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Swede midge trap managers wanted

The Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network is looking for people to manage Swede midge traps in Beaver, Minburn, Wetaskiwin, Two Hills and Smoky Lake counties.

The program is looking to set up 15 to 17 new sites.

Managers will set up traps in canola fields, make weekly trap visits to change the cards (10 to 12 weeks depending on canola) and send the sticky cards to Agriculture Canada in Saskatoon for identification.

The network will provide the trapping kit, and Agriculture Canada will pay for shipping costs.

The results will be returned to trap managers once they are analyzed.

For more information, e-mail or phone the Alberta Pest Surveillance System at 310-APSS.

Award recognizes best Alberta workplaces

Livestock Water Recycling is a finalist for Alberta’s Best Workplace Award.

Alberta Venture recognizes Alberta-based companies for their corporate culture and human resources development.

Now in its eighth year, the award is given to organizations that are able to attract and sustain quality employees during a tight labour market.

Alberta Venture publishes the list of the province’s best places to work, which has become a resource for businesspeople, employees and job seekers.

Winners will be announced during the Best Workplaces Conference and Awards Dinner in Calgary May 25.

Finalists will be featured in the June issue of Alberta Venture magazine and at

Web video competition planned for farmers

Bayer CropScience is launching a global web video competition for farmers to help raise public awareness and understanding of their roles.

YouFarm International’s goal is to raise global awareness and appreciation for modern agriculture and the family farm.

This year’s videos will focus on Farm and Family and highlight the contributions made by family farms, which make up 90 percent of the world’s 570 million farms.

Farmers can shoot anything, from spectacular to humorous, which highlights life on their family farm.

The winning short video will be selected from a short list of top 10 videos selected through public online voting.

The top video producer will receive a Farming Around the Continent Tour.

The tour includes visiting farms and agricultural heritage sites in the Asia Pacific region this year.

The contest closes June 15 and online voting will run until July 1.

Videos can be uploaded to or sent by mail.

Fertilizer research receives funding

The Canadian Fertilizer Institute in Ontario is receiving $1.1 million in federal funding.

The money will go to research and development to lower environmental impact and input costs and improve crop production.

It will also enable the not-for-profit institute to continue building its 4R Nutrient Stewardship research network.

The network involves 11 Canadian universities and research institutes collaborating on a three-year project to develop and test for fertilizer use attuned for Canadian soil, climate and cropping systems.

Research chair studies fuel contamination cleanup

Soil researcher Steven Siciliano of the University of Saskatchewan has received a $2 million Industrial Research Chair to find sustainable ways to clean up underground sites contaminated with diesel or gasoline.

There are more than 30,000 of these locations in Canada.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Federated Co-operatives Ltd. will each provide $1 million over a five-year, renewable term.

Siciliano and his research team will use remediation techniques to break down hydrocarbons from fuel using bacteria and fungi at six former co-op fuel station sites in Western Canada.

Newer ways to degrade soil pollutants are making it safer, cheaper and more sustainable than older approaches, which involved excavating polluted soils and moving them to a landfill or treatment site.

Siciliano was among a group of U of S and Saskatchewan Polytechnic researchers who received an NSERC grant of $750,000 for similar research in 2013.


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