AG Notes

UFA announces contest winner

Cassils, Alta., has won the third $50,000 prize from UFA’s Get ’n’ Give contest to support community projects across the province. The money is expected to be spent on a new 275-seat community centre, which will replace the existing one built in 1923.

The Get ‘n’ Give contest invites rural communities to profile local projects that will make a major impact in their area. The previous winner in the pay-it-forward contest chooses the next project.

The Cassils Community Centre Building Committee will receive the money in March and then announce the fourth winner.

Rural community groups, societies, schools and clubs located within 200 kilometres of a UFA Farm and Ranch Supply store or petroleum agency can enter.

The next round of entries closes Feb. 15, and the finalists will be announced Feb. 24.

Entries are accepted throughout the contest period and remain eligible until the final winner is chosen. Applicants can use video, photo collages, original songs and compelling stories to highlight how $50,000 would help their community.

Machinery training gets funding

More than $100,000 has been awarded to help strengthen tractor and machinery training in Canada through the FCC Ag Safety Fund.

The fund is a partnership between the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and Farm Credit Canada.

The fund has provided financial support for farm safety training programs to charitable and non-profit organizations since 2010.

Previous projects have included training for Christmas tree growers in Nova Scotia and bear-human conflict awareness training in Alberta.

This year’s focus has narrowed to tractor and machinery training.

For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca/fcc-ag-safety-fund.

Young cattle producers compete for mentorships

The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program has 24 semi-finalists competing for 16 mentorship positions this year.

They were selected out of a pool of 70 applicants based on their online applications and evaluations by a panel of judges. Finalists will be announced at the CYL spring forum in Saskatoon March 26-28.

CYL candidates will be paired with a mentor for a nine month period in their area of interest.

Topics of study include extended grazing seasons, nutrition, embryo work, marketing, trade, industry policy and advocacy.

For more information, visit www.cattlemensyoungleaders.com.

Forage association needs new executive director

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is looking for a new executive director.

Applications can be sent to info.cfga@gmail.com and close March 13.

The successful candidate needs to provide direction and input for the forage and grassland sector in research and extension, domestic and export forage market development, forage and grassland and the environment.

The job is a two-thirds time position with potential to grow into a full-time position.

Salary will be in line with experience, and the position is not location specific.

For more information, contact CFGA chair Doug Wray at 403-935-4642 or dlwray@hotmail.com.

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