Ag Notes – July 25

Wine grape industry receives funding

The federal government is contributing more than $2.3 million to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network to create a clean plant network of grapevines in Canada that are certified, virus-free and which will ensure the long-term viability of the Canadian grape and wine sectors.

The not-for-profit organization will catalogue and assess existing samples from nurseries and grape growers across the country. A database will then be used to trace back every vine produced through this program and planted in a grower’s vineyard back to the mother plants, which will ensure disease-free grapevines in Canada.

Canada’s wine industry generates revenues of $1.2 billion and employs more than 5,600 people. Exports of wine in 2016 were worth $133.6 million.

Custom work calculated

Producers can use the machinery cost calculator to determine a base rate specific for their operation.

Historically, the same size of the custom rates survey have been too broad to be meaningful to producers wanting to arrive at rates for their operations.

The machinery cost calculator allows a producer to take into consideration individual factors and arrive at a base rate specific to their operation.

That base rate can be adjusted to allow for such items as a good neighbour rate, higher fuel costs, differing labour rates or even a profit margin for full time custom operators.

Use the farm machinery cost calculator and then go to the Alberta Agriculture webpage, clicking on Agriculture decision making tools to find more custom calculators.

ATB makes donation to Olds College

ATB (Alberta Treasury Branches) Financial has committed $250,000 to support agriculture technology research and education at Olds College in Alberta.

The five-year financial commitment will be used to expand the college’s high-tech smart farm and sponsor AgSmart, a two-day ag technology expo taking place Aug. 13-14 at the college.

The Smart Farm uses the latest technologies aimed at improving productivity, while efficiently and sustainably using resources.

Working with industry partners, local producers and students, it provides research that is evolving and shaping future agriculture practices.

Chicken innovation award nominees sought

Chicken Farmers of Ontario has launched the application process for its second Ontario Chicken Innovation Award.

The award is part of the organization’s commitment to bring new, innovative products to market to meet consumer needs.

The award is the first-of-its-kind in the chicken industry, recognizing top consumer-facing innovations and providing an additional supply of chicken to enable that innovation and accelerate growth.

The first recipient was Grand River Foods and Maple Lodge Farms. The two companies collaborated to develop a new, frozen, cooked, smoked chicken product that provides convenience and addresses current flavour trends.

The program is open to primary processors, further processors, retailers, food service and restaurant companies in Canada.

Four factors are considered: historical sales/demand, projected future sales/demand, innovation/quality of ideas and economic value.

Applications are available at and will be accepted until Sept. 13.

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