Ag Notes

Beef agency elects directors

The Canadian Beef Cattle Check-Off Agency recently held its second virtual annual general meeting and elected members and a marketing committee.

The marketing committee is responsible for planning and establishing Canada Beef’s strategic, business and operational goals and objectives including the overall management and operation of the business and affairs.

The marketing committee is made of the following individuals:

Elected: Cameron Blake (member at large), Mike Guest (member at large), Hubert Lau (member at large), Becky Bevacqua (member at large), Jack Chaffe (Beef Farmers of Ontario), David Francis (P.E.I. Cattle Producers).

Appointed are Mike Kennedy, Andre Forget, Russ Mallard and John Curtis of the Canadian Meat Council; Coral Manastersky of I.E. Canada and Steve Christie representing retail and foodservice.

The marketing committee also elected its executive committee, including Mike Kennedy as chair, Coral Manastersky as vice-chair and Russ Mallard as finance chair.

The agency’s 2020-21 annual report is available online at

4-H ag scholarships announced

Twelve 4-H members from across Canada will each receive $2,500 toward their post-secondary education in agriculture, agricultural science, or agricultural business this fall.

TD Bank Group provided $30,000 in scholarship funds for 2021.

The recipients are: Jalen Thurgood of British Columbia; Jessica Hadwin and Jenna Simpson of Alberta; Grace Christensen of Saskatchewan; Halee Piasta and Emily Robb of Manitoba; Kyla Lewis and Ashley Miller of Ontario; Amanda St-Denis of Quebec; Kayleigh Brewer of New Brunswick; Sara Sherman-Henderson and Haily Quilty of Nova Scotia.

Ontario honours 4-H leaders

4-H Ontario has announced the recipients of the 2021 4-H Ontario Outstanding New Club Leader Award, sponsored by Gay Lea Foods.

The award celebrates volunteers who have been 4-H club leaders for less than three years and embody the 4-H pledge in their work with local youth.

The 2021 recipients include Rachel Skippen of Manitoulin 4-H Association (Region 1), Denise Beaudette-Manley of Stormont 4-H Association (Region 2), April Jean Hickson of Kawartha Lakes Haliburton 4-H Association (Region 3), Robert Matson of Peel 4-H Association (Region 4), Jessica Bester of Grey 4-H Association (Region 5), and Alison Buckrell of Oxford 4-H Association (Region 6).

Environmental award nominations sought

Alberta Beef Producers seeks nominations for the 2022 Environmental Stewardship Award.

The award recognizes cattle producers whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment, and enhance productivity and profitability.

All beef cattle farms and ranches in Alberta are eligible to apply.

Producers can nominate or be nominated by an individual or organization, or apply themselves.

The winner will receive a commemorative gate sign and an all-expenses paid trip to the organization’s annual general meeting at the Alberta Beef Industry Conference in Red Deer next year.

Provincial award recipients move forward to compete at the national level, which is presented at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference.

Nominations are due Oct. 29.


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