AG Notes

Nuffield scholarship winners announced

Nuffield Canada’s four scholarship recipients were recently announced.

Over the next two years, the winners will investigate issues with the overall goal of adding value to Canadian agriculture.

They will join other international scholars in Brazil in March for a conference that looks at global agriculture, business and personal development.

  • Jason Fransoo from Calgary received the Glacier Media scholarship. He will study global grain transportation systems with the aim to improving Canada’s system.
  • Nicole MacKellar from Guelph, Ont., received the Grain Farmers of Ontario scholarship. She will access the possibilities for branding commodities that are further processed into ingredients.
  • Kristina Polziehn from Alberta’s Sturgeon County received the Alberta Wheat Commission scholarship. Through the use of manned and unmanned aircraft, she will study the applicationsfor remote sensing in crop production.
  • Matt Hamill from Red Deer received the Western Grains Research Foundation scholarship. He will look for ways to improve the malt industry as well as other value-added opportunities in Canada.

The 2018 scholarship applications are due April 30, 2017.

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New executive for the goat federation

The Canadian National Goat Federation has a new executive following its recent annual general meeting.

Linda Underwood is the new president. She is president of the British Columbia Goat Association, and has served on that board for eight years.

Her family owns and operates a dairy goat farm in the Armstrong area.

Brian Pelleboer is the new vice-president and also chair of the Ontario Dairy Goat Co-operative.

Laurie Fries was voted in as the new treasurer. She is a meat goat producer and chair of the Alberta Goat Association.

Beef producer nominations

Alberta Beef Producers is accepting nominations until Aug. 31 for delegates to run in the 2016 fall elections.

Delegates raise local producer ideas and issues to the overall group and keep beef producers aware of ABP priorities and activities.

Producers who want to become delegates can find nomination forms on the ABP website, through their local delegate representative or by calling the ABP office.

Nominations for Alberta’s Canola Growers

The Alberta Canola Producers Commission is looking for five canola growers to serve as directors for a three-year term.

Directors are needed in regions1, 4, 7, 10 and 12 this year.

Any producer who has paid a service charge on canola sold since Aug. 1, 2014, is eligible to stand for election as a director. An eligible producer can be an individual, corporation, partnership or organization.

Eligible producers must produce canola within the defined region to be nominated but do not have to live within the region.

Alberta Canola divides Alberta into 12 regions, with each region electing a producer director to represent it.

The board meets quarterly and is guided by five committees comprising board members:

  • agronomic research
  • governance and finance
  • grower relations and extension
  • government and industry affairs
  • market development

Nominations must be filed in writing at the Alberta Canola office, emailed to, or faxed to 780-451-6933 by Oct. 31.


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