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Sharps: A Pointed Subject

“Sharps” is the universal term used for items such as needles, scalpel blades or broken glass from medicine bottles. In 2009, hypodermic needles with syringes accounted for 32 per cent of the farm tool injuries reported in Alberta – remember, safety first when handling sharps.
 Read the Agri-News article. >

Agriculture Market Overview

Market Prospects 2011 is featuring a series of interviews to plumb the depths of the Agriculture market - from how supply and demand are stacking up around the world, prospects for the coming year, trade across the globe, the Canadian dollar and the Euro and the effect currency has on markets. The first video in this series, an interview with Charlie Pearson, provincial crop market analyst, has been posted to Alberta Agriculture's site.
 Click here to view the video. >

White Chili with Roasted Garlic

The Alberta Chicken Producers website features a selection of recipes, from appetizers to main courses. For a wonderful treat on a winter night, surprise the family with White Chili with Roasted Garlic.
 Click here for this recipe. >




The Future of the Farm & Food Busines in Alberta

The Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) is holding their annual Alberta Provincial conference in Red Deer on February 17, 2011. The CAFA is is a national non‐profit professional umbrella organization dedicated to assisting farm families and farm businesses by increasing the skills and knowledge of farm advisors and consultants.The conference theme this year is The Future of the Farm & Food Busines in Alberta. More information, registration costs and a conference agenda are posted on the CAFA website.


Agri-businesses Upgrading to Remain Competitive and Profitable

Food processors know that they need to reinvest in equipment and evaluate processes in order to remain competitive. Changing food safety requirements, the need to increase efficiency and productivity, and a desire to compete on quality rather than price are all reasons for upgrading – read more about some help that is available.

Fertilizer Use Efficiency a Long Term Profit Driver

Fertilizer is generally one of the largest input costs in crop production, this article provides a few tips from agronomists and extension professionals to help decrease the fertilizer bill and maximize the return on investment.

Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre Update

Trevor Kloeck is the Alberta Agriculture lead of the Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre. In two interviews, Kloeck explains what the Centre is all about, the key role farmers play and how farmers can learn more about this opportunity. Click on the links to listen to the interviews.


Risk Management Workshop

The Agriculture and Food Council is holding a policy forum, called Dare to Fill the Gaps: A Risk Management Workshop, in Red Deer on March 16, 2011. A slate of experts will discuss some of the current gaps in agricultural risk management and how they may be filled, in addition to highlighting some innovative ways risk management issues have been successfully addressed. An agenda, registration costs and online registration are available by clicking on the above link.


Workforce Development Program

The completion date and  claim submission deadline for this program are quickly approaching. Projects must be completed by February 25, 2011. Expenses incurred by a successful applicant after this date are not eligible for reimbursement under the grant. All claims must be filed by March 11, 2011. To address specific workforce issues in agricultural production and agri-processing sectors, financial assistance is provided to assist Alberta agri-business managers to:

  • reduce worker turnover
  • recruit workers outside of Alberta
  • assess and adopt technologies and processes which will increase worker productivity
 For more information, click here. >

Holistic Management Conference

The 2011 Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference focuses on what holistic management is all about and how can it be applied to the agriculture industry. The conference is being held in Lloydminster on February 15 and 16, 2011. For more information, contact the Chinook Applied Research Association at 403-664-3777.
 Stephanie Kosinski, a committee member, discusses the conference. >

Jobs In Agriculture

Greenhouse Manager

Greenhouse Manager, Brooks - this is a critical leadership position within Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in managing the new state of the art greenhouse research facility that has just been built on the Crop Diversification Centre South (CDCS) research farm in Brooks, Alberta. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
 Details. >


Crop Planning Now

It’s time to be planning for the 2011 crop – variety listings come out in late January as a guide to selecting new varieties. For some crops, most of the seed has already been spoken for, but there is still a lot of information that has to be sifted through to get ready for the new crop year.
 Read the Agri-News article. >

Field Pea Variety Selection

Agronomy Update 2011 covered dozens of topics, from nutrients to crops for biodiesel to disease and insect issues. Mark Olson, pulse crops research agrologist with Alberta Agriculture, discussed markets and variety selection for pulses. See all the presentations at this year’s Agronomy Update.
 Interview with Mark Olson. >

A Competition to Develop Food Products Using Pulses

Alberta food science and culinary arts students are invited to participate in Mission ImPULSEible 2011, where they will be developing a new food product using pulses as an ingredient. Competition details for Mission ImPULSEible can be found at the Alberta Pulse Growers website or on their Facebook page. The entry deadline is February 14, 2011.
 Listen to the interview with Wendy Benson, APG marketing and nutrition consultant. >

