Ag Notes

Winter webinar series available online

Alberta Agriculture tried a new mode of communication and a new opportunity to learn this winter: the Agriculture Winter Webinar Series.

The webinars are still available online for producers who missed the opportunity to participate.

Producers can receive the recorded webinar information on topics such as changes to the barley and wheat marketing system, fusarium head blight, farm safety, manure nutrient management, spring grazing and growing winter peas.

The one-hour, web-based seminars hosted by Alberta Agriculture experts ran every Wednesday afternoon from Feb. 22-April 11.

The webinars are free and available for home viewing. More information and the recorded webinars are available on Alberta Agriculture’s website.

Agricultural Initiatives Program budget confirmed

The Agricultural Initiatives Program’s budget of $1.45 million has been confirmed for 2012-13.

It was created to encourage improvements in agriculture, quality of life in agricultural communities and facilitate rural development.

Some applications held over from 2011-12 are being reviewed, and the program is accepting new applications.

Program funding will be granted to applications that meet eligibility criteria for projects such as rural training, leadership development, rural development programs, agricultural education projects that support livestock or crop production, food processing and soil and water conservation, producer and consumer education agricultural awareness and applied research.

Funding may also be considered for activities such as exhibitions (fairs, trade shows, displays), educational events (seminars, conferences, congresses), hosting tours for education or promotion purposes within Alberta, demonstrations and maintenance of certain types of community facilities.

For more information, visit Alberta Agriculture’s website.

Simmental youth represent Canada

The Canadian Simmental Association and the Young Canadian Simmental Association are sponsoring two YCSA young leaders to attend the American Junior Simmental Association National Classic.

Heather Creamer of Amherst, N.S., and Tanner Oborowsky of Grandora, Sask., will represent Canada at the 2012 AJSA National Classic in Lima, Ohio, July 7-13.

They will share their experience in the Canadian beef industry and increase their knowledge by meeting with other youth representatives from across North America.

They will participate in activities designed to educate and inform participants on innovations in cattle genetics, seedstock and commercial cattle breeding, product quality, management technology and marketing.

CAAP funding available

The Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta is accepting applications for uncommitted Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program funding to help Alberta’s agriculture industry adapt to emerging challenges.

AFC chair Heather Broughton said the council approved 82 projects valued at more than $17 million in the first three years of the program.

CAAP will fund:

  • projects that have projected benefits that exceed costs
  • applied and adaptive (not basic) research
  • projects that analyze or test solutions and strategies to address issues and opportunities
  • projects that test or analyze innovative products, processes or technologies
  • regional and multi-regional projects

The suggested end date for projects is Oct. 31, 2013.

The next deadline for project applications is June 29.

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