Ag Notes

FMC seeks award nominations

Farm Management Canada is seeking to honour individuals or groups with the 2021 Wilson Loree Award.

The annual award recognizes contributions to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.

Nomination attributes include:

  • Have made significant contributions in the area of farm business management regionally or nationally.
  • Have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors to agriculture, and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers.
  • Have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential
  • Have demonstrated the ability to network and develop partnerships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry.

Nominations are required by Oct. 28 and the winner will be announced during the virtual Agricultural Excellence Conference, Nov. 24-26.

For more information, visit fmc-gac.com.

Tax credit approved for proposed fertilizer plant

Genesis Fertilizer has been granted conditional approval from Saskatchewan’s trade and export development ministry for the Saskatchewan Chemical Fertilizer Incentive (SCFI) program.

It’s a big step forward on the option for the proposed construction of the Genesis Fertilizer greenfield urea production plant at the Genesis Belle Plaine industrial site.

The SCFI program is a 15 percent tax credit on capital expenditures valued at $10 million or more for newly constructed or expanded eligible chemical fertilizer production facilities in the province.

If the new $1.5 billion production facility is brought into operation, Genesis would receive up to $225 million in tax credits over 10 years.

Genesis’s proposal will combine mass production of granular urea with a prairie-wide distribution network of super centres.

The facility will provide more than 500 direct, indirect and induced full-time employment upon completion, estimated to take three years.

More information is at genesisfertilizers.com or call 833-436-3378.

OYF announces scholarship winners

Emily Robb of Brandon and Carleigh MacLeod of Kinkora, P.E.I., have been selected as the Outstanding Young Farmers Memorial Scholarship winners for 2021.

Each winner has received a $1,000 scholarship to support their post-secondary agricultural education.

Robb is following her passion for ending food insecurity and improving the environmental by pursuing a bachelor of science in agroecology at the University of Manitoba.

She wants to incorporate science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the food, water, land and air.

MacLeod is focused on marketing communications and public relations while studying business administration at the University of P.E.I.

She hopes to be the best “AGvocate” and educate the public about the role that farmers are taking to protect the environment.

As part of the application process, applicants are asked to write an essay about why they are passionate about agriculture in Canada.

The deadline for nominations for the 2022 scholarships is June 30, 2022.

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