Ag Notes

Feds fund forage centre of excellence

The federal government has announced a $4.47 million investment in the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence to be built in Saskatoon.

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association has already earmarked $1 million for the project. It will partner with the University of Saskatchewan and other stakeholders on the project.

The funding is channeled through the Western Economic Diversification department.

The new centre of excellence, budgeted at $37.5 million, is designed to include two new facilities on U of S property and will conduct research into forage, cow-calf, beef cattle and the environment.

The project was first announced in 2015 and involves the integration of research facilities at Termuende (Western Beef Development Centre), the U of S campus, Goodale Farm south of Saskatoon and new university property near Clavet, Sask.

Funding for the project to date includes $10 million through the federal and provincial Growing Forward 2 and $10 million from the U of S, in addition to the $1 million from the SCA.

It is expected to be completed in 2018.

4-H honours volunteer leaders

4-H Canada recently recognized exceptional 4-H volunteer leaders.

Caroline Boddy of the Golden Prairie 4-H Club in Alberta was chosen as the 2016 National Volunteer Leader of the Year.

She received a cash prize and a trip to Ottawa in July, where she will be honoured at the 4-H Canada annual general meeting and attend the Global 4-H Network Summit.

The 2016 4-H Canada Volunteer Leader of the Year recipients include:

  • British Columbia — Joy de Vos, Deep Creek Dairy 4-H Club.
  • Saskatchewan — Paul Mitchell, Eagle Hills Multiple 4-H Club.
  • Manitoba — Philip and Leanne Fenez, La Salle 4-H Club.
  • Quebec — Pamela McOuat, Lachute 4-H Club.
  • New Brunswick – Lori Anne Thorne, King’s Country 4-H Beef Club.
  • Nova Scotia — Sharlene Carter-Earle, Double “D” 4-H Club.
  • Newfoundland — Sheila Sullivan, I. Sullivan Memorial 4-H Club.



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