Ag Notes

Pulse growers seek advisers

Pulse producers are invited to stand for election for the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission as an adviser in their zone this fall.

A team of advisers leads research and extension activities specific to each of APG’s five zones, and directors on APG’s provincial board often first serve as advisers.

Meetings include:

  • Zone 1, two advisers, Dec., 7, 10‐11 a.m.
  • Zone 2, one adviser, Nov., 17, 9:30‐10:30 a.m.
  • Zone 3, six advisers, Nov., 18, 9:30‐10:30 a.m.
  • Zone 4, five advisers, Nov., 24, 9:30‐10:30 a.m.
  • Zone 5, two advisers, Nov., 19, 9:30‐10:30 a.m.

Producers must have sold pulses and paid service charges since Aug., 1, 2018, in order to be eligible as an adviser.

Nomination forms must be submitted by Nov. 1, and each candidate must be endorsed by another pulse producer from their zone.

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Mental health training applications sought

The Do More Agriculture Foundation Community Fund is accepting applications until Oct. 31.

Now in its third year, the rural mental health training program focuses on mental health in the Canadian agriculture sector.

Individuals who participate receive education to identify mental health concerns and provide initial supports to producers coping with difficult circumstances.

The programs are free to all participants and taught by mental health professionals with ag experience.

The training equips participants with basic skills to provide assistance when help is not immediately available, as well as understanding personal limits with supporting someone else’s struggles.

More than 1,000 individuals across Canada have received training since the program began.

The fund is open to all rural agriculture communities across Canada.

Individuals can apply online at

Changes made at livestock centre

Bruce Coulman, forage breeder at the University of Saskatchewan, has been named interim director of the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

The professor emeritus in the plant sciences department of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources succeeds Kris Ringwall, who will retire at the end of October.

A search for a permanent director is underway.

Over his 40-year career, Coulman has developed 22 forage crop cultivars.

Coulman’s previous experience includes teaching at McGill University for 17 years, and work as a research scientist with Agriculture Canada before joining the U of S in 2005 as head of the plant sciences department, where he served for eight years.

Community grant winners announced

The Rural Communities Foundation has selected the winners of the $100,000 grant for several projects in Alberta.

Four communities will share the funding:

  • The Rotary Club of Vegreville will receive $15,000 for the Vegreville Rotary Skatepark.
  • The Castor and District Museum Society will receive $27,250 for repairs and renovations to its heritage elevator, one of the oldest wooden elevators in the province.
  • The 20 Mile Irvine rodeo committee will receive $37,250 for its 20 Mile Rodeo Arena upgrade, a facility that serves the hamlet and surrounding farms and ranches.
  • The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society will receive $20,500 for the Colpman’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain in its Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.

Organics scholarship winner selected

Leah Overbye has been awarded the 2020 SaskOrganics Education Scholarship of $1,000.

The third-year student at the University of Saskatchewan grew up on a fourth-generation organic farm.

Applications will be accepted Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 for the 2021 SaskOrganics Education Scholarship.

It will be awarded to a Saskatchewan resident enrolled in an agriculture-related field of study at a post-secondary education, but preference will be given to applicants from certified organic operations.


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