AG Notes

Farm safety training projects funded

Farm Credit Canada and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association have set aside $100,000 for 10 farm safety training projects through the FCC Ag Safety Fund.

The fund provides financial support to projects such as grain bin rescue training, milk house safety and human-bear awareness and conflict reduction.

The funding is available to charitable and non-profit organizations planning projects that provide safety training to producers.

This year’s projects include:

  • $10,000 for bear safety training for farm and ranch families in southwestern Alberta through the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association
  • $5,200 to Manitoba Farmers With Disabilities to deliver youth and farm-family oriented farm safety training
  • $10,000 to the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus for farm safety training for agricultural students and farmers

The Canadian Farmers with Disabilities Registry is the recipient of the only national project this year. It will receive $25,000 for train-the-trainer sessions about the latest occupational health and safety methodology and practices.

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Entrepreneurs receive $8,000

Three Manitoba entrepreneurs have received $8,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to aid their businesses in reaching the next level of success, following a two-day skills camp in Brandon.

Shut Ur Pie Hole, Prairie Skyline Ventures and Unwind Massage Therapy and Yoga were selected from 21 participants at Innovate Manitoba’s LaunchPad Startup Skills Camp in Brandon. They were chosen based on the strength of their pitches and the commercial potential of their businesses.

One-day Startup Skills Camps are held three times a year to provide information and mentorship to Manitoba entrepreneurs.

Only the Brandon event is two days, combining practical advice on starting a business with coaching on how to make effective business pitches and one‑on‑one mentoring sessions.

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Manitoba municipalities complete amalgamations

Twenty more Manitoba municipalities have officially amalgamated.

Municipal government minister Stan Struthers said the municipalities will be strengthened in several ways:

  • reinvestments of administrative savings into better service
  • reducing operational costs through sharing major assets like water treatment and recreation facilities
  • helping recruit and retain skilled municipal staff
  • providing more opportunities to attract business and economic development with reduced red tape, common regional regulations, infrastructure and services
  • increased savings and efficiencies through economies of scale

The newly amalgamated municipalities include:

  • the Rural Municipality of Blan-shard, RM of Saskatchewan and Town of Rapid City to create the RM of Oakview
  • the RM of Cameron, Town of Hartney and RM of Whitewater to create the Municipality of Grassland
  • the Town of Gladstone, RM of Lakeview and RM of Westbourne to create the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone
  • the RM of Glenella and RM of Lansdowne to create the Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne
  • the RM of Glenwood and Town of Souris to create the Municipality of Souris-Glenwood
  • the RM of Pembina and Town of Manitou to create the Municipality of Pembina
  • the municipality of Shoal Lake and RM of Strathclair to create the RM of Yellowhead
  • the RM of Louise, Town of Pilot Mound and Village of Crystal City to create the Municipality of Louise

Sixty-eight municipalities have amalgamated into 31 since the Municipal Modernization Act was proclaimed.

New crop choice guide

Alberta Agriculture has released the CropChoices planning tool for 2014.

For more information about CropChoices, call the Alberta Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

New services

Alberta’s Agriculture and Food Council has begun offering new services, including leadership training, grant proposal writing, project management, communications, event planning, distribution, network weaving and mapping.

The council is also working on other initiatives that are expected to be introduced in the lead up to its learning institute in the fall.

Canadian flower sales growing

Flowers Canada Growers is receiving almost $80,000 in federal funding to help expand sales in Canada and the United States.

The national trade organization will market Canadian floral products at targeted industry shows and develop an export guidance manual.

Floriculture has more than 1,900 growers producing 28 percent of Canadian horticultural production. Exports were $265 million with almost 100 percent being sold to the U.S.



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