AG Notes

Alberta Seed grower executive named

The Alberta Seed Growers’ Association has appointed Kelly Chambers as its executive director.

She has more than 30 years experience in Western Canada, including agricultural project research, co-ordination and group management.

Chambers had previously been Alberta Barley’s market development and research co-coordinator.

Other recent work includes manager of the Feed Coalition and more than seven years with the Calgary Stampede as its agriculture program co-ordinator.

For more information, contact Chambers at Kelly@seedalberta.ca or 404-325-0081.

Young Agrarians award

The Young Agrarians program across Alberta is receiving the Peavey Mart Community Agricultural Grant of $50,000 over two years.

Organic Alberta, a non-profit organization will manage the program, which includes workshops, mixers and other events.

Young Agrarians is an initiative for people in the community interested in building a supportive and mutual learning community for farmers.

Previous grants have been awarded to non-profit groups in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Deadline for 2016 grants is May 31 and applications are available at PeaveyMart.com.

Search and Rescue Team Training

Alberta volunteer search and rescue organizations are receiving $300,000 in support training from the provincial government.

The money will help search and rescue groups enhance their skills.

The funding will go to 20 organizations including the Search and Rescue Dog Association, which received a grant from municipal affairs.

Search and Rescue Alberta will also receive a $150,000 grant to support recruitment and skill development of volunteers.

About 1,500 search and rescue volunteers operate across the province in six different regions and are supported by the Search and Rescue Association of Alberta.

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Applications Open

Applications are being accepted for The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Development Program.

The program provides industry-specific training and mentorship to assist the beef industry now and into the future.

Producers between the ages of 18 and 35 years have a chance to participate in provincial, national and international discussions about the direction and future of the Canadian cattle and beef industry.

The program gives participants the opportunity to explore potential career choices, as well as producer organization involvement at provincial and national levels.

Participants also gain business connections and learning tools.

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