Ag notes

Cargill celebrates Victory milestone

Cargill has completed its 20th consecutive year of contracting with farmers to grow Victory in Canada and the United States.

The high oleic hybrid canola has the Roundup Ready herbicide trait and can be found in Liberty Link InVigor Health hybrid varieties.

According to last year’s Canola Performance Trials co-ordinated by the Canola Council of Canada, Victory V12-1 achieved the highest return per acre of any canola variety.

Genome Prairie has new president

David Gauthier succeeds Wilf Keller as president of Genome Prairie.

Keller will continue as president of Ag-West Bio.

Gauthier is a private consultant specializing in investment and technology commercialization. He has served as director of business development with Performance Plants Inc., vice-president of Foragen Technologies Management Inc., regional director of the National Research Council’s Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program and most recently chief executive officer of the Entrepreneurial Foundation of Saskatchewan.

Stepping down as Genome Prairie’s president allows Keller to make his current role with Ag-West Bio a full-time position. Keller had held the dual roles since April 2010, when a management agreement was struck between the two organizations.

Ag-West Bio and Genome Prairie have a long history of collaboration. Ag-West Bio was instrumental in bringing Genome Prairie to Saskatoon, when it restructured in 2005 and relocated its head office from Calgary.

Beef cattle code of practice launches new survey

Beef cattle owners and others with an interest in animal care and welfare can provide input into the redevelopment of Canada’s beef cattle code of practice.

The National Farm Animal Care Council is conducting the online survey to gain stakeholder insights on the codes of practice and views on the care and handling of beef cattle.

The redevelopment of the beef cattle code is part of a multi-year project to renew several of the codes of practice for the care and handling of farm animals. A key factor for renewing the codes is achieving acceptance from producers.

To complete the confidential 10 minute survey, visit the National Farm Animal Care Council website and click on the survey link.

Road map to Alberta stables

The Horse Industry Association of Alberta has released the Alberta Stables Road Map.

The maps highlight participating stables and help Alberta stable shoppers make an informed decision.

They feature Alberta Stable Industry participating stables, a boarding stable checklist and a list of disciplines.

For more information, visit the ASI home page.

Dine Alberta in 2012

Dine Alberta is a year-long program that advocates finding and using locally grown ingredients and products.

A list of participating restaurants, bistros, bed and breakfasts, cafes, catering companies, cooking schools, personal chefs and food trucks is also part of the information that is updated each year.

The 2012 list was recently posted.

The Dine Alberta website has grown over the years to include recipes and dozens of links to Alberta producer groups.

Regional Cuisine refers to locally produced and grown ingredients and processed products that have traceability back to a farm, locality or province. The main objective within the Regional Cuisine Initiative is to connect Alberta agricultural production and food products with the consumer.

For more information, visit the Dine Alberta page on Alberta Agriculture’s website.

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