AG Notes

Exports to Australia encouraged

Eight Alberta companies recently participated in video conference export cafés with the Trade Commissioner Service at the Canadian High Commission in Australia.

Held in Calgary and Edmonton, the initiative allowed companies to obtain direct consultation and feedback from experts in the Australian market to better prepare them for export development plans to the region.

Advancing the province’s presence and profile within Australia through future market development initiatives looks promising based on export café participant feedback.

Canada’s agri-food exports to Australia were valued at $221 million in 2015, while Alberta’s agri-food exports were valued at $26 million during the same period.

For more information, contact albert.eringfeld@gov.ab.ca.

Alberta looks for farm program input

Alberta Agriculture is asking for input into the next agricultural policy framework through an online survey that is open until May 8.

Key priorities include:

  • markets and trade
  • science research and innovation
  • risk management
  • environmental sustainability and climate change
  • value-added agriculture and agri-food processing
  • public trust

Excellence award deadline looms

The deadline for the 2016-17 Excellence Award for agricultural students is May 5.

The competition is designed to encourage students to improve critical thinking, communication and leadership skills.

It will award scholarships to three students furthering their agricultural education. First place stands to win $1,500.

Applicants are required to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat, a blog or a Wiki, responding to the following question:

Certain segments of the general public question the way food is produced, and have misgivings about the use of new technology. What concrete steps would you, as a future member of the agricultural industry, propose to bridge the information and awareness gap?

To take part go to www.fmc-gac.com. More information is available from Mathieu@fmc-gac.com.

Farm Management Canada and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs organized the competition.

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