Ag Notes

Vanclief receives 4-H alumni award Lyle Vanclief, former federal minister of agriculture (1997 to 2003), has received 4-H Canada’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Since the age of 12, Vanclief has been involved with 4-H in his community of Prince Edward County in Ontario, where he was also an elected official. Vanclief and his wife, Sharon, established […] Read more

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Alta. wheat commission names executive Todd Hames, who farms near Marwayne, Alta., will continue as chair at the Alberta Wheat Commission. Jason Saunders, who farms near Taber, is the new vice-chair and will be entering his fifth year on the board. He replaces Hannah Konschuh, who farms near Cluny as vice-chair, and who served in […] Read more

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Alta. pulse association has new chair Robert Semeniuk of Smoky Lake, Alta., was elected chair of the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission following the group’s recent online annual general meeting. Semeniuk grows yellow peas and other crops at his family farm. He served as APG’s vice-chair for the last two years and as Zone 5 chair […] Read more


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Dairy farms declared master breeders Three western Canadian dairy farms are among 20 recipients of Holstein Canada’s master breeder status for 2020. Lavendar Farms of Abbotsford, B.C., Thornspyc Dairy of Lacombe, Alta., and Donfield Farms of Brandon were announced as recipients of the designation on Jan. 25. They joined seven other recipients from Ontario, seven […] Read more

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Alberta students receive scholarships The Canadian Foundation for Food and Agricultural Education has awarded two Alberta students with the 2020 Dr. Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarships. Jessica Sperber received the $17,000 scholarship for PhD students. She was raised on a fourth-generation commercial cow-calf and grain operation near Ponoka, Alta. She is a PhD student in […] Read more


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Equestrian Canada looks for committee members Applications are open until Jan. 31 for people interested in volunteering on one of Equestrian Canada’s operational committees that will have vacancies starting in 2021. The committees provide guidance and counsel to management to develop specified areas of interest as they relate to the organization’s vision, mission and core […] Read more

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Alberta conducts policing survey An online public survey about policing in Alberta will remain open until Jan. 4. The survey is part of the Alberta government’s review of the Police Act. The questionnaire covers topics, such as the role of police in the community, processes for handling complaints from the public and officer discipline. Information from […] Read more

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Nuffield scholarships awarded The $15,000 Nuffield Canada Scholarships were awarded to four individuals this year: Amy Cronin from Ontario, sponsored by Grain Farmers of Ontario, is a hog and cash crop producer alongside husband, Mike. The pair also farm in Iowa and Missouri. Cronin plans to study risk management strategies implemented by successful farm businesses, […] Read more


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Hemp board members announced Volunteers for the new board of directors of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance were recently announced. Ted Haney was appointed first president and chief financial officer. New directors are Carlos Agudelo of Eko-Terre, Wilson Johnston of Blue Sky Hemp and Jason Finnis of Bast Fibre Technologies. Existing board executive members are […] Read more

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Dealers revamp communications The Western Equipment Dealers Association has created a new microsite for its publications and it includes a digital knowledge centre to connect dealers to industry news and information. The site will provide news updates from the association on policy, government regulations, manufacturer relations, industry articles, podcasts, webinars, surveys and training. The site […] Read more