AG Notes: July 13, 2017

Agricultural hall of fame inductees

Robynne Anderson, Patty Jones and Jean Szkotnicki are scheduled to be formally inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in November.

The hall of fame has about 210 inductees with only five women.

For the first time, the induction ceremony will be held in Calgary.

Anderson of Calgary began her career in Canadian agriculture with the government before starting and publishing several agricultural magazines. She operates Emerging Ag, an agricultural consulting firm.

Jones from Puslinch, Ont., has been a livestock photographer for 44 years, primarily focused on dairy animals. Her library contains more than 70,000 animals from all breeds and her official photographer status extends to major shows, including 4-H and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held each year in Toronto.

Szkotnicki of Moffat, Ont., has led the Canadian Animal Health Institute for more than 25 years, where she has advocated for Canadian veterinary pharmaceutical companies and livestock producers. She has been instrumental in ensuring antimicrobials are properly used as part of a new approach to human and animal antibiotic use in Canada.

Olds College new president

Stuart Cullum has become the 13th president of Olds College, located in Olds, Alta.

Cullum brings extensive know-ledge and experience from the agriculture industry. He recently served as Olds College’s chief innovation officer and has also held academic and administrative leadership roles at Lethbridge College and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Cullum has served on numerous boards, working groups and advisory panels within the post-secondary, agriculture, community development and innovation sectors.

He and wife also farmed in the Three Hills, Alta., area until 2009 and continue to participate in the cattle business with their family.

Beef and forage funds

Co-op Community Spaces is providing $125,000 to help Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives and its agricultural research farm near Brandon.

The funding program supports recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects. The money will help support construction of the Learning Centre of Excellence at the beef and forage initiative’s site in Brookdale, Man.

The centre is being built to help producers, industry leaders, students and the public better understand on-farm research, food production and agriculture’s role in rural and urban communities.

The new facility will also provide hands-on training in crop and livestock production, farm product marketing and workshops around safe animal handling.

Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $4.5 million to more than 60 projects across British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Seafood sector gets funding

The federal government is planning to invest up to $764,754 to help expand markets for British Columbia’s seafood sector.

  • The Canadian Pacific Kazunoko Association is in line for $450,000 to promote B.C.’s herring roe products in China and expand Japanese sales.
  • The Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvesters Association is expected to receive $74,975 to promote markets in Asia.
  • The Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association is expected to receive $152,563 to promote their products in Asia, the European Union and the United States.

Additional funding of $87,216 is expected to go to four small- and medium-sized seafood businesses to help them expand into domestic and international markets.

Exceeding ‘150 in 150’ Challenge

With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday and with a target of 150 4-H clubs, 4-H Canada and Syngenta Canada saw 194 clubs from across the country sign up to participate in the 2017 edition of the Proud to Bee a 4-Her program.

The program helps 4-Hers take a role in learning more about pollinators and their role in sustainable agriculture and food security in Canada.

More than 100,000 pollinator-friendly seed packets have been distributed to 4-H clubs in communities across Canada since 2014.

4-H Canada is also distributing more than 30,000 seed packets across Canada as part of a new 4-H club start-up kit campaign called the Canada 150 Signature Project.

The project represents the opportunity to share with urban and new Canadians the type of programming available through 4-H in Canada and engage them in conversations relevant to Canadian agriculture.

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