AG Notes

KAP gets new president

Dan Mazier, a grain and oilseed farmer from Justice, Man., is the new president of Keystone Agricultural Producers.

The position is for a four year term.

Mazier is chair of KAP’s workplace and employment committee and sits on the rural development and environment committees.

He is a founding member of the KAP young farmers’ forum and served as a KAP young farmer representative for six years.

He has operated West Willow Farms and been a registered seed grower since 1985.

He is a member of the steering committee for the new Assiniboine River Basin Initiative and is president of the Elton Energy Co-operative.

Alberta selects outstanding young farmers

Goat farmers Patrick and Cherylynn Bos of Ponoka were named Alberta’s outstanding young farmers for 2015.

They operate a herd of 1,400 dairy goats at Bos Farm and have built up a milk and cheese processing business called Rock Ridge Dairy.

The processor produces up to 1.5 tonnes of cheese a week during peak times.

Along with their four children, Amelia, Conner, Jocelyn and Adelle, they will represent Alberta and the Northwest Territories at the national event to be held in Edmonton Nov. 17-22.

health benefits of flax promoted

A marketing program launched by the Flax Council of Canada, Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission and the Manitoba Flax Growers Association will promote the health benefits of flaxseed.

A website, HealthyFlax.org, and social media sites will make the connection between ground whole flaxseed and lowering cholesterol, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.

The sites will contain recipes, nutrition information and downloadable fact sheets about the nutritional benefits of flaxseed. Recent research has connected flaxseed to lower cholesterol, certain cancers and managing diabetes.

Tax credit available for Alberta farmers

Alberta barley farmers who did not request a refund of their checkoff will qualify for a 2014 Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit.

A 17 percent credit is available for the 2014 tax year.

Alberta Barley funds and participates in a variety of agricultural research projects aimed at improving barley’s potential.

For more information, visit www.albertabarley.com/research and www.cra-arc.gc.ca/txcrdt/sred-rsde/menu-eng.html.

Alberta wheat producers are also eligible for a tax credit through the program for their investment in research and development with the Alberta Wheat Commission.

A nine percent credit is available for the 2014 tax year.

Research investments focus on genetic and agronomic improvements.

The T2038 form should be used to claim the credit. Farm corporations must use the T2SCH31 form when filing.

Producers applying for a refund of their levy are not eligible for the tax credit.

For more information, visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca/txcrdt/sred-rsde/clmng/clmngsrd-eng.html.

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