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Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: June 17th, 2022

Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: June 17th, 2022

Funding Updates:

   
1. AgriStability enrollment deadline: Earlier this spring the enrollment deadline for the 2022 program year for AgriStability was extended from April 30 to June 30, 2022. This extension allows farmers more time to sign up and take advantage of the support available under this program. Learn more

2. Apply for a Nuffield Scholarship: The Nuffield Canada Scholarship is a prestigious rural leadership program available to anyone mid-career who is involved in agriculture in any capacity of primary production, industry or governance. This $15,000 scholarship provides individuals with a unique opportunity to access the world’s most extensive network in food and farming, achieve personal development through travel and study, and deliver long-term benefits to Canadian farmers and growers, and to the industry as a whole. The application deadline is June 30. Read more and apply

3. RDAR to deliver federal funding program to help Alberta producers tackle climate change
Agriculture Canada recently announced up to $182.7 million to partner organizations to help farmers lower emissions and improve resiliency to climate change. RDAR, as a recipient organization will administer $33 million of the On-Farm Climate Action Fund to help producers tackle climate change in Alberta. 
Read the media release and learn more about RDAR's role

4. The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a federal loan guarantee program that offers low-interest cash advances to give you the flexibility to sell your crops and livestock when prices are most favourable for you. Applicants can receive advances of up to $1 million, with the Government of Canada paying the interest on the first $100,000. APP offers flexible repayment terms, including from 18 to 24 months to fully repay your advances as you sell your products.

5. The On-Farm Climate Action Fund is a $200 million initiative that will support producers in adopting beneficial management practices that reduce GHGs and store carbon. The Fund aims to reduce the barriers farmers face in adopting these practices, such as up-front implementation costs, associated risk management costs, minimal or delayed returns on investment and limited availability of information and agronomic services. Find out more.

6. 10,000$ Ag Pitch Competition: Dentons Canada LLP recently launched their 2nd annual AgTech Pitch Competition. The agribusiness industry is experiencing significant technological growth. The competition aims to bring exposure to Canada-based entrepreneurs who have a start-up (or a start-up idea), including pre-seed, seed, early, and growth stage. The product or service does not need to be in the agricultural sector but must have innovative technology, products or services applications that can be customized to benefit the agriculture industry (i.e., database technology and A.I. can be adapted to provide farmers with insights into how best to harvest their crops). The competition is open until June 30, 2022, and the winning start-up will receive a prize valued at CA$10,000, half in cash and half in-kind legal services from the Dentons Venture Beyond Start-up Package

7. Farm Credit Canada launches sustainability incentive program supporting beef sustainabilityFarm Credit Canada (FCC) has created a new offering to attract and recognize Canadian beef producers certified to sustainability standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). The FCC Sustainability Incentive Program will provide a payment to FCC customers who are CRSB Certified through CRSB’s certification bodies including Verified Beef Production Plus. Read more



Advocacy in Action: 

1. Supporting Alberta livestock producers: Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development Minister Nate Horner and Health Minister Jason Copping issued statements on new proposed Health Canada labelling requirements for ground beef and pork. Agriculture Minister Horner says Alberta livestock producer associations have requested an exemption from proposed federal labelling requirements for ground meats, similar to exemptions being offered for other nutritious, single-ingredient foods like milk, eggs, vegetables and other meats. Minister Horner says the province supports this exemption. Read more .

2. Canada, United States agree on protocol to guide the cross-border transit of animals in emergency situations: The policy makes it easier and faster to evacuate regulated animals, such as livestock, birds, pets and companion animals, across the border during emergencies such as flooding, forest fires, extreme weather conditions or disasters, or when routine transportation routes are impaired without feasible alternatives. Animals transiting through the other country during an emergency will be instructed when and where they will have to re-enter their country of origin.


Additional Government & Industry News and Information

1. The Canadian dollar and commodity prices: The effect on Canadian commodities of a stronger Canadian dollar is generally price negative, but not consistently across all commodities. Neil Blue, provincial crops market analyst with Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development, says currency analysis is complex. Many influences on exchange rates can affect those rates on any given day. Read the article

2. Pest management strategies: 
Wheat midge is an invasive and economically important insect pest of wheat and is listed as the top insect pest of concern by the Alberta Wheat Commission in its recently refreshed research priorities. Wheat producers across the province value research in genetic resistance of wheat to biotic stress, including work towards genetic resistance to the damage of orange blossom wheat midge. Wheat midge is a pest of economic importance, doing over $300 million per year in damage across the Prairies. Learn more about this RDAR-funded research project

3. Introduction to record keeping and benchmarking: Are you curious about which areas of your operation are excelling? Or which areas of your operation might need some work? Are you interested in record keeping but not sure where to start? Successful farm management begins with accurate and up to date records. The process of record keeping allows the farm manager to collect and save data so it can be analyzed and used to make better decisions and turn information into actions. Read more

4. Plant protein sprouting new roots in Alberta: PIP International, a Canadian-based agrifood company, is celebrating the opening of a new $20-million pea-processing pilot facility in Lethbridge. In partnership with the federal government, the province awarded PIP $1 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support engineering and the purchase of processing equipment for the pilot facility. The facility, which was previously a mid-sized craft brewery, was converted into a fully commercialized pea processing and testing centre. Read more


Labour and Training Resources:

1. 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

2. Carrying capacity calculator

Carrying capacity, also known as grazing capacity, is the amount of forage available for grazing animals in a specific pasture or field. Understanding how much forage is available is a key principle of pasture management in order to balance the available forage supply with livestock demand.

Carrying capacity can be calculated using a variety of techniques and is somewhat based on trial and error. Carrying capacity can be monitored and adjusted over time to determine the long-term average.

Learn more


3. How to spot an online phishing scam and avoid getting hooked

Online scams remain a common problem across Canada, and farmers aren’t immune.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Canadians lost over $40 million to online scams in 2020, and phishing continues to be used in most cases.

Learn more


Events

1.  Nominations open for 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

2. WheatStalk returns for 2022: The Alberta Wheat Commission is hosting two days of agronomic education where producers can learn about agronomic research from experts and walk through various trial plots. Growers will learn helpful information to implement on their farms, including 4R stewardship and variety management strategies.

Register for the June 28 event in Lethbridge

Register for the August 4 event in Sturgeon County


Other Resources:


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