Ag Notes

Hemp board members announced

Volunteers for the new board of directors of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance were recently announced.

Ted Haney was appointed first president and chief financial officer.

New directors are Carlos Agudelo of Eko-Terre, Wilson Johnston of Blue Sky Hemp and Jason Finnis of Bast Fibre Technologies.

Existing board executive members are Keith Jones, Rowland Farms (board chair); Russ Crawford, Agronomics IT (past chair); Clarence Shwaluk, Fresh Hemp Foods (vice chair); and Ryan Jackson, Folium Biosciences Canada (secretary/treasurer).

As well, current directors are Keanan Stone of Valley Bio Ltd.; Tyler Mosher of BC Hop Co.; Aaron Barr of Canadian Rockies Hemp Co.; Don Dewar of Dewar Farms; Jan Slaski of InnoTech Alberta; Clarence Shwaluk of Manitoba Harvest and Shane Chrapko of Birds & Bees Farmeries.

Researchers win NSERC award

Deborah Henderson and Michelle Franklin from Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, in partnership with Sylvar Technologies, have won the Synergy Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada.

The award highlights the partnership’s creation of baculovirus biopesticides, which are non-toxic, safe and natural products.

Baculoviruses are commonly found in diets as well as the environment and are not generally harmful compared to many chemicals.

Sylvar Technologies and the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture have commercialized Loopex FC, a biopesticide that targets larvae on cabbage and alfalfa crops.

The $100,000 award will help the institute with new equipment, stronger partnerships and recognition.

Alberta Milk has new chair

Stuart Boeve has been elected new chair of Alberta Milk.

The vice-chair is Gert Schrijver and second vice-chair is Greg Debbink.

Boeve has served as a delegate for Alberta Milk since 2009.

He previously served as the vice-chair and participated on various industry committees including Canadian milk supply management, Western Milk Pool, and transportation.

He grows forages and manages South Prairie Farms dairy in southern Alberta.

New board members include Mike Vanden Dool, JP Brower and Wim Van de Brake.

Director terms are three years and the chair is elected each year.

Protein product partnership formed

Protein Industries Canada announced a $7.2 million project and outside partnership focused on developing new plant-based protein products and ingredients that will be sold to markets in Western Canada and Asia.

Mera Food Group, Mera Developments and Benson Farms are partnering to use western Canadian commodities to develop the products.

They’ll use these commodities, including oats, lentils, hemp, fababeans and chickpeas, to develop milks and other products.

Mera Food Group, Mera Developments and Benson Farms are investing $3.6 million into developing plant-based protein products and ingredients, which includes a partnership with Federated Co-operatives Limited.

Stockmen’s fundraiser goes virtual

The Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation in Cochrane, Alta., changed its format this year due to the pandemic.

It held a To-Go Dinner and Online Auction Nov. 7. The foundation sold 211 take-out dinners and donated 122 take-out dinners to people in the community.

Participants were able to eat at home while bidding in the auction.

There were 77 items auctioned during the online bidding, which raised more than $33,000 to go toward honouring and teaching people about the history of Alberta’s livestock industry.

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