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Steve Dooremalen

(403) 343-6397   


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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.

 

 

 


 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR OCT 1

 

 

CATTLE PRICES BOOMING - CATTLE PRICES IN ALBERTA HAVE MADE DRAMATIC JUMPS IN RECENT MONTHS. BLAIR VOLD, WITH VOLD JONES AND VOLD AUCTION MART IN PONOKA SAYS SELLING CATTLE HAS BEEN A RICH BUSINESS AS OF LATE.

 


VOLD BELIEVES THESE HIGH SELLING PRICES ARE HERE TO STAY

 

 


WITH DEMAND SO HIGH RIGHT NOW, VOLD SAYS IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR PRODUCERS TO MAINTAIN, AND EVEN INCREASE THEIR HERDS.


 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 30

 

RISING FARMLAND VALUES - FARMLAND PRICES CONTINUE TO SOAR IN WESTERN CANADA, LED BY INTENSE DEMAND AND SHORT SUPPLY. A REPORT BY REMAX REALTY, SUGGESTS THERE ARE BIDDING WARS FOR FARMLAND ACROSS ALBERTA THAT'S SIMILAR TO WHAT'S SEEN IN SOME OF CANADA'S HOTTEST HOUSING MARKETS. KEN POFFENROTH IS A LONGTIME FARM REALTOR IN LACOMBE. HE SAYS THE STRETCH ALONG HIGHWAY 2 IS WHERE YOU'LL FIND THE MOST EXPENSIVE FARMLAND IN THE PROVINCE. REMAX SAYS THE MOST EXPENSIVE FARMLAND IN CANADA IS STILL IN BC'S FRASER VALLEY WHERE AN ACRE IS GOING FOR UPWARDS OF 63 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
 

CALF WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 16 -  MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY AND ALBERTA AGRICULTURE IS HOSTING A BEEF CATTLE RATION BALANCING WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 16TH. GUEST SPEAKERS WILL COVER TOPICS AROUND TEST RESULTS FROM FEED SAMPLES, MINERAL OPTIONS, NUTRITION AND MANY OTHERS.
 
LORELLE GRATTIDGE WITH MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY SAYS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS ON THURSDAY.


 
IT WILL BE HOSTED AT OLDS COLLEGE, AND YOU CAN REGISTER BY CALLING THE COUNTY AT 403-335-3311.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 26

 

FOODGRAINS HARVEST DELAYED - SOME DISAPPOINTING NEWS FOR CENTRAL ALBERTA'S CANADIAN FOOD GRAINS BANK PROJECT THIS MORNING. VOLUNTEER DOUG MAAS SAYS TODAY'S RAIN WILL DELAY THEIR HARVEST.

 


NEXT SATURDAY'S BARBECUE WILL BEGIN AT NOON. A CROP OF WHEAT IS BEING HARVESTED THIS YEAR ON LAND DONATED SOUTHEAST OF LACOMBE. ONCE HARVESTED, THE PROFITS WILL BE MATCHED 4-1 BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT PEOPLE IN NEED IN 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES.

 


GOAT CONVENTION BEGINS THIS WEEKEND -
THE ALBERTA GOAT ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONVENTION IS NOW UNDERWAY IN CAMROSE. SEMINARS, PRESENTERS, AND EXHIBITS WILL BE ON DISPLAY ALL WEEKEND LONG FROM THE CAMROSE REGIONAL EXHIBITION.



CANADIAN SUPREME BEGINS MONDAY - RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK WILL BE BUSY NEXT WEEK WITH THE RETURN OF THE CANADIAN SUPREME HORSE SHOW. IT WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, RUNNING THROUGH SUNDAY OCTOBER 5TH. CANADIAN SUPREME CHAIRMAN JEFF ROBSON SAYS A 500 THOUSAND DOLLAR PURSE WILL BE UP FOR GRABS.

 

 


HORSES FROM ALL OVER THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST WILL BE IN RED DEER ALL WEEK. YOU CAN FIND MORE DETAILS AT CANADIANSUPREME.COM.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 25

 

OLSON OFFERS SUPPORT - ALBERTA'S AGRICULTURE MINISTER IS SHOWING FULL CONFIDENCE IN OUR FARMERS THIS HARVEST. VERLYN OLSON SAYS IN SPITE OF SOME WEATHER OBSTACLES THIS YEAR, FARMERS SHOULD REMAIN OPTIMISTIC.

 

 
OLSON WAS RECENTLY RE-APPOINTED AS MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT BY NEW PREMIER JIM PRENTICE.


 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 24

 

NEW CASE OF PED - A NEW CASE OF PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA HAS BEEN CONFIRMED IN CANADA. THE LATEST IS ON A MANITOBAN SOW OPERATION IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE PROVINCE. THIS IS THE 3RD MANITOBA FARM TO CONFIRM THE DISEASE, HOWEVER ALBERTA REMAINS PED FREE. ALBERTA PORK IS REMINDING ALL HOG PRODUCERS AND HANDLERS TO CONTINUE USING ALL PREVENTATIVE MEASURES AS A PRECAUTION AGAINST PED.


DEALING WITH FLATTEND CROPS - FARMERS CONTINUE TO PICK UP THE PIECES AFTER EARLY SNOW FLATTENED CROPS AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA. MATT SAWYER OF THE ALBERTA BARLEY COMMISION SAYS IT HAS BEEN A ROUGH GOING FOR MANY FARMERS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.
 

 
THERE IS RAIN IN THE FORECAST FOR TONIGHT, AND FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 23

 

HARVEST PICKING UP - A RECENT WARM WEATHER BREAK HAS ALLOWED FARMERS TO GAIN SOME GROUND ON THEIR HARVEST THIS MONTH. CROP SPECIALIST, HARRY BROOK FROM THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER SHARES THE LATEST ON ALBERTA'S HARVEST.

 



 


HE SAYS THAT EARLY SNOWFALL EARLIER IN THE SEASON IN CENTRAL ALBERTA MAY RULE OUT ANY NUMBER 1 WHEAT OUT OF THE REGION THIS YEAR.

 



SUMMIT UP! BEGINS WEDNESDAY- THE AG FOOD COUNCILS IS HOSTING SUMMIT UP TOMORROW IN OLDS. YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE 2 DAY SEMINAR BEING HOSTED AT THE POMEROY INN AND SUITES WITH OLDS COLLEGE. SEMINAR THEMES INCLUDE LOCAL LIVING ECONOMIES, ADVANCING INNOVATION, ENTERPRISING NON-PROFITS AND LEADING COLLABORATIVELY. IT STARTS AT 8:00 WEDNESDAY MORNING, YOU CAN REGISTER AT WWW.AGFOODCOUNCIL.COM/SUMMITUP.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 22

 

GOAT CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND - THE ALBERTA GOAT ASSOCIATION IS HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION AND PRODUCTION SALE THIS WEEKEND IN CAMROSE. SPOKESPERSON MERNA GISLER SAYS THE ENTIRE WEEKEND WILL BE VERY BUSY.


 


THE ALBERTA GOAT ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONVENTION AND PRODUCTION SALE RUNS FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY IN CAMROSE.
VISIT ALBERTA GOATS DOT COM TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 19

 

OLDS COLLEGE LAUNCHES NEW AGRI BIZ CLUSTER - OLDS COLLEGE HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW INITIATIVE TO DRIVE THEIR AGRIBUSINESS CLUSTER. COLLEGE VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVANCEMENT JORDAN CLELAND IS THRILLED TO LAUNCH THE NEW "GLOBAL AGRIBUSINESS COMMONS".

 


HE SAYS AGRI BUSINESS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO OLDS COLLEGE, AND HE FEELS THIS CLUSTER WILL KEEP THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE STRONG

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 18

 

OLSON ANXIOUS TO RETURN AS AG MINISTER - A NEW PROVINCIAL CABINET WAS REVEALED BY PREMIER JIM PRENTICE THIS WEEK AND THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES ON THE AGRICULTURE SIDE.

 

VERLYN OLSON WILL REMAIN MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, SOMETHING HE IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT.

 

 



OLSON ALSO HAS MORE GOALS TO ACHIEVE AS AG MINISTER.

 

 

 
OLSON HAS BEEN THE AG MINISTER SINCE 2012

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 17

 

FNA TARGETS DISTRIBUTION COMPANY - THE FARMERS OF NORTH AMERICA ARE SEEKING FARM SUPPORT TO SETUP A FARMER OWNED GRAIN HANDLING AND FERTILIZER DISTRIBUTION COMPANY. FNA PRESIDENT BOB FRIESEN EXPLAINS WHY THEY DECIDED TO GO AFTER THIS PROJECT RIGHT NOW.

 


THE FNA IS ASKING FOR A NON BINDING COMMITMENT OF 10 TO 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM PRODUCERS TO MAKE THIS PROJECT POSSIBLE.

 



AG INNOVATION WINNERS REVEALED
- AGRI TRADE MAY BE A COUPLE OF MONTHS AWAY, BUT THEY REVEALED THEIR 3 WINNERS OF THE AG INNOVATION AWARDS THIS WEEK. INTEGRITY POST STRUCTURES OF OKOTOKS, HAUKASS MANUFACTURING OF MORTLACH, SASKATCHEWAN AND JOHN DEERE ARE THE 3 RECIPIENTS THIS YEAR. AGRI TRADE MANAGER DIANNE SMIRL WAS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THIS YEAR'S WINNERS ON TUESDAY.

 

 


AGRI TRADE 2014 WILL BE HOSTED NOVEMBER 5TH TO 8TH AT RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK. THE EQUIPMENT EXPO DRAWS ROUGHLY 25 THOUSAND PEOPLE TO RED DEER EVERY YEAR.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 16

 

OLSON REMAINS AG MINISTER - NEW PREMIER JIM PRENTICE REVEALED HIS NEW CABINET MINISTERS YESTERDAY. AND THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE ON THE AGRICULTURE SIDE OF THINGS, AS VERLYN OLSON REMAINS AS MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT. OLSON, WHO IS THE MLA FOR WETASKIWIN-CAMROSE HAS BEEN THE MINISTER SINCE MAY OF 2012.


PLANNING FOR A SAFE HARVEST - WITH GOOD HARVEST WEATHER BACK IN ALBERTA THIS WEEK, ALBERTA AGRICULTURE IS SENDING OUT SOME MORE SAFETY TIPS. SAFETY COORDINATOR KENDA LUBECK HOPES ALL FARMERS KEEP THEIR OWN WELL BEING IN MIND WHILE WORKING HARD TO GET CROPS IN THE BIN.

 


SHE ALSO RECOMMENDS DESIGNATING A PLAY AREA FOR CHILDREN TO ENSURE THEY AREN'T RUNNING AROUND NEAR DANGEROUS EQUIPMENT.



SUSPECTS VANDILIZE FARM EQUIPMENT - RCMP NORTH EAST OF EDMONTON ARE INVESTIGATING MISCHIEF TO SOME FARM EQUIPMENT. THE VICTIM HAD DISCOVERED THAT SUSPECTS REMOVED FUEL FROM HIS LARGE JOHN DEERE TRACTOR AND FILLED THE TANK WITH CANOLA SEED. THE TRACTOR WAS PARKED SOUTH OF WILLMINGTON THIS PAST FRIDAY WHEN IT HAPPENED. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS MISCHIEF YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL THE RCMP.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 15

 

CHECKING FOR DISEASE  - WITH HARVEST UNDERWAY, NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO BE MINDFUL OF DISEASE SPREAD. RED DEER COUNTY AG SERVICES MANAGER ART PREACHUCK SAYS MAKING SIMPLE CHECKS IN YOUR FIELDS IS THE BEST WAY TO ISOLATE ANY DISEASE SPREAD.



HE SAYS THIS WARM FORECAST HIS WEEK IS EXACTLY WHAT FARMERS NEED AFTER SUCH A HARSH FEW DAYS LAST WEEK.

 



FERTILIZING IN THE FALL? - FALL FERTILIZATION CAN BRING SOME VERY POSITIVE ADVANTAGES TO YOUR CROP. THIS FROM AGRONOMIST, RAY DEBLANCO WHO SAYS' AGRIUM'S NEW SMART NITROGEN IS SOMETHING ALL FARMERS SHOULD CONSIDER USING THIS FALL.


 


HE RECOMMENDS FALL FERTILIZING IN A STUBBLE FIELD SO THEY CAN HOLD THE GRANIALS IN PLACE.

 


 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 12

 

"AS BAD AS IT CAN GET' - WARM, ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE SET TO RETURN THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK. THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS FOR FARMERS WHO HAVE BEEN HAMPERED BY SNOW, FROST AND EVEN RECORD OVERNIGHT LOWS THIS WEEK.


RED DEER COUNTY AG SERVICES MANAGER ART PREACHUCK SAYS THE EARLY PART OF THIS WEEK HAS BEEN DEVASTATING ON COUNTY FIELDS.

 


HE SAYS ENTERING THE WEEK, ONLY ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF COUNTY CROPS WERE IN THE BIN.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 11

 

WARMER WEATHER ON THE WAY - WARM WEATHER IS IN THE FORECAST, AND NOBODY IS MORE HAPPY ABOUT THAT NEWS THAN ALBERTA FARMERS. THIS WEEK'S WEATHER BROUGHT FROST, SNOWFALL, AND RECORD OVER NIGHT LOWS.
 

WEATHER NETWORK METEOROLOGIST DAYNA VATTESE SAYS THE FIRST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN CERTAINLY UNUSUAL.

 

 


SHE SHARES HER OUTLOOK ON HOW WHAT WINTER MAY BRING TO ALBERTA.

 


SHE SAYS THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON A FORECAST FOR SNOWFALL PREDICTIONS IN THE PROVINCE.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 10

 

SNOW FLATTENING CROPS - THE FIRST SNOW OF THE YEAR AND RECENT COLD TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN TAKING IT'S TOLL ON FARMERS AS OF LATE. PONOKA COUNTY AG SERVICES MANAGER SHAYNE STEFFAN SAYS THE SUDDEN MOOD CHANGE BY MOTHER NATURE HAS CAUGHT FARMERS BY SURPRISE IN NORTH CENTRAL ALBERTA.

 

 


BUT STEFFAN SAYS ANOTHER FORECAST REVERSAL COULD SAVE SOME CROPS.

 

 

FARMERS MAY GET SOME RELIEF SOON AS THERE IS WARMER, DRY FORECASTS AROUND THE PROVINCE FOR AS EARLY AS THIS WEEKEND.
 


MORE MONEY FOR LIVESTOCK GENETICS - THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING MORE INTO LIVESTOCK GENETICS. AGRICULTURE MINISTER GERRY RITZ ANNOUNCED 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING TO THE CANADIAN LIVESTOCK GENETICS ASSOCIATION TODAY, TO HELP OPEN NEW EXPORT MARKETS FOR DAIRY AND GENETICS. A GOAL TO RAISE THE EXPORTS OF DAIRY GENETICS 10 PER CENT BY 2015 HAS BEEN SET BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS FUNDING WILL ALSO ADD MORE FOCUS TO CANADA'S SHEEP AND GOAT SECTORS.
 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 9

 

RECORD SNOW FALL YESTERDAY - MORE SNOW AND COLD TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE FORECAST FOR TODAY, TONIGHT AND FOR THE BETTER PART OF THIS WEEK. THERE ARE STILL SNOWFALL WARNINGS FOR SOME PARTS OF THE PROVINCE, AND LOWS ARE EXPECTED TO AGAIN DROP BELOW ZERO. 11 POINT 8 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW AS MEASURED AT THE CALGARY AIRPORT YESTERDAY, THE HIGHEST IN THE PROVINCE. 4 CENTIMETRES WAS MEASURED IN RED DEER, SETTING A NEW RECORD FOR SEPTEMBER 8TH. IT'S STILL WAIT AND SEE TIME TO DETERMINE HOW THIS WILL AFFECT THIS YEARS CROP FOR MANY FARMERS. EXPERTS ARE HOPING FOR STRONG WIND GUSTS AND HOT WEATHER THIS WEEKEND TO HELP LIMIT THE DAMAGES. THAT WISH MAY HOLD TRUE AS TEMPERATURES ARE SET TO JUMP BACK INTO THE HIGH TEENS BY FRIDAY IN SOME AREAS.



