AG Notes

Sask. Pulse Growers adds new directors

The AgriRisk Initiatives Program is accepting new applications.

The program supports the development of new risk management tools for the agriculture sector.

It will prioritize proposals involving new financial tools allowing agricultural producers to manage a defined business risk.

Support will also be available for the development of risk assessments and educational tools to help producers manage risk.

The MicroGrants program provides up to $25,000 per year in funding for academic research proposals, while the administrative capacity building stream provides funding to build administrative capacity for the delivery of new risk management tools.

Scholarship candidates announced

Nuffield Canada has announced its 2020 scholars, who will use its $15,000 scholarships to research topics of their choice.

Amy Cronin, 44, of Bluevale, Ont., is receiving a scholarship funded by Grain Farmers of Ontario. She plans to take an in-depth look at the risk management strategies implemented by successful farm businesses, agricultural industries and governments around the world.

Andrew Rosychuk, 34, from Edmonton, is receiving a scholarship funded by Nuffield Canada. He is the owner of Rosy Farms, a haskap orchard, and will focus his study on the value in developing on-farm, medium-scale processing units.

Jodi Souter, 31, lives in Saskatoon and receiving a scholarship funded by Canadian Canola Growers Association. The motivational speaker and independent plant breeder plans to learn more about the progress and limitations surrounding crop development in varying political environments.

Dawn Trautman, 33, from Edmonton is receiving a scholarship funded by Alberta Wheat Commission. She is a manager of Smart Agriculture and Food Innovation with Alberta Innovates. She plans to study the barriers for Smart Agriculture adoption for producers, while expanding on opportunities for technology companies to develop and integrate solutions for sustainable production.

Ag technology school launched

Olds College launched the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology Sept. 20.

The program offers new ag tech programs, including the precision agriculture-techgronomy diploma and agriculture technology Integration post-diploma certificate.

Students have access to hands-on, high-tech learning experiences through the Olds College Smart Farm, the Smart Ag Innovation Centre and the new ag tech learning hub that is scheduled to open for the start of classes in the fall of 2022.

Applications opened Oct. 1 for the new ag tech diploma and post-diploma certificate.

CP names elevator of the year

G3 has won the Elevator of the Year award from Canadian Pacific for G3 Pasqua, a primary elevator near Moose Jaw.

The award is annually presented to the elevator that achieves high volumes from a single loading point while consistently demonstrating efficient rail-car loading and a strong safety record.

Last year, CP also chose G3 Pasqua as the site to launch its new high efficiency product train, comprising new high-efficiency hopper cars.

G3 Pasqua has been in operation since 2016.

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