AG Notes

Maple goes to markets

The federal government is investing up to $1.5 million to tap new markets in the United Kingdom and India for maple syrup. Through its Stratégie nouvelle génération de l’érable 2020, the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers will promote and commercialize Canadian maple products to both markets.

Marketing activities include traditional and social media, blogs, commercial events, educational and promotional tours.

Canada exported about $380 million in maple products in 2016.

Clean innovation research

Ottawa is investing $2.2 million with the University of Guelph to develop technologies, practices and processes so farmers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The three projects with the university are supported by the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program to help the farming sector become a world leader in the development and use of clean and sustainable agricultural technologies and practices.

Priorities for the program include livestock systems, cropping systems, agricultural water-use efficiency and agro-forestry.

Livestock marketers selects president

Alan Jackson was recently nominated the new president of the board for Livestock Marketers of Saskatchewan.

Tyler Cronkhite, manager and auctioneer at Cowtown Livestock Exchange in Maple Creek, is now vice-president.

Past-president Stewart Stone, chief operating officer of Heartland Livestock Services, will remain on the board.

Six others round out the LMS board: Blair Brooks of Meadow Lake Livestock Sales, John Williamson of Mankota Stockman’s Weigh Co., Pat Tellier of Saskatoon Livestock Sales, Scott Johnstone of Johnstone Auction Mart, Rhett Parks of Whitewood Livestock Sales and Roy Rutledge of Weyburn Livestock Exchange.

Creating green opportunities for youth

Ottawa plans to invest $5.2 million over two years for the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative.

The plan is to attract young Canadians to green jobs within the agriculture and agri-food sector.

The initiative is to help create good, well-paying jobs and to support young Canadians as they transition into the workforce.

Support is available to fund youth internships, both on the farm and with organizations engaged in the agriculture and agri-food sector for environmentally beneficial activities.

The Green Farms stream will provide matching funds of up to $10,000 to help a farmer hire high school or college students to support environmentally beneficial activities on the farm.

The Green Internships stream will provide matching funds of up to $16,000 to help organizations involved in the agricultural industry hire young graduates to pursue environmental activities, services or research that benefit the agriculture sector.

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