A SAFE FINISH TO HARVEST - WITH FARMERS MAYBE GETTING AN UNWANTED BREAK SO FAR THIS WEEK, ALBERTA AGRICULTURE IS BRINGING UP MORE SAFETY REMINDERS.
 

FARM SAFETY COORDINATOR KENDA LUBECK SAYS MOST HARVEST RELATED INJURIES INVOLVE CARELESS USAGE OF EQUIPMENT.



 

AND AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE FINISH LINE, SHE SAYS FARMERS SHOULD PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO ALL SAFETY HABITS WHILE RUSHING TO GET GRAINS IN THE BIN IN TIME.

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 8

 

FIRST SNOW DROPS ON CROPS - FARMERS AROUND ALBERTA WOKE UP TO SNOW FLAKES AND COLD TEMPERATURES THIS MORNING. THE FIRST SNOW HAS ARRIVED, BUT LUCKILY IT WON’T BE HERE TO STAY. THE FORECAST CALLS FOR WARM, SUNNY WEATHER AGAIN BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

CROP SPECIALIST, HARRY BROOK FROM THE AG-INFO CENTER IN STETTLER, EXPLAINS HOW TODAY’S SNOW WILL IMPACT CROPS.

 
 
 
HE SAYS IF THE NICE FORECAST FOR THE END OF THE WEEK HOLDS TRUE, IT COULD RESCUE SOME CROPS.



 
SOME AREAS WEST OF EDMONTON, LIKE SWANS HILLS AND EDSON HAD CLOSE TO A FOOT OF SNOW ACUMMULATE ON VEHICLES EARLIER TODAY.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 5


ANOTHER POTENTIAL E COLI SCARE IN ALBERTA - THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY RAW PORK PRODUCTS SOLD BY 2 PROVINCIAL MANUFACTURES ARE BEING RECALLED BECAUSE THEY MAY CONTAIN E COLI. THEY WERE MANUFACTURED AT V AND T MEAT AND FOOD IN CALGARY AND HIEP THANH TRADING IN EDMONTON, AND WERE SOLD EXLUSIVELY TO ALBERTA RETAILERS. PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN ABOUT THE SECOND WEEK OF JULY AND EARLY SEPTEMBER MAY BE AFFECTED. IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR GROCERY STORE SOLD PORK FROM THESE PLANTS, YOU ARE ASKED TO CHECK BEFORE CONSUMPTION. THE CFIA SAYS THE RECALL WAS TRIGGERED BY A FOODBORNE OUTBREAK THIS SUMMER OF E. COLI IN ALBERTA, WHICH LED TO DOZENS OF PEOPLE GETTING SICK FROM AN ILLNESS THAT CAN CAUSE SEVERE CRAMPING, BLOODY DIARRHEA AND KIDNEY FAILURE.

CATTLE ROUNDUP TONIGHT - THE 20TH ANNUAL CATTLE ROUNDUP WILL BE READY TO GO TONIGHT FROM HERITAGE RANCH. THE CATTLE AUCTION WILL SUPPORT HEALTH CARE AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA.

 

ORGANIZER BONNY MAE FIBICH IS EXPECTING A BUSY EVENING TONGIHT.



 

OVER THE LAST 19 YEARS NEARLY 2 MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN RAISED FOR HEALTH CENTRES IN RIMBEY, INNISFAIL, LACOMBE, SUNDRE, RED DEER AND OTHERS.

 

ALSO THIS WEEKEND THE DICKSON STORE MUSEUM WEST OF INNISFAIL IS HOSTING THEIR 23RD ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL.
THAT TAKES PLACE ON SUNDAY FROM NOON TIL 4:30.


OLDS COLLEGE WELCOMES AG STUDENTS - AGRICULTURE STUDENTS ARE BACK IN CLASS THIS WEEK AT OLDS COLLEGE.

 

THE AG PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW, AND INSTRUCTOR JACK PAYNE SAYS THERE IS A REAL BUZZ AROUND CAMPUS THIS WEEK.




OVERALL, PAYNE FEELS THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE IS BRIGHT.

 

 


OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT NUMBERS WILL BE TALLIED UP WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.


 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 3

 

SNOW IN ALBERTA? - SOME FARMERS MAY BE DEALING WITH SNOW ON THEIR FIELDS THIS MORNING. HIGHWAY IMAGES ON 511 ALBERTA DOT COM SHOW SNOW ON THE GROUND ON HIGHWAY 22 NEAR RANCHLANDS IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA. AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA, ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAYS THERE IS A RISK OF FROST TONIGHT, WITH THE LOW EXPECTED TO DROP TO PLUS 4. THE EXTENDED FORECAST CALLS FOR A LOW OF PLUS 2 ON FRIDAY. METEOROLOGISTS SAY THE FIRST FROST OF THE SEASON FALLS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH IN AN AVERAGE YEAR.



CATTLE ROUND UP FRIDAY - THE 20TH ANNUAL CATTLE ROUND UP FOR CENTRAL ALBERTA HEALTHCARE RETURNS ON FRIDAY. DOZENS OF CATTLE WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF FROM RED DEER'S HERITAGE RANCH, RAISING MONEY FOR SENIORS IN HEALTH FACILITIES IN RED DEER, OLDS, RIMBEY, INNISFAIL, SUNDRE AND OTHERS.

 

ORGANIZER BONNY MAE FIBICH SAYS IT'S SHAPING UP TO BE A BUSY NIGHT.

 

 

 

 


YOU CAN FIND MORE DETAILS AT RDRHFOUNDATION.COM.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR SEP 2

 

FEEDING LOCAL STUDENTS - AS THE SCHOOL YEAR GETS UNDER WAY, A NEW PARTNERSHIP IS HELPING FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN HERE IN RED DEER AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. EGG FARMERS OF CANADA IS PUTTING ITS WEIGHT BEHIND BREAKFAST CLUB OF CANADA, WHICH HAS VOLUNTEERS SERVING BREAKFAST TO KIDS BEFORE SCHOOL.

 

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM, DON INOUYE SAYS ONE CHILD IN SEVEN GOES TO SCHOOL ON AN EMPTY STOMACH, WHICH HAS TROUBLING IMPLICATIONS.


BREAKFAST CLUB OF CANADA IS IN FOUR SCHOOLS IN RED DEER, SERVING ALMOST 45-THOUSAND MEALS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.



LATE BLIGHT IN ALBERTA -  LATE BLIGHT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED IN ALBERTA. ROB SPENCER IS A COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE SPECIALIST, AND HE EXPLAINS HOW TO DISPOSE OF ABOVE GROUND PLANT

MATERIALS.

 


IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LATE BLIGHT YOU CAN HEAD TO ALBERTA AGRICULTURE'S WEBSITE.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 29

 

LACOMBE FOOD GRAINS CROP LOOKING GOOD  - VOLUNTEER FARMERS HAVE BEEN BUSY THIS SUMMER ON THIS YEAR'S CANADA FOOD GRAINS BANK CROP IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. LAND SOUTHEAST OF LACOMBE HAS BEEN DONATED TO THE CAUSE THIS YEAR, WHERE A CROP OF WHEAT WILL END UP BEING DONATED TO NEEDY PEOPLE IN POOR COUNTRIES.

 

LOCAL FOOD GRAINS BANK SPOKESMAN DOUG MAAS SHARES HOW THE CROP HAS BEEN DOING THIS SUMMER.

 

 


AND MAAS SAYS THEIR CROP HAS MANAGED TO AVOID SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGE.

 

 


THE CENTRAL ALBERTA FOOD GRAINS PROJECT HAS HARVESTED AND DONATED 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF CROPS OVER THE LAST 18 YEARS.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 28

 

PRO FIGURES RELEASED - CWB today released its Pool Return Outlooks (PROs) for the 2014-15 pools and Futures Choice pools.  Compared to the last PRO release in July, projected returns for wheat, durum and canola in the Early Delivery Pools are $19, $49 and $1 per tonne higher, respectively.
For the Annual Pools, projected returns for wheat, durum and canola are $20, $56 and $4 per tonne higher, respectively. Projected returns for the wheat, durum and canola in the Winter Pools are also higher by $22, $56 and $6 per tonne, respectively.  Malt barley and field peas projected returns remain unchanged across all pools.

NIELSON REFLECTS ON CWO CHANGES - IT'S BEEN 2 YEARS SINCE THE CWB ENDED IT'S SINGLE DESK AND ALLOWED PRODUCERS TO SELL THEIR GRAINS TO WHOMEVER THEY CHOOSE. OLDS FARMER, JEFF NIELSON, SAT ON THE CWB BOARD WHILE THAT DECISON WAS MADE AND HE WAS FIRMLY AGAINST THE IDEA AT THE TIME.

 

NIELSON SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON THE ISSUE NO

 


 
THE HARPER GOVERNMENT HAS IMPOSED A 2016 DEADLINE FOR WHEN PRIVATIZATION MUST OCCUR.

UPDATING DISEASE IN CANOLA - CANOLA FARMERS IN THE AREA HAVE BEEN TACKLING DISEASE AND PREVENTION ALL SUMMER
KEITH GOBART IS AN AGRONOMIST WITH THE CANOLA COUNCIL OF CANADA, AND HE SHARES WHAT HE'S BEEN SEEING IN RECENT WEEKS IN OUR REGION.

 


WITH FROST LOOMING, SOME FARMERS ARE CONSIDERING AN EARLIER CUT THAN USUAL.
 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 27

 

CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE TO BE APPROVED - THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY WILL GET THE GO AHEAD TO USE A CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE ON FERRIL HORSES. WHOAS HAD RECENTLY APPLIED TO THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TO USE THE DRUG IN AN EFFORT TO HUMANELY CONTROL THE WILD HORSE POPULATION IN ALBERTA'S WEST COUNTRY.


WHOAS PRESIDENT BOB HENDERSON EXPLAINS HOW THE VACCINE WORKS.

 


THEY WILL ALSO ADMINISTER A BOOSTER SHOT TO THE DARTED MARES IN THE SPRING, WHICH WILL GIVE THEM A PREGNANCY BREAK FOR 3 YEARS.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THIS TYPE OF POPULATION CONTROL WILL BE USED ON WILD HORSES IN ALBERTA.



TEEN SENTENCED IN CATTLE SHOOTING - A 14 YEAR OLD BOY HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 16 MONTHS PROBATION AND A 55 HUNDRED DOLLAR FINE AFTER THE SHOOTING OF 9 CATTLE IN IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. 9 TEXAS LONGHORNS WERE SHOT NORTH EAST OF CAROLINE ON AUGUST 6TH OF LAST YEAR. 4 COWS AND 1 CALF DIED IN THE INCIDENT. THE YOUTH WHO CAN'T BE NAMED WAS SENTENCED IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE COURT ON MONDAY.
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 26

 

BOY INJURED IN MVC WITH SWATHER - A BOY BELIEVED TO BE ABOUT 13 YEARS OLD IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER THE CAR HE WAS RIDING IN COLLIED WITH A SWATHER NEAR PENHOLD SATURDAY NIGHT. IT HAPPENED AROUND 8 O'CLOCK ON HIGHWAY 592 ABOUT 5-K WEST OF TOWN AND RESULTED IN THE BOY'S MOM TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN RED DEER BY GROUND AMBULANCE. STARS TOOK THE BOY TO THE ALBERTA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN CALGARY.

FROST MAY ARRIVE EARLY - OVER NIGHT LOWS ARE DROPPING AROUND THE PROVINCE WHICH MEANS OUR FIRST KILLING FROST IS DRAWING NEAR. TEMPERATURES DROPPED AS LOW AS 1 POINT 8 DEGREES AROUND RED DEER ON SATURDAY, AND IT GOT AS COLD AS 2 POINT 1 DEGREES LAST NIGHT. CROP SPECIALIST FROM THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER, HARRY BROOK, EXPLAINS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR FROST.

 


ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAYS THE FIRST FROST NORMALLY FALLS AROUND SEPTEMBER 11TH.

STETTLER HEIFER WINS TOP PRIZE - RESULTS FROM THE CALGARY STAMPEDE'S QUALITY BEEF COMPETITION HELD LAST MONTH WERE RELEASED TODAY. JUDGES AWARDED POINTS FOR A NUMBER OF FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE EASE OF PROCESSING THE MEAT, SUCH AS CARCASS WEIGHT AND FAT COVERING, AS WELL AS CONSUMER CONSIDERATIONS LIKE AN IDEAL RIB EYE CUT ASSESSED FOR QUALITIES LIKE MARBLING, TEXTURE AND COLOUR. THIS YEAR'S GRAND CHAMPION MARKET HEIFER WAS FROM STETTLER'S KATHRYN DOLLIVER. HER HEIFER HAD AAA60 MARBLING, A RIB EYE OF 87 SQUARE CENTIMETERS, A STERLING SILVER SCORE OF 84 AND A CARCASS WEIGHT OF 727 POINT 8 POUNDS. THE GRAND CHAMPION'S PRIZE IS A CHEQUE FOR 3000 DOLLARS PLUS THE VALUE OF THE CARCASS.

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 25

 

ALBERTA STILL PED FREE - DESPITE THOUSANDS OF CASES OF PED ACROSS 30 US STATES OVER THE PAST 15 MONTHS, THE DISEASE HASN'T FOUND ITS WAY INTO HOG BARNS IN ALBERTA. ONLY ABOUT 70 CASES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED IN CANADA THIS YEAR...MOSTLY IN ONTARIO. BUT WITH THE COOLER WEATHER COMING, ALBERTA VET, DR. JULIA KEENLISIDE SAYS IT MIGHT ONLY BE A MATTER OF TIME. SHE PREDICTS THE COLD WEATHER SEASON WILL INCREASE CASES IN THE US AGAIN, AND THAT WILL INCREASE THE CHANCE OF THE DISEASE SPREADING TO ALBERTA. KEENLISIDE SAYS STRICT BIO SECURITY MEASURES ARE KEY, TO KEEP PED AT BAY.


PRENTICE VALUES AGRICULTURE - THE PC PARTY LEADERSHIP VOTE IS ONLY A COUPLE WEEKS AWAY, AND AGRICULTURE IS JOINING THE DEBATE TOPICS. CANDIDATE JIM PRENTICE BELIEVES RURAL ALBERTA AND THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE IS VERY IMPORTANT.

 


PRENTICE ALSO SAYS IF HE'S ELECTED LEADER AND PREMIER, HE'LL REALLY OPEN UP CONVERSATIONS TO RELAX THE BACKLOAD OF GRAIN IN ALBERTA.
 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 20

 

LYGUS BUGS TARGETTING CANOLA - THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER IS REMINDING CANOLA PRODUCERS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A PEST. CROP SPECIALIST HARRY BROOK SAYS THE LYGUS BUG IS SOMETHING ALL CANOLA PRODUCERS SHOULD BE WARY OF.




