AG Notes

4-H Alberta presents Premier’s Award

Alyssa Henderson from the Central Lacombe 4-H Beef Club received the 2017 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award.

Henderson was chosen from among the province’s top 4-H members during the 60th annual 4-H Selections program at Olds College in Olds, Alta.

She will represent 4-H Alberta at various regional 4-H and agricultural events throughout the year.

In addition, 14 senior 4-H delegates were named as 4-H Alberta Ambassadors to promote 4-H and youth involvement in Alberta.

4-H Alberta has also selected 33 members to represent 4-H Alberta at major educational events and conferences throughout Canada and the United States.

Smart Earth Seeds gets funding

Smart Earth Seeds has been approved for a $300,000 investment from Ag-West Bio, Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association.

Smart Earth Seeds is a plant breeding company developing high-omega meal and oil products derived from camelina.

Camelina is a sustainable source of the essential fatty acid ALA (an omega 3 fatty acid), as well as a dietary balanced omega 3-omega 6 ratio. It’s also rich in vitamin E and natural antioxidants.

The Ag-West Bio approval is contingent on investments from other sources, up to $2 million.

Smart Earth Seeds has generated more than $1 million from sales of its camelina products, including significant sales into the fish food industry.

The company will soon release plant-breed varieties that offer non-genetically modified herbicide resistance, a significantly larger seed size and a variety optimized to deliver an improved omega 3 – omega 6 ratio.

Farm Sustainability

The federal government is investing more than $1.1 million to identify effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on farms.

The money will go into an Eastern Townships Forest Research Trust’s (ETFRT) project, under the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP).

The ETFRT will study the carbon storage capacity of hybrid poplar filter strips and multi-species riparian buffers, and its effects on the ecosystem. The project is expected to provide farmers with access to cost-effective best management practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The AGGP is a $27 million initiative intended to help the agricultural sector adjust to climate change and improve soil and water conservation.



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