Ag Notes

Group recognizes Quarter horse heroes

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association recently announced a national program to recognize those in the Canadian Quarter horse community who work as first responders and front-line workers.

The CQHA “Q Horse Heroes” program will also acknowledge individuals who went above and beyond to support members of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association.

The goal is to recognize heroes within the community on a monthly basis with an event planned next year.

Nominations from the Canadian Quarter horse community can be made through www.cqha.ca.

The CQHA was expected to name its first “Q Horse Heroes” on July 1, and their stories will be shared on the CQHA social media platforms using the hashtag #CanadianQHorseHeroes.

Organics scholarship awarded

SaskOrganics recently presented an education scholarship of $1,000 to Leah Overbye and the Outstanding Organic Farmer award to Lisa Mumm.

Overbye grew up on a fourth-generation organic farm and is a third-year student at the University of Saskatchewan, working toward a degree in nutrition.

Lisa Mumm of Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds in Shellbrook, Sask., advances organics in her community and business as well as on the boards of the Canada Organic Trade Association and Organic Connections.

The North West Saskatchewan Organic Producer Group provided funding for the SaskOrganics scholarship. Both prizes are awarded annually.

Rat line use encouraged

Albertans can call 310-RATS (7287) to report rat sightings or email 310RATS@gov.ab.ca if they see a rat — dead or alive.

The rat and pest program is administered through Alberta Agriculture.

The one-step approach is designed to keep Alberta free from rats, which were declared pests in 1950 after a rat infestation was discovered along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

The biggest threat of rats entering the province today is through recreation vehicles and commercial trucks.

4-H receives mental health donation

The Trillium Mutual Insurance’s ROOTS Community Fund recently donated $50,000 to 4-H Ontario’s Taking Our Mental Health To Heart Program.

The program uses hands-on learning and the “Learn To Do By Doing” model to help youth acquire skills to adapt and respond to mental health challenges.

The funding will allow 4-H to extend its long-term program to support the mental health challenges of more than 6,000 Ontario youth.

Mexico adopts new labelling requirements

New front-of-package nutritional labelling changes were recently implemented for Alberta food and non-alcoholic beverage companies exporting to Mexico or those considering entering the Mexican market.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service announced the new labelling requirements in a bulletin last month.

The bulletin offers comprehensive information for Alberta food and non-alcoholic beverage companies about new labelling changes that are mandatory for both domestic and imported products in Mexico.

The changes aim to encourage Mexicans to adopt a healthier diet, which will be implemented in three stages starting in October.

More information is available by contacting Meghan Horosko at meghan.horosko@gov.ab.ca.

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