AG Notes

Alberta Milk has new GM

Freda Molenkamp-Oudman is the new general manager of Alberta Milk starting Dec. 1.

Molenkamp-Oudman has more than 20 years experience in agriculture, most recently with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, where she was the assistant deputy minister — strategy, planning and governance division.

She has a strong understanding of Alberta’s dairy industry and supply management and served as general manager of the Alberta Agriculture Products Marketing Council.

Five acclamations in AWC election

WINNIPEG (MarketsFarm) — Three directors and two regional representatives for the Alberta Wheat Commission have been acclaimed.

Among those acclaimed was Gary Stanford of Magrath, who is now a regional representative for Region 1. Stanford, who had been a director for the region, has been serving as the AWC’s board chair. He will remain chair until the AWC’s annual general meeting at the end of January, when the new terms begin.

The board will appoint a farmer from Region 1 to fill the director vacancy left by Stanford.

Also in the region, director Jason Saunders of Taber was returned for a second three-year term.

In Region 5, Greg Sears of Sexsmith and David Bartlett of Fairview will succeed Warren Sekulic of Rycroft and Cole Siegle of Clyde as directors. Bartlett had been a regional director.

Christi Friesen of Brownvale joins the board as a rep for Region 5.

Alta. colleges maketop 50 research list

Olds College, SAIT, NAIT and Lethbridge College have made Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges list.

The annual ranking is released by Research Infosource Inc., which said the top 50 research colleges reported $190.8 million of sponsored research income in fiscal 2018.

Research income was in the form of research grants, contracts and contributions from third parties.

Vaccine institutes share expertise

The University of Saskatchewan’s VIDO-InterVac and South Korea’s International Vaccine Institute are undertaking scientific exchanges to share expertise and best practices in vaccine development to benefit human and animal health globally.

IVI is part of the United Nations Development Programme dedicated to vaccines and vaccination for global health.

VIDO-InterVac is a global leader in infectious disease research and vaccine development and has commercialized eight vaccine technologies, six of which are world firsts.

The collaboration will enable students, post-doctoral fellows and scientists to complete training and learning exchanges.

Farmer input sought for agronomy survey

In an effort to gain more reliable information, the Wheat Initiative has formed the Agronomy Expert Working Group.

Led by wheat agronomists from the United States, Canada and Australia, the team has prepared a survey to determine the most trusted sources of agronomic information and how growers prefer to receive extension information.

All wheat growing areas of the world are encouraged to participate in the survey, which takes five to 10 minutes to complete and will stay open until Dec. 31. It can be found online here.

Survey results will be used to structure the development of credible wheat agronomic extension information tools.

For more information, call Whitney Buchanan, the Wheat Initiative’s communications manager, at +49 (0)30 83042601 or email


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