temporary ban on Canadian beef, following the BSE  finding in Alberta a few weeks ago. The Asian Minister will be in Canada this week where Ritz will continue his argument on our beef exports.

 

Ritz also attended Canada Beef Inc events last week where he showcased Canadian beef to important Japanese importers.

 

 

 

 

FABA BEANS ON THE RISE IN ALBERTA

 

The faba bean is an emerging crop in Alberta.

 

Robyne Bowness with Alberta Agriculture is expecting faba bean acreage to grow once again in 2015.

 

 

 

 

Almost 80 thousand more acres of faba beans was harvested in 2014 compared to 2013.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 19

 

ALBERTA STILL FREE OF SWINE DELTA CORONA VIRUS

 

The Alberta pork industry is happy with the results of an investigation into a positive sample of the swine delta corona virus. The sample was found in Alberta last fall during routine surveillance for the PED virus.

 

However after further research, Dr. Julia Keenliside with Alberta Agriculture says the positive sample actually came from a bird, and not a pig.

 

 

 

The result means the swine delta corona virus has still never been found in Alberta. Researchers are still investigating, but it's not believed the bird version of the corona virus poses any risk to animals or human health.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 18

 

 

AFA LAUNCHING FLOOD RESEARCH PROJECT

 

The Alberta Federation of Agriculture will soon be able to more accurately predict the impact of flood and drought in the province.

 

A new project will collect data from the South Saskatchewan River Basin, with the hopes of giving agricultural producers new and better insurance coverage. Wetaskiwin MP, Blaine Calkins, says the federal government will chip in $1. 3 million towards the project.

 

 

 

 

Calkins made the announcement from the Lacombe Research Centre yesterday.




 

MINISTER OLSON UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY


Provincial Agriculture Minister, Verlyn Olson, is taking a temporary leave of absence from the ministry. Premier Jim Prentice issued a statement yesterday, expressing that Olson is taking few weeks off to recover form a personal issue.

 

Olson later tweeted that he had just underwent a successful islet cell transplant, a diabetes related procedure. He says he's recovering well and will spend the next few weeks resting.

 

 

In the meantime, the premier has appointed Grande Prairie-Smokie MLA Everett McDonald to take over the Ag Minister's duties while Olson is away. McDonald has been sitting as Olson's Associate Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 16

 

FARM SAFETY WEEK BEGINS

 

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week begins today. Kenda Lubeck is the Farm Safety Coordinator for Alberta Agriculture, and she says this is a great time for farmers and ranchers to think about farm safety plans.

 

 

 

 

You can learn more about farm safety plans on the Alberta Agriculture website.

 

 

 

FARMERS CONCERNED ABOUT ELK POPULATION

 

Ranchers and farmers in west-central Alberta say they're losing money because too many hungry elk are using their fields as a free, all-you-can-eat buffet.

 

The Municipal District of Greenview wants the province to offer more hunting tags in areas where elk are a problem, while Mountain View County wants the government to make it easier for landowners to hunt elk on their own property.

 

Growing herds of elk are munching and trampling on grain and hay crops from the peace region south to the US border.

 

 

The Alberta Government says some changes to hunting policies are being considered. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 12

 

BISON PRODUCERS MEET IN PONOKA

 

The Alberta Bison Producers is hosting their annual Wildrose Bison Conference and AGM in Ponoka this weekend. Producers and enthusiasts will gather tomorrow and Saturday for an auction and speaker series.

 

Linda Sautner with the Bison Producers of Alberta, says the speakers this weekend will cover a wide range of topics.

 

 

 

 

There is still room to register, and you can do so by calling Linda at 780-955-1995.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 11

 

 

DAIRY CONFERENCE UNDERWAY

 

The 33rd Annual Western Canadian Dairy Seminar is now officially underway from the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer. Special greetings opened up the seminar this morning, followed by the week's first speaker.

 

Dr. Jennifer Walker from Dean Foods, based out of Dallas, Texas, was one of the morning speakers.

 

She gave a presentation on dairy cow welfare and the importance of a healthy relationship with your vet.

 

  

 

Speakers will be presenting all week long, and you can see a full line up at WCDS.ca. It's not too late to register either, as you can do so at the door for a single day for the rest of the week at the main entrance of the Sheraton.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 10

 

 

AFIN AGM SET FOR THURSDAY

 

The Alberta Forage Industry Network is hosting their Annual General Meeting at Olds College on Thursday. Several industries will be represented, with some established speakers ready to make presentations.

 

Vice Chair, Christine Fulkerth, is expecting a busy day.

 

 

 

 

She says 2014 was an interesting year for the industry, and they'll look forward to more success in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 9

 

 

HUNTING AND FISHING LICENCE FEES GOING UP

 

Hunting and fishing licenses are going up in price this spring. As of april 1st, sport-fishing licenses will sell for $28, up from $25.66. White tail deer licenses rise to 3 dollars to $39.95 from $36.95

 

The increases are expected to bring in an additional $2 million for the Alberta Conservation Society. They will use the funds to stock fish, aerate lakes and enhance wildlife habitats.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 6

 

DAIRY SEMINAR BEGINS TUESDAY

 

The Western Canadian Dairy Seminar will be hosted in Red Deer next week for the 33rd year. A lot is planned between Tuesday and Friday, and seminar Program Chairperson,  Lorraine Doepel says planning and setup is well underway.

 

 

 

 

This years speakers have a variety of experiences and are coming from all areas of Alberta, Canada and North America.

 

 

A multi-exhibit trade show will also be on display throughout the week.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 5

 

 

 

300 COWS SLAUGHTERED AFTER BSE FINDING

 

As the CFIA continues to investigate the latest case of BSE in Alberta, there's word that more than 300 of the 750 cattle identified as being part of the investigation, have been slaughtered. Rich Smith of Alberta Beef Producers says that's to be expected in an investigation like this.

 

  

 

So far, 6 countries, including China and South Korea have placed temporary restrictions on Canadian beef inports, until more is known about this latest case of BSE.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 4

 

 

RD COUNTY MODIFIES CLUBROOT POLICY

 

Red Deer County has changed their tolerance levels of clubroot. At Tuesday’s County Council meeting, Ag Services Manager, Art Preachuck, asked council to adopt more flexible rules on the findings of clubroot.

 

Originally any finding would lead to a pest notice, but Preachuck believes farmers should have the ability to manage low levels of the disease themselves with county guidance.

 

 

 

 

County Council agreed with Preachuck, and passed the recommendation unanimously. The Agricultural Services Board will soon determine what amount of clubroot will now trigger a pest notice.

 

Since the first case of the disease was found in 2011, infected canola fields have doubled every year with 16 cases of clubroot confirmed in 2014.

 

 

RCMP LOOKING FOR A STOLEN TRACTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(This Tractor Has Gone Missing)

 

Mounties in Ponoka are hoping you can help them find a stolen tractor.

It's a 2012 John Deere 7330 that went missing between February 27th and March 3rd from a business in the industrial area of Ponoka. 

 

You can call Ponoka RCMP or crime stoppers if you have any information on this incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 3


COUNTY REVIEWING CLUBROOT POLICY

 

Red Deer County Council is looking at their clubroot policy during their regular meeting today. A proposal to allow a tolerance of minor clubroot cases is set to be looked at, as the number of annual infested fields continues to grow.

 

Right now the policy has zero tolerance for clubroot, meaning any finding at all, no matter how minimal it may be, would result in a 4 year cropping restriction.

 

Since 2011, there have been 16 cases of clubroot in Red Deer County and 13 of those have been considered "extremely minor", with a disease infestation rate at less than 1%. A recommendation to allow low levels of clubroot in the county before a pest notice is issued will be made today.

 

Surrounding counties already have a minor tolerance of clubroot in place.

 

 

 

TIPS FOR WINTER CALVING

 

There are a number of practical approaches cattle producers should follow when dealing with winter calving. Karin Schmid, Beef Production Specialist with Alberta Beef Producers, says keeping the cattle safe and comfortable is important.

 

 

 

Karin Schmid is a Beef Production Specialist with Alberta Beef Producers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MARCH 2

 

WILD HORSES SOLD ON WEEKEND

 

14 wild horses captured southwest of Red Deer in the last month will not be going to a slaughter house. The Innisfail Auction Mart sold the horses on the weekend, but did not allow anyone in the meat market to bid.

 

Wild Horses of Alberta Society President, Bob Henderson was disappointed the capture got the go ahead, but happy the horses will be going to safe homes.

 

 

 

 

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources gained approval to capture the wild horses earlier this year as a way to control their population in rural Alberta.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 27

 

 

CFIA UPDATES THE ALBERTA BSE FINDING

 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the infected cow found in Alberta's latest BSE case this month was born at the same farm that tested positive in 2010. CFIA Vice President Paul Mayers says the cow got sick after eating some contaminated feed at a farm near spruce grove.

 

  

 

Right now just the one cow has been confirmed to have BSE, however other cattle have been quarantined while the CFIA investigates.

 

Earlier today, China announced a temporary import ban on all Canadian beef and beef products. China imported more than 40 million dollars worth of Canadian beef products in 2014.

 

 

 

 

UPDATED PRO'S RELEASED 

 

CWB released updated Pool Return Outlooks (pros) for the 2014-15 Winter Pool and Futures Choice Winter Pool yesterday. Compared to the last PRO released in January, projected returns for wheat and durum are $21 and $47 per tonne lower, respectively. 

 

Projected returns for Wheat Futures Choice are also down.

 

 

 

ALBERTA STILL PED FREE

 

Alberta Pork provided an update on the current status of PED on Wednesday during their monthly telephone town hall.

 

Dr. Egan Brockhoff, from Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer, says new cases have been coming up, but as usual only eastern Canadian pigs have been infected.

 

 

 

 

Saskatchewan reported their first ever positive sample of PED this week. It was found in manure at a transport facility through their provincial surveillance program, but no sick pigs have been reported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 25

 

 

 

PED SAMPLE FOUND IN SASKATCHEWAN

 

The presence of the deadly PED virus has crept into western Canada. A positive sample of the virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America was discovered in Saskatchewan this week for the first time ever. Dr. Julia Keenliside with Alberta Agriculture talks about the finding.

 

 

 

 

 

Positive samples were also reported in Alberta earlier this year, but just like this new sample in Saskatchewan, the virus was not found in a sick pig. There are now just under 100 confirmed positive sites of PED in Canada, most of which are in Ontario and Quebec.

 

 

 

 

 

MIKE GROSS NAMED EGG PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

 

The Egg Farmers of Alberta have named Mike Gross from Camrose Colony as their Producer of The Year. Gross accepted the award while at the EFA'S AGM in Red Deer yesterday. 

 

Gross has been producing eggs for over 40 years and has over 12 thousand birds at his current operation. His name will be the 27th to be engraved on the winners trophy.

 

 

 

 

COW HERDER APPEALING DRUNK DRIVING SENTENCE 

 

An Alberta Farmer convicted of drunk driving while herding his run away cows is appealing his sentence. 31 year old William Virtue Millar, who farms near Ponoka, was convicted for drunk driving in October of 2012, but says he drove impaired to prevent the cattle from causing a major accident. 

 

During his trial, Millar testified that after a 20 hour day of harvesting he had 5 or 6 beer before going to bed. However, he soon heard his purebread Black Angus cattle bawling, and realized they were on the loose. He then hopped into his nearby semi trailer and parked behind  a large group of the cattle before herding them back into his field. 

 

Millar told the courts he feared the cows could have created a major accident as they were approaching Highway 53, but he was still given 30 days in jail and a 2 year driving ban.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 24

 

POULTRY GROWERS GATHER IN RED DEER - The Western Poultry Conference was hosted yesterday from the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer. Several guest speakers addressed the dozens who attended, including world renowned poultry expert, Koos van Middlekoop. Van Middlekoop traveled all the way from The Netherlands to share his expertise with Alberta poultry growers.

 

 

 

 

Speakers also talked about poultry stress, disease, and the importance of water. Today, the various poultry industries are hosting their own individual AGM's from the same venue in Red Deer.

 


LEARNING ABOUT ORGANIC BEEF - If you're interested in learning about opportunities for organic beef, Organic Alberta s upcoming conference has speakers discussing the topic. Tim Hoven, who farms near Eckville, is one of those presenters, and he says there are many opportunities in the organic beef sector. The Organic Alberta conference is this Friday and Saturday in Beaumont. For more information, go to www.Organicalberta.Org.

 

PED TELEPHONE TOWN HALL TOMORROW - This months Alberta Pork PED telephone town hall will be hosted later this morning. February's speakers will give an overall update on PED in Alberta, Canada and North America, and also focus on the Revised Code of Practice for pain mitigation.

 

You can dial 1-877-229-8493 at 10:30 this morning to participate, and use the passcode 112339 when prompted.

