Ag Notes

Organic acquisition finalized

Above Food Corp. has finalized a share purchase agreement with Farmer Direct Organic Foods Ltd. of Moose Jaw, Sask.

FDO organic foods distributes certified organic specialty legume proteins and grain to more than 2,000 retail locations, with plans to increase to 10,000 retail locations within a year.

FDO’s organic portfolio will use Above Food’s Certified Organic Terminal, the largest in Canada.

The acquisition also complements Above Food’s consumer brand strategy with FDO’s seed-to-shelf, supply chain traceability.

G3 donates to safety program

G3 has donated $45,000 to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s BeGrainSafe for 2021.

This is the sixth year that G3 has helped sponsor the program, which provides grain rescue training to fire fighters in farming communities.

In past years G3’s commitment has included the purchase of grain rescue gear consisting of GSI RES-Q-TUBES and Haul-ALL pencil augers for several rural fire departments in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

G3 is making similar donations this year in Manitoba.

More information is available at casa-acsa.ca/grain or contact CASA at 877-452-2272 or info@casa-acsa.ca.

Fusarium project needs farmers

Alberta Agriculture is looking for winter wheat, barley, spring wheat and durum growers willing to participate in a fusarium head blight-monitoring project.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Manitoba and the agriculture ministries of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The project aims to develop a disease prediction model.

Growers will be asked to set aside a small area in a field that will remain unsprayed with fungicides at anthesis and allow access to a technician on three occasions to rate the crop for disease and collect a small harvest sample.

Interested parties should contact Greg Daniels at 403-362-1304 or greg.daniels@gov.ab.ca.

FPCC director re-appointed

Maryse Dubé was reappointed to the Farm Products Council of Canada for a four-year term, effective April 30.

Dubé was first appointed to the FPCC in 2015, and was later reappointed in 2018.

She has been working in commercial and food law representing several financial institutions since 2004, and also represents small- and medium-sized enterprises in commercial litigation and securities, bankruptcy and corporate law (manufacturing and agricultural components).

Dubé has served on a number of corporate and community boards in the Maskoutain region, in addition to speaking at various conferences. She also teaches at the Barreau du Québec in Montréal.

Viterra supports foodgrains bank

For the sixth year, Viterra is making about 300 acres of land around five of its terminals available for Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects.

Viterra terminals in Lethbridge and Trochu in Alberta and Balgonie, Raymore and Grenfell in Saskatchewan have been ear marked for the projects.

Individual farmers and groups of farmers are volunteering time, expertise and resources to farm the plots of land.

Some projects operate as traditional growing projects, while others are farmed by nearby individual farmers taking on the few extra acres as part of their own.

Proceeds from the sale of harvested crops are donated to the foodgrains bank, and used to fund hunger relief projects around the world.

Barley podcast launched

The Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission has launched Barley Bin, a new podcast to help Saskatchewan barley farmers keep up to date with the latest information related to growing and marketing their barley crops.

Barley Bin features interviews with SaskBarley staff and a variety of barley research and production experts.

Season one is now available on the SaskBarley website and focuses on information related to disease management, barley varieties, marketing opportunities and more.

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