Ag Notes – for Mar. 4, 2010

B.C. gives award of excellence in agriculture

The Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia recently announced the recipient of the 2010 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Roger Bailey of Kalwood Farms in Oyama, B.C., was recognized for his mobile work platform that creates safer and more efficient working conditions in orchards.

Using recycled Japanese rice harvesters, Bailey adapted the design for use in B.C. orchards.

The resulting mobile work platform includes a platform system, safety railings and a hydraulic forklift, and runs on a small diesel engine. The platform can carry two workers at a time and is used for pruning, thinning and picking.

Bailey also created a wire-spooling device in 2000 and continues to work on adapting his original mobile platform design for use in other types of operations. Most recently, he developed a compressor deck to run pneumatic pruning shears in cherry orchards.

Bailey is a full-time farmer and sits on the boards of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association and the Okanagan Cherry Growers Association.

The award is open to B.C. residents and Canadian-based organizations and businesses operating in B.C.

The Investment Agriculture Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that invests on behalf of the federal and provincial governments to support projects that benefit agriculture in British Columbia.

For more information, visit www.iafbc.ca.

Alta. beet growers officials

Rob Boras of Iron Springs, Alta., has been selected by acclamation for another term as president of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Marketing Board.

Allan Klassen of Tempest was named by acclamation as vice-president.

Boras, named to the top position at the 2009 annual meeting, will head a board of directors that includes directors Richard Pepneck of Vauxhall, Lonny James of Taber, Andrew Uytdewilligen of Coaldale, Ed Loman of Picture Butte, Michel Camps of Taber West, Roger Zeinstra of Enchant and Ron Wikkerink of Bow Island.

Canola industry at olympics

The Saskatchewan canola industry was honoured at the Olympics last week at the Saskatchewan Pavilion in Vancouver.

As part of the industry’s heart-healthy promotion of canola oil, SaskCanola hosted the Kickoff to Saskatchewan Day breakfast at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

The breakfast featured a variety of Saskatchewan products and ingredients including canola oil, lentils, oats, saskatoon berries, cherries and farmers sausage.

On Feb. 20, SaskCanola took the heart-healthy and canola industry messages to about 9,000 visitors who attended the Saskatchewan Pavilion as part of the SaskCanola Feature Day.

Its participation during the three-day event at the pavilion highlighted the Saskatchewan industry.

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