 
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 19

 

 

BSE BROUGHT UP AT BEEF CONFERENCE - The 12th annual Alberta Beef Industry Conference is now underway from the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer. Things kicked off this morning with an opening address from Provincial Agriculture Minister, Verlyn Olson. He touched on the recent finding of BSE during his address, and feels having the entire industry under one roof today and tomorrow will create very positive dialogue on the finding.

 

 

 

 

Olson believes some people may be over blowing the isolated BSE finding.

 

 

 

 

Olson gave a lot of credit to the beef industry in zeroing in on BSE, as there has only been 1 positive finding in Canada since 2011. The beef conference features several guest speakers over the next 2 days and dozens of exhibitors.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 18

 

 

WESTERN POULTRY CONFERENCE IN RD MONDAY

 

The 1st annual Western Poultry Conference will be hosted in Red Deer on Monday. Several speakers are lined up for the day long event as Organizer, Valorie Carney explains.

 

 

 

 

 

You still have time to register, and you can do so by calling Valerie at 780-415-2269.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 17

 

 

AB BEEF CONFERENCE BEGINS WED - THE ALBERTA BEEF INDUSTRY CONFERENCE WILL BEGIN THIS WEEK FROM RED DEER'S SHERATON HOTEL. REGISTRATION FOR EXHIBITORS AND DELEGATES BEGINS TOMORROW MORNING (WED), WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A WORKSHOP AT 9:30.  THEN AGRICULTURE MINISTER VERLYN OLSON WILL ADDRESS EVERYONE AT 8:00 THURSDAY MORNING TO BEGIN A BUSY DAY OF SPEAKERS AND PRESENTATIONS. DOZENS OF EXHIBITORS WILL BE ON HAND, WITH EVERYTHING WRAPPING UP FRIDAY AFTERNOON. A FULL SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.ABICONFERENCE.CA.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 13

 

BSE FOUND IN ALBERTA - A NEW CASE OF BSE HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN ALBERTA. THE CFIA HASN'T SAID WHERE IT WAS DETECTED, BUT THE ANIMAL WAS NEVER PART OF THE FOOD CHAIN AND IT WAS FOUND THROUGH A NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM. BLAIR VOLD, FROM VOLD JONES AND VOLD AUCTION MART IN PONOKA, SAYS THIS FINDING WON'T AFFECT THE ALBERTA BEEF INDUSTRY AT ALL.

 

 

 

 

 

HE SAYS BEEF CONSUMERS SHOULD HAVE NO FEARS ABOUT THIS NEW FINDING.

 

FEDERAL AGRICULTURE MINISTER GERRY RITZ AGREES WITH VOLD, SAYING THIS FINDING WON'T DO ANY DAMAGE TO INTERNATIONAL TRADING EITHER. HE SAYS PROTOCOLS ARE A LOT TIGHTER NOW THAN IN 2003 WHEN THERE WAS A MAJOR OUTBREAK.

 

 

 

 

 

RITZ SAYS INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOLS ALLOW UP TO 12 CASES OF BSE A YEAR, AND THERE HASN'T BEEN A SINGLE CASE IN CANADA IN 4 YEARS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 12

 

RITZ TO ADDRESS BARLEY GROWERS - THE WESTERN BARLEY GROWERS 38TH ANNUAL CONVENTION AND BARLEY COUNCIL OF CANADA AGM IS NOW UNDERWAY IN CALGARY. A LOT IS ON THE TABLE AT THIS YEARS GATHERING AS THE YEAR THAT WAS AND A LOOK AT 2015 WILL BE DISCUSSED. PRESIDENT OF THE WESTERN BARLEY GROWERS BRIAN OTTO TALKS ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF THE BARLEY INDUSTRY.

 

 

 

 

 

SEVERAL SPEAKERS WILL ADDRESS THE CONVENTION THIS YEAR, INCLUDING FEDERAL AGRICULTURE MINISTER, GERRY RITZ, WHO WILL SPEAK DURING BREAKFAST TOMORROW.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 11


GWFA SEMINAR IN BENTLEY FEB 17 - THE GREY WOODED FORAGE ASSOCIATION IS HOSTING THE FORAGE AND CROP AGRONOMY FOR PROFIT WORKSHOP ON FEBRUARY 17TH AT THE FORSHEE HALL NEAR BENTLEY. GINETTE BOUCHER, ASSISTANT MANAGER OF THE ASSOCIATION, SAYS THERE WILL BE A LOT OF USEFUL INFORMATION PROVIDED AT THE EVENT.

 

 

 

 

IT'S $25 TO REGISTER IF YOU DO IT BY THE END OF TOMORROW 12, OR YOU CAN REGISTER AT THE DOOR FOR $30. YOU CAN CALL 403-844-2645

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 10

 

US HOG MARKET "SHATTERED" IN 2014 - THE PED VIRUS HAS TAKEN A MAJOR TOLL ON THE AMERICAN PORK INDUSTRY. ALTHOUGH THE VIRUS HAS BEEN CONTAINED VERY WELL IN CANADA, THE AFFECTS ON AMERICAN PRICES HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE NORTH OF THE BORDER. MARKET ANALYST KEVIN GRIER TALKS ABOUT HOW PED HAS ALTERED THE HOG MARKET IN 2014.

 

 

 

  

 

GRIER IS EXPECTING PRICES TO TAKE MAJOR JUMPS IN 2015, BUT AGAIN, THAT'S IN COMPARISON TO WHAT HE CALLS A "SHATTERED" MARKET IN 2014.

 

 

 

 

PONOKA FOODGRAINS RAISES $40,000 - IT WAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR THE PONOKA FOODRAINS BANK PROJECT. THE RESULTS ARE IN FROM THEIR 2014 HARVEST, AND A TOTAL OF 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS RAISED IN THE SALE OF THEIR WHEAT CROP. OVER 90 VOLUNTEERS HELPED HARVEST THEIR CROP FOR THE 17TH YEAR. THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT WILL MATCH THE 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS RAISED ON A 4 TO 1 BASE WITH THE PROCEEDS BRINGING FOOD TO COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WHO NEED IT THE MOST. IN THE LAST YEAR, 1 POINT 3 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITED FROM FOOD DONATED BY THE CANADIAN FOOD GRAINS BANK.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 9

 

 

AFAC AWARDS LOOMING - THE DEADLINE IS APPROACHING TO GET YOUR NOMINEES IN FOR THE 2015 AFAC AWARDS OF DISTINCTION. THE AWARDS AIM TO HONOUR ANY GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS IN THE ANIMAL CARE INDUSTRY, AND ALL NOMINEES MUST BE IN BY SUNDAY. AFAC SPOKESPERSON KRISTEN HALL IS HOPING TO GET A GOOD RUSH OF NOMINEES IN DURING THIS FINAL WEEK.

 

 

YOU CAN SEND NOMINEES TO KRISTEN VIA EMAIL, TO KRISTEN@AFAC.AB.CA OR BY CALLING 403-652-5111

 

 

 

PONY CHUCKS TARP AUCTION NEXT MONTH - THE WESTERNER PARK PONY CHUCKWAGON COMMITTEE WILL HOST IT'S BIG TARP AUCTION NEXT MONTH. BUSINESSES WILL BE VYING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY THEIR BUSINESS NAME AND LOGO ON ONE OF THE 56 WAGONS PARTICIPATING DURING WESTERNER DAYS IN JULY. THE NORTH AMERICAN PONY CHUCKWAGON TARP AUCTION IS SET FOR MARCH 18TH AT THE SHERATON HOTEL. FOR MORE INFO, GO TO THE WESTERNER WEBSITE.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 6

 

 

RITZ PUSHING BUTTONS IN WASHINGTON - THE FEDERAL AG-MINISTER IS CALLING FOR A "LEGISLATIVE FIX" TO "COUNTRY OF ORIGIN" LABELING. GERRY RITZ WRAPPED UP MEETINGS WITH AMERICAN POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON YESTERDAY, TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND JUST HOW COOL IS DISRUPTING THE NORTH AMERICAN SUPPLY CHAIN, MESSING WITH THE MARKET, AND COSTING PRODUCERS MORE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER. THE LAST CHANCE OF APPEAL BY THE US AT THE WTO HAPPENS IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. THE RULING IS EXPECTED IN MAY.

 

 

AFIN AGM AT OLDS COLLEGE FEB 12 - THE ALBERTA FORAGE INDUSTRY NETWORK IS HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON MARCH 12TH AT OLDS COLLEGE. LOTS WILL BE DISCUSSED, WITH THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING ON MONDAY. AFIN CHAIRMAN LYNDON MANSELL SAYS SEVERAL INDUSTRIES WILL BE UP FOR DISCUSSION.

 

 

 

YOU CAN EMAIL INFO@ALBERTAFORAGES.CA TO REGISTER, OR CALL 403-556-4248

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 5

 

 

GOV'T TO CAPTURE 60 HORSES SOUTH OF RED DEER- 60 WILD HORSES IN THE GHOST EQUINE ZONE SOUTH OF RED DEER ARE SET TO BE CAPTURED BY THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT AND THE RCMP. ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON WEDNESDAY, AS UP TO 20 HORSES WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY, WHILE THE REST WILL BE PUT UP FOR AUCTION. SOCIETY PRESIDENT BOB HENDERSON IS DISAPPOINTED THE CAPTURE IS GETTING THE GO AHEAD, BUT IS HAPPY HIS GROUP WAS INVOLVED IN THE DECISION. HENDERSON FEARS MANY OF THE HORSES UP FOR AUCTION MAY END UP IN SLAUGHTER HOUSES. THERE ARE OVER 200 WILD HORSES IN THE GHOST EQUINE ZONE AND THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CAPTURE 30 PER CENT OF THEM. THE CAPTURE SEASON CONCLUDES ON FEBRUARY 28TH.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 4

 

FARMSAFE WORKSHOP IN RD COUNTY THURSDAY - DAY 2 OF A FARMSAFE WORKSHOP WILL BE HOSTED AT THE RED DEER COUNTY BUILDING TOMORROW. BETWEEN 8:30 AND 4:00, THE FREE WORKSHOP WILL HELP FARMERS UNDERSTAND THE ALBERTA FARM SAFE PLAN. ORGANIZER LAUREL AITKEN SAYS TOMORROW'S GATHERING WILL ALSO FOCUS ON PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES

 

 

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THE WORKSHOP, YOU CAN CONTACT THE RED DEER COUNTY OFFICE TO FIND OUT MORE.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 3

 

LERNER CALLING FOR A DRY SUMMER - METEOROLOGISTS ARE TAKING THIS TIME OF YEAR TO MAKE PREDICTIONS ABOUT WHAT FARMERS COULD BE DEALING WITH IN 2015. METEOROLOGIST DREW LERNER BELIEVES THE PRAIRIES COULD BE FACING A DRY SUMMER.
 
 
LERNER SPOKE TO DELEGATES AT FARM TECH IN EDMONTON LAST WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR FEB 2

 

 

ALBERTA AG FINDS NEW CLUBROOT STRAIN - A NEW STRAIN OF CLUBROOT HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN ALBERTA. WHILE AT FARMTECH IN EDMONTON LAST WEEK, ALBERTA AGRICULTURE RESEARCHER MAUREEN VALDENAIS REVEALED THE STRAIN WAS DISCOVERED IN THE SUMMER.

 

 

 

YOU CAN CONTACT YOUR COUNTY OFFICE IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT CLUBROOT.

 

 

 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE TODAY FOR WORKSHOP - TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR AN UPCOMING WORKSHOP ON RESTAURANTS NEXT WEEK. EXPLORE LOCAL IS HOSTING A GETTING INTO RESTAURANTS WORKSHOP IN LEDUC ON FEBRUARY 9TH. THE ONE DAY EVENT EXAMINES THE STRATEGIES FOR SELLING FOOD PRODUCTS PROFITABLY THROUGH INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS AND CATERERS. IT'S $25 TO REGISTER AND YOU CAN DO SO BY CALLING EILEEN AT 780-853-8223

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 30

 

 

PEDv UNDERCONTROL - ALBERTA STILL REMAINS PED FREE.

DURING A TELEPHONE TOWN HALL HOSTED THIS MORNING BY ALBERTA PORK, DR. JULIA KEENLISIDE FROM ALBERTA AGRICULTURE PROVIDED A VERY POSITIVE UPDATE FROM ALBERTA'S PERSPECTIVE.

 

 

 

MANITOBA NOW HAS 5 CONFIRMED CASES, WHILE THERE IS A GROWING SPREAD IN QUEBEC, WHO NOW HAVE 10 CASES. THERE ARE STILL NO ON FARM CONFIRMED CASES ANYWHERE IN CANADA WEST OF MANITOBA.

 
 
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 29

 

 

PED TELEPHONE TOWNHALL TOMORROW - ALBERTA PORK WILL BE HOSTING ANOTHER TELEPHONE TOWN HALL ON FRIDAY MORNING. THIS MONTHS TOWN HALL IS CALLED THE ECONOMICS OF PED, AND IT STARTS AT 10:30 AM. 

