Ag notes

New agribition directors

Reed Andrew of Regina was recently re-elected president of Canadian Western Agribition.

Andrew has served on the board of the Regina agricultural event for 13 years and has chaired several CWA committees. He has been an Agribition volunteer for 36 years and is a long-time commercial cattle exhibitor.

As well, Elmer Eashappie of Regina, Doug Fee of De Winton, Alta., Kim Hextall of Grenfell, Sask., Chris Lees of Arcola, Sask., Carla Schmitt of Saskatoon and Levi Wood of Regina have been elected to two-year terms on the board.

Directors now serving the second of their two year terms are Barry Young of Carievale, Sask., Blake MacMillan of Nokomis, Sask., Richard Harries of Morden, Man., Bob Jackson of Sylvania, Sask., Courtney MacDougall of Regina and past- president Bryan Hadland of Weldon, Sask.

The executive team includes vice-president Stewart Stone of Regina, Curtis Kuchinka of Regina, Blake MacMillan of Nokomis, Bryce Thompson of Regina and past-president Bryan Hadland of Weldon, Sask.

Ag Hall of Fame seeks nominations

The nomination deadline for the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame is May 1. The hall of fame annually recognizes Canadians who have made exceptional and lasting contributions in the agriculture and food industry.

Nominees are assessed on their life’s work, leadership and vision within agriculture. Candidates must be nominated by an individual or corporate member of the hall of fame.

Nomination instructions are available at

NFU Youth launch video series

The National Farmers Union Youth has launched three videos about concerns with the proposed changes to Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Act.

The act is included in the omnibus agriculture bill, the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18), which is now before Parliament.

The three videos highlight the main mechanisms in Bill C-18 while featuring NFU farmers and seed experts speaking about their experience on the issue.

The videos are intended to raise the awareness of urban residents and farmers as part of an effort to stop Bill C-18 from becoming law.

For more information, visit

Cereal Staging Guide

Growers and agronomists can now access Alberta Agriculture’s Cereal Staging Guide.

The new resource will help farmers apply products at the correct time, such as in-crop urea ammonium nitrate, foliar fungicides and plant growth regulators.

The guide helps growers stage a cereal crop. It shows photos of crops at various critical growth stages for applying products. It also displays cereal stages from a field, individual plant, tiller separated and main stem view.

For more information, call Kelly at 780-674-8268.

Nuffield scholarships

Applicants have until April 30 to apply for the 2015 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust.

Forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at Up to three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2015.

The scholarship is awarded to mid-career individuals in agriculture who have at least five years of agricultural business or farming experience.

Funding is available for international travel to explore agricultural issues and opportunities worldwide.

The program focuses on developing better farmers, business managers and leaders in agriculture by improving practical, managerial and commercial skills.

Scholars must complete their projects within two years of winning the award, produce a written report, present their findings at the Nuffield annual general meeting and participate in the Contemporary Scholars Conference in France in 2015.

FREE Blue Book download

Alberta Agriculture’s Blue Book is on sale and available as a free downloadable PDF.

The annual crop protection book provides the most recent information on registered pesticide products.

A hard copy is available for $12.

For more information, visit, call 800-292-5697 or contact Gerard Vaillancourt at 780-422-6796.



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