AG Notes

Researchers awarded Discovery grant money

University of Saskatchewan researchers have been awarded more than $8 million through the Discovery grants for a wide range of projects to tackle social and climate issues such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the cattle industry.

Recipients include:

  • Graduate student Jacqueline Toews in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources received a $17,500 scholarship to research the efficacy of grazing cattle on mixed crop swaths to mitigate greenhouse gases produced by the livestock industry, which accounts for up to 18 percent of total global emissions.
  • Emily Jenkins, a veterinary microbiologist in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded $200,000 and a northern research supplement of $105,000 over five years to investigate the spread of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite within wildlife in northern Canada.
  • Regan Mandryk, a computer science professor in the College of Arts and Science, was awarded $375,000 over five years to study how the design of multiplayer videogames can have positive or harmful interactions among players.

Access achieved in Philippines, Indonesia

The federal government has announced new market access for live cattle exports to the Philippines and sheep and goat genetics exports to Indonesia and the Philippines. 

The Canadian Livestock Genetics Association says the export market of live cattle to the Philippines is estimated to be valued at $8 million, and exports of sheep and goat genetics to Indonesia and the Philippines add up to $100,000 annually.

Besides creating new opportunities for the agriculture sector, exports of Canadian breeding cattle and genetics will contribute to the Philippines’ rural economic development efforts in the agriculture sector.

Canada exported more than $325 million of agriculture products in 2017 to the Philippines and imported more than $185 million.

Applicants sought for Alberta Milk scholarship

Alberta Milk is offering one $1,000 scholarship to a student in any year of study at an officially recognized post-secondary institution.

Applicants will be evaluated on an essay about how they plan to benefit the future of Alberta’s dairy industry, as well as scholastic achievement, leadership skills, community involvement, 4-H and work experience.

The application and supporting documents must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 28 to Daria Taylor of Alberta Milk at 1303-91 Street SW, Edmonton, Alta., T6X 1H1. 780-577-3324 or toll-free at 877-361-1231 ext. 3324

Alberta Barley elections looming

Nominations are being accepted for Alberta Barley’s 2018 director and delegate elections.

There are 25 positions available, including two directors in region five and six and one director-at-large available to producers located in regions one, three, five and six.

Any farmers seeking a director or director-at-large position must submit paperwork via fax before Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. to Alberta Barley at 403-291-0190 or email bkennedy@albertabarleycom.

All farmers running for a delegate or a director position must have produced barley in the region they are running for election in and paid a service charge on barley either in the current or previous two crop years.

To be eligible for a director-at-large position, a farmer can have grown barley in any area of Alberta.

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