 

YOU'LL JUST NEED TO DIAL 1-877-229-8493 AND USE THE PASSWORD 112339 TO PARTICIPATE.

 

 

 

RITZ REVEALS PRICING WEBSITE AT FARMTECH - AN ONLINE TOOL WAS UNVEILED AT FARMTECH IN EDMONTON YESTERDAY THATS DESIGNED TO CREATE A MORE TRANSPARENT AND EFFICIENT MARKET FOR PRODUCERS. FEDERAL AG-MINISTER GERRY RITZ SAYS THE WEBSITE WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION ON CASH GRAIN-PRICES, GRAIN MOVEMENT AND TRADE:

 

 

THE WEBSITE WILL BE KNOWN AS PDQ--OR "PRICE AND DATA QUOTES."

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 28

 

CATTLE DIE IN LINER ACCIDENT - A LOADED CATTLE LINER ROLLED IN EAST CENTRAL ALBERTA THIS MORNING. EMERGENCY CREWS HAD TO DEAL WITH MANY DEAD CATTLE AND OTHERS HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED. THE CRASH HAPPENED ON ICY HIGHWAY 36, IN HEAVY FOG, ABOUT 10 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF CASTOR. THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.

 

 

COUNTY LOOKING TO CONTROL ERGOT - RED DEER COUNTY WAS AMONG THE DOZENS OF COUNTIES AND DISTRICTS WHO ATTENDED THE 70TH ANNUAL AG SERVICES BOARD CONFERENCE IN EDMONTON LAST WEEK. 16 RESOLUTIONS WERE PASSED OVER 3 DAYS AND THEY WILL NOW GO TO THE PROVINCE FOR APPROVAL. RED DEER COUNTY AG SERVICES MANAGER ART PREACHUCK SAYS THEY PUT FORTH A RESOLUTION ON ERGOT MANAGEMENT.

 

 

PREACHUCK CONSIDERED THE CONFERENCE VERY POSITIVE AS THEY ALSO HAD THE CHANCE TO NETWORK WITH AG PEOPLE ALL OVER ALBERTA.

 

 

GROUP BLAMING ALTA-LINK FOR CLUBROOT SPREAD - A MAJOR POWER LINE PROJECT IN CENTRAL ALBERTA IS BEING LOOKED AT AS A POSSIBLE REASON FOR THE SPREAD OF CLUBROOT IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. CLUBROOT HAS AFFECTED UP TO 16 CANOLA CROPS IN RED DEER COUNTY AND 28 IN LACOMBE COUNTY. ABOUT 20 LANDOWNERS FROM BENALTO TO THE DICKSON DAM AREA SUSPECT ALTA-LINK CONSTRUCTION CREWS BUILDING A MAJOR POWER LINE FROM EDMONTON TO CALGARY ARE SPREADING THE DISEASE BY MOVING FROM FIELD TO FIELD. KURT KURE WHO OWNS LAND JUST SOUTH OF THE DICKSON DAM SAYS THEIR GROUP PLANS TO MEET AGAIN IN THE COMING WEEKS AND TAKE THEIR CONCERNS TO THE ALBERTA SURFACE RIGHTS BOARD

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 26

 

 

FREE SAFETY WORKSHOP ON THURSDAY - A FARM SAFE WORKSHOP WILL BE HOSTED IN RED DEER ON THURSDAY. (JAN 29)

THE FREE WORKSHOP RUNS FROM 9 AM TIL 4:30, AND WILL GO OVER A WIDE VARIETY OF TOPICS. EVENT SPOKESPERSON LAUREL AIKEN SAYS SOME VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION WILL BE PASSED ALONG ON THURSDAY.

 

 

 

YOU CAN CONTACT THE RED DEER COUNTY OFFICE IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 23

 

RD COUNTY MAYOR RUNNING FOR MLA - THERE IS NOW A SECOND CANDIDATE ENTERING THE INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE PC ASSOCIATION NOMINATION. RED DEER COUNTY MAYOR JIM WOOD ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTIONS TO RUN YESTERDAY. WOOD SAYS HE WANTS TO BRING A RURAL VOICE TO THE PRENTICE GOVERNMENT. RIGHT NOW, CURRENT INNISFAIL-SYLVAN LAKE MLA KERRY TOWLE IS THE ONLY OTHER KNOWN CANDIDATE TO COME FORWARD. THE NOMINATION MEETING WILL BE HOSTED ON FEBRUARY 28TH.

 

 

ASB CONFERENCE ENDS TODAY - THE 2015 AGRICULTURAL SERVICES BOARD OF ALBERTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE IS WRAPPING UP IN EDMONTON TODAY. REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL COUNTY'S IN ALBERTA ARE THEIR TO NETWORK AND DISCUSS ANY ISSUES THEY WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS AT A PROVINCIAL LEVEL. THE MEETINGS BEGAN ON TUESDAY AND SHOULD BE FINISHING THIS AFTERNOON. THIS YEAR'S MEETING IS BEING HOSTED BY THE CENTRAL ZONE, WHICH INCLUDES RED DEER COUNTY, LACOMBE COUNTY, STETTLER COUNTY, MOUNTAINVIEW COUNTY, CLEARWATER COUNTY, AND OTHERS.

 

 

ORGANIC CROP GROWERS FLYING HIGH - AN ALBERTA AGRICULTURE CROP SPECIALIST SAYS THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWING HEMP IN THE PROVINCE, PARTICULARLY ORGANIC HEMP. 

HARRY BROOK, FROM THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER SHARES THE LATEST AS FAR AS ACREAGE GOES IN ALBERTA. 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN CALL THE AG INFO CENTRE AT 310-FARM TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 22

 

AFA AGM CONCLUDES IN RED DEER - RAIL TRANSPORTATION WAS A BIG TOPIC OF DISCUSSION DURING THE ALBERTA FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE'S AGM THIS WEEK. THE GROUP MET IN RED DEER MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY, WHERE LAST YEAR'S BOTTLENECK OF GRAIN AND SLOW MOVEMENT THIS YEAR DOMINATED CONVERSATIONS. AFA PRESIDENT LYNN JACOBSON SAYS IMPROVING GRAIN TRANSPORTATION IS A TOP PRIORITY.

 

 

 

JACOBSON BELIEVES THE "FAIR RAIL FOR GRAIN FARMERS ACT" HAS NOT BEEN A VERY AFFECTIVE SOLUTION.

 

 

 

FLOOD PREPARATION AND FARM SAFETY WAS ALSO DISCUSSED THIS WEEK IN RED DEER. JACOBSON WAS VERY HAPPY WITH ALL THE DISCUSSIONS AND CONSIDERED THIS YEAR'S AGM VERY POSITIVE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 21

 

 

RD OIL AND GAS EXPO TO INCLUDE AGRICULTURE - YOUR CHANCE TO RENEW YOUR EXHIBIT AT THE RED DEER OIL AND GAS EXPO THIS YEAR HAS ARRIVED. EXHIBITORS FROM LAST YEARS SHOW WILL HAVE THE FIRST CRACK TO RENEW THEIR SPOT UNTIL MARCH 6TH,  AND REGISTRATION OPENS FOR ALL NEW ENTRANTS ON MARCH 16TH. EVENT ORGANIZER DWAYNE MACARTHUR SAYS THE EXPO WILL COVER MORE SECTORS THAN JUST OIL AND GAS, INCLUDING AGRICULTURE.

 

 

THE 2015 RED DEER OIL AND GAS EXPO WILL BE HOSTED AT WESTERNER PARK SEPTEMBER 17TH - 19TH. YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE BY VISITING RED DEER OIL AND GAS EXPO DOT COM.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 20

 

RIMBEY'S AGRIM CENTRE ALMOST COMPLETE- THE NEW AGRIM CENTRE IN RIMBEY IS SET TO BE OPEN FOR BOOKINGS THIS SPRING. THE 60 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT MULTI-PURPOSE FACILITY HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AND IT IS ON THE VERGE OF COMPLETION. RIMBEY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT TIM EDGE SAYS THE BUILDING WILL BE IN USE THIS APRIL. 

 

 

 

CONSTRUCTION SHOULD BE COMPLETELY FINISHED THIS SUMMER, AND AN OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING EVENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 19

 

AVIAN FLU UNDERCONTROL - THE NEWS CONTINUES TO BE ENCOURAGING AT THE B.C. FARMS STRUCK BY THE AVIAN INFLUENZA. 

DR. TOM INGLIS, MANAGING PARTNER OF POULTRY HEALTH SERVICES, SAYS PRECAUTIONS CONTINUE TO BE IN PLACE BUT THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAVE BEEN VERY POSITIVE

 

 

THE LATEST OUTBREAK WAS CONTAINED TO THE SITES IN BC AND HAS NOT BEEN DETECTED IN ALBERTA OR OVER ANY OTHER BORDER.

 
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 16

 

MINISTER OLSON IN RED DEER NEXT WEEK - THE ALBERTA FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURE WILL BE HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN RED DEER NEXT WEEK. BETWEEN MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY, DELEGATES AND SPECIAL GUESTS WILL DEBATE AND PASS POLICY ON A RANGE OF ISSUES. SPEAKERS INCLUDE PROVINCIAL AGRICULTURE MINISTER VERLYN OLSON, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY PROFESSOR OF LAW ARLENE KWASNIAK, AND EXPERTS IN HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCE. WATER WELL HEALTH, RAIL TRANSPORTATION, FARM ANIMAL CARE AND THE INTERNATIONAL GRAIN MARKET WILL ALL BE DISCUSSED. REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY NIGHT BETWEEN 5:30 AND 7:30, WITH THE MEETINGS RUNNING TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY FROM 8:30 AM TO 1 PM. IT'S ALL BEING HOSTED AT THE HOLIDAY INN AND SUITES IN GASOLINE ALLEY, SOUTH OF RED DEER.

 

 

A NEW CANOLA KILLER - A NEW DISEASE HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN A MANITOBA CANOLA FIELD THAT MAY BE RINGING SOME ALARM BELLS. CANOLA COUNCIL AGRONOMIST CLINT YURKEY EXPLAINS HOW DANGEROUS THE DISEASE IS, AND IF THERE'S POTENTIAL FOR IT TO APPEAR IN ALBERTA.

 

 

THE CANOLA COUNCIL IS TREATING THE DISEASE WITH THE SAME PROTOCOLS AS CLUBROOT, BUT DON'T BELIEVE IT WILL BE AS DESTRUCTIVE AS IT'S CANOLA KILLING COUSIN.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 15

 

 

BERRY WEBINAR BEGINS ON MONDAY  - A HORTSNACKS TO GO WEBINAR WILL BE HOSTED ON MONDAY FOR STRAWBERRY AND RASPBERRY GROWERS. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NORTH AMERICAN STRAWBERRY GROWERS ASSOCIATION, KEVIN SCHOOLEY WILL BE ADRESSING FIELD FATIGUE. 

 

 

THE WEBINAR STARTS AT 3 PM ON MONDAY, AND YOU CAN REGISTER AT agriculture.alberta.ca/horticulture.

 

 

 


FIRE DESTROYS GRAIN ELEVATOR - A GRAIN ELEVATOR BURNED TO THE GROUND IN THE TOWN OF SEXSMITH ON TUESDAY NIGHT.

 

THE ELEVATOR HASN'T BEEN USED IN 10 YEARS, BUT IT WAS ONCE ONE OF 8 BUSY ELEVATORS USED IN THE 1930'S.

 

THE ALBERTA WHEAT POOL FACILITY WAS THE ONLY BUILDING DAMAGED IN THE INCIDENT AS CREWS MANAGED TO SAVE A NEARBY HISTORIC RAILWAY STATION.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 14

 

FOOD GRAINS BANK EXCITED FOR 2015 - THE NUMBERS ARE NOW OFFICIAL, AND THE RED DEER CANADIAN FOOD GRAINS BANK HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL YEAR, IN SPITE OF SOME ROUGH CONDITIONS. VOLUNTEER DOUG MAAS SHARES THE SUCCESS STORIES OF 2014.

 

 

IF YOU WANT TO DONATE LAND TO THE RED DEER CANADIAN FOOD GRAINS BANK THIS YEAR, YOU CAN CALL DOUG MAAS AT 403-782-1860

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 12

 

CENTRAL AB FARMER ELECTED CHAIR OF ALBERTA BARLEY - ALBERTA BARLEY HAS A NEW CHAIRMAN. MIKE AMMETER, WHO FARMS NEAR SYLVAN LAKE WAS ELECTED TO THE POSITION AT THEIR MOST RECENT AGM, TAKING OVER FROM PAST CHAIR MATT SAWYER. AMMETER SPENT THE PREVIOUS TERM SITTING AS VICE-CHAIR, AND HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO TACKLING SOME KEY ISSUES WITH BARLEY ALBERTA.

