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Conservation website revamped

The Conservation Learning Centre has launched its new, easier to navigate website.

Specific information about projects and programs at the producer-driven, non-profit corporation are more straightforward. A new feature is a twitter feed where up-to-date progress on activities at the CLC is provided. The website can be accessed at www.conservationlearningcentre.com.

The organization is part of the Agriculture-Applied Research Management network of sites across Saskatchewan that connects eight regional applied research and demonstration sites into a province-wide network.

The CLC demonstrates soil and water conservation technology on a farm-scale and also serves as a field laboratory for evaluation and applicability of new agricultural research and technology.

Lentil recipes sought

Canadian Lentils and chef Michael Smith have launched the Love Your Lentils Canada competition. It challenges home chefs and food bloggers to develop and adapt recipes that could become a new favourite at mealtime.

The competition will be split into two divisions: food bloggers and home chefs.

Home chefs will be asked to take one of Smith’s existing lentil recipes and add their own twist to it, while bloggers will be asked to submit new recipes.

Canadians can test the recipes and vote for their favourites.

The top 10 recipes in each segment as voted on by the general public will then be reviewed by Smith and his team, which will select the top three recipes in each category.

The winning blogger and home chef will be flown to Saskatoon, hosted at the Delta Bessborough hotel and spend a day with Smith touring the city and taking in lentil highlights. Joining them will also be one randomly selected voter from the campaign.

For more information, visit www.loveyourlentils.ca.

Codes of practice nears public input stage

The National Farm Animal Care Council is co-ordinating the revision of eight codes of practice for the care of farm animals in Canada.

A draft Pig Code of Practice is scheduled to be released for public comment June 1. The public will have 60 days to make comments, which will then be reviewed by the Pig Code Development Committee and necessary changes will be made. A new Pig Code of Practice is anticipated to be in place by Dec. 31.

The NFACC suggests that everyone has a responsibility to ensure the codes are successful.

Info on Foragebeef.ca

Forage and beef producers in Western Canada and the northern United States have a source for the latest research information on forage and beef production.

Foragebeef.ca summarizes forage and beef cattle research for farmers and ranchers. The website will add, develop and organize research information for the Canadian forage and beef cattle industry.

.Approximately 200 research papers have been added to the website as they became available over the past year. It provides three levels of information:

  • Knowledge Nuggets provides the most important pieces of advice on a topic.
  • The next level is for the reader who wants more information about the topic, presented either in fact sheet format or as videos. The objective is to select the most comprehensive and applicable information for Canadian and northern U.S. agriculture.
  • The third level is for people who want related, in-depth information. It focuses on relevant scientific review papers, research abstracts, research papers, major publications and links to research communities.

The site features information on forage production, silage management, beef cow-calf management, animal health issues, grazing management and range management.

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