Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports, and News: August 12, 2022
Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports, and News: August 12, 2022
Agriculture Updates since July 13
Advocacy in Action
Moving conversations forward with Cypress County
The Chamber was grateful for the opportunity to present to Cypress County on July 19th about our role and the work we do within the region. We were able to profile our advocacy on a municipal, provincial and federal level and describe how our advocacy works. We look forward to furthering our conversations and fostering a collaborative relationship with all our Council members, so that we can address local impacts, recognize the important role our business community plays in our economy and work together to continue to strengthen our community and economy moving forward.
View the Presentation
Supply Chain challenges impact businesses of all types
This issue has been a top concern for the Canadian Chamber’s recently convened Food Supply Council, a cross-sectoral coalition of Canada’s leading agriculture businesses, associations, and transportation companies. These organizations, while being agriculture-focussed, are foremost businesses that are attempting to address business challenges that extend well beyond an agriculture silo.
Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Agriculture reach a new partnership agreement and inject new funds to support the sector
The federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture reached an agreement in principle for the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership at their Annual Meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This new five-year agreement will inject $500 million in new funds, representing a 25% increase in the cost-shared portion of the partnership.
- Agricultural producers interest relief: In response to rising input costs and to help ensure farmers have access to cash flow to cover crop-related expenses, Agriculture Canada recently announced that the interest-free portion of the Advance Payments Program will increase from $100,000 to $250,000 for the 2022 and 2023 program years. As a result, participating producers will save on average $5,500 in interest costs over the next two years. This change will represent total savings of up to $61 million over 2 years for approximately 11,000 producers.
- Apply now for the Civil Society Fund
All sectors and sizes of organizations can now apply for grants up to $500,000 through the third round of the Civil Society Fund.
- Alberta Innovates Launches Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program
The Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program (ABIF) supports projects that develop and advance technologies that increase productivity, enhance competitiveness, boost the value of agriculture and forestry commodities, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Strategic focus areas include: data and digital solutions; autonomous systems; agricultural biotechnology; food processing innovation; biofibre utilization; value-added biomass; and green construction. The program is open to small and medium-sized enterprises, industry organizations, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions and government research laboratories.
- FarmCash Cash Advance Program: Many producers use the Advance Payments Program annually to finance their crop or livestock inputs, but FarmCash can also help to improve the farm's profitability throughout the year. The key is cash flow management. FarmCash application deadlines:
- Now until September 1, 2022: Apply for an Actual Seeded Advance, Anticipated Honey Production Advance, or Spring Livestock Advance.
- Fall application takes place September 1, 2022 through March 15, 2023
- Agricultural Climate Solutions On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF): The Agricultural Climate Solutions On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) is an initiative to help farmers tackle climate change. Funding for this project (in part) has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund.
- Advance Payments Program: The Advance Payments Program is a federal loan guarantee program which provides agricultural producers with easy access to low-interest cash advances. On June 23, 2022, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced a temporary increase to the interest-free limit for advances under the Advance Payments Program (APP). The change will make the purchase of important inputs such as fuel, fertilizer and seed more affordable for producers.
- THRIVE Academy: The THRIVE Academy is 12-week agri-food tech pre-accelerator program for idea stage entrepreneurs, early-stage startups and researchers looking to commercialize their innovations. The immersive program will help you de-risk and validate your idea while preparing you to raise capital alongside building your go to market strategy.
- Agriculture Job Connector: https://www.alberta.ca/agriculture-job-connector.aspx
- Chamber Agriculture Labour survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019AgribusinessLabour
- Riipen Rural Roots, a collaborative program in partnership with Alberta-based Rural Development Network, Portage College, Mount Royal University, Medicine Hat College and MacEwan University. The focus of this new program is to connect rural businesses and non-profits across Canada with post-secondary learners to advance their labour market and workforce skills through short-term virtual WIL projects. Read more
Additional Government & Industry News and Information
- Crop prices have fallen: As crop growth advances during the growing season, depending on crop yield potential, one’s estimated costs per unit of production, level of forward pricing completed to date, and one’s approach to risk-taking, consider pricing more crop using your individual target prices and by choosing from various pricing alternatives available. Read the article
- Insect Updates: Diamondback moths, bertha armyworms, grasshoppers and lygus bugs are appearing sporadically across the Prairies. Few fields currently exceed economic thresholds, though it is tempting to want to protect a high value crop, only spray if pest numbers meet or exceed economic thresholds. Learn more or Sign up for weekly updates.
- Insect Risk Updates: The Alberta Pest Monitoring Network provides timely, accurate insect management resources to help monitor crop pests in Alberta ensuring crop quality and market access. This includes live insect survey and population maps for bertha armyworm, cutworm and diamondback moth. Check out the maps and see the risk level in your area
- Wheat streak mosaic virus: Five wheat fields in southern Alberta have been confirmed positive for Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV). WSMV is a pathogen that is endemic to Alberta and shows up occasionally in wheat and winter wheat crops, rarely on barley. The last time Alberta had a WSMV outbreak was 2015 and 2016. Volunteer wheat is very often the source of outbreaks. Most of the positive fields in 2022 were the result of winter wheat volunteers or herbicide escapes. If you suspect WSMV and need help confirming it, you can contact Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (Dr. Michael Harding and Dr. Jie Feng) to have a laboratory test performed.