 

  

JASON LENZ WHO FARMS NEAR BENTLEY WILL TAKE OVER THE ROLE OF VICE-CHAIRMAN. 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 9

 

AFAC ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS - ALBERTA FARM ANIMAL CARE IS CALLING ON NOMINATIONS FOR THEIR 2015 AWARDS OF DISTINCTION. YOU CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS IN CATEGORIES FOR COMMUNICATION, INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP, OR INNOVATION. THE NOMINATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 15TH, AND YOU CAN SEND YOUR NOMINATIONS TO KRISTEN@AFAC.AB.CA. THE WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT THE LIVESTOCK CARE CONFERENCE ON MARCH 27TH IN CALGARY

 

 

IPONE/IPAD WEBINAR COMING UP - IF YOU'VE GOT AN IPHONE OR IPAD, CHANCES ARE YOU RE NOT USING IT TO ITS FULL CAPABILITY. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE BETTER USE OF YOUR DEVICE, YOU SHOULD PLAN TO TAKE IN THE UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR IPHONE/IPAD WEBINAR ON JANUARY 20. PRESENTER DARCI LAROCQUE OF SWIRL SOLUTIONS SAYS THERE WILL BE LOTS TO SHARE.

 

   

 

YOU CAN VISIT EXPLORELOCAL.CA TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 8

 

 

BEEF STRATEGY LAUNCHED - THE CANADIAN BEEF INDUSTRY HAS DEVELOPED A NATIONAL BEEF STRATEGY. TREVOR ATCHISON, A BEEF PRODUCER AND ONE OF THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE NATIONAL BEEF STRATEGIC PLANNING GROUP, SAYS THE STRATEGY PROVIDES THE FRAMEWORK FOR INDUSTRY TO MEET THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT LAY AHEAD FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OF ITS SECTORS.

 

 

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NATIONAL BEEF STRATEGY, GO TO WWW.BEEFSTRATEGY.COM.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 7

 


RETAIL WORKSHOP COMING TO LACOMBE - THE ON-FARM RETAIL WORKSHOP ON WHEELS IS COMING UP ON JANUARY 27. THIS ONE DAY BUS TOUR IS AIMED AT THOSE INTERESTED IN DIVERSIFYING THEIR OPERATIONS BY ADDING A FARM STORE. ONE OF THE STOPS IS BILLYCO JUNCTION GARDENS IN LACOMBE, AND EILEEN KOTOWICH, FARMERS MARKET SPECIALIST WITH ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SHARES SOME PLANS FOR THE EVENT.

 

 

YOU CAN CALL KAREN GOAD AT 780-538-5629 TO LEARN MORE

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 6

 

CANOLA GROWERS THRIVE IN 2014 - 2014 WAS A BUSY YEAR FOR THE ALBERTA CANOLA PRODUCERS COMMISSION. CHAIRMAN COLIN FELSTAD TALKS ABOUT SOME UPS AND DOWNS FROM THE LAST 12 MONTHS FOR CANOLA GROWERS.

 

 

CANOLA CONTINUES TO BE A MAJOR PLAYER IN AGRICULTURE IN ALBERTA.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 5

 


2015: THE YEAR OF SOILS - 2015 HAS BEEN DECLARED BY THE U-N GENERAL ASSEMBLY AS INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SOILS

ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SPOKESMAN TOM GODDARD SAYS OUR PROVINCE HAS A VERY UNIQUE TAKE ON SOILS.

 

 

 

THE UN HAS SPECIFIC GOALS FOR 2015, INCLUDING EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE ROLE SOIL PLAYS IN FOOD SECURITY, AS WELL AS IN CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JAN 2

 

AMMETER REVELAED AS NEW AB BARLEY CHAIR - ALBERTA BARLEY RECENTLY HELD THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND NAMED AN AREA MAN AS THEIR NEW CHAIRMAN. MIKE AMMETER WILL TAKE OVER FROM MATT SAWYER WHO SERVED IN THE POSITION SINCE 2009. THE THIRD GENERATION FARMER SAYS HE LOOKS FORWARD TO STANDING UP FOR THE PROVINCE'S BARLEY PRODUCERS. AMMETER HAD SERVED AS VICE-CHAIRMEN AND DIRECTOR ON THE BARLEY BOARD. JASON LENZ WHO FARMS NEAR BENTLEY WILL TAKE ON THE ROLE OF VICE-CHAIRMAN.

 


DAIRY SEMINAR COMING TO RED DEER - THOSE IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY WILL BE CONVERGING ON RED DEER IN A FEW MONTHS TIME. THIS IS BECAUSE THE 33RD ANNUAL WESTERN CANADIAN DAIRY SEMINAR IS SET FOR MARCH. FROM THE 10TH TO THE 13TH, THE SHERATON WILL HOST THE SEMINAR FOCUSING ON CATTLE PRODUCTION, BREEDING AND MANAGEMENT. THERE IS A $250 REGISTRATION FEE FOR THOSE WHO SIGN UP BEFORE THE 10TH OF FEBRUARY. VISIT WWW.WCDS.CA FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER ONLINE.

 
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 19

 

ON FARM RETAIL WORKSHOP COMING UP - A WORKSHOP ON WHEELS IS COMING UP IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ON JANUARY 27TH. ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SPOKESPERSON KAREN GOAD SAYS THE WORKSHOP IS AIMED FOR ANYONE IN ON-FARM RETAIL.

 

 

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ON THE ALBERTA AGRICULTURE WEBSITE.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 18

 

 

PED STILL DOMINATING US PORK BARNS - ALBERTA PORK PRODUCERS AND HANDLERS WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP A KEEN EYE ON PED DURING THESE WINTER MONTHS. DR EGAN BROCKHOFF FROM PRAIRIE SWINE HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER SHARES THE LATEST ON PED IN CANADA, AND THE US.

 

HE SAYS THERE ARE MORE THAN 100 CASES OF PED REPORTED PER WEEK IN NORTH AMERICA, WHICH IS DOWN FROM ABOUT 300 REPORTED CASES PAPER WEEK AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 17

 

 

 

FIRE DESTROYS FARM SHOP NEAR PENHOLD - LUCKILY NO ONE WAS HURT AFTER A FIRE AT A LARGE SHOP ON A FARM PROPERTY EAST OF PENHOLD ON TUESDAY NIGHT. RED DEER COUNTY FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED OUT AROUND 8:30 AND FOUND THE STRUCTURE FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES WHEN THEY ARRIVED. ABOUT 30 FIREFIGHTERS FROM THREE DIFFERENT STATIONS AND THEIR TECHNICAL RESCUE ALL ATTENDED BUT THE BUILDING WAS DESTROYED. HE SAYS THE BLAZE TOOK SEVERAL HOURS TO GET UNDER CONTROL WITH MOUNTIES CONTROLLING TRAFFIC ON NEARBY HIGHWAY 42 AS SMOKE FROM THE FLAMES REDUCED VISIBILITY IN THE AREA. 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 16

 

 

10 FARMS CONFIRMED WITH BIRD FLU - FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY AVIAN INFLUENZA HAS BEEN DETECTED AT A TENTH FARM IN BRITISH COLUMBIA'S FRASER VALLEY. THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY HAS UPDATED ITS LIST TO INCLUDE A LANGLEY FARM HOUSING TABLE EGG LAYERS. THE OUTBREAK IN THOSE BARNS WAS CONFIRMED SATURDAY, AFFECTING ANOTHER 53,000 BIRDS AND HIKING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POULTRY TO BE DESTROYED UP TO 233,000. THE H5N2 STRAIN OF THE DISEASE WAS FIRST IDENTIFIED ON DECEMBER 1ST IN CHILLIWACK AND ABBOTSFORD, AND HAS PROMPTED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CONTROL ZONE COVERING THE SOUTHERN HALF OF BC.

 

 

 

 

EASY ACCESS TO BSE SURVEILLANCE- A CENTRAL ALBERTA VETERINARIAN IS REMINDING ALL PRODUCERS TO KEEP THE VET IN MIND. DR IAN GIEBELHAUS FROM THE RIMBEY VET CLINIC EXPLAINS HOW EASY IT CAN BE TO RECEIVE TREATMENT FROM YOUR LOCAL VET THROUGH THE BSE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM.

 

 

 

GIEBELHAUS SAYS THE PROGRAM IS THE BEST WAY OF PREPARING FOR A POTENTIAL OUTBREAK IF ONE WERE TO HAPPEN.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 12

 

 

CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ON PED - ALBERTA PORK SAYS PRODUCERS NEED TO BE AS CAUTIOUS AS EVER IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA.TO THIS DATE THE VIRUS HAS NOT BEEN FOUND IN ALBERTA, HOWEVER DR JULIA KEENLISIDE WITH ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SAYS THEY ARE STILL VERY ACTIVE IN TAKING SAMPLES. SHE SPOKE DURING A TELEPHONE TOWN HALL THIS MORNING.

 

 

THE COLD WEATHER DOES INCREASE THE CHANCE OF DISEASE SPREAD SO ALBERTA PORK WILL BE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 11

 

 

RIMBEY VET ENDORSES BSE PROGRAM - A CENTRAL ALBERTA VETERINARIAN HAS HIGH PRAISE FOR THE CANADA ALBERTA BSE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM. DR IAN GIEBELHAUS FROM THE RIMBEY VET CLINIC SHARES HIS TAKE ON THE PROGRAM.

 

 

 

HE SAYS THE 75 DOLLAR FEE INVOLVED IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY IF IT LEADS TO PREVENTING THE CAUSE OF DEATH OR SICKNESS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.

 

 

 

PED TOWN HALL TOMORROW - ALBERTA PORK WILL BE HOSTING ANOTHER PED TELEPHONE TOWN HALL TOMORROW. THIS MONTHS TELECONFERENCE WILL FOCUS ON THE HIGH COST OF PED. THE EXPERT PANEL WILL INCLUDE DR EGAN BROCKHOFF FROM PRAIRIE SWINE HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER, DR JULIA KEENLISIDE FROM ALBERTA AGRICULTURE, AND DR FRANK MARSHALL OF MARSHALL SWINE HEALTH SERVICES. 

 

IT STARTS AT 10:30 TOMORROW MORNING, AND YOU JUST NEED TO CALL 1-877-229-8493 AND USE THE PASSWORD 112339 WHEN PROMPTED.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 10

 

CANADA POULTRY FOLLOWING AVIAN FLU - AT THE LATEST UPDATE, THE AVIAN FLU SPREAD HAS STILL BEEN CONTAINED TO FRASER VALLEY IN BC. 5 SITES HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED, AS MANY AGENCIES ARE NOW IN PREVENTATIVE SPREADING MODE. LISA BISHOP WITH THE CHICKEN FARMERS OF CANADA SAYS POULTRY PRODUCERS AND HANDLERS ARE ALWAYS CAUTIOUS.

 

 

 

THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF THE INFLUENZA OUTSIDE OF BC AS OF LATE, AND BIRD FLU HAS NEVER HAD A MAJOR OUTBREAK IN ALBERTA.

 
 
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 9

 

ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS HOSTS AGM - THE ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS ARE BUILDING MOMENTUM HEADING INTO 2015. THEY HOSTED THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING LAST WEEK IN CALGARY, AND ABP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICH SMITH SAYS IT WAS VERY POSITIVE GATHERING.

 

 

 

BEEF PRODUCERS ENJOYED RECORD SELLING PRICES IN 2014 AND THEY ARE HOPING FOR MORE SUCCESS IN 2015.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 8

 

NEW ASB CHAIR IN RED DEER COUNTY - AT THE LATEST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING IN RED DEER COUNTY, A NEW COUNCILOR HAS ASSUMED THE ROLE AS CHAIR OF THE AGRICULTURAL SERVICES BOARD. COUNCILOR PHIL MASSIER'S TERM IS UP, AND NOW COUNCILOR RICHARD LORENZ HAS TAKEN OVER AS CHAIR. ALTHOUGH MASSIER WILL NO LONGER SIT AS CHAIR, HE SAYS HE WILL STILL BE INVOLVED WITH THE BOARD.

 

 

 

THE AG SERVICES BOARD HOSTS OPEN MEETINGS ONCE A MONTH AT THE COUNTY BUILDING, AND YOU CAN SEE A SCHEDULE ON THEIR WEBSITE AT RDCOUNTY.CA

 

 

 

GROWING CHRISTMAS TREES IN CENTRAL AB - OVER 2 MILLION TREES ARE HARVESTED AS CHRISTMAS TREES EACH YEAR IN CANADA. ALTHOUGH MOST OF THOSE ARE HARVESTED IN EASTERN CANADA, ALBERTA DOES HAVE SOME GROWERS. PETER KAPPELER, OWNER OF THE FIR EVER GREEN TREE FARM OF FALUN, NEAR PIGEON LAKE, SHARES SOME TIPS YOU CAN USE WHILE BRINGING HOME A TREE.