YOU CAN CONTACT THE AG INFO CENTRE FOR TIPS ON LYGUS BUGS.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 19

 

DAMAGED CROPS AROUND OLDS - HAIL STORMS HAVE LEFT SEVERAL FARMS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA WITH KNOCKED DOWN CROPS AND DAMAGED PROPERTY. JEFF NIELSON FARMS NEAR OLDS, AND HE SAYS HIS FARM DEFINIETLY FELT THE AFFECTS IN RECENT WEEKS.



NIELSON SAYS THE STORMS HAVE ALSO AFFECTED NIEGHBOURING CROPS IN MANY AREAS AROUND MOUNTAINVIEW COUNTY.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 18

 

MCIVER HIGH ON AGRICULTURE - THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR IS VERY IMPORTANT TO PC PARTY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE RIC MCIVER. HE SAYS RURAL ALBERTA AND LOCAL PRODUCERS ARE A VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE PROVINCE.

 


AND HE SAYS IF HE IS ELECTED PREMIER AGRICULTURE WILL GET MORE ATTENTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

 

 

THE PC PARTY WILL VOTE ON A NEW LEADER ON SEPTEMBER 6TH

 


FARMHOUSE BURNS TO THE GROUND
- WHAT CAUSED A FARMHOUSE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF RED DEER TO GO UP IN FLAMES SATURDAY MORNING REMAINS UNCLEAR. EMERGENCY CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE ALONG THE C& E TRAIL, NEAR TAYLOR DRIVE, JUST BEFORE 4:30 THIS MORNING. THE STRUCTURE WAS ENGULFED BY THE FLAMES- BUT THE BLAZE WAS LARGELY STIFLED WITHIN THE HOUR. ITS UNCLEAR TO FIRE OFFICIALS IF THE HOUSE WAS AN ACTIVE RESIDENCE, AND THERE'S BEEN NO SIGN OF ANY HOMEOWNER SO FAR THIS MORNING. HOWEVER, NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. CREWS REMAIN ON SCENE, EXTINGUISHING HOT SPOTS.


 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 15

 

FARMERS DEALING WITH DRY CROPS - HOT TEMPERATURES AROUND ALBERTA HAVE BEEN TAKING IT'S TOLL ON CROPS IN RECENT WEEKS. HARRY BROOK FROM THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER SHARES WHAT HE'S BEEN HEARING FROM LOCAL FARMERS.
 

 

BROOK EXPLAINS SOME SYMPTOMS OF HEAT DAMAGE ON A CROP.

 

HE SAYS CANOLA CROPS NEED 7 MILLIMETERS OF MOISTURE A DAY TO REMAIN HEALTHY.  FARMERS AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA WILL SEE SOME SHOWERS SOON,  AS THERE IS RAIN IN THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT 6 DAYS
 

 


PIONEER DAYS FESTIVAL SET FOR WEEKEND- THE ANNUAL PIONEER DAYS FESTIVAL RETURNS THIS WEEKEND AT RED DEER'S SUNNYBROOK FARM MUSEUM. A LARGE LINEUP OF ANTIQUE TRACTORS WILL BE COMPETING IN TRACTOR PULLS AND WILL ALSO BE SHOWCASED IN A PARADE. THERE WILL ALSO BE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT, ANTIQUE TOYS, A SILENT AUCTION AND A PANCAKE BREAKFAST EACH MORNING. THIS IS THE 19TH YEAR FOR THE FESTIVAL.
 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 14

 

LUKASZUCK PRIORITIZES AGRICULTURE - PC PARTY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE THOMAS LUKASZUCK WANTS ALBERTA'S AGRICULTURE SECTOR TO BOOM. HE SAYS IF HE IS ELECTED AS LEADER AND NEW PREMIER IN SEPTEMBER, FOCUSING ON THE FARM WILL BE A TOP PRIORITY.

 

LUKASZUCK BELIEVES THE PROVINCE NEEDS TO UPGRADE AND REFINE OUR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS.

 

 

 


HE SAYS SOLVING THE BACKLOG OF GRAIN IN ALBERTA IS ALSO KEY.




THE PC PARTY WILL ELECT A NEW LEADER NEXT MONTH.



HEMP WALK IN SYLVAN TOMORROW - AN INDUSTRIAL HEMP CROP WALK AND FIBER-WERX TOUR WILL BE HOSTED IN SYLVAN LAKE TOMORROW.

 

SPOKESPERSON LORI JO GRAHAM SAYS TOMORROW WILL BE A BUSY DAY.




THE GROUP WILL MEET AT THE WALMART PARKING LOT AT 8:30 TOMORROW MORNING. YOU CAN HEAD TO ALBERTABIOMATERIALS.ORG TO LEARN MORE.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 13

 

BATTLE OF THE ROCKIES IS HERE - ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE WILL BE ALL ABOUT THE CHUCK WAGONS FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS. THE 5TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE ROCKIES WPCA CHUCKWAGON RACES TOUR FINALS BEGIN TONIGHT, RUNNING THROUGH SUNDAY. PRESIDENT OF THE ROCKY CHUCKWAGON ASSOCIATION BRAD SMITH IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FIRST RACE THIS EVENING


THE GROUNDS HAVE BEEN UPGRADED FOR THIS YEAR AND RACES WILL RUN RAIN OR SHINE.

 

ASIDE FROM THE RACING THIS WEEK, THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF ENTERTAINMENT, A SILENT AUCTION, FIREWORKS, AND TRICK RIDING.
A FULL SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND AT BATTLE OF THE ROCKIES DOT ORG.

ROY BERG RESEARCH RANCH BECOMES OFFICIAL - THE KINSELLA RESEARCH RANCH HAS BEEN RENAMED IN HONOUR OF DR ROY BERG. A CEREMONY WAS HOSTED THIS MORNING TO MAKE IT ALL OFFICIAL ON THE SITE OF WHAT'S NOW KNOWN AS "ROY BERG RESEARCH RANCH". DR. BERG COMPLETED GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH AT THE RANCH BETWEEN 1960 AND 1988 ON CATTLE BREEDING AND LIVESTOCK GENETICS. FIELD DAY EVENTS ARE UNDERWAY THIS AFTERNOON AT ROY BERG RESEARCH RANCH AS PART OF THE CELEBRATIONS.

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 12

 

VJ&V SOLD THERE ARE NOW NEW OWNERS OF THE VOLD, JONES AND VOLD AUCTION MART IN PONOKA. THE THALAN FAMILY PURCHASED THE ICONIC BUSINESS, AND HAVE TAKEN OVER AS OF AUGUST 1ST. LIVESTOCK MANAGER BLAIR VOLD SAYS THEY WEREN'T LOOKING TO SELL THE AUCTION MART, BUT WERE PRESENTED WITH A REALLY GOOD OFFER FROM THE THALAN'S IN FEBRUARY.

 

 

 


THE NEW OWNERS ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE TRANSACTION, AND MORRIS THALAN SHARES WHAT INTRIGUED THEM ABOUT V-J-V.

 


THE VOLDS FAMILY WILL STILL WORK AS EMPLOYEES AT THE AUCTION MART.
 


EDGAR FARMS DEVASTATED BY STORMS - THE CLEANUP CONTINUES FROM THE HAIL STORMS LAST WEEK. EDGAR FARMS, WEST OF INNISFAIL, WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED FOR THE 5TH TIME ALREADY THIS YEAR AND THE LOSSES ARE STAGGERING. ELNA EDGAR SAYS THE MOST RECENT STORM LAST WEEK WHICH INCLUDED GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL WAS DEVASTATING.

 

 

 

 
THE EDGAR'S ARE HOPING THEY CAN MAKE A COMEBACK NEXT YEAR.
 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 8

 

ALBERTA REACTS TO RUSSIAN FOOD BAN - THE ALBERTA PORK INDUSTRY WILL BE IMPACTED BY THE IMPORT BAN DECLARED BY RUSSIA ON THURSDAY. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALBERTA PORK, DARCY FITZGERALD, SAYS THE TIMING OF THIS BAN IS DISAPPOINTING AS THE PORK INDUSTRY WAS BOOMING UP TO THIS POINT IN 2014.

 

RUSSIA ISSUED A 1 YEAR IMPORT BAN ON ALL CANADIAN FOOD PRODUCTS THURSDAY MORNING.
 

FEDERAL AGRICULTURE MINISTER GERRY RITZ ISSUED A STATEMENT ON THE ISSUE, SAYING THE SANCTIONS SHOW SHORT-SIGHTED DESPERATION FROM THE PUTIN REGIME, AND NEGATIVELY IMPACTS THE CITIZENS OF RUSSIA FAR MORE THAN CANADIANS. HE SAYS CANADA DOES HAVE SEVERAL OTHER LUCRATIVE PORK MARKETS, BUT IS STILL DISAPPOINTED BY THE MOVE IN RUSSIA.

 


COUNTRY FAIR THIS WEEKEND - THE 28TH PINE LAKE COUNTRY FAIR AND SPORTS DAYS IS READY TO RETURN THIS WEEKEND. THROUGH TODAY AND SUNDAY THERE IS LOTS PLANNED, AND CHAIR PERSON JUDY DREESHEN SAYS AGRICULTURE WILL BE A FOCAL POINT THIS WEEEKEND.

 

 

 

SHE SAYS PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER ALBERTA MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE COUNTRY FAIR EVERY YEAR.



BRAHMA RAMA UNDERWAY - THE ELNORA BRAHMA RAMA WILL ALSO BEGIN THIS WEEKEND. THE GATES OPEN AT 4 THIS AFTERNOON WITH BATHTUB RACES, A WILD PONY RACE AND A BUCKING BULL FUTURITY MAKING UP THE PLANS FOR TONIGHT. TOMORROW'S EVENTS INCLUDE THE LIL TYKES RODEO, WILD PONY RACES, AND PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING AT 7:30.

AND ALSO ONGOING ON THIS BUSY WEEKEND IS THE BENTLY RODEO.
IT BEGAN YESTERDAY, CONTINUES TODAY AND WRAPS UP TOMORROW.
YOU'LL STAY NICE AND DRY AS THE EVENT IS BEING HOSTED INSIDE THE BENTLEY ARENA.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 7

 

RUSSIA BANS IMPORTS - THE PORK INDUSTRY MAY BE MOST AFFECTED BY A RUSSIAN BAN ON WESTERN FOOD IMPORTS. RUSSIA HAS ANNOUNCED A 1 YEAR BAN ON CANADIAN FOOD IMPORTS, IN RETALIATION OF SANCTIONS LEVELED IN MOSCOW FOR IT’S ACTIONS IN UKRAINE. IN 2012, $563 MILLION WORTH OF FOODS WERE IMPORTED TO RUSSIA WITH MOST OF IT BEING FROZEN PORK.

DEAL IN WORKS WITH EU - The federal government is announcing that talks have ended on a text agreement of a free trade deal with the European Union. CAFTA, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance is welcoming this week's announcement. Heres executive director of CAFTA, Claire Citeau.

 

 


  
BENTLEY RODEO UNDERWAY - RODEO WEEKEND IS ALREADY UNDERWAY IN BENTLEY. THE 48TH ANNUAL BENTLEY RODEO BEGAN THIS MORNING, AND WILL KEEP THE TOWN BUSY RIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY. BENTLEY AG SOCIETY PRESIDENT JEREMY PARK SAYS THE WEEKEND HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY.



 

THE PARADE IS SET TO GO THIS AFTERNOON, WITH THE RODEO EVENTS RUNNING TOMORROW NIGHT AND SATURDAY NIGHT.

 

 

LOTS TO DO IN CENTRAL ALBERTA - IT'LL BE BUSY AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA THIS WEEKEND. THE ELNORA BRAHMA RAMA IS ALSO SET TO BEGIN TOMORROW, FEATURING PBR BULL RIDING. AND THE PINE LAKE COUNTRY FAIR  IS SET TO GO TOMORROW AND SATURDAY. WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT TOMORROW.
 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 6

 

NORMAL YEAR FOR HAIL SO FAR - WITH AUGUST NOW HERE, THE CHANCE OF DAMAGING WIND AND HAIL STORMS GROW IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. AGRICULTURE FINANCIAL SERVICES CORPORATION HAVE ALREADY BEEN DEALING WITH STORMS THIS YEAR. AND COORDINATOR NANCY SMITH PROVIDES THE LATEST UPDATE ON THEIR CLAIMS SO FAR.




AND SMITH EXPLAINS WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO PURCHASE CROP AND HAIL INSURANCE.




OVERALL, SHE SAYS IT'S BEEN A NORMAL YEAR FOR HAIL SO FAR.

WHEN TO CUT AFTER A STORM - MANY FARMERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CROPS TO HAIL HAVE BEEN WONDERING WHEN THEY SHOULD BE CUTTING WHAT'S LEFT FOR SILAGE OR GREEN FEED. ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SAYS THAT DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH THE CROP WAS FERTILIZED BEFORE THE STORM. THEY SAY FERTILIZED CROPS SHOULD BE CUT WITHIN A DAY OR 2 AFTER THE STORM BEFORE THE NITRATE LEVELS RISE, OR ELSE YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT A COUPLE OF WEEKS FOR THE LEVELS TO SUBSIDE. ANYTHING UNFERTILIZED, LIKE HAY, CAN BE CUT AT ANY TIME.

STETTLER COUNTY CROPS AHEAD - THERE IS OPTIMISM FOR FARMERS AROUND STETTLER COUNTY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. AG SERVICES MANAGER QUENTIN BEAUMONT SAYS NOT ONLY WILL THEIR CROPS BE IN ON TIME, THEY MAY ACTUALLY BE AHEAD. HE SAYS CANOLA AND WHEAT MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF CROPS AROUND STETTLER COUNTY THIS YEAR.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 5

 

OPTIMISM FOR PEA FARMERS - WORK IS ON GOING TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR PEA GROWERS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. RESEARCH SCIENTIST ROBYN BOWNESS  GAVE PRODUCERS AN UPDATE ON THEIR WORK AT THE LACOMBE FIELD DAY LAST WEEK.



 


SHE FEELS THE NEW VARIETIES HAVE BEEN SHOWING POSITIVE RESULTS.

 



TECHNOLOGY IMPORTANT ON THE FARM - The modern Canadian farmer uses technology every day, whether it's a GPS to improve efficiency while seeding, spraying or harvesting, or innovative new seeds and pesticides that help ensure robust harvests. Scientific advances are helping farmers improve their yields and farm in environmentally sound ways, notes Dr. Stephen Yarrow, vice president of plant biotechnology at CropLife Canada. Yarrow explains that when soil is not tilled it is better able to resist wind and absorb moisture and when the stubble from the harvested plant is left to decompose in place it adds additional nutrients to the soil. Today, more than 70 per cent of farmers in Canada use conservation tillage practices.

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR AUG 1

 

STORM HITS CENTRAL AB - FARMERS MAY HAVE MIXED REACTIONS THIS MORNING AFTER A DRAMATIC STORM ROLLED THROUGH SOME AREAS OF CENTRAL ALBERTA LAST NIGHT. A HUGE THUNDERSTORM WOKE MANY PEOPLE UP AROUND MIDNIGHT,  BRINGING STRONG WINDS AND HAIL. TODAY (FRI) RESIDENTS IN THE WEST COUNTRY ARE CLEANING UP AFTER REPORTS OF DOWNED TREES AND GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL IN THE NORDEGG AREA. MOTHER NATURE DUMPED OVER HALF AN INCH OR ABOUT 15 MM ON RED DEER IN THE EARLY MORNING OUTBURST.