- Read more from the Prairie Crop Disease Monitoring Network
- Learn more about Wheat streak mosaic virus and its control
- Harvest Sample Program: The Harvest Sample Program is a voluntary program for Canadian grain producers. When you sign up, you’ll receive a Harvest Sample kit annually that contains envelopes for sending in samples of your crop at no cost to you. Learn more
- Hemp Fiber Variety Testing in Alberta: This value-added research project, led by Canadian Rockies Hemp Corp, will work in collaboration with the University of Alberta, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance, Alberta Hemp Alliance, and Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, to help hemp producers accurately identify which fibre hemp varieties are best suited for production in Alberta. Results from this project will be vital to help expand the hemp industry across Alberta. Read more about this RDAR-funded project
- Late-season disease scouting: It’s now time to begin looking for late-season diseases. While watching for disease is easiest while spraying desiccant or swathing, make time to walk fields at least weekly from now through harvest as certain diseases (especially clubroot and blackleg) can progress very quickly. Symptoms will get more striking as the season progresses, but early identification allows for better pre-planning to mitigate spread at harvest.
Learn more in the latest Canola Watch
- Alberta crop report as of July 26th, 2022: According to the latest crop report, on average across the province, major crops are rated as 74 per cent good to excellent growing conditions (compared to a 10-year average of 66 per cent) with yield expectations of 110 per cent of the 10-year provincial yield average. All regions of the province are reporting yield estimates relatively consistent with, or ahead of, long term normal. Locally, precipitation and heat has crops advancing but there are reports of significant hail damage in several areas of our region over the past two weeks. Yield expectations are 107 per cent of the 10-year average, but these estimates are the most highly variable of the province.
Read the crop report
- New web tool makes it easier to find permits, licenses & approval informationThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency is making it easier for individuals and businesses to find information on permits, licences and approvals through a new web tool - the Permissions Finder. This tool helps businesses and individuals find the information they need when conducting import, export, or conduct domestic activity with food, plants or animals in Canada. Find the tool at https://inspection.canada.ca/permits.
- Farming the Web
Looking to buy or sell products, services or equipment? Check out Farming the Web - the free, not-for-profit agriculture classifieds site that makes it simple to buy and sell locally. Powered by the Alberta Forage Industry Network, Farming the Web is used by producers, farmers and ranchers to get what they want from the people they trust.
Check out Farming the Web
- Invasive Plants of Alberta Identification Guide
The revised version of the Invasive Plants of Alberta Identification Guide is complete. This is a detailed, illustrated guide to prohibited noxious, noxious and weed species of concern in Alberta.
The latest edition will be available in mid-July.
View the PDF version
Check out the Alberta Invasive Species Council store
- Weather and weather data at your fingertips - The Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS) provides the forecast, weather alerts, radar and more importantly, the past weather. Virginia Nelson, director, Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, says this information is often missing from today’s ‘run of the mill’ weather apps. With ACIS, Albertans can access the forecast, weather alerts, radar, the past weather, and even look at 60-year climate trends.
Read the article
- Alberta Soil Moisture Information: Moisture situation updates from the team at Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development's Agrometeorology Applications and Modelling Unit can be found here.
Read the latest update
Nominate someone for the 2023 Pulse Industry Innovator Award
An industry innovator is a person or organization that has worked to help nurture and shape the pulse industry and has helped contribute to the success of the industry. Innovators may have contributed to the industry through various areas from production, marketing, research, extension and processing, to management, promotion and innovation. Nominations will be accepted until December 6, 2022. Read more.
Your Path to Farm Transition Event Series
Join Farm Credit Canada (FCC) for a 9-part virtual event series on farm transition running from July 12 to March 14. Hosted by FCC business advisors and guest experts, each month will feature a new topic, highlighting a different step in the transition process. Register for all events in the series or register for individual events.
5th Annual Prairie Cereals Summit
The Prairie Cereals Summit is taking place this year from December 7th-9th at the Fairmont Banff Springs. With a dynamic line-up of speakers, networking opportunities, and mountain views, this agriculture conference will be worth attending! Learn more.
- Arg.gc.ca is now https://agriculture.canada.ca/. Learn more.
- FCC On-Demand Virtual Events
- Alberta Farm Mental Health Network
- Biosecurity and livestock – Overview
- Alberta Crop Protection Blue Book
- Weekly livestock market review
- Weekly crop market review
- Learn more about Canadian farm debt and revenue by visiting FCC Economics.
- AgPal: Program and Service Finder
- My AAFC Account: Online services for the AgriStability and AgriInvest programs
- Agri-News online - www.alberta.ca/agri-news.aspx and upcoming events
- Listen to The Bovine, a podcast from ABP
- AFSC Podcast
- The First Sixteen: A podcast from Agriculture Canada: The First Sixteen
- As always, you can always find more agribusiness resources on our website: https://www.medicinehatchamber.com/agribusiness-resources/
If you know of someone who may be interested in the work we are doing and might be interested in investing in this work through membership, please feel free to refer them to us. You can also encourage others to subscribe to our agriculture updates through this page. We look forward to continuing our work with you and pushing for our collective priorities on your behalf.