AG Notes


Simmental scholarships awarded to students

The Garth Sweet Simmental Foundation and the Canadian Simmental Association have announced this year’s recipients of two scholarships.

Kathleen Murphy of Lacombe, Alta., Bethany Harland of Frenchman Butte, Sask., and Victoria McEldon of Millbrook, Ont., received the Dr. Allan Dixon Scholarship, which was established in memory of Dixon, president of the CSA from 1970-71 and 1974-75.

Cathryn Thompson of Calahoo, Alta., received the Trevor Vance Memorial Scholarship, which was established in 1995 in memory of the son of long-time Simmental breeders Barbara and the late Bennie Vance of Kanata, Ont.

This year’s scholarship recipients have all been active members in their family operations and youth programs within the cattle industry.

Simmental breeders inducted into hall of fame

The Canadian Simmental Association has inducted four influential Simmental breeders into the Canadian Simmental Hall of Fame: Ron and Carla Nolan of Markdale, Ont., Barry LaBatte of Gladmar, Sask., Earl Ballard of Saskatoon and Maxwell Simmentals of Viking, Alta.

The award is given to past or present CSA members who have contributed to the expansion and growth of the Simmental breed and who are leaders within the entire beef industry and their communities.

Inductees are nominated by fellow breeders and recognized for their involvement in their provincial association and their contribution 
to the national association.

New app helps track 
farmers markets

The Alberta Farmers Markets Association recently launched a free app that lists all AFMA member markets and works with iPhone, Android and Blackberry technology.

The mobile app is intended to offer information such as GPS location of markets, opening days and hours of operation. It will be updated as new AFMA member markets are added and as seasonal information dictates.

Many member listings include a link to their individual websites, which is where more information is available.

Export catalogue online

The 2013-14 issue of the Alberta Agri-Foods Products and Services Export Catalogue is available online as an e-book.

The catalogue, first produced in 2010, is used during seminars and events and with international missions.

Originally designed as a print piece, it was intended to introduce Alberta exporters to buyers and distributors outside of Canada.

The food section highlights ingredients, baked goods, beverages, honey and meat, while a non-food section covers livestock and genetic materials, animal feed, personal care products and agriculture technology, equipment and supplies.

A new initiative to make the catalogue into a multi-media product will include video clips of Alberta companies showcasing their products and production methods.

Applications from Alberta companies who would like to be included and meet criteria are accepted throughout the year.

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