 



TEES RODEO BEGINS TONIGHT - THE 39TH ANNUAL TEES RODEO IS ALL SET TO BEGIN TONIGHT. 3 DAYS OF RODEO EVENTS AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES WILL KEEP TEES BUSY, AND RODEO SECRETARY TANYA MESTON IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WHOLE WEEKEND. THIS RODEO IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST WEEKENDS OF THE YEAR IN TEES AND IS ALWAYS WELL ATTENDED.

 

 


YOU CAN FIND A MORE DETAILED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT CARARODEO.COM.

 



EXPERIMENTING A VACUUM CANOLA PLANTER - THE LACOMBE RESEARCH CENTRE HAS BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH THE USE OF A VACUUM PRECISION CANOLA SEED PLANTER, KNOW AS THE MONOSEM. RESEARCH SCIENTIST BREANNE TIDEMAN HAS BEEN COMPARING IT WITH A CONSERVAPAK, AND SAYS THE MONOSEM HAS BEEN SHOWING POSITIVE RESULTS THIS YEAR
 

 

RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THE VACUUM PLANTER COULD SAVE FARMERS MONEY AND LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF WASTED SEEDS.

 

 


 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 31


A PED UPDATE - ALBERTA PORK PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THE DEADLY PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA VIRUS THIS MORNING. DR. EGAN BROCHOFF FROM PRAIRIE SWINE HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER, IS HAPPY TO REPORT THAT ALBERTA STILL REMAINS PED FREE.



 
DOWN SOUTH, BROCKHOFF REPORTS THE OUTBREAKS HAVE SLOWED DOWN, BUT BELIEVES THEY COULD PICK UP AGAIN IN THE FALL.


 

MALTERS KEEPING BUSY - MALTING BARLEY IS CONTINUING TO GAIN SOME GROUND ON ALBERTA CROPS. RESEARCH SCIENTIST JOHN O'DONOVAN PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON WHAT THEY ARE WORKING AT THE LACOMBE RESEARCH CENTRE DURING A FIELD DAY YESTERDAY, AND HE SAYS SEVERAL VARIETIES ARE BEING TESTED EVERYDAY.
 


 
ABOUT 100 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE FIELD DAY YESTERDAY SOUTH OF LACOMBE.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 29

 

SUDDEN DEATH ON FARM  - St. Paul Mounties are investigating a sudden death involving farm equipment. At around 8:30 Wednesday morning, RCMP were dispatched to a farmer's filed on Hwy 881 just North of St. Paul. The victim was located in the field by a family member and emergency crews were then dispatched. St. Paul Fire Department and EMS pronounced a 69 year old male dead at the scene.  The investigation into the incident determined that the man, who was working alone, attempted to clear a bailer and somehow got caught in the machinery. An autopsy on the male has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. St. Paul RCMP will not be releasing the name of the victim.



FIELD DAY IN LACOMBE TOMORROW - THE ANNUAL LACOMBE FIELD DAY WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY MORNING (JUL 30) FROM THE LACOMBE RESEARCH CENTRE. FIELD CROP DEVELOPMENT CENTRE DIRECTOR, MARK MACNAUGHTON, IS EXPECTING A VERY BUSY AND PRODUCTIVE DAY.

 


REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8:00 WEDNESDAY MORNING AND ANYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 25

 

WINDS THREATEN FIELDS - FARMERS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA ARE HOLDING THEIR BREATH WITH THIS WIND WARNING STILL IN AFFECT. WINDS GUSTED UP TO 67 KILOMETERS AN HOUR THIS MORNING AND THEY COULD RISE TO 90 KILOMETERS AN HOUR HEADING INTO THE AFTERNOON.


BOWDEN DAYZ RODEO IS HERE - THE BIGGEST WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER IN BOWDEN IS NOW UNDERWAY. BOWDEN DAYZ IS HERE, AND THE 3 DAY RODEO BEGAN THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE JR RODEO. ORGANIZER KEITH BAILEY TEES UP WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FOR THE REST OF THE WEEKEND.


 

SLACK TIMES START AT 9 TOMORROW MORNING, AND THE FIRST PERFORMANCE GOES AT 1 PM FROM BOWDEN.

 

TASTE OF MARKERVILLE BEGINS TOMORROW - IT'S TASTE OF MARKERVILLE WEEKEND. THE HAMLET WILL SHOWCASE LOCALLY GROWN FOODS WITH THE HELP OF SOME TOP TIER CHEFS. ORGANIZER KATHLEEN RAINES SAYS TOMORROW (SAT) IS ALL ABOUT PROMOTING LOCALLY GROWN FOODS.

 


MARKERVILLE IS JUST 20 MINUTES WEST OF PENHOLD.
 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 24

 

HOT DRY WEATHER HAS BEEN HELPING FARMERS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA AS OF LATE. AGRICULTURE SERVICES CHAIR PERSON FOR RED DEER COUNTY, PHIL MASSIER, (MASS-SEE-EH), SAYS IT'S BEEN ALL GOOD NEWS FOR FARMERS IN RECENT WEEKS. AND HE FEELS THE LACK OF DAMAGING THUNDERSTORMS SO FAR HAS BEEN A POSITIVE.

 

MASSIER SAYS THERE HASN'T BEEN ANY MAJOR PEST PROBLEMS REPORTED YET, BUT THEY ARE STILL GATHERING FEEDBACK.



BOY INJURED IN HORSE FALL  - A 4 YEAR OLD BOY WAS FLOWN TO HOSPITAL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (WED) AFTER  FALLING OFF A HORSE NEAR SUNDRE. STARS AIR AMBULANCE SPOKESMAN CAM HEKE SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT THE YAHA TINDA RANCH AT AROUND 1:30. THE BOY WAS IN STABLE CONDITION EN ROUTE TO THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON AND WAS THE ONLY ONE INJURED IN THE INCIDENT.
 



POOL RETURNS RELEASED TODAY  - CWB today released its Pool Return Outlooks (PROs) for the 2014-15 pools and Futures Choice pools. Compared to the last PRO release in June, projected returns for the Early Delivery Pools are $12 per tonne higher for durum, while projected returns for wheat and canola are $24 and $29 per tonne lower, respectively. For the Annual Pools, projected returns for durum are $8 per tonne higher, compared to projected returns for wheat and canola which are $23 and $30 per tonne lower, respectively. Projected returns for the wheat and canola Winter Pools are $22 and $31 per tonne lower, respectively, while durum projected returns are $10 per tonne higher. Malt barley and field peas projected returns remain unchanged across all pools.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 22

 

CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE NEARING APPROVAL - THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY IS BACK FROM A WORKSHOP IN MONTANA LAST WEEK WHERE THEY LEARNED ABOUT A CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE USED TO CONTROL WILD HORSE POPULATIONS. SOCIETY PRESIDENT BOB HENDERSON SAYS THE WORKSHOP WENT WELL, AND THEY HOPE TO USE THE VACCINE IN ALBERTA.




HENDERSON SAYS THE VACCINE IS ENTIRELY HUMANE, AND WON'T BRING ANY NEGATIVE SIDE AFFECTS TO THE MARES.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 21

 

HORSE EUTHANIZED AT WESTERNER DAYS - A HORSE HAS BEEN PUT DOWN AFTER WHAT IS BEING DESCRIBED A FREAK ACCIDENT AT WESTERNER DAYS IN RED DEER SATURDAY NIGHT. SHOW CHAIRMAN DARRYL JOHNSTON SAYS THE INCIDENT STARTED IN THE STAGING AREA AFTER A CHUCKWAGON BECAME HUNG UP ON THE BUMPER OF PARKED SEMI.

 

 


THE TRUCK HAD TO BE TOED AWAY BUT NEITHER THE DRIVER OR RIDER WERE INJURED. JOHNSTON SAYS THE INCIDENT WILL PROMPT A PRECAUTIONARY REVIEW OF ON SITE SAFETY.

6 FARM FAMILIES HONOURED - LOCAL HOUSEHOLDS WHO HAVE HELD FAST TO THE FAMILY FARM FOR GENERATIONS ARE BEING HONOURED. SIX CENTRAL ALBERTA FAMILIES HAVE BEEN NAMED FOR THE CENTURY FARM AND RANCH AWARDS. INCLUDING THE HUSTONS OF LACOMBE, THE WIANCKO'S OF PONOKA AND THE WRIGHT-CLARK CLAN OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THE AWARDS, HANDED OUT BY AGRICULTURE MINISTER VERLYN OLSON THIS WEEK, RECOGNIZE THE FOUNDING FAMILIES OF ALBERTA'S FARMING SECTOR.

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 14

 

WHOAS HEADING TO MONTANA - THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY IS EXPLORING MORE HUMANE WAYS TO CONTROL THE WILD HORSE POPULATION IN ALBERTA. THEY'LL BE OFF TO MONTANA THIS WEEK FOR A 2 DAY WORKSHOP, WHERE THEY'LL LEARN MORE ABOUT A CONTRACEPTIVE VACCINE THAT COULD BE USED HERE IN ALBERTA.

 

WHOAS PRESIDENT BOB HENDERSON SAYS THE VACCINE WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER ALTERNATIVE COMPARED TO A CULL.

 

 


HE SAYS THIS VACCINE HAS NOT BEEN USED IN OUR PROVINCE BEFORE.
 

 

 


WHOAS, BASED OF OUT OLDS, WILL BE IN BILLINGS MONTANA TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY. THEY PLAN TO VACCINE UP TO 36 HORSES ONCE APPROVAL IS GIVEN.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 8

 

MONUMENTAL FLOODING IN SASKATCHEWAN - Close to a million acres of newly seeded crops in Saskatchewan may have been wiped out by last week's flood. That's one estimate as producers groups begin assessing the damage from the deluge. Norm Hall, the chairman of the Ag Producers of Saskatchewan, says another 2 million acres of cropland may have been damaged by the heavy rain. He says the extent of the flooding is simply unbelievable. Most of the floodwater is now heading east into Manitoba to eventually drain into Hudson Bay.

BACKYARD CHICKENS TO STAY IN RED DEER - THE CITY HAS HATCHED ITS FINAL PLAN FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS. THE DEBATE OVER BACKYARD HENS CAME TO A CLOSE IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS LAST NIGHT, WITH A BYLAW ALLOWING FOR UP TO 4 BACKYARD BIRDS GETTING A FINAL NOD OF APPROVAL. ONLY COUNCILLOR BUCK BUCHANAN AND LAWRENCE LEE VOTED IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROGRAM- CITING HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS. 65 CHICKEN LICENCES ARE UP FOR GRABS, ALTHOUGH PILOT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PROVIDED FIRST PLUCK.

PASTURE WALKS BEGIN TOMORROW - THE GREY WOODED FORAGE ASSOCIATION IS HOSTING 2 PASTURE WALKS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA TOMORROW. THE FIRST BEGINS AT 7 AM ON AITKENS' FARM SOUTHWEST OF RIMBEY, AND THE SECOND BEGINS AT 2 PM AT THE DEBRUIJN FARM EAST OF RED DEER. THEY'LL BE LEAD BY THE RENOWED JIM GERRISH, AND ALBERT KEIPERS FROM THE GWFA SAYS BOTH TOURS WILL EYE OPENERS FOR ANYONE WHO REGISTERS.

 

 

 

TO SEE IF YOU CAN REGISTER LATE, CONTACT THE GWFA OFFICE AT 403-844-2645.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 7

 

REPORTED HOG BARN FIRE - WE HAVE BEEN GETTING REPORTS COMING FROM THE BENTLEY AREA THIS MORNING OF A LARGE PIG BARN FIRE AT THE COLONY. THE LACOMBE FIRE DEPARTMENT TWEETED SHORTLY BEFORE 7 THAT THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO A STRUCTURE FIRE. WE'LL TRY AND HAVE MORE DETAILS FOR YOU LATER WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

POSITIVE CROP REPORT - FARMERS IN ALBERTA HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE HOT, SUNNY WEATHER WE'VE BEEN EXPERIENCING LATELY. IT'S ALLOWED CROPS TO CATCH UP AFTER A SLUGGISH START, AND AS OF THE LATEST CROP REPORT FROM THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT, 83 PER CENT OF PROVINCIAL CROPS ARE RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION.
RISK ANALYST JAMES WRIGHT SAYS  THE TURN IN TEMPERATURES IS JUST WHAT FARMERS WERE HOPING FOR.

 

 


IN CENTRAL ALBERTA, 76 PER CENT OF CROPS ARE RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT WHICH IS AN 18 PER CENT IMPROVEMENT OVER 2 WEEKS AGO.

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 4

 

BENALTO PRO RODEO BEGINS - THE 97th ANNUAL BENALTO PRO RODEO IS READY TO OPEN IT'S GATES TONIGHT. FIRST PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 7:00, HOWEVER EXHIBITS AND OTHER FUNCTIONS ARE ONGOING ALL DAY AT THE RODEO GROUNDS. BENALTO AG SOCIETY PRESIDENT NEIL HARKSEY SAYS THE ANNUAL RODEO IS A MAJOR EVENT FOR THE COMMUNITY EVERY YEAR. ALONG WITH THE USUAL MAJOR PERFORMANCES, HE SAYS SOME OTHER FUN EVENTS WILL BE ON DISPLAY.
 

 

TOMORROW'S PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 7:00 PM AND ON SUNDAY THEY START AT 1:00. EACH DAY BEGINS WITH A PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT 8:00.

DUST CONTROL IN STETTLER COUNTY - The County of Stettler will provide dust control this year for 2 kilometers of Range Road 19-3 and 400 meters of Township Road 39-2. These two stretches of road will see a mixture of DL 10 Light Oil and gravel that should mitigate the dust issues. The product was chosen for these roads north of Stettler that sees a lot of heavy grain traffic. This decision will cost the County $52,000 plus the cost of any additional gravel to be covered from reserves.

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JULY 2

 

STAMPEDE CHAMP CROWNED - A STAMPEDE CHUCKWAGON CHAMPION WAS HONORED LAST NIGHT IN PONOKA. DRIVER KURT BENSMILLER AND OUT RIDERS SHAWN CALF ROPE ADN WAYNE WRIGHT WON THE CHUCKWAGON FINALS AND THE TITLE OF STAMPEDE CHAMPIONS. THEY FINISHED IN 2ND PLACE ON DAY 6 WITH A TIME OF 1:12:51, SECOND ONLY TO LUKE TOURNIER'S TIME OF 1:12:19 WHICH SET A TRACK RECORD. OVERALL ORGANIZERS WERE VERY HAPPY WITH THIS YEAR'S STAMPEDE. ON THE RODEO SCHEDULE THIS WEEK, THE BENALTO PRO RODEO BEGINS ON FRIDAY AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY FOR THE 97TH YEAR. WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT THIS WEEK.

FARMERS GAINING GROUND IN CLEARWATER - FARMERS HAVE BEEN BUSY ON THE FIELDS IN RECENT WEEKS IN CLEARWATER COUNTY. COUNTY AG SERVICES MANAGER MATT MARTINSON SAYS SEEDING IS ESSENTIALLY COMPLETE AND FARMERS HAVE MOVED INTO SPRAYING. HE SAYS EARLY SEASON RAIN AND COOL TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN BIG OBSTACLES, BUT RECENT WARM, SUNNY WEATHER HAS SPEAD THINGS UP. HE'S NOT PREDICTING ANY MAJOR ACREAGE LOSSES FROM WATER THIS YEAR, BUT THEY ARE CURRENTLY INVESIGATING. HAYING IS PREDICTED TO START ON TIME THIS YEAR.
 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUNE 25

 

PED CASES DECLINING - AN UPDATE ON THE DEADLY PED VIRUS WAS PROVIDED DURING A ROUND TABLE TELECONFERENCE HOSTED BY ALBERTA PORK THIS MORNING. PANELISTS INCLUDED DR EGAN BROCKHOFF FROM PRAIRIE SWINE HEALTH SERVICES IN RED DEER, AND HE SHARED THE GREAT NEWS THAT ALBERTA IS STILL PED FREE.



