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Alberta conducts policing survey

An online public survey about policing in Alberta will remain open until Jan. 4.

The survey is part of the Alberta government’s review of the Police Act.

The questionnaire covers topics, such as the role of police in the community, processes for handling complaints from the public and officer discipline.

Information from the survey will help develop legislation that reflects the realities of modern policing and ensure police remain accountable to their communities and responsive to their needs.

Changes to the Police Act are expected next fall.

Dairy cost study provides option

Alberta dairy farmers can join the Dairy Cost Study program for 2021.

As a result of COVID-19, demand for milk production has fluctuated as processors made adjustments to meet changes in the marketplace.

Having current cost of production numbers helps farmers determine their farm management options, particularly when facing uncertainty and stress.

The analysis available through the Dairy Cost Study program, offered free by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, can help identify an operation’s strengths and weaknesses.

Using the business analysis provided from the study, farmers can benchmark or grade themselves with others to assess what is different, recognize performance areas and increase knowledge.

Grain Growers has new executive

Andre Harpe from Valhalla Centre, Alta., was recently elected chair and William van Tassel and Brendan Phillips as vice-chairs for Grain Growers of Canada.

They replace outgoing chair Jeff Nielsen and vice-chair Shane Stokke.

Nielsen has been on the GGC executive since 2015, having served as chair for the past two years. He was originally appointed to the GGC board in 2015 and served as vice-president in 2015 and president in 2016, prior to the organization’s restructuring in 2018.

Agribition seeks mentorship applicants

Canadian Western Agribition has announced that applications for the 2021-22 Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship Program are open until January.

In partnership with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the federal government, the program is delivered by CWA and accepts eight applicants into an 18-month mentorship experience.

Mentees are paired with leaders in Canadian agriculture and exposed to industry knowledge, board and governance training, business education, financial literacy, and networking opportunities.

An advisory committee selects each mentee based on industry involvement, existing skills, interests, abilities, desired outcomes, and overall fit in the program.

Grains council makes management changes

Rick White from Canadian Canola Growers Association is the new chair and Pierre Petelle of CropLife Canada is vice-chair of the Canada Grains Council’s board of directors.

As well, Denise Dewar recently joined the council as general manager after working in crop agriculture at national and international levels.

Outgoing chair, Cam Dahl of Cereals Canada, helped champion the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops and has been at the forefront of the development of responsible grain, a voluntary, science-based code of practice. He will remain on the board.

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