AG Notes

Sheep federation elects new vice-chair

Arlette Seib of Saskatchewan was recently elected vice-chair of the Canadian Sheep Federation after the resignation of Rob Scott, a director from Ontario.

The board also approved a budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

CSF members have resolved to find a path forward for the national organization after the departure of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency and Alberta Lamb Producers.

Seven provinces, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, will continue to work together to represent the national industry.

The federation has established a sustainability committee to explore long-term options for the organization and work over the next year to find the best solution for the industry as a whole.

Carl Block Award

The Canadian Animal Health Coalition is calling for nominations for the 2016 Carl Block Award.

The award recognizes individuals in non-government roles that have made significant contributions to policies, programs and delivery of Canada’s animal health program.

The nomination should include a short paragraph outlining the reasons for the recommendation.

The award is named in honour of the late Carl Block, the first chair of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, as well as a director of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and a former president of the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.

To submit candidates, email nominations to by Oct. 25.

Call for photo entries

The Northern Alberta Development Council is now accepting images for its Capture the North photo contest.

Judging is set to take place in December with cash prizes offered for first and second place.

There are four categories:

  • Working in the North: photos of northern Albertans at work in their office, at the job site, in the field, on the ward, in the bush or other work environments
  • Northern community: photos of northern Alberta’s towns, cities, hamlets and homesteads
  • Fun outside: photos capturing outdoor activities that enhance the quality of life in northern Alberta including, but not limited to camping, fishing, sledding, ATVs, skiing
  • Wild North: photos of wild animals, insects, flowers, plants and the natural landscapes

For more information, visit or call NADC at 310-0000 and then 780-624-6274.

Alberta Wheat Commission nominations

The Alberta Wheat Commission is accepting nominations for two directors and three regional representatives in regions one and five for three-year terms.

The AWC is looking for farmers eager to represent growers in their regions while bringing a new perspective on how to lead the wheat industry forward.

If a producer has sold or grown wheat and paid check-off dues to the AWC in either the current or last two fiscal years, they are eligible to run for any of the open positions in Regions 1 and 5, if they are residents of these regions.

More information and nomination forms can be downloaded from

The return deadline is Oct. 31.


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