HE PREDICTS BY THE FALL THERE WILL BE VERY MINIMAL EXISTING CASES OF PED IN CANADA. IN THE US, PED HAS KILLED AROUND 8 MILLION PIGLETS IN THE LAST YEAR AND ABOUT 75 PER CENT OF SOWS HAVE BEEN INFECTED. A VACCINE WAS JUST LICENSED IN THE US THAT WILL TREAT ALREADY INFECTED PIGLETS.

STAMPEDE CONTINUES - DAY 2 OF THE PONOKA STAMPEDE IS UNDERWAY. THE PRO RODEO CONTINUES AT 1, AND AT 6:30 THE CHUCK WAGON RACES BEGIN. ALSO TODAY THE WEST COAST AMUSEMENTS MIDWAY RUNS FROM 12:30 TO 11:30.

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUNE 24

 

BULLRIDING TONIGHT - THE JACE HARDY MEMORIAL PBR BULLRIDING EVENT WILL BEGIIN TONIGHT FROM THE STAMPEDE GROUNDS IN PONOKA.
IT ALL STARTS AT 6:30. THEN TOMORROW, THE 78TH ANNUAL PONOKA STAMPEDE GETS GOING FOR GOOD, BEGINNING WITH A PANCAKE BREAKFAST FROM 8:00 TIL 11:00. THE FARMERS MARKET AND AMUSEMENT PARK ALSO OPENS TOMORROW, BEFORE THE PRO RODEO BEGINS AT 6:30.
THE NIGHT WILL END WITH FIREWORKS. YOU CAN HEAD TO PONOKASTAMPEDE.COM TO SEE A FULL SCHEDULE.

DURANGO FARMS OPENS FOR TOUR - DURANGO FARMS NEAR LACOMBE HIS HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL FARM TOUR TOMORROW. ORGANIZER CRAIG SHAW SAYS THE TOUR OF THEIR CANOLA FARM WILL BE QUIET EXTENSIVE.
 

 

 

 

THE TOUR STARTS AT 1 TOMORROW AFTERNOON, AND DURANGO FARMS IS LOCATED 3 MILES EAST OF LACOMBE. THERE WILL BE SIGNS.
 

SAFE FARMING FOR INNISFAIL YOUTH - 83 GRADE 1 STUDENTS AT ECOLE JOHN WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL LEARN SOME HANDS ON RURAL AND FARM LESSONS TOMORROW. THEY ARE PARTICIPATING IN A SAFETY DAY PROGRAM, AS SEVERAL EXPERTS WILL BE ON HAND TO GET OUR FUTURE FARMERS OFF TO A SAFE START. TOPICS INCLUDE CHEMICAL, WATER, FIRE, AND PIPELINE SAFETY

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUNE 23

 

PONOKA STAMPEDE PRESSER TODAY - PLANS FOR THIS YEAR'S PONOKA STAMPEDE WILL BE REVEALED TODAY. A PRESS CONFERENCE IS BEING HOSTED THIS AFTERNOON WHERE SOME SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMNENTS WILL BE MADE AHEAD OF THIS WEEKENDS ANNUAL STAMPEDE. WE'LL BE AT THE MEDIA GATHERING, AND YOU CAN CATCH A RECAP IN TOMORROW MORNING'S AGRI NEWS UPDATE.

 

 

TALKING BARLEY AT LACOMBE RESEARCH CENTRE - THE BARLEY BREEDING PROGRAM IS ONE OF THE KEY ONGOING PROJECTS AT THE LACOMBE RESEARCH CENTRE. JOSEPH NYACHIRO IS A BARLERY BREEDER AT THE CENTRE, AND HE SAYS THERE ARE 5 SPECIFIC COMPONENTS TO THIS PROGRAM.

 

 

 

ALONG WITH THE FIELD DAY ON JULY 30TH, THE FIELD CROP DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IS ALSO HOSTING A BARLEY PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND OPEN HOUSE ON TUESDAY JULY 29TH AT THE JH HELM CENTRE.





 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUNE 19

 

SUNDRE RODEO RETURNS - THE SUNDRE PRO RODEO IS SET TO BEGIN TOMORROW. SUNDRE RODEO COMMITTEE PRESIDENT SCOTT SMITH FILLS US IN ON WHAT WE CAN EXPECT.


 

 

THE SLACK TIMES BEGIN AT 9 AM TOMORROW, AND THE FIRST PERFORMANCES START AT 6:15 FROM THE SUNDRE RODEO GROUNDS.
OF COURSE, THE RODEO WILL GO ON RAIN OR SHINE.


RISING FARM SECTOR  - Equity in Canada’s farm sector was up a healthy 13 per cent at the end of 2013. That’s compared with the same time the year earlier. Statistics Canada says national equity totalled just over 415 billion dollars. The agency says liabilities were up about 5 point 5 billion but assets were up over 53 billion dollars. The biggest single contributor to the higher assets was a 16 point 8 per cent increase in land values, nationally. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUNE 16

 

RITZ HEADS TO CHINA - FEDERAL AG MINISTER WILL BEGIN A TRADE MISSION TO CHINA THIS WEEK. RITZ SAYS CHINA IS A VALUABLE TRADE PARTNER AND HE HOPES THIS VISIT KEEPS ADDS TO THEIR ALREADY STRONG RELATIONSHIP.

 

 

 


A DELEGATION OF 30 AGRI BUSINESSMAN AND PERSONNEL WILL JOIN RITZ ON HIS WEEK LONG VISIT TO CHINA.

DAINES RODEO A CROWD PLEASER - IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND AT THE INNISFAIL PRO RODEO AT THE DAINES RANCH. AN $83,000 PAYOUT WAS PRESENTED TO THE WEEKENDS TOP PERFORMERS AND THE WEATHER COOPERATED FOR THE MOST PART. OVER 1000 PEOPLE TOOK IN THE ROTARY RODEO PARADE ON SATURDAY AND A GOOD TURNOUT OF FANS ENJOYED THE PERFORMANCES ALL WEEKEND.
THE CPRA CIRCUIT HEADS TO SUNDRE THIS WEEKEND, AS THEY'LL HOST THEIR PRO RODEO FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY AGAIN FEATURING 7 MAJOR EVENTS.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR STOLEN CATTLE - AN ALBERTA FARMER IS OFFERING A REWARD FOR THE RETURN OF HIS MISSING COWS. ANYONE WHO CAN LOCATE THE MISSING HERD WILL BE GIVEN 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RETURN. POLICE BELIEVE THE 59 MIXED BREED HEIFERS, WORTH MORE THAN 80-THOUSAND DOLLARS AT AUCTION, WERE STOLEN FROM A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR CZAR. A GROUND AND AIR SEARCH HAS TURNED UP NO SIGN OF THE CATTLE, AND POLICE BELIEVE THE BRANDED BEASTS MAY HAVE BEEN MOVED OUT OF ALBERTA OR SLAUGHTERED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE UDDER MYSTERY IS ENCOURAGED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS.

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUNE 10

 

DAINES RODEO BEGINS THIS WEEKEND - THE 54TH ANNUAL INNISFAIL PRO RODEO HITS THE DAINES RODEO GROUNDS ONCE AGAIN THIS WEEKEND. SLACKS BEGIN ON THURSDAY, TO BEGIN AN ENTIRE WEEKEND OF ACTION FEATURING CANADA'S BEST COWBOYS. ORGANIZER JACK DAINES SAYS THE GROUNDS WILL BE IN GREAT SHAPE.

 

 

 


THIS WILL BE AN EXTRA SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR JACK, AS HE SAYS IT WILL BE HIS FINAL RODEO.

 

 

 

DAINES SAYS HIS EMOTIONS WILL BE KEPT IN CHECK.

 

 

 


EVERYTHING GETS UNDERWAY ON THURSDAY WITH THE SLACK EVENTS AT 1:00 PM, THEN FRIDAY NIGHT THE RODEO ITSELF BEGINS AT 6:15, RUNING RIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY. THE PARADE BEGINS AT 10:30 AM ON SATURDAY IN DOWNTOWN INNISFAIL .

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUNE 6

 

OLDS COLLEGE PART OF HISTORY (JUNE 6) - THE FIRST MEAT SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN CANADA WILL SOON BE IN SESSION. 5 SCHOOLS ACROSS CANADA ARE PARTNERING TO CREATE THE CANADIAN MEAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING NETWORK. THE SCHOOLS INCLUDE THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, OLDS COLLEGE, THE UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN, UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH AND UNIVERSITE LAVAL. THE NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL HAS GRANTED THE PROJECT 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. BEFORE THE COURSE OPENS FOR GOOD, WORK STILL MUST BE COMPLETED TO CREATE COURSE OUTLINES, A CURRICULUM, WEBSITES AND THE OUTLINE FOR HANDS ON TRAINING.


BUSY RODEO WEEKEND (JUNE 6) - RODEO COMPETITION WILL BEGIN TONIGHT IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE. THE CHARIOT AND CHUCKWAGON RACES HIT THE TRACKS WEDNESDAY AND YESTERDAY AT THE ROCKY PRO RODEO, AND TONIGHT THE MAJOR RODEO EVENTS GET UNDERWAY AT 6:00. ACTION CONTINUES ALL WEEKEND AND WRAPS UP SUNDAY. ALSO THIS WEEKEND THE ECKVILLE INDOOR PRO RODEO GETS UNDERWAY. EVENTS BEGIN AT 6:30 TONIGHT AND AGAIN TOMORROW NIGHT.
 

 

ONE NEW CASE OF PED (JUNE 6) - Since the last reported case of PED in Manitoba on May 9, Canada has gone almost a month with no further incidents. But it had to end sometime, and on June 4, it did. PED was reported on a farrow-to-finish operation in Middlesex County in Ontario. That brings the total number of cases in Ontario to 59. The disease continues to spread in the United States as well, with 142 new cases last week. There are now 7,111 confirmed cases in the U.S. involving 30 states.

 

 

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUNE 4

 

ROCKY PRO RODEO BEGINS TODAY - THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL BE IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE THIS WEEK AS THE ROCKY PRO RODEO KICKS OFF TODAY. BETWEEN NOW AND SUNDAY CANADA'S TOP COWBOYS AND CHUCKWAGON RACERS WILL BE IN TOWN. COMPETITION BEGINS AT 6:30 TONIGHT WITH THE ROCKY WRANGLERS, AND THE PONY CHARIOT AND PONY CHUCKWAGONS. TOMORROW THE DAY BEGINS AT 11 AM WITH RODEO SLACK, FOLLOWED BY A MEET AND GREET LUNCH AT CHEAP CHARLIES AT 1. RACES CONTINUE IN THE EVENING AT 6:30. ON FRIDAY WEST COAST AMUSEMENTS OPENS THEIR GATES AND THE RODEO IT SELF BEGINS FRIDAY NIGHT. THE ANNUAL RODEO PARADE STARTS AT 11AM ON SATURDAY YOU CAN HEAD TO ROCKY RODEO.COM FOR FULL DETAILS.

BEAUTIFICATION TOUR UNERWAY - RED DEER COUNTY'S RURAL BEAUTIFICATION TOUR IS RETURNING FOR ANOTHER  YEAR. THE TOUR SHOWCASES THE BEST LOOKING PROPERTIES AROUND THE COUNTY AND THE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR NOMINATIONS. COUNTY SPOKESPERSON JOANNE SYMINGTON SHARES DETAILS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S TOUR.

 


YOU CAN PICK UP YOUR NOMINATION FORM AT THE RED DEER COUNTY OFFICE AND THEY MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FRIDAY JUNE 13TH.
 

 

 

 

 

RED DEER AND DISTRICT 4H BEEF SHOW AND SALE WRAPS UP

 

THE ANNUAL RED DEER AND DISTRICT 4H BEEF SHOW AND SALE WRAPPED UP ON MONDAY FROM RED DEER'S WESTERNER PARK. OVER 60 STEERS WERE ON DISPLAY AND AUCTIONED OFF AFTER BEING RAISED BY MEMBERS OF THE DELBURNE, BOW-INN, AND RED DEER WEST 4-H CLUBS. THIS YEAR'S GRAND CHAMPION WAS JILL MCLERIE OF THE BOW-INN CLUB, WHO'S STEER SOLD FOR 6.75 A POUND. ALSO OF THE BOW-INN CLUB, NICKI ROSS'S RESERVE CHAMPION STEER SOLD FOR 7.25 PER POUND. ROSS HAS DECIDED TO DONATE 25 PER CENT OF HER SALE TO THE CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION.


HERE ARE SOME MORE WINNERS FOR 2014:


BOW-INN CLUB CHAMPION: NICKI ROSS
RED DEER CLUB CHAMPION: DAKOTA TOWNSEND
DELBURNE CLUB CHAMPION: HOLLIE VINCENT


BOW-INN RESERVE CHAMPION: KYLA KELLY
RED DEER RESERVE CHAMPION: WACEY TOWNSEND
DELBURNE RESERVE CHAMPION: GEORGIA BIGGS
 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR JUN 2

 

BARN FIRE NEAR PONOKA - WAS A DESTRUCTIVE MORNING FOR A DAIRY PRODUCER NEAR PONOKA AFTER HIS BARN BURNT TO THE GROUND OVER NIGHT. PONOKA FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF A FIRE AT AROUND 1:30 ON HIGHWAY 53, AND THEY WERE UNABLE TO SAVE THE BUILDING. THIS FROM PONOKA DIRECTOR OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES TED DILLION.

 



 


THERE WERE DOZENS OF COWS INSIDE THE BARN, AND DILLION SAYS THEY COULD NOT BE SAVED.



 

NOBODY WAS HURT IN THE FIRE, AND INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE A CAUSE AND A DAMAGE ESTIMATE.

 


BOOMING PORK INDUSTRY - THE PORK INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO ENJOY EXCELLENT PRICES THIS SPRING. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ALBERTA PORK, DARCY FITZGERALD, WAS IN RED DEER LAST WEEK FOR THEIR REGIONAL MEETING WHERE HE PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THE INDUSTRY IN OUR PROVINCE. HE SAYS NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO BE A PORK PRODUCER IN ALBERTA.

 

 



ALBERTA PORK'S FINAL REGIONAL MEETING TAKES PLACE IN GRANDE PRAIRIE TOMORROW.

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 30

 

4H BEEF THIS WEEKEND - THE 2014 RED DEER AND DISTRICT 4-H BEEF SHOW AND SALE TAKES OVER THE WESTERNER THIS WEEKEND. MEMBERS OF THE BOW-INN, DELBURNE AND RED DEER WEST 4-H CLUBS WILL ALL BE THERE FOR THE BIG SHOW AND AUCTION. BOW-INN 4H CLUB PRESIDENT NICKI ROSS HAS DETAILS ABOUT THIS BUSY WEEKEND.

 


 


THE FEMALE SHOW BEGINS AT 9AM SUNDAY, AND IT WRAPS UP WITH THE 4H BEEF SALE AT 4 ON MONDAY.

