Tax credit available for canola producers
Canola growers in Alberta who do not request a refund of their checkoff from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission qualify for a tax credit for the 2017 tax year.
The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit allows canola growers to claim the tax credit for the portion of the checkoff that was used to fund qualifying research.
The tax credit rate for Alberta canola producers in 2017 is 14.32 percent.
For example, if an individual grower paid $100 in checkoff to Alberta Canola in 2017, $14.32 is the eligible amount to be earned as the tax credit.
More information is at cra-arc.gc.ca/txcrdt/sred-rsde.
New drainage tool unveiled
The federal government is investing more than $340,000 to the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association to promote tile drainage to farmers.
It will use satellite data of field crops during different weather and soil events and show the potential benefits of managing water flow from fields using tile drainage.
Researchers have found that corn yields in shallow-sloped fields can be increased by as much as 25 percent by holding back water by restricting the outflow with valves at the end of tile drains.
Economic payback of controlled tile drainage can range from $7 to $20 per acre per year.
Also, nitrate and phosphorus output from tiles can be reduced, which is valued at more than $10 per acre in nutrient savings and improved water quality.
New dairy award created
Lely North America has created the Way to Dairy Award with applications accepted until June 30.
The award is given to a dairy farmer who best demonstrates sustainability and innovation, while also being an animal care advocate.
The grand prize winner will receive their choice of either an Astronaut milking system or a Vector feeding system.
The official rules and applications are online at www.thewayto dairyaward.com.
Former 4-H president named senator
Robert Black has been appointed to a seat to the Senate of Canada.
Black is a 4-H Canada alumnus and former 4-H Canada president and board member.
He has contributed to the 4-H movement in Canada for more than 40 years and has spent his career as a leader in the Ontario agricultural community supporting 4-H’s positive youth development mission.
Cow horse champion named
John Swales of Millarville, Alta., was recently awarded the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Open Two Rein World Championship during the association’s Celebration of Champions event held in Fort Worth, Texas.
Swales rode SLR Won Smart Wolf, a Canadian-bred American Quarter Horse.
The AQHA gelding, owned by Keri Hudson-Reykdal of Ashern, Man., has been trained by Swales for the duration of his reined cow horse career.
SLR Won Smart Wolf is sired by Paddys Irish Whiskey and out of Miss Smart Wolf, by Smart Trip Olena.
Hudson-Reykdal bought the gelding in 2015 from Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co. of Calgary.
Swale was also named 2017 World’s Greatest Horseman at the same event.