Ag Notes

Researchers launch slug survey

A new survey at the Dr. Lien Luong laboratory is targeting slugs on agricultural and horticultural fields within 100 kilometres of the Edmonton region.

A cluster of producers further than the 100 km radius who had issues with slugs in 2020 can also arrange field visits by technicians.

Farmers and agronomists interested in taking the survey can contact the lab at slugs@ualberta.ca.

Field to Fork Challenge resumes in B.C.

The second annual Field to Fork Challenge was recently launched by 4-H British Columbia, B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries.

B.C. youth can submit B.C. grown recipes and cooking videos for a chance to win cash prizes totalling $6,400.

Submissions will be judged in the following categories and accepted until Sept. 30:

  • 4-H B.C. junior members (born 2008-2011).
  • 4-H B.C. senior members (born 2001-2007).
  • B.C. junior level students (Grades 4-7).
  • B.C. senior level students (Grades 8-12).

Winners will be selected based on recipe choices, use of B.C. ingredients, evidence of thorough study, food and kitchen safety, and presentation.

In addition to winning cash prizes, top-placing entrants will have the chance to attend the Field to Fork Challenge Virtual Conference Nov. 13.

Recipes from top-placing entrants will also be featured in the upcoming Field to Fork Challenge Recipe book.

Registration details are at www.4hbc.ca and www.bcaitc.ca. Share on social media: #fieldtoforkchallenge.

Swine disease test receives funding

Cytophage Technologies Inc. in Winnipeg has been awarded $431,000 in government funding to help test a new way of fighting bacterial infections in swine without using antibiotics.

The funding is provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership-Ag Action Manitoba program and will allow the bio-tech company to test bacteriophage treatment options that it has developed to be effective against Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) and Streptococcus suis — two of the most common bacterial infections in swine.

Bacteriophages are naturally occurring viruses that infect and destroy bacterial cells, which makes them a powerful tool to kill bacteria.

ETEC is a major cause of diarrhea in pigs and causes significant damage to the swine industry worldwide. Streptococcus suis is one of the most common swine diseases in Canada and is a common cause of meningitis and death in young pigs.

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