 


MORE MONEY FOR PORK - Federal Ag Minister, Gerry Ritz, announced more dollars for Canada's Pork Industry on Thursday. Ritz says $13 million will be injected into pork over the next 5 years. The funds will be dedicated to research, adapting to consumer demands, and disease resilience. Canada exported $3.6 billion worth or pork last year, the 3rd most in the world.



 

AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 28

 

ROCKY PRO RODEO RETURNS NEXT WEEK - THE ROCKY PRO RODEO RETURNS JUNE 4TH THROUGH THE 8TH FOR THE 42ND TIME. SOME OF CANADA'S BEST COWBOYS AND ENTERTAINERS WILL BE IN TOWN ALL WEEK AND THOSE INVOLVED ARE ANXIOUSLY PREPARING. PRESIDENT OF THE ROCKY STAMPEDE ASSOCIATION EARNIE CLOSS SHARES SOME PLANS FOR THIS YEAR'S RODEO.



THE ROCKY PRO RODEO IS JUST PART OF ANOTHER BUSY RODEO SEASON IN CENTRAL ALBERTA. THE CANADIAN PRO RODEO ASSOCIATION ALSO MAKES STOPS IN INNISFAIL, SUNDRE AND PONOKA IN JUNE.

 

 

 


AGRIBUSINESS FOR MAY 27

 

ALBERTA PORK MEETING IN RED DEER  - ALBERTA PORK WILL GATHER IN RED DEER ON WEDNESDAY FOR THEIR REGIONAL MEETING. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DARCY FITZGERALD WILL BE THERE, ALONG WITH INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS AND THE LOCAL BOARD AS PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIAREAHA WILL BE A BIG ITEM OF DISCUSSION. THE MEETING BEGINS AT 3 FROM THE WESTERNER. THEY ASK THAT YOU REGISTER IN ADVANCE BY CONTACTING ALBERTA PORK.

 

BIO-TECH MEETING IN RED DEER - GENOME ALBERTA IS HOSTING A PUBLIC DISCUSSION ABOUT BIOTECNOLOGY AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION IN RED DEER ON WEDNESDAY. THE 90 MINUTE DISCUSSION IS BEING HELD AT THE RED DEER PUBLIC LIBRARY ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. NO NEED TO REGISTER AND IT'S FREE FOR EVERYONE.


COUNTY HOSTING A WORKSHOP - Red Deer County is hosting a Green Acreages Workshop on Wednesday. Take action and protect the quality and health of your surroundings by learning more about your acreage property and the actions you can take to ensure a brighter, greener future. Contact the County at 403.350.2150 for more info.



SEEDING GAINING GROUND - Many producers in Alberta are well on their way to completing their spring seeding.  Harry Brook at the Ag Info Centre in Stettler estimates seeding is between 70 and 80 percent complete, thanks to several days of warm weather heading into the weekend. Brook says what producers need to be concerned about now are weeds. As for pests, Brook says flea beetles will be among the first to show up, along with cutworms.


SKEELS WINS CANADIAN TITLE - A Ponoka auctioneer is once again the best in Canada. Danny Skeels won the Masters competition last weekend in Regina at the 17th annual Canadian Livestock Auctioneers Championship. Skeels has been recognized for his skills before, including the 1999 Top Auctio at the International Livestock Auctioneer Championships.

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 23

 

SEEDING GAINS MAJOR GROUND (MAY 23) - CENTRAL ALBERTA CROPS ARE ABOUT 75 PER CENT IN THE GROUND.RED DEER COUNTY AGRICULTURE MANAGER ART PREACHUCK SAYS THE WARM AND DRY WEATHER HAS ALLOWED FARMERS TO CATCH UP IN A BIG WAY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. 2 WEEKS AGO, ONLY 1 PER CENT OF CENTRAL ALBERTA'S CROPS WERE SEEDED. ALTHOUGH THIS BIG TURN AROUND IS NICE, PREACHUCK SAYS IN RECENT YEARS SEEDING IS NORMALLY FINISHED BY THE END OF THE MAY LONG WEEKEND. HE'S EXPECTING THIS YEAR'S SEEDING TO WRAP UP WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.

 

MONSANTO RALLY TOMORROW (MAY 23) - DEMONSTRATORS WILL JOIN AN INTERNATIONAL PROTEST AGAINST A FOOD INDUSTRY GIANT. THE MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO, PLANNED FOR SATURDAY IN RED DEER, IS TARGETED AGAINST THE BIOTECH INDUSTRY, GMOS AND CALLS FOR AN OUTRIGHT BOYCOTT OF ALL GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD. HOWEVER, THE COMPANY SAYS THE INDUSTRY'S TRACK RECORD IS CLEAN AND SAYS CRITICS NEED TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON THE DEMANDS OF MODERN DAY FARMING. THIS FROM MONSANTO SPOKESPERSON TRISH JORDAN.

 

 

 

THE 2 HOUR MARCH BEGINS AT NOON FROM RED DEER'S VETERANS PARK


 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 20

 

RITZ HEADS TO MEXICO - FEDERAL AG MINISTER GERRY RITZ IS IN MEXICO THIS WEEK, MEETING WITH HIS COUNTERPARTS FROM MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES. IT'S BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WAS MADE OFFICIAL, AND EACH SIDE IS SPENDING THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO CATCH UP. RITZ SPOKE WITH US LAST WEEK BEFORE HE TRAVELLED SOUTH, AND HE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO A PRODUCTIVE FEW DAYS.

 

 

 

 


ALL 3 MINISISTERS ISSUED THIS JOINT RELEASE ON MONDAY:

 

We, the agricultural leaders of North America, met today in Mexico City to reaffirm the benefits of fair and open trade for our economies and food security. In recent years, the North American economy has more than doubled and agricultural trade has grown exponentially.


Looking ahead, our common goal is to keep our food and agriculture industries strong and competitive. As partners, we understand the critical importance of strengthening our integrated supply chain to facilitate trade throughout North America and around the world. Growing global demand for quality, consistency and value is creating new and exciting opportunities for our agricultural sectors.


From Mexico City, to Washington, to Ottawa, we will continue to show the world how trade and open borders support economic growth and jobs. We remain committed to promoting a fair, open and integrated North American market that operates using science-based rules and reduces technical barriers to trade. Together, we are confident we can build an even stronger North American agricultural economy for the future.


Enrique Martínez, Secretary of Agriculture, Mexico
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, United States of America
Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 14

 

COUNTY RELEASES ACTION PLAN (MAY 14) - RED DEER COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SERVICES RECENTLY RELEASED THEIR ACTION PLAN FOR 2014. IT WENT OVER PLANS ,PROJECTS, AND GOALS THEY'D LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE COMING MONTHS. THE PLAN MAINLY SURROUNDS PEST CONTROL, AS THE COUNTY IS AIMING TO REDUCE WEEDS, CONTROL RODENTS, AND SURVEY RESIDENTS ABOUT WHAT OTHER PESTS THEY ARE DEALING WITH. THEY'LL ALSO OPEN MORE DIALOGUE WITH THE PROVINCE IN AREAS AROUND INSECT CONTROL, RATS, TREE PLANTING, FISH AND WILDLIFE, AND SEVERAL OTHER ITEMS.

4H SCHOLARSHIP TAKING APPLICATIONS (MAY 14) - 4-H members can apply for one of 15 John Deere Canada scholarships being made available across Canada this year. Each scholarship is worth a thousand dollars. Applicants should be 4-H members in good standing who plan to pursue post secondary education at a Canadian college or university this fall.
They need to be taking Engineering, Agricultural/Mechanical Trades, science, business or health. Judges will be looking for 4-H and community involvement as well as references and the quality of the essay the applicants will be asked to submit. Deadline for applications is June 15th AND Details on the 4-H Canada website. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

AMERICAN CROPS GAINING GROUND (MAY 14) - U-S farmers did a lot of catching up last week. They've now got 59 per cent of the corn crop planted. That's up from the previous week's 29 per cent and is a point ahead of the five year average. Soybean planting has also picked up moving from the previous week's 5 per cent to 20 per cent planted. That's just one point behind the five year average. Spring wheat has moved up to 34 per cent planted but that's still well off the 53 per cent five year average. And the USDA is reporting a slight drop in the quality of the winter wheat crop down to 30 per cent good to excellent from last week's 31 per cent. A year ago at this time the crop was rated 32 per cent good to excellent. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 13

 

HIGH HOPES IN CLEARWATER COUNTY (MAY 13) - FARMERS WILL BE SEEDING IN CLEARWATER COUNTY VERY SOON, IF THEY HAVEN'T BEGAN THIS WEEK ALREADY. AFTER SOME EARLY CHALLENGES WITH WATER AND COOL WEATHER, COUNTY AG SERVICES MANAGER MATT MARTINSON IS ANXIOUS TO SEE SOME HIGH YIELDS IN 2014. HE TALKS ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE NEW SEASON.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKING WELL WORKSHOP TONIGHT (MAY 13) - A REMINDER RED DEER COUNTY IS HOSTING A WORKING WELL WORKSHOP IN BALMORAL TONIGHT. THE WORKSHOP IS FREE FOR ANYONE, AND SOME EXPERTS WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE WITH YOUR WORKING WELL. THE EXCITEMENT BEGINS AT 5:30 FROM THE BALMORAL COMMUNITY HALL
 

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 12

 

The Alberta Horse Industy is hosting a seminar in Sundre later this month. Horses 101 will take over the James River Horse Palace on May 28th, and Manager of the Alberta Horse Industry, Robyn Moore, is looking forward to a productive evening.

 

 

 


These seminars may not be appropriate for children under the age of 10. Head to albertahorseindustry.ca for more details.

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 8

 

SEEDING DELAYED (MAY 8) - FARMERS ARE ANXIOUS TO GET INTO SEEDING IN CENTRAL ALBERTA, HOWEVER COOL WEATHER AND MOISTURE HAS BEEN CAUSING DELAYS. NEIL HARKER FROM THE LACOMBE RESEARCH CENTRE SAYS IT'S BEEN VERY QUIET SO FAR IN THE FIELDS.

 

 

 


HARKER IS A RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT THE LACOMBE RESEARCH CENTRE.

 



GF2 UPDATE (MAY 8) - The Beef Cattle Livestock Welfare Risk Assessment is now available. This allows all producers to fully complete their Growing Forward 2  Livestock Welfare Producer Program application. The Program is offered to livestock producers for adoption of best management practices and technologies with the hopes of improving livestock welfare. To be eligible for the funding program, you must complete the Beef Cattle Welfare Risk Assessment for GF2, which is based on the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle You can apply online at http://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle

DRIVING AWAY HUNGER (MAY 8) - Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger tours will start October 13th this year. It’s the 11th year for the campaign, considered the largest employee-led food drive in Canada. So far it has collected more than 17 million pounds of food. This year’s tours will be held in 6 provinces, including Alberta. Besides the tours, FCC field offices across Canada will also be collecting food and cash donations from now through to October 17th. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 7

 

IT'LL BE A BARN BURNER (MAY 7) - THE ALBERTA SHEEP BREEDERS ASSOCIATION WILL BE GATHERING FOR THEIR 4TH ANNUAL BARN BURNER IN A FEW WEEKS. ON JUNE 13TH AND 14TH, THEY'LL GATHER AT THE OLD'S COW PALACE FOR 2 DAYS TO SHOWCASE THE GROWING SHEEP INDUSTRY IN ALBERTA. ASBA DIRECTOR ROD JORDAN HOPES THE 2 DAY EVENT HELPS PUT ALBERTA'S SHEEP INDUSTRY BACK ON THE MAP.
  

 

 

 

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN BY JUNE 1ST AND YOU CAN CONTACT THE ASBA TO DO SO

 

TRANSPORTATION AFFECTING FARM STORAGE (MAY 7) - Ongoing transportation bottlenecks appear to be having a significant impact on the amount of wheat being stored on Canadian farms. Statistics Canada says total wheat stocks rose by 46 point 9 per cent in March from a year ago.
The amount held on farms was up 72 and a half per cent while commercial stocks fell 11 point 3 per cent. The agency says more than 80 per cent of the wheat being stored in Canada is being stored on-farm. Statscan is reporting that corn stocks were up 18 per cent from a year ago, soybean stocks were down 13 point 6 per cent. On farm corn stocks were up 21 point 1 per cent while on-farm soybean stocks were down 6 and a half per cent.
And the agency says total canola stock in Canada was at an all-time high of 9 million tonnes as of March 31st. That s up 99 point 1 per cent from a year earlier and more than 2 million tonnes higher than the previous record, set in 2010. On-farm stocks were up 143 point 1 per cent while commerical stock was down 9 point 8 per cent. (BLACKBURN AGRI MEDIA)

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 6

 

KEEPING DRY OUT WEST (MAY 6) - IT'S BEEN A VERY COOL AND WET START TO MAY, AND IT HAS BEEN PUTTING A DAMPER ON SPRING SEEDING. CLEARWATER COUNTY DIRECTOR OF AG SERVICES, MATT MARTINSON, SAYS BATTLING WATER IS NOTHING NEW FOR COUNTY FARMERS.

 

 

 

 

 

HE SAYS RESIDENTS CAN CONTACT THE COUNTY IF THEY HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR WOULD LIKE SOME TIPS.

 

 
 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 5

 

OPTIMISM IN PONOKA COUNTY (MAY 5) SEEDING IS ALMOST UNDERWAY IN PONOKA COUNTY. SHAYNE STEFFAN IS THE COUNTY'S AGRICULTURE FIELDMAN, AND HE SPOKE TO US LAST WEEK ABOUT THE UPCOMING CROP YEAR AROUND PONOKA COUNTY.

 



 

HE SAYS YOU CAN CONTACT PONOKA COUNTY FOR ANY INFORMATION OR TIPS ABOUT CLUBROOT PREVENTION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR MAY 1

 

 

 

AGRIM CENTRE GAINING GROUND (MAY 1) - A NEW RIDING ARENA AND AGRICULTURAL EVENTS CENTRE IS NEARING COMPLETION IN RIMBEY. THE NEW AGRIM CENTRE BEGAN CONSTRUCTION LAST SUMMER, AND IS EXPECTED TO FINISH THIS FALL. PONOKA COUNTY HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTING TO THE 3.4 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT, AND THEY MADE THEIR 4TH AND FINAL 500 THOUSAND DOLLAR DONATION THIS WEEK. PRESIDENT OF THE RIMBEY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY TIM EDGE RECENTLY SPOKE TO US ABOUT THE PROJECT AND THE GREAT SUPPORT FROM PONOKA COUNTY.

 

 

 

 


THE NEW BUILDING WILL REPLACE THE RIMBEY AGRIPLEX WHICH OPENED 30 YEARS AGO.

 


DELAY FOR BILL C-30 (MAY 1) - An expected ruling by the speaker of the house in Ottawa on Bill C-30, is being put off. It's because of a point of order raised by former Tory MP Brent Rathgeber, who now sits as an independent. He says a government amendment to the bill was out of order.
It would have forced the railways to cover all expenses incurred by shippers because of poor service. Rathgeber told the house it was his view, the committee acted outside its authority with that amendment. Because of the challenge, that means the bill is now stuck in the Commons indefinately. C-30 was designed to deal with the huge backlog of grain that piled up on the prairies over the winter, because of logistical problems in getting it to port. Saskatchewan Liberal MP Ralph Goodale said this morning, this blunder just adds to the mess, and says it shows the government never had any serious plan to deal with the crisis.

