Ag Notes

Hunters warned of fire risk

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation and Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association urge hunters to be aware of the high risk of wildfires in some areas during hunting season, particularly with the use of all-terrain vehicles.

Dry conditions and potential high winds could provide ideal conditions for fires to get out of control.

Hunters should take extra precautions and carry a fire extinguisher in their vehicle, get permission from landowners before going on their property, avoid unnecessary vehicle idling and always stay on existing trails and roads.

Up to date information on fire risk is at Saskatchewan.ca/fire.

Douglas McRorie scholarship awarded

Chelsea Sutherland is the 2020 recipient of the Douglas McRorie Memorial Scholarship from the RBC Foundation and the Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education.

Sutherland is a Masters’ student at the University of Saskatchewan, whose research includes the positive economic and environmental contributions of innovative agricultural technologies.

She is involved in a large crop rotation survey in Saskatchewan to document the changes in management and production practices over the past 25 years.

Established in 1990 to honour the late Douglas McRorie, the scholarship supports graduate students in agricultural business, finance, economics and trade.

Recipients are selected based on their academic achievements, areas of study, leadership and career interests.

Young speakers recognized

Winners of the 2020 Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture event have been announced.

Using video, youth aged 11 to 24 had to share their views on agricultural and food production topics.

  • First — Tia Schram from Bruderheim: lessons learned over the last 25 years of agriculture and how we can apply it to the next 25.
  • Second— Claire Meier of Calgary: should the agriculture industry fund and support opportunities for youth development?
  • First — Leslie Siewert from Cayley: Lessons learned over the last 25 years of agriculture and how we can apply it to the next 25
  • Second — Austin Noirot of Caroline: should the agriculture industry fund and support opportunities for youth development?
  • Third — Aksha Burande from Calgary: Aquaculture: The challenges and solutions of developing, funding and marketing an emerging food source

The senior first place winner received $1,000 and second place won $500.

Junior first place winner received $500, second place $300 and third place, $150.

More information is at albertayoungspeakers.com.

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