 

 

 

KAPPELER'S CHRISTMAS TREE OPERATION IS THE LARGEST IN ALBERTA.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 5

 

ALBERTA PREPARED FOR BIRD FLU - ALBERTA AGRICULTURE IS PREPARED IN THE EVENT BIRD FLU MAKES IT'S WAY INTO THE PROVINCE. WITH 4 CONFIRMED AVIAN INFLUENZA SITES IN BC THIS PAST WEEK, ALBERTA'S PROVINCIAL CHIEF VETERINARIAN DR. GERALD HAUER SAYS ALBERTA AGRICULTURE IS PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION.

 

 

HAUER REMINDS ALL POULTRY PRODUCERS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SYMPTOMS, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE A LOSS IN APPETITE, DROP IN EGG PRODUCTION, NERVOUS SIGNS, OR SUDDEN DEATH. THERE HAVE BEEN NO MAJOR CASES OF AI IN ALBERTA'S RECENT HISTORY.

 

 

MUNSON WINS UFA CONTEST - THE COMMUNITY OF MUNSON IS A 50 THOUSAND DOLLAR WINNER, THANKS TO A CONTEST HOSTED BY UFA. THE UFA GET N GIVE CONTEST HAS CONCLUDED, AND MUNSON'S APPLICATION TO BUILD A NEW COMMUNITY HALL WAS SELECTED AS THE WINNER. MUNSON, LOCATED NORTH OF DRUMHELLAR WILL BREAK GROUND ON THE PROJECT NEXT YEAR, REPLACING THE OLD HALL WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1919. UFA IS AWARDING A TOTAL OF 5 50 THOUSAND PRIZES WITH THE CONTEST, WITH A NEW ROUND OF ENTRIES CLOSING ON JANUARY 11TH. YOU CAN HEAD TO UFA.COM/GETNGIVE TO ENTER YOUR COMMUNITY.

 

 

ALBERTA BEEF HOSTS AGM - THE ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS WRAPPED UP THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING EARLIER THIS WEEK IN CALGARY. THE 2015 EXECUTIVE WAS ELECTED, AND GREG BOWIE OF PONOKA WAS RE-ELECTED AS CHAIR. BOB LOWE OF NANTON WAS RE-ELECTED AS VICE CHAIR, AND ROLAND CAILLIAU OF VALLEYVIEW WAS ELECTED AS FINANCE CHAIR. THE DELEGATES ALSO TOOK IN SOME DISCUSSIONS, DEBATES, AND DOVE INTO THE YEAR THAT WAS AND WHAT LAYS AHEAD IN 2015. BEEF PRODUCERS ENJOYED RECORD SELLING PRICES IN 2014 AND ARE HOPING FOR MORE SUCCESS GOING FORWARD.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 4

 

CANADA REACHES DEAL WITH KOREA - SOME BIG NEWS OUT OF OTTAWA YESTERDAY, AS A NEW INTERNATIONAL TRADING PARTNER HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED. THE CANADA KOREA GROWTH AND PROSPERITY ACT GAINED ROYAL ASSENT ON PARLIAMENT HILL, AND SHOULD BE PUT INTO ACTION ON NEW YEARS DAY. ALBERTA FARMER MATT SAWYER IS IN OTTAWA THIS WEEK AS CHAIR OF THE GRAIN GROWERS TRADE AND MARKETING COMMITTEE FOR THE DISCUSSIONS, AND HE EXPLAINS HOW BIG THIS DEAL IS FOR ALBERTANS.

 

 

THE AGREEMENT WILL ELIMINATE TARIFFS ON NEARLY 90 PER CENT OF CANADA'S CURRENT EXPORTS. 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 3

 

BIRD FLU KILLS CHICKENS IN BC - THOUSANDS OF BIRDS ON TWO POULTRY FARMS IN BC ARE GOING TO BE EUTHANIZE AFTER AVIAN FLU WAS DISCOVERED. THE BIRDS ARE BEING HUMANELY DISPOSED OF AND THEIR REMAINS WILL DECOMPOSE ON SITE TO ENSURE THE DISEASE WILL NOT SPREAD OUTSIDE EACH FARM. MANY OF THE BIRDS HAVE ALREADY DIED AFTER COMING DOWN WITH H-5. IT DOES NOT POSE A DANGER TO FOOD SAFETY AS LONG AS POULTRY IS PROPERLY HANDLED AND COOKED.

 

 

 

WCGC BEGINS IN EDMONTON DEC 9TH - THE WESTERN CANADIAN GRAZING CONFERENCE WILL BE HOSTED IN EDMONTON NEXT WEEK. EXPERTS WILL PROVIDE DISCUSSIONS AND IDEAS ON GRAZING AND FORAGE TECHNIQUES. EVENT SPOKESPERSON GRANT LASTIWKA IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CONFERENCE, RUNNING DECEMBER 9TH TO THE 11TH.

 

 

YOU CAN VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT ARECA.AB.CA TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 2

 

E COLI SCARE PROMPTS BEEF RECALL - FEDERAL HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE RECALLING PACKAGES OF GROUND BEEF PRODUCED BY WINNIPEG-BASED CARGILL MEAT SOLUTIONS DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT E.COLI. THE MEAT CARRIES THE YOUR FRESH MARKET BRAND NAME AND IS SOLD AT WALMART STORES IN ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, MANITOBA AND SASKATCHEWAN. THE EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN, EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, MEDIUM GROUND BEEF AND LEAN GROUND BEEF IS SOLD IN 475-GRAM, 900-GRAM AND 1.6-KILOGRAM PACKAGES. ALL CARRY A BEST-BEFORE DATE OF EITHER NOV. 28 OR 29. THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY SAYS RECALLED PRODUCTS SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OR RETURNED TO THE STORE WHERE THEY WERE BOUGHT. FOOD CONTAMINATED WITH E.COLI MAY NOT LOOK OR SMELL SPOILED BUT CAN STILL MAKE YOU SICK. SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE NAUSEA, VOMITING, MILD TO SEVERE ABDOMINAL CRAMPS AND WATERY TO BLOODY DIARRHEA.

 

 

 

CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE PROGRAM UNDERWAY - A GROUP BASED OUT OF OLDS ARE NOW DARTING WILD HORSES WITH A CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE. AFTER GAINING APPROVAL EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY BEGAN THE PROGRAM IN NOVEMBER ON HORSES NEAR SUNDRE. SOCIETY PRESIDENT BOB HENDERSON SAYS THE PROGRAM HAS CREATED SOME CONTROVERSY, BUT HE BELIEVES THIS IS A MUCH BETTER ALTERNATIVE COMPARED TO A CULL. 

 

AROUND 30 MARES WERE TARGETED WITH THE PROGRAM, AND HENDERSON SAYS THE VACCINE DOES NOT HARM THE HORSES OR PREVENT THEM FROM BREEDING IN THE FUTURE.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR DEC 1

 

 

HORSE KILLED IN SHOOTING - ANOTHER HORSE WAS SUSPICIOUSLY SHOT IN ALBERTA THIS MONTH. BROOKS RCMP SAY A HORSE WAS SHOT IN A PASTURE NEAR THE COMMUNITY SOMETIME BETWEEN NOVEMBER 15TH AND 19TH. THE HORSE SUFFERED A SERIOUS INJURY, AND HAD TO BE PUT DOWN. RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO SUSPECTS, BUT IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE RCMP. EARLIER IN NOVEMBER, A HORSE SURVIVED AN ATTACK AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE CHEST NEAR ANDREW, NORTH EAST OF EDMONTON.

 

 

FOOD SAFETY WORKSHOP APPROACHING - ALBERTA AGRICULTURE IS HOSTING A FOOD SAFETY FROM FARM TO FORK WORKSHOP IN LEDUC ON DECEMBER 10TH. WITH A REGISTRATION DEADLINE OF WEDNESDAY (DEC 3) FAST APPROACHING, EVENT SPOKESPERSON KAREN GOAD SAYS THERE WILL BE A LOT TO SHARE NEXT WEEK.

 

THE WORKSHOP IS FREE, AND YOU CAN REGISTER BY CALLING 780-538-5629.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 28

 

POLAR VORTEX TO RETURN? - GIVEN HOW NASTY THE WEATHER IS TODAY, AND HOW ITS GOING TO SHIFT FROM A TON OF SNOW INTO BONE-CHILLING TEMPS FOR THE WEEKEND, WE CAUGHT UP WITH DOUG GILHAM FROM THE WEATHER NETWORK. HE SAYS THE PHRASE "POLAR VORTEX" MAY BE USED AGAIN THIS YEAR IN ALBERTA

 

 

THE LONG RANGE FORECAST DOES HAVE MILD TEMPERATURES BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK.

 

 

 

KEEPING BINS WARM - FARMERS ARE BEING REMINDED TO ADJUST TO THE COLD TEMPERATURES. RED DEER COUNTY COUNCILOR PHIL MASSIER SAYS COLD WEATHER CAN STILL RUIN A CROP EVEN WHILE IT'S ALREADY IN THE BIN.

 

 

 

 

MASSIER SAYS THE ISSUE HASN'T BEEN EXTREMELY PROBLEMATIC IN YEARS PAST, BUT IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO BE PROACTIVE.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 27

 

 

CATTLE PRICES STAY STRONG - ALTHOUGH THE SNOW HAS BEEN FALLING THIS WEEK, CATTLE PRICES CERTAINLY HAVE NOT. JACK DAINES WITH THE INNISFAIL AUCTION MART SAYS CATTLE PRODUCERS HAVE BEEN THRILLED WITH THE RESULTS AT THE AUCTION MART ALL YEAR. HE SAYS PRICES THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN THE MOST POWERFUL HE’S SEEN IN HIS LIFE, WITH COWS BRINGING IN 25 HUNDRED DOLLARS A HEAD TO PRODUCERS. DAINES SAYS EVEN CALVES ARE SELLING FOR AROUND 15 HUNDRED DOLLARS. HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH THE PRICES HAVE BEEN GREAT, DAINES SAYS THE AMOUNT OF CATTLE SHOWING UP AT AUCTIONS HAS BEEN DOWN. HE SAYS HIGH GRAIN PRICES HAS MADE IT MORE EXPENSIVE TO RAISE CATTLE.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 26

 

 

SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH BROOKS MEAT PLANT - LAWYERS HAVE BROKERED A TENTATIVE DEAL TO SETTLE PART OF A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT FILED OVER AN E. COLI OUTBREAK AND THE LARGEST MEAT RECALL IN CANADIAN HISTORY. THE LAWSUIT IS AGAINST X-L FOODS, WHICH OPERATED A MEAT-PACKING PLANT IN BROOKS DURING THE TAINTED BEEF RECALL IN 2012. RICK MALLETT, A LAWYER FOR THE EDMONTON LAW FIRM BEHIND THE CLASS ACTION, SAYS THE SETTLEMENT IS TO COVER REFUNDS TO CONSUMERS FOR PRODUCTS THAT WERE RECALLED. HE SAYS THE PROPOSED ONE-MILLION-DOLLAR SETTLEMENT IS TO GO BEFORE A JUDGE EARLY NEXT YEAR FOR APPROVAL. XL FOODS RECALLED MORE THAN 1.8 MILLION KILOGRAMS OF BEEF IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. 

 

 

 

WILD HORSES RECEIVING CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE - THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY WILL BE KEEPING BUSY THIS WINTER. PRESIDENT BOB HENDERSON SAYS THEY HAVE ALREADY BEGAN THEIR CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE PROGRAM ON WILD MARES, AND A NEW SHELTER WILL BE BUILT WEST OF SUNDRE IN THE COMING WEEKS

 

 

 

 

 

THE SHELTER WAS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE DONATION OF 20 ACRES OF LAND FROM ART AND HELEN KOHANIK. WHOAS NOW HAS THE AUTHORITY TO RESCUE WILD HORSES THAT HAVE STRAYED ON TO PRIVATE LAND THANKS TO RECENTLY APPROVED ADOPTION PROGRAM

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 25

 

COUNTY COUNCIL LOOKS AT BUDGET - RED DEER COUNTY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER THE 2015 OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGETS DURING TODAY'S (TUES) MEETING. A $67 MILLION COMBINED BUDGET IS UP FOR DEBATE, WHICH IS ACTUALLY $7 MILLION LESS THAN THE BUDGET PASSED IN 2014. COUNTY COUNCILOR PHIL MASSIER BELIEVES THIS YEARS BUDGET SHOULDN'T CAUSE ANY CONTROVERSY FOR PEOPLE IN AGRICULTURE.

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BUDGET INCLUDE A 6 MILLION DOLLAR ROAD PAVING PROGRAM AND A 4 MILLION DOLLAR BRIDGE REPAIR INITIATIVE.