What's Happening in the Bedding Plant Industry

Even though there’s snow outside, the greenhouse industry and bedding plant suppliers are hard at work. Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza, greenhouse consultant, talks about what’s happening in the industry.
 Listen to the interview. >

The Canadian Wheat Board Releases Initial Payments

The CWB has announced that 2010-11 initial payments for wheat, durum and barley will increase effective January 31. To see a complete listing of payments for all the grades of wheat and barley in dollars per tonne and dollars per bushel,
 click here. >


The Importance of Trees to Riparian Areas

Wooded areas along waterways are valuable and essential to those riparian areas. In a recent interview, Doug Macaulay, agroforestry specialist with Alberta Agriculture, discusses how important trees are to riparian areas and details the very successful Beaverlodge Reforestation Project. For more information on this project, contact the County of Grande Prairie.
 Listen to the interview. >

Landowner Recognition Habitat Programs

The Alberta Fish and Game Association has two landowner recognition habitat programs to assist local fish and game clubs throughout the province in recognizing landowners for retaining habitat. The programs, entitled Habitat Steward and Heritage Farmstead, were developed to recognize landowners who have a lifelong interest in preserving wildlife habitat and who also carry out responsible land management practices on their land. Retaining wildlife habitat on private land is important. To find out more about these recognition programs,
 click here. >

Snowpack in the Province

Even with the recent snowfall, Alberta isn't experiencing an abnormal year for snow. Ralph Wright, soil moisture specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says before the recent snowfalls in January, much of the province was below normal when it comes to the snowpack. Wright explains exactly where are levels at in a Call of the Land interview.
 Click here. >

Rural Development

Premier Ed Stelmach on Farm Safety

At the annual conference of the Agricultural Service Boards, Premier Ed Stelmach addressed the delegates, discussing a number of issues, including farm safety. The Premier says accidents do happen, but adds they are investigated.
 Listen to the interview. >

Rock the Farm

The Future Agriculture Business Builders (FABB) are holding the 2011 Rock the Farm in Edmonton on February 4 to 6, 2011. The theme this year is Grass Roots to Urban Shoots – the New Agricultural Leader. For more information, the agenda and online registration,
 Click here. >

Producer Showcase

The Edmonton chapter of the Canadian Culinary Federation and Dine Alberta have announced the formation of a Chefs Collaborative between Edmonton and area chefs and producers. Marlene Abrams, a member of the Explore Local Initiative talks about the Chefs Collaborative and its first event, a Producer Showcase being held in Edmonton on February 7, 2011. For more information, visit Explore Local online.
 Abrams' interview. >

Provincial 4-H Leaders Conference - A Colourful Success!

On what was one of the coldest and snowiest weekends in recent memory, more than 300 Alberta 4-H leaders took to the highways to attend the 68th Annual Alberta 4-H Leaders’ Conference. With this year’s chosen theme of "Show Your 4-H Colors," the Calgary region planning committee outdid themselves with spirit, speakers and sessions.
 Article. >

Jack Pemberton Youth Development Bursary 2011

Have you ever thought about attending the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto? Here is your opportunity!!! Click here to download more information and the application. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2011.



New Research to Benefit Livestock and Oilseed Producers

New Alberta research will benefit both livestock and oilseed producers. Funding was announced for two agricultural research centres at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, with $4.5 million in funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. CEO Stan Blade discusses the new research and the funding.
 Listen to the Call of the Land interview. >


December's Average Weekly Cost for Edmonton

What’s in a nutritious food basket and how much are Albertans spending to cover the average weekly grocery needs? Alberta Agriculture calculates average grocery costs, based on Health Canada’s recommendations, and categorizes grocery spending to meet requirements by age, gender and lifestyle. For information on December 2010’s nutritious food basket, using Edmonton prices,
 click here. >

Monday, January 31, 2011

In this issue


Coming Events



Jobs In Agriculture



Rural Development



Coming Events

Developing Local Culinary Tourism Experiences from Farm to Fork
Feb 9, Lethbridge  Details >

Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference
Feb 15 – 16, Lloydminster  Details >

Developing Local Culinary Tourism Experiences from Farm to Fork
Feb 16, Banff  Details >

Tools for Better Decisions
Feb 18, Falher  Details >

Greenhouse Business Planning Workshop
Feb 23 – 24, Edmonton  Details >

Alberta Beef Industry Conference 2011
Feb 23 – 25, Red Deer  Details >

Management Essentials for Family Business - Family Systems
March 1, Edmonton  Details >

Berry & Vegetable School 2011
March 3 – 5, Nisku  Details >

The 12 Steps of Succession Planning
March 15, Edmonton  Details >

7th Annual AIA Banff Conference: Wetlands and the Agriculture/Energy Interface
March 15 - 17, Banff  Details >

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Editors: Tracey Feist and Lee Anne Bateman
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