 

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 30

 

OLDS COLLEGE RECEIVES A GRANT (APR 30) - THE TURFGRASS RESEARCH PROGRAM AT OLDS COLLEGE IS THE BENEFICIARY OF A MULIT MILLION DOLLAR GRANT THIS WEEK.  THE NATURAL SCENSES AND ENGINEERING RESERACH COUNCIL OF CANADA HAS AWARDED THE PROGRAM 2.3 MILLION DOLLARS OVER A 5 YEAR SPAN. TURF GRASS PROGRAM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIM ROSS IS ANXIOUS TO PUT THE MONEY INTO GOOD USE.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE MONEY FOR RIMBEY (APR 30) - TODAY IS A BIG DAY FOR THE RIMBEY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. THEY'LL RECEIVE THEIR LAST 500 THOUSAND DOLLAR COMMITMENT FROM PONOKA COUNTY TOWARDS THE BRAND NEW AGRIM CENTRE. THE COUNTY IS COVERING 2 MILLION DOLLARS OF THE 3.4 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT THAT WILL DRAMATICALLY ENHANCE THE HORSE DRIVEN COMMUNITY. CONSTRUCTION BEGAN LAST SUMMER AND IT’S EXPECTED TO OPEN UP LATER THIS YEAR. THE AGRIM CENTRE, ALONG WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW CALNASH EVENT CENTRE 3 YEARS AGO IS KEEPING THE HORSE AND AG FUTURE BRIGHT IN PONOKA COUNTY.
 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 28

 

The province and feds are kicking in just over 1.3 million dollars to help keep PED away from Alberta's pork industry.  Frank Novak, the chair of the Alberta Pork says the fact the deadly disease hasn't arrived in our province yet, is a testament to the quality of the prevention system already in place.



Alberta Minister of Agriculture, Verly
n Olson, was very happy to announce this funding late last week.



 

The highly contagious virus has been found in 30 US states, along with Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and PEI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 25

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ALBERTA PORK INDUSTRY GETS FUNDING (APRIL 25)  - 

IT HASN'T SHOWN UP IN ALBERTA YET, AND THE PORK INDUSTRY HOPES A 1.3 MILLION DOLLAR INFUSION FROM THE PROVINCE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL HELP SHUT THE DOOR TO DEADLY PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA.  
THE CASH WILL BE USED TO UPDATE SWINE RISK ASSESSMENTS AND TRAIN VETS TO PERFORM ON-FARM BIO-SECURITY AUDITS.
ALBERTA PORK CHAIR FRANK NOVAK SAYS THERE WILL ALSO BE ENHANCED EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN.
IT'S ESTIMATED THE PED HAS RESULTED IN THE DEATHS OF 5 MILLION PIGLETS ACROSS 30 US STATES AND IN A HANDFUL OF CANADIAN PROVINCES.

 

 

 

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FOOD GRAINS AUCTION A SUCCESS - THE ANNUAL CENTRAL ALBERTA FOOD GRAINS BANK CHARITABLE AUCTION WAS HOSTED ON TUESDAY IN PONOKA. VOLD, JONES AND VOLD AGAIN HOSTED THE FUNDRAISER, WHERE DOZENS OF ITEMS AND LIVESTOCK WERE DONATED TO RAISE MONEY FOR NEEDY PEOPLE IN 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES. CENTRAL ALBERTA FOOD GRAINS BANK VOLUNTEER PETER DOORNENBAL WAS VERY HAPPY WITH HOW THE DAY WENT.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL MATCH TUESDAY'S TOTALS ON A 4 TO 1 RATIO, SO THAT MEANS ABOUT 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL BE DONATED TO FAMILIES IN NEED THANKS TO TUESDAY'S AUCTION
THE AUCTION WILL RETURN AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

 



STOPDED MEETS IN OLDS TOMORROW - PREVENTING DUTCH ELM DISEASE IN ALBERTA WILL BE THE FOCUS BEHIND A DAY LONG GATHERING AT OLDS COLLEGE TOMORROW. THE GROUP "STOP DED" IS HOSTING THIER ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND AGM INSIDE ROOM 1024 OF THE LAND SCIENCE BUILDING AND IT'S OPEN TO EVERYONE. SOCIETY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JANET FEDDES-CALPAS IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING A LOT OF PEOPLE TOMORROW.

THE SOCIETY IS ALSO REMINDING EVERYBODY THAT THE ELM PRUNING BAN IS STILL IN EFFECT, AND WILL BE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30TH. THIS BAN HAS VEEN VITAL IN PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF DED IN ALBERTA.

 

CORN PLANTING BEGINS - U-S corn planting is officially underway. The USDA says American farmers have 6 per cent of their corn crop planted. That's 8 points behind their five year average for this time of the year. Also going into the ground in the U-S last week - spring wheat. It's at 10 per cent planted, only about halfway to the 19 per cent five year average.The department's latest Crop Progress Report doesn t include any significant change in the condition of the U-S winter wheat crop. It's at 34 per cent good to excellent, same as last week, one point behind last year at this time. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 22

 

FARMERS CELEBRATE EARTH DAY (APR 22) - TODAY IS WORLD EARTH DAY AND FARMERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO GET INVOLVED. THE CANADIAN FARM ON FOUNDATION IS ASKING FARMERS TO SHARE THEIR FARM STORIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH THE HASHTAG #FARMVOICES. STORIES CAN INCLUDED THE REALITY OF FARMING PRODUCERS FACE EVERYDAY. THE FIRST EARTH DAY WAS CELEBRATED IN 1970 BY OVER 20 MILLION AMERICANS. IT HAS SINCE GROWN TO WORLD WIDE CELEBRATION.

MANE EVENT ON THE WAY (APR 22) - THE MANE EVENT HORSE AND EQUINE EXPO IS COMING TO RED DEER THIS WEEKEND. ON FRIDAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, HUNDREDS OF EXHIBITORS AND PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS AND CLINICIANS WILL BE AT WESTERNER PARK. PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER ALBERTA MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE EXPO EVERY YEAR AND THERE WILL BE OVER 500 EXHIBITORS. THE EXPO IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EACH DAY AT 9 AM, AND CLOSES IT'S DOORS SUNDAY AT 5:30.


RITZ TALKS TRADE IN ASIA (APR 22) - Problems getting this country s grain to it s buyers came up for discussion as part of a recent agricultural trade mission to Korea and Japan. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz apparently did some reassuring with his Korean and Japanese counterparts that steps are being taken to improve the situation. Ritz led a delegation of moe than 30 agriculture associations and companies on that mission. Part of the aim of the trip was to try to capitalise on the recently concluded Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement. The Minister also used meetings in Japan to underscore the importance of making progress on both the Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (BLACKBURN AGRI MEDIA)
 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 21

 

CHARITY AUCTION TOMORROW IN PONOKA (APR 21) - THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CANADIAN FOOD GRAINS BANK IS HOSTING THEIR 13TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING AUCTION TOMORROW FROM VOLD, JONES AND VOLD IN PONOKA. ALL THE MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN NEED IN 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES. VOLUNTEER LARRY HENDERSON SAYS THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET INVOLVED AND HE'S HOPING FOR A GREAT SALE. A FREE LUNCH BEGINS THE DAY AT 12 PM, AND THE AUCTION BEGINS AT 12:30 THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN QUIET SUCCESFUL OVER THE YEARS AND ORGANIZERS AGAIN HAVE HIGH HOPES. THEY USUALY RAISE IN THE RANGE OF 60 TO 70 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 15

 

FARMLAND VALUES RISING (APR 15) - FARMLAND VALUES ARE GOING UP ACROSS THE BOARD IN CANADA. 2013 STATISTICS FROM FARM CREDIT COPORATION SAY FARM LAND VALUES ROSE 22 PER CENT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. VALUES ROSE THE MOST IN SASKATCHEWAN, WITH A RISE OF 29 PER CENT. MANITOBA AND QUEBEC ROUND OUT THE TOP 3 WHILE ALBERTA ALSO SAW A GROWTH.

 

 

EXPO LOOMING IN CAROLINE (APR 15) - COWS, CREEKS AND COMMUNITIES IS HAPPENING AT THE KURT BROWNING COMPLEX IN CAROLINE ON THURSDAY APRIL 24TH. GARY LEWIS FROM CLEARATER COUNTY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE EVENT.
 

 

 

THE DEADLINE TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE EVENING PROGARM IS ON THURSDAY AND THEY MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE
YOU CAN GET THEM AT THE TOWN OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, THE KURT BROWNING ARENA IN CAROLINE OR THE SPURCE VIEW CO-OP.
 

 

 

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 14, 2014

 

FOOD GRAINS AUCTION NEARING (APR 14) - THE CENTRAL ALBERTA CANADIAN FOOD GRAINS BANK IS HOSTING THEIR 13TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING AUCTION NEXT WEEK. VOLUNTEER LARRY HENDERSON SAYS IT WILL BE TAKING PLACE IN PONOKA ON TUESDAY APRIL 22ND

IN PAST YEARS HE SAYS AROUND 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN RAISED AND THE FOOD GRAINS BANK IS HOPING FOR SIMILAR RESULTS THIS YEAR. THE CENTRAL ALBERTA GROUP IS USING 176 ACRES OF LAND SOUTHEAST OF LACOMBE FOR THEIR CHARITABLE HARVEST THIS YEAR AS WELL.

RITZ VISITS ASIA (APR 14) - The federal agriculture minister is on a trade mission in South Korea this week following up on the conclusion of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations. 30 Canadian agriculture associations and companies are part of the delegation, representing the beef, pork, grains, pulses, horticulture and processed food sectors. Following the visit to Korea, Gerry Ritz and some industry representatives will also be stopping in Japan to discuss trade opportunities.

  

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 10 2014

 

USDA REPORT (APR 10) - THE USDA HAS BOOSTED IT’S EXPECTED GLOBAL WHEAT ENDING STOCKS FOR 2013-14. THIS WEEK’S WORLD AGRICULTURAL SUPPLY AND DEMAND ESTIMATES REPORT ALSO CUT IT’S EXPECTED GLOBAL CORN AND SOYBEAN ENDING STOCKS. THE USDA SAYS WHEAT STOCKS WILL BE 2 POINT 9 MILLION TONS HIGHER.
THE BIGGEST INCREASES ARE EXPECTED IN UKRAINE, THE U-S, THE EUROPEAN UNION, AUSTRALIA AND CHINA. GLOBAL OILSEED STOCKS ARE PROJECTED TO BE DOWN 1 POINT 4 MILLION TONS. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

PIG CODE OF PRACTICE (APR 10) -
ONTARIO PORK CHAIR AMY CRONIN SAYS PEOPLE WITH DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT VIEWS WERE INVOLVED IN THE CREATION OF THE NEW CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE HANDLING OF PIGS. SHE SAYS WHEN THAT HAPPENS IT’S NOT UNUSUAL THAT NOT ALL PARTIES ARE 100 PER CENT HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS.
IN THIS CASE, CRONIN SAYS MANY HOG PRODUCERS AREN’T HAPPY WITH THE PUSH TOWARDS MORE GROUP HOUSING AND AWAY FROM SOW GESTATION STALLS. BUT SHE SEES THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE INDUSTRY TO MOVE FORWARD – SWITCHING OVER TO THE NEW STYLE OF HOUSING AS NEW FACILITIES ARE BUILT. CRONIN SAYS A RESOLUTION PASSED AT THIS YEAR’S ONTARIO PORK ANNUAL MEETING WAS DESIGNED TO MAKE IT CLEAR THE PROVINCE’S HOG PRODUCERS ARE DOING A GOOD JOB ON THEIR FARMS AND CARE ABOUT THEIR ANIMALS, 24-7.  (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

 

AGRI BUSINESS FOR APRIL 9 2014

 

HAYING DITCHES (APR 9) - DURING THE COUNTY OF STETTLER'S LAST PUBLIC MEETING THE COUNCIL HEARD AN ITEM CONCERNING CHANGES TO BRUSHING REQUESTS ON ROAD ALLOWANCES.  RATEPAYERS HAVE EXPRESSED A WISH TO PLANT CROPS UP TO THE ROAD ALLOWANCES TO INCREASE THEIR YIELDS.  HOWEVER QUINTON BEAUMONT WITH THE COUNTY'S AG SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SAYS HE DOES NOT WANT TO SEE THIS TYPE OF REQUEST PASS AS THIS WOULD CREATE PEST ISSUES.
HE SAYS IF THEY ALLOWED FARMERS TO HAY THEIR DITCHES THEN THEY WOULD HAVE NO BUFFER ZONES FROM THE NOXIOUS WEEDS THEY HAVE HAD ISSUE WITH IN RECENT YEARS.  THE TABLE TOOK THIS UNDER CONSIDERATION AND VOTED AGAINST THE MOTION TO ALLOW HAYING OF DITCHES IN THE COUNTY OF STETTLER

CANVAS AUCTION (APR 9) - THE 2014 WPCA PRO CHUCKWAGON CANVAS SALES AUCTION WAS COMPLETED LAST NIGHT IN CALGARY.
AVERTIING SPACE ON THE TARPS OF 36 OF THE BEST CHUCKWAGON DRIVERS IN THE WORLD WERE UP FOR AUCTON.
OVERALL, 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS WAS SOLD WITH REIGNING CALGARY STAMPEDE CHAMPION JASON GLASS'S WAGON SPACE SOLD FOR 111 THOUSAND DOLLARS, THE MOST OF EVERYONE.
ONE MORE AUCTION WILL BE HOSTED FOR THE PONOKA STAMPEDE ON FRIDAY MAY 2ND.

FCC ECONOMIST (APR 9) - A FARM CREDIT CANADA ECONOMIST EXPECTS IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME BEFORE WE SEEN ANY NOTICEABLE EXPANSION IN THE HOG AND CATTLE SECTORS. J-P GERVAIS SAYS LOW INTEREST RATES AND A DEPRESSED LOONIE WOULD GENERALLY IMPLY A FAVOURABLE OUTLOOK FOR EXPANSION, ESPECIALLY WITH SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN BOTH SUPPLY AND DEMAND FUNDAMENTALS PUSHING HOG AND CATTLE PRICES TO RECORD LEVELS. BUT GERVAIS SAYS HOG AND CATTLE MARGINS ARE EXPECTED TO TIGHTEN LATER THIS YEAR.
HE ALSO FEELS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING AND THE PRICE VOLATILITY OF THE GRAIN MARKETS CONTINUE TO BE LOOMING RISKS FOR CANADIAN LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS.

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 8

 

FOOD GRAINS FINDS A FIELD (APR 8) - IN EARLY MARCH, THE CENTRAL ALBERTA FOOD GRAINS BANK BEGAN A SEARCH FOR SOME DONATED FARM LAND TO USE FOR THIS YEAR'S CHARITABLE HARVEST. THIS WEEK, FOOD GRAINS BANK VOLUNTEER DOUG MAAS PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THEIR SEARCH, AND HE HAD SOME VERY GOOD NEWS.

 


TAIT UPSET WITH CLOSURE (APR 8) - THE CLOSING OF THE CEREAL RESEARCH CENTRE IS NOT SITTING WELL WITH A NATIONAL FARMERS UNION BOARD MEMBER. GLENN TAIT SAYS A LARGE PORTION OF CANADA'S CEREAL CROP VARIETIES COME FROM PUBLICLY FUNDED PLANT BREEDING AT CRC AND THAT THE DECISION BY THE HARPER GOVERNMENT IS DESTROYING PUBLIC AGRICULTURE INSTITUTIONS. TAIT SAYS ABOUT HALF OF WHEAT AND OAT ACREAGE IN CANADA IS DEVOLVED AT CRC WITH A FARM GATE VALUE NEAR 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS. 