 

 

 

COLD TEMPS TACKLING WINTER WHEAT - SOME "NOT SO GREAT NEWS" ON THE WEATHER FRONT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU AREN'T A FAN OF THE COLD. THE WEATHER NETWORK SAYS MOST OF CANADA IS GOING TO SEE COLDER TEMPERATURES THIS WINTER--INCLUDING THE PRAIRIES.BRUCE BURNETT WITH THE CANADIAN WHEATBOARD SAYS THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WINTER WHEAT CROPS RIGHT ACROSS THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 24

 

BUSY WEEK OF MEETINGSTOMORROW AN ALBERTA BARLEY REGION 3 MEETING AND AN ALBERTA WHEAT COMMISSION MEETING WILL BE HOSTED AT THE LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE. IT STARTS AT 9:30 AM AND YOU CAN REGISTER AT PULSE.AB.CA/PRODUCERS. 

 

THEN ON THURSDAY ALBERTA CANOLA IS ALSO HOSTING A GROWER MEETING AT THE LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE FROM 9:00 TIL 3:00. YOU CAN CONTACT RICK AT 780 678-6167. 

 

ALSO THURSDAY ALBERTA AGRICULTURE IS HOSTING COW CALFENOMICS IN OLDS, FOCUSING ON FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. REGISTRATION IS $25, AND YOU CAN DO SO AT AGRICULTURE.ALBERTA.CA/COWCALFENOMICS.

 

 

AND HORT SNACKS AT NIGHT TAKES PLACE ON THURSDAY FROM ARBOR GREENHOUSES IN WETASKIWIN, AIMED AT ANYONE INVOLVED IN HORTICULTURE. IT'S FREE, AND YOU CAN CALL THE AG-INFO CENTRE AT 310-FARM TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 21

 

 

CANADA'S BEST BIRDS IN RED DEER - THE 4TH ANNUAL CANADIAN HERITAGE BREEDS URBAN FARM SHOW WILL BE HOSTED AT RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK THIS WEEKEND. CHB VICE PRESIDENT KYLE LAWRENCE SAYS THIS WILL BE THEIR BIGGEST SHOW EVER.

 

 

 

 

THERE WILL ALSO BE A TRADE SHOW FEATURING PRODUCTS FOR THE FARM, HOME BASED BUSINESS AND ARTISTS. EVERYTHING WILL BE HOSTED AT RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK. 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 20

 

THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER CONTINUES TO URGE FARMERS TO PROTECT THEIR RECENTLY HARVESTED GRAINS. WITH ALL THE HARD WORK OF GETTING THE CROP OFF THE FIELD AND INTO THE BINS COMPLETE, WINTER TIME IS CRUCIAL IN KEEPING THE GRAINS VALUE. CROP SPECIALIST HARRY BROOK SAYS MAINTAINING HEALTHY BIN TEMPERATURES AND CONDITIONS IN THE WINTER MONTHS IS PARAMOUNT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN CONTACT THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 19

 

 

 

HORSE SHOT NORTH OF EDMONTON - RCMP IN TWO HILLS ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A HORSE WAS FOUND WITH A GUN SHOT WOUND LAST WEEK. MOUNTIES BELIEVE A 22 CALIBER RIFLE WAS USED ON AN ADULT HORSE IN A PASTURE NEAR ANDREW SOMETIME BETWEEN NOVEMBER 13TH AND 15TH. LUCKILY THE HORSE HAS SURVIVED, BUT RCMP SGT CURTIS KUZMA BELIEVES THE SHOOTING WAS NOT AN ACCIDENT.

 

 

 


A SINGLE BULLET HIT THE HORSE IN THE TORSO, AND RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO SUSPECTS.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 18

 

BARLEY PRODUCER MEETINGS BEGIN - THE ALBERTA BARLEY COMMISSION IS IN THE SEASON OF HOSTING THEIR FALL REGIONAL MEETINGS THIS MONTH. A REGION 2 MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW IN THREE HILLS AT THE MEMORIAL CENTRE, STARTING AT 9:30 AM. AND A REGION 3 MEETING WILL GO IN LACOMBE ON NOVEMBER 25TH FROM THEIR MEMORIAL CENTRE AT 10 AM.

 

 

CSF AGM IN AIRDRIE TONIGHT - THE CANADIAN SHEEP FEDERATION WILL GATHER IN AIRDRIE TONIGHT FOR THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. AMONG DISCUSSION ITEMS TONIGHT WILL BE NATION WIDE TRACEABILITY. TRACEABILITY ADOPTION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 2015 AND CSF WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS WHAT THEY ARE DOING ON A NATIONAL LEVEL WITH SHEEP PRODUCERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THE MEETING STARTS AT 7 FROM THE AGRICULTURE CENTRE IN AIRDRIE. AND FROM THE SAME VENUE TOMORROW, THE SHEEP FEDERATION IS HOSTING A SEMINAR EVENT ENTITLED "BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS, OPTIMIZE YOUR OPERATION. THAT RUNS FROM NOON TIL 8:30 FEATURING GUEST SPEAKERS AND CSF BOARD MEMBERS.

 

 

DEADLINE PASSED FOR HARVEST PRODUCTION REPORTS - THE AGRICULTURE FINANCIAL SERVICES CORPORATION IS REMINDING PRODUCERS TO GET THEIR HARVESTED PRODUCTION REPORTS IN. AFSC SPOKESMAN NORM GUEUTAL SAYS THE NOVEMBER 15TH DEADLINE HAS PASSED BUT YOU CAN STILL FILE YOUR REPORTS LATE.

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN FIND MORE DETAILS ONLINE, AT AFSC.CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 17

 

 

OLDS COLLEGE DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON CTV2 - A 1 HOUR DOCUMENTARY CELEBRATING THE 100 YEAR HISTORY OF OLDS COLLEGE WILL SOON BE SEEN ON TV IN ALBERTA. "SEEDING SUCCESS: 100 YEARS OF OLDS COLLEGE" PREMIERED TO THE MEDIA AND GUESTS LAST WEEK AND SHOULD HIT THE AIRWAVES IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS. COLLEGE DIRECTOR OF GUEST EXPERIENCES KERRY MOYNIHAN SAYS THE IDEA CAME ABOUT AFTER OLDS COLLEGE CELEBRATED THEIR CENTENNIAL LAST YEAR.

 

 

 


OLDS COLLEGE IS STILL TO THIS DAY ONE OF CANADA'S LARGEST FARM AND AGRICULTURE INSTITUTES.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 14

 

IAN HALL AWARDED OLDS COLLEGE HIGHEST HONOUR - OLDS COLLEGE AWARDED A FORMER FARM MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTOR THEIR HIGHEST HONOUR THIS WEEK. FOR THE JUST THE 4TH TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY, THE INSTRUCTOR EMERITUS AWARD WAS GIVEN TO IAN HALL. FACULTY ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT LARRY COUTURE SAYS HALL HAD A VERY MEMORABLE CAREER AND PRESENCE AT OLDS COLLEGE.

 


 

 


HALL IS HIGHLY CREDITED FOR MAKING OLDS COLLEGE WORLD RENOWNED AS THE MAJOR AGRICULTURE INSTITUTE IT IS TODAY.

 


 

LIVESTOCK DNA FACILITY OPENS - A FULL-SERVICE DNA FACILITY THAT SPECIALIZES IN LIVESTOCK HAS OFFICIALLY SPUN-OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. DELTA GENOMICS CENTRE HAS BECOME A "FEE FOR SERVICE" NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY. DR. COLIN COROS SAYS THEY DO GENETIC TESTING FOR BEEF CATTLE, SWINE AND OTHER SPECIES.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 13

 

 

AB SITE TESTS NEGATIVE FOR PEDv - ALBERTA PORK SAYS THE SITE IN ALBERTA THAT RECENTLY TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE SWINE DELTA CORONAVIRUS HAS PASSED PED VIRUS TESTS. AN ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLE FOUND IN THE OFFICE SPACE AT THE SITE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE DELTA CORONA VIRUS IN OCTOBER, WHICH PROMPTED A PED TEST.
THE RESULTS ARE NOW IN AND THEY WERE ALL NEGATIVE. TO THIS DAY, THERE ARE STILL NO CONFIRMED CASES OF PED OR DELTA CORONAVIRUS INSIDE ALBERTA BARNS OR IN A SICK ANIMAL IN THE PROVINCE.



KEEPING GRAIN BINS WARM - COLD WEATHER IS CERTAINLY HERE THIS WEEK, AND THIS IS SOMETHING FARMERS SHOULD BE TAKING NOTE OF. CROP SPECIALIST HARRY BROOK FROM THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER SAYS KEEPING STORAGE BINS AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE IS VERY IMPORTANT.


 


HE SAYS OILSEEDS LIKE CANOLA SHOULD BE STORED AT 10 PER CENT MOISTURE.
 


AG GROW IT! THIS SATURDAY - AGRICULTURE GROW IT WILL BE HOSTED AT OLDS COLLEGE ON SATURDAY. EVENT SPOKESPERSON ELLEN HONDL SAYS ANYONE IN THE BUSINESS OF GROWING CROPS SHOULD ATTEND.

 

 


IT'S 20 DOLLARS TO REGISTER, HEAD TO YOUTHENGAGEMENT.NET FOR MORE.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 12

 

BARLEY COMMISSION MEETINGS COMING UP - ALBERTA BARLEY WILL HOST THEIR 6 REGIONAL ZONE MEETINGS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. A REGION 2 MEETING WILL BE HOSTED IN THREE HILLS ON NOVEMBER 19TH AND AND A REGION 6 MEETING WILL GO IN LACOMBE ON NOVEMBER 25TH. COMMISSION CHAIRMAN MATT SAWYER BELIEVES IT'S IMPORTANT FOR BARLEY PRODUCERS TO ATTEND THESE MEETINGS.

 

 


 

A FULL SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS AND INFO ON HOW TO REGISTER CAN BE FOUND AT ALBERTABARLEY.COM.
 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 10

 

 

AGRI-TRADE WRAPS UP - AGRI-TRADE HAS COME TO AN END FOR ANOTHER YEAR. FOR THE 31ST YEAR, THE MASSIVE EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY EXPO FEATURED OVER 400 EXHIBITORS AND BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF VISITORS TO RED DEER BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY.  TOTAL ATTENDANCE FIGURES HAVEN'T BEEN RELEASED, BUT ORGANIZERS ARE EXPECTING POSITIVE FINAL NUMBERS THANKS TO THE NICER WEATHER

OLDS COLLEGE TO PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY - OLDS COLLEGE WILL BE HOSTING A SPECIAL SCREENING OF THEIR 100TH YEAR DOCUMENTARY ON WEDNESDAY. THE FILM WAS PRODUCED BY A CALGARY PRODUCTION COMPANY, SHOWCASING THE SCHOOLS HISTORY THROUGH ARCHIVED FOOTAGE AND VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS. THE SCHOOL OPENED IN 1913, AND NOW PLAYS A LARGE ROLE FOR AGRICULTURE IN ALBERTA AND CANADA. "OLDS COLLEGE: 100 YEARS OF SEEDING SUCCESS" CAN BE SEEN AT THE FINE ARTS CENTRE AFTER IT PREMIERS ON WEDNESDAY.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINES FOR NOV 5

 

MASTER SEEDERS CONFERENCE A SUCCESS - THE MASTER SEEDERS CONFERENCE WAS HOSTED BY SEEDMASTER ON TUESDAY IN RED DEER. ABOUT 100 PEOPLE GATHERED TO LEARN THE LATEST HAPPENINGS AT SEEDMASTER, AND TO JUST DISCUSS FARMING IN GENERAL. SEEDMASTER SPOKESMAN COLIN MCMASTER WAS PRETTY HAPPY WITH HOW THE DAY WENT.


 

 


THIS WAS THE 8TH YEAR FOR THE MASTER SEEDERS CONFERENCE, AND SEEDMASTER IS ALSO HERE THIS WEEK FOR AGRI-TRADE.

 

 

AGRI-TRADE NOW UNDERWAY - AGRI-TRADE 2014 OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF WEDNESDAY FROM WESTERNER PARK. NEARLY 30 THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THIS YEAR'S FARM EQUIPMENT EXPO FROM ALL OVER WESTERN CANADA. THE GATES ARE OPEN FROM 9-5 THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, AND AGAIN FROM 9-3 ON SATURDAY. THERE IS NEARLY 400 THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EXHIBITS ALL AT WESTERNER PARK THIS YEAR.
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 4

 

WESTERNER PARK READY FOR AGRI-TRADE - AGRI TRADE 2014 WILL RETURN TO RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK THIS WEEK. THE MASSIVE EQUIPMENT EXPO RUNS TOMORROW THROUGH SATURDAY, AND SHOW MANAGER DIANNE SMIRL SAYS WESTERNER PARK WILL BE QUITE BUSY FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS.
 
