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DeLaval supports 4-H dairy youth

DeLaval has donated C$18,200 to the National 4-H Council in support of the National 4-H Dairy Conference during their 2017 World Dairy Expo event.

The money is designed to improve programs and leadership opportunities for 4-H youth in the coming year.

The 2017 donation was increased by more than $3,000 compared to the previous year. Money was also raised for Canadian 4-H youth at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show 2017 with the company donating a portion of its ice cream proceeds.

Conference organizers plan to use the donation to strengthen next year’s conference attendance, award scholarships and find new speakers to engage with participants.

Olds College launches horse reproduction course

Applications are being accepted for the new Equine Reproduction Technician (ERT) certificate program, expected to launch in fall 2018.

The first of its kind in Canada, the eight-month blended learning program is aimed at providing graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in or operate an equine breeding facility.

It combines four months of online learning with four months of onsite training.

More information is available at

Food policy for Canada

Federal government officials recently wrapped up the final regional engagement sessions in Winnipeg as the public consultations for the development of A Food Policy for Canada came to a close.

A Food Policy for Canada aims to set a long-term vision for the country’s health, environment, social, and economic goals related to food.

Public consultations were launched in May with an online survey that asked Canadians.

The policy is expected to be released next year.

Experimental Farm gets 150 plaque

A commemorative plaque was recently unveiled at the Merivale Shelterbelt pavilion of the Central Experimental Farm.

It celebrates the 150th birthday of the federal Department of Agriculture, which was created alongside Canada on July 1, 1867.

The names of all previous Canadian Prime Ministers and Ministers of Agriculture are listed.

Alberta barley elections

Nominations are being accepted until Oct. 20 for Alberta Barley’s 2017 director and delegate elections.

There are 16 positions available, including two directors and one director-at-large.

For delegates, 13 spots are available, with at least one opening in each of the Alberta Barley electoral regions.

Farmers must have produced barley in the region they are running in and paid a service charge on barley either in the current or previous two crop years.

Farmers seeking a director or director-at-large position must submit information via fax to Alberta Barley at 403-291-0190 or by email to

Nomination forms are at



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