PED STILL A MYSTERY (APR 8) - A DEADLY PIG VIRUS DISCOVERED IN MANITOBA IS BEING CONSIDERED A MYSTERY BY INVESTIGATORS. PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHEA HAS BEEN TESTED AT 60 FARM SITE LINKED TO THE AFFECTED FARM ALL TESTED NEGATIVE FOR THE DEADLY VIRUS. THE PROVINCE IS ALSO RULING OUT INFECTED FEED AND ANIMAL TRANSPORTATION AS THE CAUSE. IN ANOTHER LEAD, OFFICIALS SAY A SECOND SAMPLE OF THE VIRUS WAS DISCOVERED AT AN UNNAMED FACILITY. THE VIRUS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED ON 46 FARMS IN EASTERN CANADA. 

 

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 7

 

INVESITAGING RODEO DEATH (APR 7) - Investigators say the death of a 16 year old boy at a junior rodeo training event southwest of Edmonton appears to have been a freak accident. Police say they were called to the Thorsby Haymaker Centre on Saturday afternoon after the boy was thrown while practising for the saddle bronc event. RCMP Cpl. Corey Kyle says it appears the boy was bucked off the horse and was kicked after landing. The training event continued on Sunday, and the remaining students are planning a memorial decal to honour the teen.

SLOW START TO SEEDING (APR 7) - Seeding in Western Canada will likely get off to a later start than normal again this year, says the weather and crop specialist with CWB. Bruce Burnett says farmers will probably start up a week to ten days later than normal. He also says the markets have started to account for the prospect of delayed planting. With warmer temperatures this week, he says it's too early to stress about a late start.

PED A PROBLEM FOR MEAT PACKERS (APR 7) - Ontario Pork Chair Amy Cronin believes PED is a contributing factor the financial problems of Quality Meat Packers. Quality and Toronto Abattoirs Limited have filed for creditor protection. Cronin says Quality handles about 25 per cent of the province s hogs.
Cronin says PED is probably a contributing factor in the problems Quality Meat Packers is facing. Both Ontario Pork and Quality Meat officials emphasize that creditor protection is not the same as bankruptcy. They also point out that Great Lakes Speciality Meats in Mitchell is not included in this filing. Cronin says the move poses a challenge for the pork industry, figuring it s going to take some time for producers to understand how it impacts them and the overall pork sector.

LAWSUIT REHEARD (APR 7) - A US appeals court says it will rehear a case that denied a request for an injunction against country of origin meat labelling rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says it is vacating its ruling from March 28th and it will hear the case again on May 19th in front of all of the court's judges. The injunction is being sought by groups such as the American Meat Institute and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, which have launched a lawsuit against the U-S Department of Agriculture. The groups argue the rules go beyond what lawmakers intended and violate First Amendment rights to freedom of speech

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 4 2014

 

TPP (APR 4) - THE U-S GOVERNMENT SAYS IT'S BEEN PRESSING CANADA TO OFFER AGRICULTURAL CONCESSIONS IN TRADE TALKS, WITHOUT MUCH SUCCESS SO FAR. THE ADMINISTRATION'S TRADE REPRESENTATIVE PROVIDED AN UPDATE THURSDAY ON NEGOTIATIONS TOWARD A HISTORIC, 12-COUNTRY TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE DEAL. MICHAEL FROMAN TOLD A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL THAT CANADA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE PARTNERSHIP THAT HAS NOT YET GIVEN THE U-S A MARKET-ACCESS OFFER ON AGRICULTURAL ISSUES LIKE DAIRY AND POULTRY. CANADA HAS ALREADY PROMISED TO RELAX SOME OF THE IMPORT LIMITS ON EUROPEAN CHEESE IN ITS RECENTLY CONCLUDED TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE EU, AND THE AMERICANS APPEAR TO EXPECT SIMILAR CONCESSIONS.

GRAIN BACKLOG (APR 4) - MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, GRAIN FARMERS, AND RAIL EXECUTIVES CONTINUE TO BUTT HEADS ABOUT THE GRAIN CRISIS IN CANADA. THE MATTER WAS DISCUSSED THIS PAST TUESDAY WITH THE COMMONS AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. MATT SAWYER OF THE ALBERTA BARLEY COMMISSION MADE A PRESENTATION. 

A MASSIVE HARVEST, COMBINED WITH FREEZING WEATHER AND RAIL SERVICE ISSUES HAVE LEFT GRAIN STRANDED IN BINS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES. 

WHEAT STOCKS (APR 4) - RAIN AND STOCK NUMBERS ARE PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE NORTH AMERICAN WHEAT MARKET. THE WEEKLY GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO MARKET COMMENTARY SAYS RAIN FORECAST FOR KANSAS, OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS MAY EASE THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS FOR WINTER WHEAT IN THE U-S. GFO'S TODD AUSTIN SAYS MARKET PRESSURE IS ALSO COMING FROM THE SLIGHTLY BEARISH QUARTERLY GRAIN STOCKS NUMBER FROM THE USDA THIS WEEK. ON THE CORN SIDE, AUSTIN SAYS U-S GLOBAL EXPORTS ARE ON THE REBOUND AFTER LAST YEAR'S TUMBLE CAUSED BY THE 2012 DROUGHT.

EXPLOSION (APR 4) -
ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT A POTATO STORAGE FACILITY IN SOUTHWESTERN ALBERTA.
MOUNTIES SAY IT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON NORTHEAST OF COALDALE. POLICE SAY IT'S BELIEVED THE RESULT OF A CHEMICAL TREATMENT ON SOME PRODUCT INSIDE OF A BARN THAT IGNITED. THE FIRE SPREAD TO SIX QUONSET HUTS AND DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED IN THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 3 2014

 

GRAIN BACKLOG (APR 3) - THE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ALLIANCE SAYS FARMERS ARE RECEIVING A MUCH SMALLER PERCENTAGE OF THE PORT PRICE FOR GRAIN THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS, DUE TO THE PROBLEMS WITH GRAIN MOVEMENT ON THE PRAIRIES. SPOKESMAN KYLE KORNEYCHUK SAYS THE GAP BETWEEN PRICES AT PORT AND AT COUNTRY ELEVATORS, OR BASIS, IS RESULTING IN ``OBSCENE'' PROFITS FOR GRAIN COMPANIES. THE SASKATCHEWAN FARMER SAYS GRAIN ON THE PRAIRIES IS BEING PURCHASED IN THE ROUGHLY FIVE DOLLARS AND 50 CENT RANGE, WHILE GRAIN AT THE PORT IS SELLING FOR MORE THAN 10 DOLLARS. A SPOKESPERSON FOR GRAIN HANDLERS IN WESTERN CANADA SAYS PRICES ARE LOW AT COUNTRY ELEVATORS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T ACCEPT ANY MORE FARMER DELIVERIES. WADE SOBKOWICH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WESTERN GRAIN ELEVATOR ASSOCIATION, SAYS WIDER MARGINS ARE NO GOOD IF YOU CAN'T MOVE THE GRAIN. MEANWHILE....MP RALPH GOODALE RALPH GOODALE IS ON THE COMMONS COMMITTEE ....

 


MONSANTO (APR 3) - MONSANTO'S SECOND-QUARTER EARNINGS JUMPED 13 PER CENT ON STRENGTH FROM ITS CORE SEEDS AND TRAITS BUSINESS. THE AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS COMPANY TOPPED WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS FOR BOTH PROFIT AND REVENUE, SENDING SHARES HIGHER BEFORE THE OPENING BELL WEDNESDAY. MONSANTO EARNED ONE-POINT-SIX-SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS, OR THREE DOLLARS AND 15 CENTS A SHARE. A YEAR AGO, THE COMPANY EARNED ONE-POINT-FOUR-EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS, OR TWO DOLLARS AND 73 CENTS A SHARE.

AGRIUM (APR 3) - AGRIUM INC. SAYS IT EXPECTS ONLY A SLIM PROFIT IN THE FIRST QUARTER, JUST ABOVE THE BREAK-EVEN POINT. ANALYSTS HAVE BEEN EXPECTING AGRIUM'S PROFIT FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014 TO WELL ABOVE BREAK-EVEN, ALTHOUGH DOWN FROM A YEAR AGO. THE CALGARY-BASED FERTILIZER PRODUCER AND FARM-PRODUCTS RETAILER SAYS SEVERAL FACTORS HAVE WORKED AGAINST IT, INCLUDING A SLOW START TO THE SPRING PLANTING SEASON. IT ALSO SAYS THE QUARTER WILL BE AFFECTED BY A USUAL LAG IN WHOLESALE PRICES FOR CROP NUTRIENTS AND REDUCED RAIL AVAILABILITY.
 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 2, 2014

 

BONNET JOINS WFO BOARD (APR 2) - Canadian Federation of Agriculture President Ron Bonnett is now a member of the World Farmers Organisation board. Bonnett will represent North America on the six-member board.
He s a cow-calf operator from Northern Ontario who s also a past-president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. The new president of the WFO is Peter Kendall of the National Farmers Union U-K. The World Farmers Organisation recently wrapped up it s annual General Assembly in Brazil. That 4-day event attracted representatives from about 100 agricultural confederations from 80 different countries. (BLACKBURN AGRIMEDIA)

REPORT RELEASED (APR 2) - Corn markets moved higher yesterday in reaction to the highly-anticipated planting intentions and quarterly grain stocks reports from the US Department of Agriculture. Most of the soybean numbers were in line with the trade's expectations, although new crop oilseed values came under some pressure from a slightly larger-than-expected soybean acreage estimate. As for wheat, there no major surprises. Acreage increases are expected for canola, flax and dry beans in the US, while sunflower acres are expected to remain flat.

5 ALBERTANS HONOURED (APR 2) - THE CATTLEMEN'S YOUNG LEADERS HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR 2014 MENTORSHIP RECIPIENTS. A TOTAL OF 16 RECIPIENTS WERE SELECTED IN CANADA, WITH 5 COMING FROM ALBERTA.
THEY INCLUDE STACEY DOMOLEWSKI FROM TABER, LAURA ECKLUND OF OLDS, SUNDRE'S TESSA NYBO, STUART SOMERVILLE OF ENDIANG, AND COLIN VERBEEK FROM STURGEON COUNTY.

CONTEST UNDERWAY (APR 2) - THE ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS YOUNG GUNS CONTEST IS NOW OPEN. YOUTH AGED 8-21 INVOLVED WITH BEEF 4-H, JUNIOR CATTLE SHOWS OR BEEF PRODUCTION CAN SEND IN THEIR PROJECT BEFORE THE END OF MAY. THE THEME SURROUNDS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES BEEF PRODUCERS FACE IN ALBERTA. SUBMISSIONS CAN BE IN THE FORM OF AN ESSAY, YOUTUBE VIDEO, RADIO ADVERTISEMENTS OR EVEN CARTOONS. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 11TH DURING THE ABP SEMI ANNUAL MEETING WITH A 1 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRAND PRIZE.
MORE DETAIL CAN BE FOUND AT ALBERTABEEF.ORG. 

 

AGRI NEWS FOR APRIL 1 2014

 

GRAIN BACKLOG (APR 1) - CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY SAYS IT IS MAKING PROGRESS TOWARDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S TARGET OF DOUBLING THE VOLUME OF GRAIN SHIPMENTS. IT ALSO IS CALLING ON WESTERN CANADIAN GRAIN ELEVATOR COMPANIES TO ``STEP UP'' THEIR PERFORMANCES. THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST RAILWAY SAYS IT PROVIDED 51-HUNDRED AND TWO HOPPER CARS FOR LOADING LAST WEEK, THE FOURTH WEEK IN A ROW IT HAS DELIVERED MORE THAN FOUR THOUSAND CARS.  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WESTERN GRAIN ELEVATOR ASSOCIATION WADE SOBKOWICH...WEIGHS IN ON THE ISSUE. 

 

GM ALFALFA (APR 1) - THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION SAYS IT'S PLEASED THAT FORAGE GENETICS INTERNATIONAL HAS DECIDED NOT TO SELL HERBICIDE-TOLERANT GENETICALLY MODIFIED ALFALFA THIS SPRING. THE COMPANY'S DECISION TO DELAY THE INTRODUCTION OF GM ALFALFA INTO CANADA WAS CONFIRMED IN THE MARCH 27TH EDITION OF THE WESTERN PRODUCER AND IS CONSISTENT WITH RECENT STATEMENTS MADE BY SEED COMPANIES IN QUEBEC AND ONTARIO. IN 2013, WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT OR NOTIFICATION, THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY GRANTED REGISTRATION TO SEVERAL VARIETIES OF GM ROUNDUP READY ALFALFA, WHICH MEANS FGI AND THEIR DISTRIBUTORS COULD LEGALLY SELL THE HERBICIDE-TOLERANT GM ALFALFA ACROSS CANADA. A UNION MEMBER, DAVE LEWINGTON, SAYS FGI IS, AT SOME LEVEL, ADMITTING THAT THE CONCERNS OF FARMERS ACROSS CANADA ARE SERIOUS BY NOT SELLING GM ALFALFA.

HUGE AUCTION (APR 1) - RITCHIE BROS. AUCTIONEERS SAYS IT CONDUCTED ITS LARGEST-EVER ON-THE-FARM UNRESERVED PUBLIC AUCTION ON SATURDAY, MARCH 29TH, SELLING MORE THAN 13 MILLION DOLLARS OF AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT AND FARMLAND AT AN UNRESERVED AUCTION IN NAMPA, ALBERTA. THE COMPANY SAYS MORE THAN 450 EQUIPMENT ITEMS AND 31 PARCELS OF AGRICULTURAL FARMLAND WAS SOLD IN THE AUCTION, ALL WITHOUT MINIMUM BIDS OR RESERVE PRICES. RITCHIE BROTHERS SAYS THEY HAD CLOSE TO 12-HUNDRED REGISTERED BIDDERS FROM 25 COUNTRIES, AS WELL AS MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE ON SITE AND MORE THAN 58-HUNDRED WATCHING ONLINE. THE COMPANY SAYS THE AUCTION FOR THE PETLUK BROTHERS SOLD 31 PARCELS OF LAND TO FIVE BUYERS FOR MORE THAN 10 MILLION DOLLARS, AS WELL AS A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF LATE MODEL, WELL-MAINTAINED EQUIPMENT.

WEIGHT LIMITS EXEMPTION (MAR 31) - ALBERTA HAS JOINED WITH SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA IN ANNOUNCING EXEMPTIONS TO SPRING ROAD WEIGHT LIMITS FOR FARMERS MOVING GRAIN.
STARTING APRIL 1ST, FARMERS TRANSPORTING GRAIN FROM STORAGE TO ELEVATORS IN ALBERTA WILL BE EXEMPT FROM VEHICLE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON PROVINCIAL HIGHWAYS. PERMITS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT NO COST FOR GRAIN TRUCKS TO TRAVEL AT 100 PER CENT AXLE WEIGHT ON BANNED ROADS, AS LONG AS THE ROADS ARE NOT DAMAGED IN THE PROCESS. ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION STAFF WILL MONITOR ROAD CONDITIONS AND SUGGEST ALTERNATE TRAVEL ROUTES IF NECESSARY.

ANALYST SPEAKS (MAR 31) - THE FARM AND RANCH SHOW TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK IN EDMONTON, PRO FARMER CANADA MARKET ANALYST MIKE JUBINVILLE WAS ONE OF THE GUEST SPEAKERS.

THAT'S PRO FARMER CANADA MARKET ANALYST MIKE JUBINVILLE.