AG Notes

Vet researcher honoured

Dr. Eugene Janzen has been awarded the 2018 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation.

Janzen, who is a professor and researcher at the University of Calgary’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1972. His most recent research interests include effective pain control in beef cattle, toe-tip necrosis syndrome in feedlot animals and livestock welfare during transport.

He has contributed to a number of cattle health and welfare issues, including diseases and pathology of feedlot cattle, including bovine respiratory disease, neurological conditions and Mycoplasma bovis, diseases and pathology of cow-calf operations, Johne’s disease, bovine viral diarrhea, lameness, herd health and treatment protocols, epidemiology, antimicrobial use and resistance, sexually transmitted diseases, health effects of feedlot feeding programs, remote necropsy, pain management and disease surveillance and diagnostics.

He was also instrumental in developing the disease outbreak investigation programs at the WCVM and UCVM.

Nominees sought for farm business awards

Farm Management Canada is seeking to honour individuals or groups with the 2018 Wilson Loree Award.

The award highlights an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.

FMC encourages the nomination of individuals or groups that:

  • have made significant contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally
  • have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors to agriculture, and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers
  • have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients
  • have demonstrated the ability to network and develop partnerships to further the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry

Nominations are required by Oct. 5. More information is available at

Organic research receives funding

The Western Grains Research Foundation has committed $675,000 for the Organic Science Cluster III.

The latest cluster is being led by the Organic Federation of Canada in collaboration with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University.

The cluster is focused on organic soybean production, breeding of winter cereals, diversified cropping strategies to improve sustainability, innovative weed management tools and soil health.

Sask. exporters up for award

Five Saskatchewan finalists have been chosen for the 2018 STEP Export Award.

The award, sponsored by Export Development Canada, recognizes STEP members for their achievements and success on the international stage.

The 2018 finalists:

  • Ceres Global Ag Corp. — Northgate
  • Northern Lights Foods — Air Ronge
  • Radouga Distilleries Inc. — Blaine Lake
  • The Saskatoon Colostrum Co. Ltd. — Saskatoon
  • Vendasta Technologies, Inc. — Saskatoon

The winner will be unveiled at the STEP annual general meeting Oct. 18 in Regina.

More information is available at



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