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Agriculture Minister Addresses the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties

Agriculture Minister Jack Hayden is optimistic about Canadian cattle shipments to China. The Minister made the comments at the fall convention of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties. To listen to Mister Hayden comments on Call of the Land,
 click here. >

New Lending Program from Agriculture Financial Services Corporation

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) offers customized loan programs to assist and support both farm and commercial enterprises. They are designed to provide unique financing through their flexible repayment options, as well as fixed and/or renewable interest rate terms. Recently, on Call of the Land, Kelly Rich, vice president of lending, talked about a relatively new program.
 Listen to the interview. >

All-In-One Potato Frittata

This week's recipe is brought to you by the versatile egg! For breakfast or a quick and easy mid-week supper, this All-In-One Potato Frittata will please the whole family. For this and other egg-i-licious recipes, visit the Alberta Egg Producers website.





Manage for Profit Using an AgriProfit$ Business Analysis

Producers enrolled in the AgriProfit$ program gain key pieces of management information that can help them steer their business to long-term profitability. To learn more about this business analysis and research program,
 click here. >

The Government of Canada Supports Young and Beginning Farmers

At the end of the first National Future Farmers Network (NFFN) held in Gatineau on November 15 and 16, 2010, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture) Jean-Pierre Blackburn announced, the next steps following this important consultation exercise. Click here to read the
 AAFC News Release >

Fall 2010 Edition of What's New in Publications Is Now Out

The fall 2010 edition of What’s New in Publications is now available. It details the latest additions to Alberta Agriculture’s Publication’s Office. This update covers a range of topics, from managing Clubroot, to feedlot movement requirements, to overcoming RFID ear tag readability challenges, and a series of three new traceability factsheets. The Publication’s office itself carries over 600 free and priced books, videos and CD-ROMs, all accessible from the Publications webpage.



Ergot in Grain Crops

Guidelines for the allowable ergot levels in grain are set by the Canadian Grain Commission. Tolerance levels are low because ergot bodies contain numerous alkaloids, or toxic chemicals, that remain active even after processing for food or feed has been completed. Before spring planting, know what to do to reduce ergot in crops. For more information,
 click here. >

Manure Nutrient Management Based on Nitrogen or Phosphorus

At the upcoming Manure Management Update 2011, being held in Lethbridge on January 17, 2011, the benefits of to apply manure based on crop nutrient requirements will be discussed in detail. For more information,
 click here. >

Time to Check Canola Bins

This is the month to make sure stored canola is stable heading into winter. As outside temperatures drop below zero and stay there, canola growers want to make sure canola has cooled throughout the bin. It pays to make sure stored canola is safe — especially at $12 a bushel.
 More. >

CWB Reports On Post-harvest Wheat Quality

With harvest now complete, the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) is assessing overall quality of the 2010 wheat crop. The harvest was completed across the Prairies by the beginning of November, but the slow start in most regions meant quality suffered. Bruce Burnett, CWB’s director of weather and market analysis, says the wet and cool September meant many areas received twice the normal precipitation for the month. The late harvest and wet conditions also impacted the amount of winter wheat planted this fall, and seeded winter-wheat area is expected to be down for the second consecutive year.
 Listen to the Call of the Land interview. >


Body Condition Scoring an Essential Management Tool

Body condition is a management tool that can be used to predict herd fertility and to determine feeding programs throughout the year. This year, due to the inconsistencies of nutrient values in feed, body condition scoring is more important than ever. Click here to read the
 Agri-News article. >

Preconditioning Important Leading up to Weaning

Now that cooler weather conditions and winter have arrived, cattle producers need to take the necessary steps when weaning calves. Dr. Roy Lewis with the Westlock Veterinary Clinic, mentioned some of those steps in a recent
 Call of the Land interview. >

