Ag Notes


Cash advance payment 
deadline extended

The federal government has announced a stay of default on the repayment of advances received through the Manitoba Corn Growers Association on last year’s crops.

Many producers have been unable to market their crops because of challenges with rail transportation and flooding.

The stay of default extends the 2013 repayment deadline by six months to March 31 and allows producers to repay their Advance Payments Program advances in cash without penalty. They will also be allowed until the end of the production period to provide proof of sale on any commodity covered by the program.

A stay of default with the same terms was also announced July 10 for producers who received 2013 APP advances from the Canadian Canola Growers Association.

Hereford association gets new president

Vice-president Darryl Kirton has been elected president of the Canadian Hereford Association following the July 27 death of president Burt Grundy.

Kirton, who operates 3-D-L Herefords in Abbotsford, B.C., was officially elected Aug. 2.

Doug Mann of Phantom Creek Livestock in Swift Current, Sask., was elected vice-president.

Funding helps expand 
blueberry markets

The Wild Blueberry Association of North America will receive more than $1.7 million in federal funding to market and promote Canadian wild blueberries internationally.

The funding will help the sector access new foreign markets and boost existing ones.

Marketing efforts will be directed in the United States, European Union and East Asia.

Wild blueberries are Canada’s top fruit export, generating close to $196 million in export sales last year.

Water research project looks for participants

The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security is looking for participants to take part in the Facilitated Empathy for Water Security in the Saskatchewan River Basin.

The two-year sociohydrology research project will document cultural preferences, views about governance and social relations between stakeholders using social science research tools.

The aim is to help develop a better understanding of water security, which will further research at the institute.

For more information, contact Graham Strickert at graham.strickert@usask.ca.

smartphone app helps 
identify noxious weeds

Alberta Weed Spotter is a new iPhone application that will help identify noxious weeds.

The City of Edmonton developed the app to help Albertans identify and report weeds to provincial authorities.

The application includes all 75 species regulated under Alberta’s Weed Control Act.

Its goal is to minimize the number of new invasive species and reduce the spread of existing weeds.

The application contains images of weeds organized into categories, which will make it easier to identify weeds and accurately report them to weed managers across the province.

The application is available for free download on iTunes.