Ag Notes

CFC introduces new executive

Chicken Farmers of Canada has announced the election of its 2021 executive committee.

  • Benoît Fontaine, chair from Stanbridge Station, Que., farms in the Lac Champlain area and raises chickens and turkeys.
  • Nick de Graaf, first vice-chair from Port Williams, N.S., operates the family poultry farm in the Annapolis Valley and is part of Innovative Poultry Group.
  • Tim Klompmaker, second vice-chair from Norwood, Ont., is a third-generation chicken farmer and served with the Chicken Farmers of Ontario.
  • Derek Janzen, executive member from Aldergrove, B.C., farms in the Fraser Valley, raising chickens and managing commercial laying hens. He was chair of the B.C. Egg Producers Association and was appointed as a member of the Farm Industry Review Board, British Columbia’s supervisory board.

Organic awards presented

Awards recipients were presented during the recent SaskOrganics annual general meeting.

  • Education Scholarship Recipient: Nicole Rindisbacher
  • Outstanding Organic Farmers: Allison Squires and Cody Straza, Upland Organics

The SaskOrganics’ membership and directors elected officers: Garry Johnson, as president, Marion Leniczek as vice-president, Michele Cruise-Pratchler as treasurer and Hélène Tremblay-Boyko as secretary.

Johnson manages an organic farm north of Swift Current.

Leniczek from Lemburg represent several fields such as accounts payable and receivable, and assistant manager for Lily and Rose seed processors in Lemburg.

Crusie-Pratchler of Nokomis has 20 years of certified organic farming operation focused on cereal production, as well as a chartered professional accountant.

Tremblay-Boyko from Canora has a mixed grain and beef operation.

Recycling information offered

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council announced an updated recycling database.

Saskatchewan residents now can enter their community and what they want to recycle and get a list of options, including a map of the locations and details on what else is accepted.

In 2020, the current database accessed more than 89,000 searches.

Further plans to enhance the database will give consumers options to keep products in use longer by fixing them or giving them away.

Saskatchewan businesses, organizations, or individuals who accepts used items for donation or who are available to repair broken items can contact meg@swrc.ca to be listed in the database at no cost.

Ontario Pork holds elections

John de Bruyn, a producer from Oxford County, is the incoming chair for the Ontario Pork board of directors. Arno Schober, a producer from Simcoe County, is vice-chair.

De Bruyn previously served as vice-chair, and has been instrumental in securing support for a new research barn. Schober previously served as chair of the research committee.

Former board chair Eric Schwindt will remain as a director.

Oliver Haan from the Marysville area recently completed his term after serving as a director for 15 years.

Bruce Hudson, a pork producer and delegate from the Ottawa Valley, was acclaimed as a new board member representing Zone 4.

Other board members include Doug Ahrens, Chris Cossitt, Mike Mitchell, Maaike Campbell and Tara Terpstra.

Livestock care awards presented

Champions of animal care in Alberta were honoured with awards of distinction at the recent Livestock Care Conference, hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care.

  • The Award of Distinction for Innovation was awarded to Lee Smith, who ranches near Consort for his invention of the Water Box, which is a solution to the challenges of providing water for livestock during the winter as well as remote pasture setups.
  • The Award of Distinction for Industry Leadership was awarded to Kendra Donnelly, for her roles within the beef industry and leadership related to animal welfare.

She is an owner-operator of a cattle feeding business, as well as an executive member for Alberta Cattle Feeders and Alberta’s Economic Recovery Council.

  • The Award of Distinction for Communication was awarded to Chatsworth Farm, based out of Vermillion.

Farm operators are using social media platforms to promote agricultural interests and stories, and have created virtual and in-person farm tours to connect with consumers.

Digital tech firm expands to Saskatoon

Solinftec, a digital technologies company founded in Brazil, has recently established operations in Saskatoon.

The company said it expanded to Saskatchewan because it’s the largest agricultural production region in Canada and Saskatoon is near many prominent farm operations, including the University of Saskatchewan and Ag-West Bio.

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