AG Note: Sept. 28, 2017

Alberta showcased at Taste of Canada

Six Alberta companies participated in the recent Taste of Canada held in Boston, Massachusetts: Left Field Foods, Canyon Creek Soup, Gabriella’s Kitchen, Oh! Naturals Flavoured Snacks, Stellas and Sunora Foods Ltd.

The event attracted a record 56 Canadian food and beverage exporters from eight Canadian provinces.

With an eye for distinctive Canadian flair, the companies promoted their products in various grocery categories such as bakery and deserts, dips, spreads and seasonings, edible oils, entrees and ready meals, non-alcoholic beverages, specialty foods and snacks.

Thirty-four American buyers from several states met with the companies in a series of one-on-one meetings to sample products and discuss potential business opportunities.

For more information about the event, contact Shelly Nguyen at 780-422-7103 or Dusan Rnjak at 780-638-3851.

$4.4 million for ag innovation

The Canadian government recently announced $4.4 million in funding for projects it says will help expand markets and ensure farmers stay innovative.

Of that, $2.2 million will go to projects that support the cattle industry in Alberta and across Canada.

The cattle projects include:

  • $839,485 for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association to explore the use of remote sensing as a tool for forage crop insurance
  • $901,240 to help the Alberta Beef Producers develop satellite data to improve forage insurance
  • $225,000 to help the Canadian Angus Association develop tools to enhance breeding cattle
  • $205,500 for the National Cattle Feeders Association to develop and implement a national feedlot animal care assessment program

The remaining funds, which make up slightly more than $2.2 million, will support projects the government says will support innovation, market development, emergency planning, competitive pricing, animal-care assessment and farm software development.

Vet receives bovine welfare award

Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed of Coaldale, Alta., was recently named recipient of the 2017 Metacam 20 Bovine Welfare Award for her leadership in the Canadian beef industry to improve the welfare of feedlot animals.

The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.

Van Donkersgoed operates a private feedlot practice in southern Alberta, where she provides emergency, herd health and production services, as well as research and regulatory services to her clients.

She is currently leading the development of a certified feedlot animal auditor program and is a trainer for feedlot auditors.

She emphasizes continued education and provides regular training on a range of topics including how to conduct animal welfare assessments.


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