AG Notes

Hereford association hires new executive director

Stephen Scott is the Canadian Hereford Association’s new executive director-general manager, starting in December.

Scott was raised on a traditional dairy, beef and cash crop farm in southwestern Ontario. He received a bachelor of science in animal biology and a master’s of science in dairy health management, both from the University of Guelph.

Previous experience includes helping design and implement a new genomically enhanced young sire test program for Canada.

Most recently he has been the market analyst for the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, where he provided insight into global meat trade. He also led projects on Canadian consumer meat preferences, the benefits of traceability, assessing regulatory burden and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry.

Funds available for tree fruit varieties

The British Columbia tree fruit industry is receiving an additional $3.2 million from the federal government for research into new apple and sweet cherry varieties.

It builds on a previous investment of $2.3 million for research into new tree fruit varieties.

Apples and sweet cherries are responsible for more than 80 percent of the farmgate value of Canadian-grown tree fruit. The money will support the BC Fruit Growers’ Association in developing new apple and sweet cherry varieties, as well as improving disease and pest management practices.

The B.C. cherry industry estimates that the sales value of fresh cherries to China will be $10 million by next year and double to $20 million over the next five years.

RDTV introduces new series

RDTV, a web-based video channel focusing on the news, events and people in and around Red Deer, Alta., has produced a television program for farmers called This Country Called Agriculture.

The series, jointly-produced and hosted by Rob Eirich, focuses on agribusiness topics in Canada.

Eirich interviews industry leaders on topics such as new technology affecting agriculture, current legal policy and issues, consumer perceptions and the food industry, renewable energy in agriculture, food safety and best practices in farm management and agribusiness.

The show examines the differing viewpoints prevalent in Canadian agriculture.

It is broadcast weekly on, and on channel 129 (0-Net), the Live Television broadcast or on the Video on Demand site.

FCC contributes to rural projects

Farm Credit Canada will provide $80,000 through the FCC AgriSpirit Fund to 10 community groups in Manitoba. The money will support capital projects that help improve quality of life for rural residents.

AgriSpirit has helped fund 787 rural community projects across Canada over the past 10 years.

The fund awards rural community groups $5,000 to $25,000 for community improvement projects such as recreation and community centres, libraries, and emergency services training facilities. All projects are based in communities with populations lower than 150,000.

Selected groups must complete their projects by Dec. 31, 2015.

More than $7.5 million in funding has been given to AgriSpirit projects in rural communities across Canada.

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Genetics firm welcomes new sales rep

Garner Ekstran joins the western Canadian sales team for Foundation Genetics. He is a lifelong dairy producer and brings experience from the purebred business and time spent in the show ring.

After attending Washington State University, Ekstran played a number of seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and finished his football career with the British Columbia Lions.

Up until 2009, Garner led the sales for all of Western Canada for Ag-Bag International and Miller Pre Ag-Bag.



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