Ag Notes

Livestock centre receives funding

Canadian Western Agribition plans to contribute $100,000 to the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence over the next decade.

The CWA will sponsor the annual field day for producers at the new research facility in Clavet, Sask., as well as contribute to the capital campaign.

The partnership will also see the two organizations co-operate on promotion of the beef sector.

Women in Agriculture award presented

Beef advocate Sherri Grant has been named the BMO Celebrating Women in Agriculture honouree.

The program recognizes the outstanding achievement of women in the agriculture industry from across Canada.

Grant and her husband operate Grant Ranch near Val Marie, Sask.

As a conservationist, she co-wrote a children’s book called Where Beef Comes From and developed the website beefeducation.ca to provide accurate resource materials for those removed from how beef is produced.

Grant volunteers at agricultural education events to teach consumers and children about beef production, and she has led the beef component of the agriculture education program at CWA since 1989. She served on the board of directors of CWA from 2003-09.

She is also a food ambassador for Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan, was a recipient of the YMCA Women of Distinction Award for service to a rural community and was awarded FCC’s 2013 Rosemary Davis Women in Agriculture Award.

Feds approve agbusiness acquisition

La Coop fédérée and its Olymel and Sollio Agriculture divisions have gained approval from the Competition Bureau to acquire all the assets in the family company F. (Fulgence) Ménard in Montérégie, Que.

F. Ménard employs more than 1,200 people and is specialized in the production, processing and marketing of pork, as well as in milling activities.

With an annual production exceeding 1.1 million hogs, the company accounts for more than 15 percent of Quebec’s pork production.

The transaction includes hog farms, pork processing and further processing plants, two specialized butcher shops and a transport fleet, as well as two mills.

Plant Health Council seeks members

The Canadian Plant Health Council, part of the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada, is recruiting members.

The groups are focused on specific national pests of concern with the aim of improving communication and co-ordination of plant health surveillance.

Interested subscribers are encouraged to consider contributing their time and expertise.

Three communities of practice have been launched, which are focused on insect, disease and weed surveillance.

The three pests that have been selected are European corn borer, clubroot and Amaranthus spp.

Those in the following situations should consider contributing their time:

  • Those who carry out surveillance on one of the pests, or those who anticipate doing surveillance in the future.
  • If you don’t carry out surveillance but would like to observe or advise one of the communities of practice so it might be expanded to other pests in the future.
  • If you don’t do surveillance on these pests and do not have an interest in joining at this time but are open to be contacted if the community of practice were to expand to include a pest that interests you.

For more information, contact Jaimie Schnell at jaimie.schnell@canada.ca.

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