AG Notes


Angus association offers summer internships

The Jan. 5 application deadline looms for three summer internships with the Canadian Angus Association in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

The full-time, 16 week jobs focus on marketing the female beef project to existing 4-H members, promoting the 4-H beef project, increasing the number of junior Angus members, general industry promotion and exposure to association services.

The internship, which is open to college, university and technical students, will provide training and experience in association work.

Compensation will be $12 to $15 per hour, with salary to be negotiated. Applicants should be majoring in agriculture or marketing. Seedstock background is also preferred but not required. Interested undergraduate students,18 years old with a driver’s licence and their own vehicle, should send their résumé and cover letter to Cassie Dorran, the association’s director of marketing and branding.

2013 Canadian Jersey Cow 
of the Year

RJF Remake Becky has been named Jersey Canada’s 2013 cow of the year.

It is owned and bred by Robert Jarrell of Corbyville, Ont.

Becky holds one silver and two platinum awards for production. It was the recipient of the Jersey Canada Hall of Fame Trophy in 2012 for highest composite breed class average, and in 2012 was named the all-time Canadian mature cow class leader for milk, fat and protein.

Becky has 28 progeny, including 25 daughters and three sons. Its daughters hold five silver and two platinum awards for production.

It has produced 120 viable embryos in the past six years and has calved naturally three times. Becky has increased in production and classification with each lactation.

Hemp firm hires 
sales manager

Danny Scodeller has been named the western Canadian regional sales manager for Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods.

Scodeller will help expand western Canadian sales of the company’s raw shelled hemp seeds, hemp protein powders and hemp oil.

Scodeller spent most of his career with Johnson & Johnson companies. He brings more than 25 years of sales experience, with 12 years of field sales management.

Cereals Canada announces inaugural board

Cereals Canada recently confirmed its inaugural board of directors.

The board comprises individuals from member organizations representing producers, life science and seed companies, and grain processors and handlers:

  • Kamel Beliazi, Bayer CropScience Canada
  • Kevin Bender, Alberta Wheat Commission
  • Jay Bradshaw, Syngenta Canada Inc.
  • Rob Davies, Weyburn Inland Terminal Ltd.
  • Chantelle Donahue, Cargill Ltd.
  • David Dzisiak, Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.
  • Kent Erickson, Alberta Wheat Commission
  • David Hansen, Canterra Seeds
  • Greg Porozni, Alberta Wheat Commission
  • Jean-Marc Ruest, Richardson International Limited
  • Henry Van Ankum, Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Richard Wansbutter, Viterra Inc.

Serving as officers for the next two years are Greg Porozni as chair and David Hansen as vice-chair.

Sheep federation elects chair

Phil Kolodychuk of Bluesky, Alta., was recently elected board chair of the Canadian Sheep Federation.

Kolodychuk, along with his wife and children, have raised lambs for 12 years.

He said he wants to focus federation efforts on initiatives that will directly benefit producers such as traceability, the Farm Safe Food Practices Program, scrapie eradication and access to medications.

New to the executive committee are Rob Scott from Ontario as vice-chair, Cathy Gallivan from New Brunswick as secretary and Barbara Johnstone Grimmer from British Columbia as treasurer.

Other board members are Bill Gibson from Alberta, Herman Bouw of Manitoba, Cathy Vallis of Nova Scotia, Claude Gallant of Prince Edward Island and Wilson Reid of Newfoundland.

Federal funding supports market development

Grain Growers of Canada has received $100,000 in federal funding through the AgriMarketing program.

The money will go toward industry trade advocacy, branding initiatives and attendance at international trade shows and conferences. GGC also plans to educate foreign associations and buyers about Canada’s regulatory system.

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