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Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: December 18th

Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: December 18th

Agriculture Updates since October 30, 2021

Advocacy in Action: 

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association's Public and Stakeholder Engagement is excited to announce the launch of the new and improved Beef Advocacy Canada. Through a series of five self-guided courses, participants will learn about the key concerns consumers have about beef and be equipped with the messages, tools and strategies needed to communicate in ways that resonate. Beef Advocacy Canada is free and available for anyone interested.

Rural economic development engagement

On November 9, 2021, the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, along with other economic development stakeholders gathered for a Rural Economic Development Virtual Roundtable Event with Minister or Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development to discuss the following themes:

  • What are the economic strengths or biggest opportunities for economic development in your community?
  • What are the challenges for supporting these economic strengths or opportunities for economic development in your community?
  • What actions would you like to see taken in the near term and long term?
  • What should be the goals of rural economic development in Alberta?
  • What factors would make you confident that Alberta has a sound rural economic development environment?

We were able to highlight key recommendations from our policies on Creating a Strong and Diverse Local Economy and Creating a Municipal Economic Development Strategy, while also sharing recent reports including our Economic Impact, Outcomes and Opportunities report, the Regional Vitality Action Plan and the BREWD research report

There are numerous programs focusing on Regional Economic Development. You can find the list of current programs and key terms here:

Funding Updates:

  1.  RDAR Call for Proposals: Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) is looking for knowledge transfer and translation projects that will innovate Alberta livestock and crop industries. Find out more

  2. AgriRecovery: Who is eligible for phase two? Phase two of the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance AgriRecovery initiative is open to all producers who have grazing breeding female livestock as of December 31, 2021. This phase of the initiative also includes provisions for bee feed assistance. Applications for this phase of the initiative open during the first week of January. All producers are eligible for phase two, even if they did not participate in phase one. Producers who did not receive the initial payment of $94/head (based on cattle and bison) can apply for compensation of up to $200/head under the second phase. Producers who received the initial $94/head payment can apply for up to a maximum of $106/head for additional extraordinary costs. Learn more. On the latest AFSC podcast you can hear about some of the most common questions about phase two of the AgriRecovery initiative. Listen to the podcast

  3. ICYMI: The Canadian Agricultural Partnership programs has a series of programs in effect for the remainder of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which expires on March 31, 2023. Programs currently accepting applications can be found online including:
     Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives
     Efficient Grain Handling
     Emerging Opportunities
     Farm Technology
     Market Assurance- next market assurance program intake ends November 1
    Youth Agriculture Education

Additional Government & Industry News and Information

  1. Alberta’s government is partnering with the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and 10 irrigation districts to invest a total of nearly $933 million in irrigation infrastructure. Find out more.

  2. Numerous studies have demonstrated the economic and environmental benefits of extended grazing systems. Costs of production are reduced compared to more traditional winter feeding in confinement, along with benefits to the environment and agronomic performance due to improved soil fertility and forage yields. Learn More.

  3. The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) is in the process of updating the National Beef Sustainability Assessment(NBSA), expected for release in 2023. The NBSA provides farm to fork national sustainability performance metrics for the Canadian beef sector, from environmental, social and economic perspectives.The CRSB is looking for a minimum of 500 beef producers to participate in an online survey. This survey provides critical inputs to inform many of the NBSA performance metrics. The deadline to participate in the survey is January 7, 2022.  Take the survey

  4. Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life) is excited to relaunch the Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP) after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Read more

  5.  AgSafe Alberta is presenting In the Know, a virtual mental health literacy course. This course is designed to help you learn about mental health and illness, promote well-being in your life, how to recognize when someone is struggling, and how to respond. Find out more and find a course near you

  6. New Report from the School of Public Policy: A Primer on Carbon Tax Relief for Farmers.

  7. Amalgamation resolution passed at Alberta Barley Commission AGM

  8. Western Canadian producer cow-calf vaccination survey to optimize strategic vaccinations in beef cow-calf herds in western Canada. Participation is voluntary and responses will be kept confidential. Responses will be tabulated in a summary report of all cow/calf producer responses. This survey will remain open until December 31, 2021. Take the survey

Labour Resources:

  • Agriculture Job Connector:    
  • Chamber Agriculture Labour survey:  
  • Riipen has announced 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


Other 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. 

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