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Lethbridge schools work together on ag

The University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College are collaborating to enhance agricultural programming in southern Alberta.

The agreement will further advance learning and research opportunities in agriculture and agribusiness, including the development of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Agribusiness Innovation and the implementation of the Cor Van Raay Southern Alberta Agribusiness Program.

The Alberta government is spending $5 million on the new program.

Farm safety program targets children in Alta.

Syngenta Canada is working with Agriculture for Life to bring the Young Farm Workers Safety Day program to Alberta young people this fall.

The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities that occur on the farm each year.

The Safety Days program focuses on rural students in grades 9 to 12 with interactive sessions about the risks associated with rural and farm environments.

The program is expected to reach 500 students in the 2015–16 school year.

Hands-on learning includes safety topics such as risk assessment, livestock handling, chemical safety and large equipment use.

Syngenta hopes that its Good Growth Plan will train 20 million farm workers on labour safety throughout the world by 2020.

Biofertilizer produced in Sask. receives registration

The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators recognized North Battleford, Sask., earlier this year with the national environment award for implementing its Lystek biosolids and organics processing technology.

The city has become the first community in Western Canada to receive a federal registration from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the LysteGro biofertilizer, which is produced at the city’s Wastewater Resource Recovery Centre.

The Lystek system transforms non-hazardous, organic materials into nutrient-rich fertilizer and other multi-purpose products.

Lystek’s biosolids and organics processing solutions are now featured in facilities across Canada, and the United States’ first project is underway in Fairfield, California.

These facilities are capable of diverting more than 350,000 tonnes of biosolids and other organics from landfills and convert them into biofertilizer products and biogas.

Alberta honours fire crews

One of Western Canada’s busiest wildfire seasons on record saw fire crews fight more than 1,700 fires that covered 1.2 million acres.

Alberta premier Rachel Notley recently recognized wild land firefighters in Western Canada for their work in helping to reduce the impact this spring and summer.

Notley said more than half of the wildfires were caused by humans, despite an early spring, dry conditions, strong winds and thunderstorms.

The province’s budget for prevention, preparedness and management was $139 million, but it also provided $375 million in emergency funding to cover the costs of fighting wildfires this season.

Agri-marketer of the year named

The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association has named Stephen Denys its agri-marketer of the year.

Denys is vice-president of sales and marketing at Pride Seeds in Chatham-Kent, Ont.

He farms and is a member of several trade associations, as well as a past-president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association.

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