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Sugar beet harvest set to begin Oct. 3

Southern Alberta’s main sugar beet harvest is set to begin Oct. 3.

A mini-harvest designed to get the sugar factory in Taber, Alta., up and running was scheduled for last week.

Farmers planted 28,000 acres of beets this year and harvest is expected to take about eight weeks to complete, according to Alberta Sugar Beet Growers.

“Even with the hail and the crazy weather this year, sugar beet yields are expected to be between 26 (and) 28 tonnes per acre,” the organization said in a news release.

There are more than 200 sugar beet growers in southern Alberta and their beets will be delivered to one of seven piling stations: Taber, Picture Butte, Vauxhall, Tempest, Enchant, Coaldale and Burdett.

Mentorship program looks for young producers

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association wants five young beef producers for its Youth Mentorship Program.

The program is funded through the Youth Leadership and Mentorship Initiative under Growing Forward 2.

Producers between 18 and 39 are partnered and work alongside industry leaders.

The young producers are also funded up to $4,000 to attend industry conferences and workshops.

The mentorship program allows producers to get off the ranch to broaden their experiences while learning the ropes of industry advocacy and policy development.

Eligible producers have until Sept. 30 to complete the online application form (PDF) or contact the SSGA at 306-757-8523.

Ag business award seeks nominations

Nominations are open until Oct. 14 for Farm Management Canada’s 2015 Wilson Loree Award.

The award honours individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.

Key nomination criteria include:

  • making extraordinary contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally
  • demonstrating innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors to agriculture and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers
  • serving as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential
  • demonstrating the ability to network and develop partner-ships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry

Chicken farmers mark National Chicken Month

September marks the first annual National Chicken Month in Canada.

“Celebrating National Chicken Month is just one way to celebrate the great chicken that we have been providing to Canadians for decades,” said Dave Janzen, chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada.

“Canadians care deeply about their food, about knowing where it comes from and that what they’re serving to their family and friends is of the highest quality. Our farmers and their families are no different.”

Hereford association selects new directors

The Canadian Hereford Association recently announced the results of the board executive elections for a new executive term starting Jan. 1.

Doug Mann of Swift Current, Sask., is president elect and Albert Rimke of Oak Lake, Man., is vice-president elect.

Nels Nixdorff of Airdrie, Alta., was re-elected pedigree chair.

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