 

 

 

 

YOU CAN SEE A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT AGRI-TRADE.COM

 



BRACING FOR PED - ALBERTA PORK IS STILL EXPECTING MORE CASES OF THE PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS TO POP THIS WINTER.
DR. EGAN BROCKHOFF FROM PRAIRIE SWINE HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER SAYS THE VIRUS IS STILL A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC.

 


 

 


AGAIN, ALL PRODUCERS, TRANSPORTERS AND HANDLERS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO FOLLOW ALL PED PREVENTATIVE MEASURES, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR NOV 3

 

AGRI-TRADE STARTS WEDNESDAY- WE ARE ALSO JUST 2 DAYS AWAY FROM AGRI TRADE 2014 AT RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK. ORGANIZERS ARE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON PREPARATIONS AS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL BE IN RED DEER BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY. WE WILL ALSO BE THERE ALL WEEK. EVERYTHING STARTS AT 9 WEDNESDAY MORNING, AND YOU CAN SEE A FULL SCHEDULE AT AGRI-TRADE.COM.


COW-CALF SURVEY OUT - A JOINT EFFORT REPRESENTING THE COW-CALF INDUSTRY FROM BC TO MANITOBA IS HELPING WESTERN CANADIAN PRODUCERS COMPARE THEIR HERDS WITH OTHERS IN THE SAME REGION AND ACROSS THE PROVINCE. WE SPOKE WITH KATHY LARSON, ECONOMIST WITH THE WESTERN BEEF DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, ABOUT THE NEW WESTERN CANADIAN COW-CALF SURVEY.

 

 

THE SURVEY ASKS QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE 2014 CALF CROP AND THE WAYS YOU TYPICALLY MANAGE YOUR CATTLE.  IT CAN BE FOUND AT ALL PRODUCER MEETINGS BEING HELD THIS FALL, OR YOU CAN HEAD TO WBDC.SK.CA AND CLICK THE SURVEY LINK.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSNIESS FOR OCT 31

 

ALBERTA PORK RESPONDS TO PED SAMPLE - ALBERTA PORK HAS RESPONDED TO THE POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLE OF PED IN ALBERTA LAST WEEK. DURING A TELECONFERENCE TODAY, VETERINARIAN DR JULIA KEENLISIDE PROVIDED MORE INSIGHT ON THE PED FINDING ALONG WITH THE POSITIVE SWINE DELTA CORONAVIRUS FINDING IN ALBERTA EARLIER THIS MONTH.


 
 

 

 

TO THIS DATE ALBERTA REMAINS PED FREE.

 

 

 

MASTER SEEDERS CONFERENCE BEGINS TUESDAY - THE MASTER SEEDERS CONFERENCE WILL SHIFT TO RED DEER ON TUESDAY.
EVENT SPOKESPERSON NAOMI HENRY SAYS IT WILL BE A BUSY DAY FOR NO-TILL FARMERS.


 
 

 

 

YOU CAN SEE MORE DETAILS AT SEEDMASTER.CA/CONFERENCE
 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 30

 

POSITIVE PED SAMPLE IN ALBERTA - A POSITIVE SAMPLE OF THE PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS HAS BEEN FOUND IN ALBERTA. THE ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLE WAS FOUND INSIDE THE OFFICE SPACE OF A PIG HANDLING FACILITY, AND NOT AT A BARN OR IN A SICK ANIMAL. ALBERTA REMAINS PED FREE, BUT THE FINDING HAS ALBERTA PORK URGING HOG PRODUCERS AND HANDLERS TO CONTINUE USING EXTRA PREVENTATIVE MEASURES AGAINST THE VIRUS. THIS INCLUDES CONTINUED WASHING OF TRANSPORT VEHICLES, BOOTS, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT MAY BE IN CONTACT WITH HOGS WHILE IN TRANSPORTATION. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LATEST FINDING IN ALBERTA DURING AN ALBERTA PORK TELEPHONE OPEN HOUSE ON FRIDAY. IT WILL BE HOSTED AT 10:30, FEATURING DR. EGAN BROCKHOFF FROM PRAIRIE SWINE HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER AND OTHER GUESTS.

 

YOU JUST NEED TO CALL 1-877-229-8493 AND USE THE PASSWORD 112339 AT 10:30 TOMORROW MORNING.
 



TROCHU IN RUNNING FOR $50,000 - 5 COMMUNITIES REMAIN IN THE HUNT TO WIN 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS THROUGH THE UNITED FARMERS OF ALBERTA'S GET N GIVE CONTEST. ONE OF THOSE COMMUNITIES IS TROCHU, WHO PLAN TO USE THE MONEY TO RESTORE THE TROCHU GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. THE TOWN OF MARWAYNE WON THE CONTEST LAST YEAR, AND THEY'LL BE IN CHARGE OF PICKING THIS YEAR'S WINNER. THAT WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6TH. ALONG WITH TROCHU, BEZANSON, CASSILS, LA CRETE, AND WORSLEY ARE  IN THE RUNNING.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 29

 

NEW RURAL ECONOMIC PLAN ROLLED OUT - AG MINISTER VERLYN OLSON AND PREMIER JIM PRENTICE REVEALED THE RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN ON TUESDAY. THE PLAN WAS PUT TOGETHER AFTER GATHERING FEEDBACK FROM PRODUCERS, FARMERS, AND RURAL BUSINESS OWNERS TO STRENGTHEN ALBERTA'S ECONOMY.

 


 

 

MINISTER OLSON ALSO ANNOUNCED NEW FUNDING AT YESTERDAY'S CEREMONY IN COCHRANE.

 


OLSON PLANS TO BE IN RED DEER NEXT WEEK FOR AGRI-TRADE 2014, SOMETHING HE'S REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO.
 

 


A BUSY WEEK AHEAD IN RED DEER
- RED DEER WILL BE THE PLACE TO BE NEXT WEEK FOR AGRI TRADE. IT ALL BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH AND RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY THE 8TH.
ALSO NEXT WEEK, THE MASTER SEEDERS CONFERENCE WILL BE HOSTED AT THE iHOTEL ON TUESDAY. THAT WILL FEATURE GUEST SPEAKERS, EXHIBITORS AND SO MUCH MORE, HOSTED BY SEEDMASTER. THAT CONFERENCE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9:00 TIL 4:00.
 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 28

 

FNA DENIED PURCHASE OF CWB - THE FNA IS PUZZLED AFTER THEIR BID TO PURCHASE THE CWB HAS BEEN DENIED. FARMERS OF NORTH AMERICA PRESIDENT BOB FRIESEN SAYS CWB MANAGEMENT OFFICIALLY DECLINED THEIR PURCHASE BID THIS WEEK.



FRIESEN FEELS THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS COULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED BETTER.



THE FNA PLANNED TO ACQUIRE CWB ASSETS AND OPEN A GLOBAL GRAIN HANDLING AND FERTILIZER COMPANY, OWNED BY FARMERS. FRIESEN SAYS THIS SETBACK WON'T PREVENT THE FNA FROM PURSUING SUCH A PLANT.
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 27

 

 

LABOUR SUMMIT IN RED DEER THIS WEEK - ALBERTA MILK IS HOSTING AN AGRICULTURE LABOUR SUMMITS THIS WEEK IN RED DEER. IT WILL BE HOSTED ON THURSDAY FROM THE BLACK KNIGHT INN AND IS OPEN TO ANYONE. SUMMIT SPOKESMAN AL DUELY SAYS THERE WILL BE SOME VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE SPEAKERS.

 

 


 

YOU CAN HEAD TO ALBERTA BARLEY OR ALBERTA MILK'S WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THURSDAY'S SUMMIT.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 24

 

PREPARING OF AGRI-TRADE 2014 - AGRI-TRADE 2014 WILL RETURN TO RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK IN 2 WEEKS. THE MASSIVE EQUIPMENT EXPO RUNS NOVEMBER 5TH THROUGH 8TH, AND SHOW MANAGER DIANNE SMIRL SAYS PREPARATIONS ARE WELL UNDERWAY.


 


AND SHE SAYS ORGANIZERS ARE AGAIN EXPECTING A LARGE FOLLOWING OF VISITORS THIS YEAR.



YOU CAN SEE A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT AGRI-TRADE.COM

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 22

 

HAIL DAMAGE COMPARIBLE TO 2013 - 2014 BROUGHT SOME WEATHER CHALLENGES TO CROPS IN ALBERTA. NANCY SMITH FROM THE AGRICULTURE FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFICE IN LACOMBE EXPLAINS HOW BUSY THEY WERE HANDLING CLAIMS THIS SUMMER.


 

 

SHE SAYS HAIL WAS SPORADIC THROUGHOUT ALBERTA THIS YEAR, HOWEVER NOT DEALING WITH ANY MAJOR FLOODING IN 2014 HELPED THE CAUSE.
 

 


DAIRY SHOWCASE BEGINS THURSDAY - THE 60TH ANNUAL WESTERNER CHAMPIONSHIP DAIRY SHOWCASE WILL KEEP WESTERNER PARK BUSY THIS WEEK. THE JUNIOR SHOW BEGINS THURSDAY NIGHT AT 5:00 PM, A SALE BEGINS AT 11:30 FRIDAY MORNING WITH ANOTHER JUNIOR SHOW AT 5:00, AND THEN ON SATURDAY A FULL DAY OF SHOWING BEGINS AT 8:30 AM, WRAPPING UP WITH A BANQUET IN THE EVENING. DAIRY CATTLE FROM ALL OVER ALBERTA AND EVEN AS FAR AWAY AS QUEBEC WILL BE SHOWN THIS WEEKEND. THERE WILL ALSO BE A TRADE SHOW FOR VISITORS TO TAKE IN, AND YOU CAN SEE ALL THE DETAILS AT WESTERNERPARK.CA. EVERYTHING WILL BE HOSTED INSIDE THE UFA AGRICENTRE EAST AND WEST AT WESTERNER PARK.

 



 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 21

 

CANADA WINS COOL BATTLE - CANADA HAS WON A BATTLE IN AN ONGOING TRADE DISPUTE WITH THE U-S OVER MEAT-LABELLING LAWS THAT HAVE BEEN HURTING THE BEEF AND PORK INDUSTRIES. THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION RELEASED A RULING SAYING THE U-S COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABELLING RULES DISCRIMINATE AGAINST EXPORTS FROM CANADA AND MEXICO.

 

CANADIAN CATTLEMEN’S' ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIRECTOR JOHN MASSWOHL REACTS TO THE NEWS FROM PARIS.

 


 


AGRICULTURE MINISTER GERRY RITZ SAYS THE LEGISLATION COSTS THE CANADIAN PORK AND BEEF INDUSTRIES ABOUT ONE-BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.




HARVEST ALL BUT DONE - HARVEST IS PRETTY MUCH WRAPPED UP AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA. THAT FROM RED DEER COUNTY AG SERVICES MANAGER ART PREACHUCK, WHO FEELS MOST FARMERS ARE JUST WORKING ON SOME FINISHING TOUCHES THIS WEEK.

 


HE SAYS THIS YEAR'S HARVEST FINISHED A TAD LATE COMPARED TO A NORMAL YEAR.
 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINES FOR OCT 20


CHECKING FOR CLUBROOT - WITH HARVEST ON THE VERGE OF WRAPPING UP, FARMERS ARE STILL BEING REMINDED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DISEASE. PONOKA COUNTY AGRICULTURE SPOKESMAN JUSTIN BABCOCK SAYS CLUBROOT IS STILL SOMETHING CANOLA PRODUCERS SHOULD BE WEARY OF.

 


HE SAYS CLUBROOT HAS BEEN A PROBLEM IN PONOKA COUNTY FOR YEARS, AND DETECTING IT EARLY AND ACTING ON IT IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THE DISEASE FROM SPREADING
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 17

 

DELTA CORONAVIRUS DETECTED IN AB - A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLE OF THE SWINE DELTA CORONAVIRUS WAS DISCOVERED IN ALBERTA THIS WEEK. ALBERTA PORK SAYS IT WAS FOUND DURING A ROUTINE CHECK FOR DISEASES, AS PART OF THE PROVINCES EFFORTS IN KEEPING DELTA CORONAVIRUS AND PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA OUT OF THE PROVINCE. IN SPITE OF THE POSITIVE SAMPLE, THERE ARE STILL NO INFECTED PIGS OR BARNS IN ALBERTA.

ALBERTA PORK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DARCY FITZGERALD BELIEVES ALBERTA PRODUCERS HAVE BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB IN FOLLOWING PREVENTATIVE PROTOCOLS.

