AG Notes


Agricultural projects 
funded in B.C.

Agricultural projects that support business development, innovation, food safety and sustainability received $2 million in funding in British Columbia this year through Growing Forward 2:

  • The B.C. Agricultural Research and Development Corp. received $1.3 million for the delivery of the Beneficial Management Practices Program and the Environmental Farm Plan Program.
  • The B.C. Cherry Association received $54,000 to enable inspection approvals by hosting Chinese inspectors and co-ordinating visits to B.C. 
cherry orchards.
  • The B.C. Blueberry Council received $25,000 to support a one-year pilot program that will encourage good grower practices. It will also address complaints regarding the use of audible bird scare devices and propane cannons.

Alta. Ag Hall of Fame seeks nominations

Nominations are being accepted until April 30 for the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame, which honours individuals who have contributed to Alberta’s agriculture industry.

Three Albertans are recognized every two years for leadership, innovation and business practices that improved Alberta’s agriculture and food industry at the community, provincial, national or international level.

The hall of fame has recognized 126 inductees since 1951 for their risk-taking and innovation in agriculture and whose contributions have made an outstanding impact
 in their field.

Inductees will be honoured at a ceremony in Edmonton in October.

For more information, call 780-422-0492 or visit www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv69.

AgPal links farmers with government programs

Farmers can now link directly to the web-based AgPal.

The program allows quicker and easier access to information on agricultural programs and services offered by a collaborative effort between the federal agriculture and natural resources departments.

Users select their province or territory to access information on 177 provincial and federal programs across Canada, including managing their businesses, farming and food production, innovation and agricultural research and personal and community support.

Phytochemical research receives funding

Mazza Innovation Ltd. of Summer-land, B.C., has received $300,000 in federal funding to study the economic value of using phytochemicals to create naturally sourced nutraceuticals in functional foods and 
beverages on a commercial scale.

Specific financing will help optimize Mazza’s extraction process, which takes natural chemicals from plant materials for use in food and cosmetics.

The company’s technology will produce high-value extracts for ingredient manufacturers in the food and nutraceutical industries.

It’s expected to increase demand for traditional crops and help processors improve their bottom line while meeting the demand for health enhancing food.

It will also provide a sustainable and more cost-effective way to extract phytochemicals from plants.

Cattle auction raises funds for foodgrains bank

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank has raised $16,380 with 17 cattle donated at its first Manitoba cattle auction.

Donors and buyers, as well as the owners and staff at the Grunthal Auction Mart, volunteered their time for the event.

The foodgrains bank will use money raised at the auction for food assistance projects in the developing world. A second auction is being considered.