Ag Notes

Fund helps develop organizational tools

A new Industry Organization Development Fund of $1 million over the next five years is designed to help agricultural producer associations, commissions and boards improve as industry leaders.

The fund will support producer organizations in development, technology transfer and communications. It includes hiring consultants to help develop leadership, priority setting and organizational development skills.

Money can also be used for training and assistance for issues related to labour shortages, to develop and hold workshops and conferences, to address market access issues and to develop production and economic tools.

Saskatchewan crop commodity associations, commissions and boards as well as broad-based livestock commodity associations can receive up to $10,000 per year for qualified projects.

Funding is provided under the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 framework.

Stewardship award

Allen and Lillian Patkau are the Saskatchewan winners of this year’s Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA).

The Patkaus own and operate Sandy Arrow Ranch Ltd., located west of Hanley, Sask. For more than three decades, they have slowly converted their land to grass and have used best management practices to ensure efficient use of water and soil.

They have been involved in the provincial agriculture ministry’s Environmental Farm Plan program, in addition to being federal pasture patrons.

Allen is also part of the minister’s advisory committee for the federal pasture transition, which provides recommendations for transition of 60 federal community pastures to the province by 2018.

The Environmental Stewardship Award is presented each year by the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited and MNP, to a cattle producer who demonstrates excellence in environmental stewardship in the ranching industry.

As Saskatchewan TESA award winners, the Patkaus qualify for the national TESA award, to be presented by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association at its semi-annual meeting in London, Ont., Aug. 13-15.

New members for Alberta Grains Council

Henry Vos and Ron Market have been appointed new members of the Alberta Grains Council.

Vos farms in the Fairview area, where he has operated a grain and seed farm for 30 years.

He has served as a CWB director, vice-chair of the Canadian International Grains Institute and a member of the Alberta Feed Grain Initiative.

Market has been farming in the Vulcan area since 1972. He operates Market Seeds Ltd., a pedigree seed business. He also served as president of the Alberta Seed Growers Association and president of SeedNet Inc.

The Alberta Grains Council provides advice to the provincial agriculture minister and appropriate groups involved in the grains and oilseeds industry.

Man. food industry awards

The best of the Manitoba’s food industry were recognized during the Manitoba Food Processors Association’s seventh annual Industry Excellence Awards.

Here are the winners in the six categories:

  • Employer of the year — Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils.
  • Supplier of the year – Sandra Carson, PackEdge Designs.
  • Best new product (large business) — Granny’s Poultry, omega 3 turkey breast.
  • Best new product (small business) — Red millet whole flour, Millet King Foods of Canada Inc. and organic quick cooking barley, Progressive Foods Inc.
  • Company of the year – Salisbury House Restaurants.
  • President’s award – Hermann Grauer, Nature’s Farm.

Cow of the year contest

This year’s Canadian Cow of the Year Contest entry deadline is July 10.

Now in its third year, the contest is a chance to recognize a dairy cow that demonstrates outstanding qualities. The cow must be consistent, extraordinary and a legacy to its sons and daughters. Qualifications include:

  • Cow was alive during the calendar year of the contest.
  • Cow must be purebred, registered and born in Canada.
  • Cow must be classified VG-85 or higher and have had at least one lactation with a minimum of 350 kilograms of fat and 275 kg of protein.
  • Entry must be accompanied by a digital professional photo and depict the animal in milking form.

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