 

THE DELTA CORONAVIRUS IS A COUSIN OF PED, WHICH HAS KILLED MILLIONS OF PIGS IN NORTH AMERICA.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 16

 

 

CALLING FOR A CULL - RANCHERS SAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS IGNORING THEIR REQUESTS TO CULL A MASSIVE HERD OF ELK AT A MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHEASTERN ALBERTA THAT IS DAMAGING THEIR LAND. BOB OLSON, REEVE OF CYPRESS COUNTY, SAID THE ELK ROUTINELY JUMP FENCING AROUND THE CANADIAN FORCES BASE NEAR SUFFIELD AND THEN EAT OR TRAMPLE GRAZING GRASS AND CROPS.

 


OLSON, WHO HAS A CATTLE RANCH NEAR THE BASE, SAID THE HERD HAS GROWN FROM A FEW HUNDRED ELK IN 1997 TO ABOUT 6,000 ANIMALS. WITH NO NATURAL PREDATORS, RANCHERS FEAR THE HERD WILL CONTINUE TO BALLOON IN SIZE, CAUSING EVEN MORE DAMAGE.

 


LABOUR SUMMIT TO BE HOSTED IN RED DEER - THE 2014 ALBERTA AGRICULTURE LABOUR SUMMIT WILL BE HOSTED IN RED DEER ON OCTOBER 30TH. AL DUELY, LABOUR RECRUITMENT SPECIALIST WITH ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SAYS AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF SPEAKERS IS LINED UP.
 

 

AGRICULTURES ROLE IN THE TEMPORARY FORIEGN WORKERS ACT CHANGES IS JUST ONE OF MANY ITEMS OF DISCUSSION. YOU CAN REGISTER AT LABOURSUMMIT.ALBERTAMILK.COM
 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 15

 


RED DEER FOODGRAINS RAISE $61K - THE RED DEER FOOD GRAINS BANK HARVEST IS NOW OFF THE FIELD AND IN THE BIN. VOLUNTEER DOUG MAAS SAYS THEIR HARVEST SOUTH OF LACOMBE ON SATURDAY WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.
 

 

OF COURSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL MATCH THEIR EARNINGS ON A 4-1  RATIO, SO THAT MEANS ABOUT 240 THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL HEAD OVER SEAS THANKS TO SATURDAY'S HARVEST.
 

FCC COLLECTS FOOD IN CENTRAL ALBERTA
- FARM CREDIT CANADA'S DRIVE AWAY HUNGER TRACTOR MADE 5 STOPS IN RED DEER ON TUESDAY. THE TRACTOR, PULLING A TRAILER COLLECTING FOOD DONATIONS RECEIVED ABOUT 25 HUNDRED POUNDS FROM 5 LOCAL SCHOOLS. THE TRACTOR IS MAKING STOPS ALL ACROSS CANADA, HOPING TO COLLECT 3 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD NATION WIDE. THE TRACTOR IS MAKING MORE STOPS IN RED DEER, BLACKFALDS AND LACOMBE ON WEDNESDAY.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 14

 


WHE REACTS TO ABUSIVE VIDEO - THE WESTERN HOG EXCHANGE IS MAKING AN EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATION INTO THE SAFE HANDLING OF PIGS AT THEIR FACILITIES. A VIDEO OF HOGS BEING ABUSED BY EMPLOYEES AT THE WESTERN HOG EXCHANGE BARN IN RED DEER SURFACED OVER THE WEEKEND, SPARKING SOME CONTROVERSY. WESTERN HOG EXCHANGE CHAIRMAN BRENT MOEN SAYS THEY WERE MADE AWARE OF THE VIDEO IN SEPTEMBER, AND IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED THE SPCA AND THE CFIA.

 



 
THE WESTERN HOG EXCHANGE BELIEVES THE VIDEO WHICH AIRED ON W5 ON THE WEEKEND WAS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT



DRIVING AWAY HUNGER TODAY AND TOMORROW - FARM CREDIT CANADA'S TOURING DRIVE AWAY HUNGER TRACTOR WILL BE IN CENTRAL ALBERTA THIS WEEK. THE ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE HAS A GOAL TO COLLECT 3 MILLION POUNDS OF ACROSS CANADA FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS. MARTIN LICSHKA WITH THE FCC SAYS THE TRACTOR WILL BE IN RED DEER TODAY, AND IN BLACKFALDS AND LACOMBE TOMORROW.

 


THE FCC HAS BEEN HOSTING THIS FOOD DRIVE FOR 11 YEARS NOW, AND IF YOU CAN'T DONATE FOOD ANY CASH CONTRIBUTION IS ALSO BEING ACCEPTED.
 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 10

 

FCC FOOD DRIVE HITS RED DEER, LACOMBE BLACKFALDS - FARM CREDIT CANADA'S DRIVE AWAY HUNGER TRACTOR TOUR WILL BE STOPPING IN CENTRAL ALBERTA THIS WEEK.  ON TUESDAY, THE TRACTOR WILL MAKE VARIOUS STOPS AROUND RED DEER, AND ON WEDNESDAY BLACKFALDS AND LACOMBE WILL DO THE SAME. PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME AND AND MAKE A NONPERISHABLE FOOD OR CASH DONATION WITH 100 PERCENT OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFITING CANADIAN FOOD BANKS. THE TOUR IS NATION WIDE, HOPING TO RAISE 3 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR.

 

 

 


 


 

 

  

RED DEER FOOD GRAINS HARVEST TOMORROW - THE RED DEER FOODGRAINS BANK HARVEST WILL BEGIN TOMORROW AFTERNOON.
A WHEAT FIELD DONATED SOUTHEAST OF LACOMBE WILL BE HARVEST, WITH THE PROCEEDS SUPPORTING COUNTRIES IN NEED WHO ARE BATTLING HUNGER. RED DEER PROJECT VOLUNTEER DOUG MAAS IS LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW'S BIG HARVEST.

 

 

 

IN THE LAST 18 YEARS, 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN DONATED BY THE RED DEER GROUP WITH THIS PROJECT

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 9

 

HARVEST 80% DONE - HARVEST PRODUCTION HAS BEEN PICKING UP IN RECENT WEEKS AROUND NORTH CENTRAL ALBERTA. PONOKA COUNTY AGRICULTURE SPOKESMAN JUSTIN BABCOCK SAYS THIS YEAR'S HARVEST IS ON THE VERGE OF WRAPPING UP.

 

AND HE SAYS CONTINUED SUNSHINE WILL BE A PERFECT WAY TO END OCTOBER

 

BABCOCK WOULD LIKE TO REMIND CANOLA FARMERS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR WEEDS OR DEAD SPOTS AS THE COUNTY TRIES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CLUBROOT.

 



RED DEER FOODGRAINS HARVEST TO GO SATURDAY - A NEW DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE RED DEER FOODGRAINS BANK HARVEST AND BARBECUE. WITH SUNNY WEATHER IN THE FORECAST FOR THIS WEEKEND, THE ANNUAL HARVEST HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR NOON ON SATURDAY AT THEIR FIELD SOUTHEAST OF LACOMBE. WE'LL LET YOU KNOW IF ANYTHING CHANGES.
 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 7

 

PED STILL HEAVY IN THE US - THE DEADLY PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS CONTINUES TO HAVE A HEAVY PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES. EGAN BROCKHOFF WITH PRAIRIE SWINE HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER SAYS THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IS STILL NOT SHOWING ANY SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN.

 


THERE ARE ABOUT 70 CASES CONFIRMED IN CANADA, WITH 3 NEW CONFIRMED SITES IN MANITOBA IN RECENT WEEKS.
THE VIRUS HAS YET TO CREEP WEST OF MANITOBA.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 6

 

BARREL RACERS MAKE BIG DONATION - LOCAL BARREL RACERS FROM PONOKA MADE A BIG DONATION TO LUNG DISEASE RESEARCH THIS MORNING. A TOTAL OF 6 THOUSAND 500 DOLLARS WAS RAISED BY THE LOCAL RACERS, AND ORGANIZERS KAYLEE-JO HENKELMAN AND SHAYNA DODDS HELPED PRESENT THE MONEY TO THE LUNG ASSOCIATION THIS MORNING AT THE PONOKA HOSPITAL. THE MONEY WAS RAISED AS A TRIBUTE TO A FORMER PONOKA RODEO VOLUNTEER WHO LOST HER LIFE TO THE DISEASE.

FOODGRAINS HARVEST STILL A GO  - ALSO IN THE AREA TODAY, THE PONOKA FOOD GRAINS BANK HARVEST AND LUNCH WILL GO AS PLANNED, WITH LUNCH AT 1 AND THE HARVEST AT 2:00. MONEY RAISED THE HARVEST WILL BE MATCHED 4-1 BY THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WITH THE PROCEEDS BENEFITING PEOPLE IN NEED IN 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES.

OLDS COLLEGE EQUINE PROGRAM SAVED - SOME COMMUNITY SUPPORT SAVED SOME COURSES WITH THE OLDS COLLEGE EQUINE PROGRAM FROM BEING LOST THIS YEAR. DUE TO FLOORING ISSUES AT THE BRAWN FAMILY RIDING ARENA, SCHEDULED RIDING WESTERN RIDING CLASSES WERE NOT ABLE TO START IN SEPTEMBER. HOWEVER, INSTRUCTOR CHERYL MITCHELL SAYS SUPPORT FROM THE OLDS REGIONAL EXHIBITION SAVED THE DAY.

 

 

 



THE CLASSES ARE NOW BEING HELD AT THE KIWANIS BARN AND MEGA DOME, WITH THE REGULAR FACILITY SET TO REOPEN VERY SOON. ABOUT 50 STUDENTS MAKE UP THE COURSES AT OLDS COLLEGE.
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 3

 

ALBERTA STILL PED FREE - ALBERTA PORK PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON PED IN OUR PROVINCE FRIDAY MORNING. WITH 3 NEW CASES OF PED BEING CONFIRMED IN MANITOBA IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS, FORECASTED RISKS OF THE DISEASE EXPANDING IN THE FALL HAVE BEEN HOLDING TRUE. HOWEVER, DR EGAN BROCKHOFF WITH PRAIRIE SWINE HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER SAYS ALBERTA IS STILL PED FREE.

 

 


BROCKHOFF SAYS THERE ARE 50 NEW POSITIVE PED SAMPLES IN THE U.S. EVERY WEEK, WITH OVER 8 THOUSAND CONFIRMED CASES ACROSS THE NATION. THERE ARE ABOUT 70 CONFIRMED CASES IN CANADA, ALL EAST OF SASKATCHEWAN.

 


VET-U-CAN BEGINS TOMORROW - THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY'S VETERINARY SCHOOL IS OPENING IT'S DOORS TO THE PUBLIC FOR THEIR VET-U-CAN EVENT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. IT WILL BE A CHANCE FOR POTENTIAL VET STUDENTS, PRODUCERS, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TOO SEE WHAT THE SCHOOL IS WORKING ON AND HOW THEY OPERATE.
RED DEER NATIVE AND 3RD YEAR VET STUDENT JENNIFER ENZIE SAYS THERE WILL BE LOTS TO SEE ON CAMPUS AT THE U OF C.

 

 

 

 


FACULTY STAFF AND STUDENTS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS FROM 10:00 - 4:00 BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT THE SPY HILL CAMPUS.
 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 2

 

PONOKA FOOD GRAINS READY FOR SATURDAY - IT'LL BE A COMBINE BLITZ NEAR PONOKA THIS WEEKEND. THE 17TH ANNUAL PONOKA FOODGRAINS BANK PROJECT WILL WRAP UP SATURDAY WITH THEIR ANNUAL HARVEST AND BARBECUE FROM THE USUAL DONATED LAND SOUTH OF PONOKA. VOLUNTEER LARRY HENDERSON SAYS SOME TOUGH WEATHER THIS YEAR HAS CREATED SOME OBSTACLES FOR THE HARVEST.

 


THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MATCHES ANY PROFITS MADE ON A 4 TO 1 RATIO, WITH ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN NEED IN 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES.


SATURDAY'S BARBECUE WILL BEGIN AT NOON.

 



RED DEER FOODGRAINS HARVEST POSTPONED - RED DEER'S FOOD GRAINS PROJECT HARVEST SET FOR SATURDAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED. OFFICIALS SAY THEIR WHEAT CROP SOUTH OF LACOMBE IS TOO WET TO HARVEST THIS WEEK, AND A NEW HARVEST DATE IS TO BE DETERMINED.

 


PED TELEPHONE TOWN HOUSE TOMORROW - ALBERTA PORK IS HOSTING ANOTHER PED TELEPHONE TOWN HALL FRIDAY MORNING. EXPERTS WILL BE DISCUSSING THE EFFECTS MANURE SPREADING CAN HAVE ON THE CONTROL OF PED IN OUR PROVINCE. IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, YOU CAN DIAL 1-877-229-8493 TOMORROW MORNING AT 10:30 AND USE THE PASSWORD 112339 WHEN PROMPTED.