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Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: March 15th, 2022

Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: March 15th, 2022

Agriculture Updates since January 31, 2022

Funding Updates:

 1. AgriRecovery phase one statements of benefits are ready for phase one (initial payment) of the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance initiative are now available. Producers who applied online can view, print or download their statement through AFSC Connect, while producers who applied via a  paper/downloadable application will receive a paper statement by mail. Read more

2. Tax credit for the 2021 tax year for canola farmers: Canola growers in Alberta who do not request a refund of their check off from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission qualify for a tax credit for the 2021 tax year. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit allows canola growers to claim the tax credit for that portion of the check off paid that was used to fund qualifying research. Read more

3. Cash advance program from the Canadian Canola Growers Association can help producers manager the farm's cash flow throughout the year. CCGA recently released its 2022 APP cash advance application and invites farmers to complete their application during the early application phase, which runs from now until March 31, 2022. https://www.ccga.ca/

4. 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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Minister Bibeau launches a new support program for processors of Canada’s supply-managed commodities. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, along with Francis Drouin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the launch of the Supply Management Processing Investment Fund, worth $292.5 million, to help processors of supply-managed commodities increase their competitiveness and resilience in the face of evolving markets. The Supply Management Processing Investment Fund is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support processors in these sectors to address the impacts of international trade agreements.


Advocacy in Action: 

Canadian Grain Commission looking for farmer input

The Canadian Grain Commission is looking for farmer input on proposed changes to its Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage grain grading dispute resolution.

 Learn more about the proposed changes and submit your input

This is something that the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has advocated for since 2018 and our policy can be viewed in our policy wins (page 89 of the linked PDF).

Minister launches second intake of members for Canadian Agricultural Youth Council: The application deadline is March 22, 2022.


Additional Government & Industry News and Information

1. Budget 2022: Investing in Agriculture: As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, the province has a target to attract $1.4 billion in investment, creating more than 2,000 jobs in emerging sectors like hemp, agtech and value-added processing by 2023-24. Budget 2022 also provides Results Driven Agriculture Research $37 million annually to support producer-driven research to power the competitiveness, profitability, productivity and sustainability of the agriculture industry. To address the emerging shortage of large animal veterinarians in rural Alberta, $59 million over the next three years will go toward expanding the veterinary school at the University of Calgary. Find out more.

2. State of the Agri-Food Industry 2021: If you have ever looked for key metrics of the agricultural sectors, wanted details on Alberta’s food processing industries, or wondered how farmers managed the 2021 drought, these bite-sized issues of Explained in brief from this year’s "State of the Industry 2021” are for you. The state of agriculture industries is an annual project of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. It synthesizes data and information from internal and public sources, and provides strategic insight into both the challenges and opportunities facing the agri-food sectors in the province. In various issues we provide main findings of 2021. This first issue summarizes main metrics of the agriculture primary and processing sectors. Want even more data: Statistics Canada conducts the Census of Agriculture to develop a statistical portrait of Canada's farms and its agricultural operators.

3. The Farm Management Survey is available as of January 31. This survey happens every five years, and collects data on current farming practices and the environmental impacts of agriculture. The results of this survey will be used by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to inform decisions on current programs and policies, as well as the development of new agricultural programs. If you’re selected, you’ll be provided with your own unique number to access the survey, and directed to an electronic questionnaire. If you haven’t completed the survey within two weeks, you’ll receive reminder calls from Statistics Canada and will have the option to complete the survey over the phone. The survey will run from January 31 to March 21, 2022. If you’re contacted by Statistics Canada and asked to complete the Farm Management Survey, know that your participation is important.

4. 2022 Cropping Alternatives budget is now available. Cropping Alternatives crop budgets are soil zone specific and cover a variety of dryland and irrigation crops. Estimated costs for the 2022 growing season are included, but they can be modified to better represent production, prices and costs specific to a farming operation. The updated budgets are designed to assist grain, oilseed and pulse crop producers make better crop planning decisions by using information from their own farms and soil type.

5. 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.


Labour and Training Resources:

1. Young Leaders Mentorship Program: Take advantage of mentorship and career building opportunities in the Canadian beef industry through the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program.
Applications for the CYL Program have officially launched and are open until March 31, 2022.  Find out more and apply

2. Agriculture Job Connector: https://www.alberta.ca/agriculture-job-connector.aspx

3. Chamber Agriculture Labour survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019AgribusinessLabour

4. Riipen has announced Rural Rootsa 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

5. Information available on livestock and crop markets for March, alongside updates to the soil moisture in Alberta.


Events

1. Happening Today! Alberta Farm Animal Care is hosting the annual Livestock Care Conference virtually from March 15 to March 17, 2022.

2. Regenerative Agriculture – What are the Impacts?: March 22, 2022

3. Successful Regenerative Farms: April 19, 2022

4. Animal emergency response workshop series

5. BCRC Webinar Series: to March 2022

6. Alberta Beef Industry Conference scheduled for June 14-15 in Red Deer. The Alberta Beef Industry Conference is one of Canada’s largest beef convention and tradeshows, hosted by five of the most influential  beef industry organizations in the province; Alberta Beef Producers, Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, Alberta Auction Markets Association, Alberta Livestock Dealers and Order Buyers Association, and the Western Stock Growers Association.  These organizations recognize the importance of coming together to address issues and concerns of regional, national and international scope.

7. Registration is now open for farms and ranches to be part of the next edition of Open Farm Days. The weekend showcases Alberta’s agriculture industry and growing the agri-tourism sector. Host farms open their gates to share their agricultural experiences with their urban neighbours and to help them understand where their food comes from.

8. Nominations are open for the 2022 Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. Every two years, Alberta’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes up to three individuals whose outstanding leadership, innovation and business practices have advanced Alberta’s agriculture and food industry. Nomination forms and a list of past inductees are available on the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame webpage. Nominations close on May 6. Read more 

9. Canadian Agricultural Safety Week: Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW) is an annual campaign held the third week of March of each year. Your Farm, Your Family, Your Success is a three-year campaign celebrating farm safety across Canada. In 2022, the aim of the campaign is to inspire farmers, farm families, and farming communities to value #FarmSafetyEveryday


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