Ag notes

Ukrainian beef market reopens to Canada

The Ukrainian market for beef from cattle younger than 30 months and ready-to-eat meat is open again following a ban on Canadian beef last year.

The recent Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement eliminated most of Ukraine’s agricultural tariffs, including those for beef, pork, pulses, grains, canola oil, processed food and animal feed.

Total trade between the two countries is expected to expand by 19 percent as a result of the agreement. Canada exported $35.5 million worth of agriculture, agri-food and seafood products to Ukraine last year.

Nominations for Inspiring agriculture

The first annual AgCatalyst Awards nominations are open until Aug. 15.

The prize recognizes individuals and organizations that represent, advocate and advance agriculture for positive change.

Organizations as well as indi-viduals, 14-25 years old can enter at www.agcatalyst.com/awards.

The awards will be presented at the AgCatalyst conference Oct. 19-20 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Investing in Vegetable Preservation

The federal government is investing $2.5 million to prolong the shelf life of vegetables.

Bonduelle Research Inc, in Quebec will receive the funding to introduce new food preservation technology with the goal of making food safer to eat for a longer period of time after harvest.

The technology will use a new freezing process that allows vegetables to retain their colour, texture and taste, while providing a protective coating against germs.

As a result of the breakthrough technology, more vegetables will be available to consumers year-round.

Hemp sector gets funding

Manitoba’s hemp seed industry is receiving nearly $390,000 from the federal and provincial governments to invest in new equipment.

Funding will go to Hemp Oil Canada Inc. to buy and install an optical sorter and packaging system at its new processing facility in Ste. Agathe.

The equipment will modernize the packing line, improve food safety and ensure the company can remain competitive.

The facility opened this summer and created 10 jobs.

Government funding represents 50 percent of the cost of the new equipment.

Funding to ensure health of shipped livestock

Alberta Farm Animal Care is receiving $268,000 in federal funding to ensure cattle are in good health and meet processing standards when they arrive at auctions and abattoirs.

The funding is expected to help improve management strategies for current and potential animal care related issues in the beef industry.

It will focus on cattle transport protocols, such as identifying risk factors that may affect animals during transport and communicating with all stakeholders.

Commitment to Environmental stewardship

Students at Lakeland’s agricultural sciences programs who learn on the Student Managed Farm (SMF) are now using the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan online webbook to self-assess their farming practices.

The experience enabled students to see what best management practices were in place on their farm and where they could make improvements to avoid potential environmental risks.

The SMF has five different units: crops, commercial beef, purebred beef, dairy, and sheep units.

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