Ag Notes – July 2, 2015

Student competition

The University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College are presenting the Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Case Competition, which is the first of its kind in Western Canada.

Scheduled for Nov. 6-8, the event is expected to be a challenge for students and begin to lay the foundation for the future of agribusiness in southern Alberta.

The student-directed initiative is intended to help students expand their knowledge in the areas of agriculture and business on a global scale while also introducing them to key players in the agribusiness sector.

The project received financial support from Van Raay, a local businessperson.

Business case competitions have been commonplace for years but only recently has an agricultural component been incorporated.

This year’s event will primarily include undergraduate students from the U of L and Lethbridge College. Teams of four to five persons will be presented with a written business problem and given four hours to analyze and solve. Teams then present their findings to a panel of judges, often made up of academics, industry sponsors and the community at large.

The competition is open to all students, who can register as a group or individually. At least one agriculture student per team is required, and the organizers recommend that a business student also be included.

Registration details will be announced in the fall.

For more information, contact, Trevor Kenney, the U of L’s news and information manager at 403-329-2710, 403-360-7639 or trevor.kenney@uleth.ca.

Canada regains Chile market

Canada recently established market access to Chile for live hogs.

The industry estimates the market was worth $350,000 in 2013.

Canada had been Chile’s main supplier of live hogs for more than 10 years before last year, when Chile temporarily suspended imports of live hogs and porcine blood products from countries with reported outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which included Canada.

CATTLE ID AGENCY HIRES NEW MANAGER

Anne Brunet-Burgess is the new manager of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency.

She started June 1.

Brunet-Burgess was manager of the Canadian Limousin Association for nearly seven years and a director on the Canadian Beef Breeds Council board.

Tessa Nybo replaces her at the Limousin association.

Brunet-Burgess was born and raised on a purebred operation in Quebec. She is also a beef producer in Alberta.

Canterra selects new director of sales

Canterra Seeds has named Bruce McTavish as director of sales, effective June 29.

He is an agricultural industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience working for American Cyanamid, Wyeth, BASF and Viterra.

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