AG Notes

Scholarship now accepting applications

Applicants have until Sept. 15 to apply for the Robert L. Ross Scholarship.

Agri-Food Management Excellence (AME) offers the scholarship in collaboration with Farm Management Canada, Family Farms Group and the Ross Family.

The successful recipient will receive free tuition to the Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management (CTEAM) program, valued at $7,500, as well as up to $4,000 for travel expenses.

A further $2,500 will go toward an additional farm team member’s tuition to CTEAM or other AME educational seminars.

The scholarship was formed in memory of Ross, a dairy farmer and farm business consultant from St. Marys, Ont., who died last year.

The 2014 scholarship was awarded to Roger Lepp of Riverdale Grain in Rivers, Man.

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Nominations open for Sask. Order of Merit

Nominations will close Oct. 18 for the Volunteer Medal and Nov. 1 for the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

The Saskatchewan Order of Merit recognizes achievement and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of the province.

The Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal recognizes those who reach outside of their personal activities to help others and make Saskatchewan life better.

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Donation made to save Peace River Valley

Jim and Margaret Little are presenting the Peace Valley Landowners’ Association with a donation in memory of Ethel and Leo Rutledge to help pay legal fees for the Peace Valley Environment Association.

The Rutledges worked to save the Peace River Valley from further flooding from the Site C hydroelectric dam, which they said did not make economic sense.

The Littles are long-term residents of the area and became involved with the Save The Valley Committee and the Peace Valley Environment Association during the 1970s and 1980s and later with the Peace Valley Landowners’ Association.

Scholarship Winners announced

This year’s winners of Manitoba Canola Growers scholarships are Kalen Dunn of Hartney, Tara Frisch of Manitou, Nikoda Holopina of Rivers, Renate Jochum of St. Francois Xavier and Halle Thomas of Hartney.

The $1,000 scholarships are available to students who are from a farm that is a member of Manitoba Canola Growers and are planning to attend post-secondary education in any field within two years of graduating.

Applications were judged on academic standing, canola connection, references, essay submission and school and community involvement.

Alta. studies milk cost of production

Producers can take part in this year’s Dairy Cost Study organized by Alberta Agriculture’s economics branch.

The survey of dairy operations tracks cost and return information over the course of a year.

The research is published in the Economics of Milk Production publication, which provides an up-to-date account of the costs and returns of milk production in Alberta and creates research and economic information for Alberta milk producers and industry partners.

For more information, contact Pauline Van Biert at 780-415-2153 or e-mail


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