Cattle producers make food bank donation
The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association is well on its way to meeting its goal of donating 10,000 pounds of packaged ground beef.
The SSGA donated 3,000 lb. to food banks on World Food Day Oct. 16, which increased its total to 4,000 lb.
Saskatchewan ranchers donated 8,500 lb. of beef worth $48,000 last year during their inaugural campaign.
Producers donate beef cattle or cash toward processing, and three packers process the meat: Treen Packers, West Bridgeford Meats and Western Prime Meat Processor.
The Beef Drive received a US$10,000 boost from Delanco Animal Health’s 100 Communities initiative, whose goal is to eliminate hunger in 100 communities worldwide.
Nutritious protein such as ground beef is difficult for Saskatchewan food banks to provide, and the campaign helps keep emergency hampers stocked.
For more information, call the SSGA office at 306-757-8523.
Frost-damaged fababeans wanted
Alberta Agriculture is looking for frost-damaged fababeans for a digestability research project on feeding chickens.
Researchers will also look at dehulling as an option to get rid of the frost-damaged parts of the crop.
Snowbird and Snowdrop are the varieties most used as animal feed, but all varieties are welcome in weights of about 50 to 75 kilograms.
Trade mission to Africa
Alberta companies are invited to join Alberta Agriculture’s Innovation and Smart Agriculture Mission to Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana Nov. 18-26.
The mission will include meetings with the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank and regional stakeholders and a walking program at the Salon International De L’Agriculture et Des Ressources Animales D’Abidjan.
Companies will gain an understanding of project requirements and constraints as well as their level of competitiveness in accessing World Bank and African Development Bank financed projects and programs in the region.
Eligible companies should be consultants, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, training institutions or universities that provide services to international agricultural projects.
Participating companies may be reimbursed for their participation for one half of the actual designated participation costs, up to a maximum of $2,000.
Companies will receive details upon application and acceptance.