Ag Notes

Animal nutrition webinar planned

The Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada is shifting online and plans a webinar series for May and June at no cost to participants.

Exploring the links between animal nutrition and animal health is the theme of the series that will feature leading speakers and topics.

The move to online follows the cancellation of the scheduled conference in Winnipeg, which was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinars will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (EDT) over a three-week period with the first one planned for May 26.

Registrants will receive access to the live webinars, which include question and answer sessions with the speakers, as well as recorded versions after the event.

Registration is open at www.animalnutritionconference.ca.

Young leader award applications sought

Applications for the Conexus Youth Leadership Award are being accepted online until May 31.

The award recognizes graduating high school students who are volunteering in their communities.

Conexus Credit Union will award 10 graduating high school students with a $1,500 cash prize.

Each winner will receive $500 deposited into their Conexus member account, and $1,000 deposited into a Conexus term account, which can be withdrawn after one year, starting June 1.

Applications are evaluated from an essay question, community engagement, school participation and everyday leadership.

In light of the 2019-20 academic school year ending early to help prevent COVID-19 infections, recipients will be recognized through Conexus social channels.

More information is at conexus.ca or email publicrelations@conexus.ca.

B.C. selects Outstanding Young Farmers

Winners of the British Columbia-Yukon Outstanding Young Farmers are Raymond and Tracey Bredenhof, owners of R & T Poultry and Bredenhof Hop Farms located in Abbotsford B.C.

The couple’s commercial broiler farm produces 225,000 broiler chickens each year.

The family were also part of the resurgence of the Fraser Valley hop industry, planting 12 acres of hops.

Bredenhof Hop Farms processes and markets its own hops and helps other farmers with their crops.

They plan to expand chicken production by 25 percent as they upgrade barns to handle higher density.

They also aim to expand the hop operation to become the largest hop farm and distributor in the province.

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