Benefits of Pregnancy Checking Cows Early

At this time of the year there are multiple economic and herd welfare benefits to identifying cows that are open. Dr. Roy Lewis of the Westlock Veterinary Clinic suggests that the earlier producers pregnancy-check their cows, the better the bottom line will be and, potentially, the better the overall herd welfare. To listen to the interview,
 click here. >


2011 Watershed Stewardship Grant Program

Does your stewardship group have a great idea or project that could enhance Alberta's watersheds? The Alberta Stewardship Network (ASN) will soon be accepting applications for the 2011 Watershed Stewardship Grant Program.
 More details >

Winter Arrives Abruptly with Province Wide Snowfall and Plummeting Temperatures

Winter came suddenly to Alberta bringing with it and end to the unseasonably warm and dry fall like weather. Most of the province saw appreciable snow accumulations starting on or about November 14. To read more of this week's weather watch,
 click here. >

Impact of Recent Snow on Manure Application

The combination of a late harvest and current weather conditions has implications for manure spreading. Andy Cumming, director of field services with the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) discussed the problems producers are having in a
 Call of the Land interview. >

Latest Soil Moisture Conditions

Ralph Wright, soil moisture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, discussed current soil moisture conditions heading into winter. Wright recently ran a soil moisture model comparing soil moisture levels this year with levels over the past 50 years, to 1961. To hear the Call of the Land interview,
 click here. >

Rural Development

4-H Club Registration Deadline Approaching

This year your 4-H club registration and supplies forms have been moved to an electronic format to make them easier to use and understand. Each 4-H club should have received the new Alberta 4-H Club Registration and Supplies CD with their annnual club start-up packages. Deadline is December 1st.
 Details >

RBC 4-H Rural-Urban Youth Outreach Program

Existing 4-H clubs, regions and provincial agencies, as well as non 4-H organizations and communities are eligible to apply for funding to develop new, or expand existing clubs, that can demonstrate innovative means of attracting new members into 4-H from rural, urban or suburban communities. The Guide and Application forms are available on the Canadian 4-H Council website at or from all Provincial 4-H Councils.
 More info >


Alltech Young Scientist Program

This program is open to students pursuing degrees in science an opportunity to be recognized and awarded for writing about topics dealimg with animal feed technologies. In 2010, both the graduate and undergraduate winners were from Canada. To participate, students must write a scientific paper on an animal feed technologies topic. Undergrad papers must be 3000 words and graduate papers must be 5000 words in length. Further information and a submission template are available on the Alltech website.


Food and Health Issues

Every week, Antony Samarawickrema, strategic information analyst with Alberta Agriculture, does an E-scan or horizon scan of sources such as journal articles, factsheets, and research institutions. In a recent Call of the Land interview, he addressed one of the items from the latest e-scan on food and health, sodium and sodium intake.
 Listen to the interview. >


Alberta Livestock Inspections - October 2010

These figures indicate the total number of livestock inspected during the month of October 2010. Inspections are conducted by the Livestock Identification Services (LIS) under the authority of the Livestock Identification and Commerce Act.
 Details >

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Coming Events






Rural Development



Coming Events

There's a Heifer In Your Tank on Campus
Edmonton, Nov. 23  Details >

Food Industry Leadership Learning Series
Edmonton, Nov. 24  Details >

Age Verification Workshop
Parkland County, Nov. 24  Details >

Farm Estate and Retirement Planning Seminar
High River, Nov. 25  Details >

Christmas in the Heartland
Joesphburg, Nov. 27  Details >

Value Chain Workshop - Understanding Category Management
Nov. 29  Details >

Alfalfa Seed Commission (Alberta Fall Meeting)
Brooks, Nov. 30  Details >

Value Chain Workshop - New Product Development: Are You Market Ready?
Olds, Nov. 30  Details >

Farming Today: Are You Ready?
Medicine Hat, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1  Details >

2010 Western Canadian Grazing Conference & Tradeshow: Eating Up the Opportunities
Vermilion, Dec. 1 -2  Details >

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