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Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: May 12th, 2022

Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: May 12th, 2022

Agriculture Updates since April 15th, 2022

Funding Updates:

 1. AgriStability Deadlines Extended: The AgriStability enrollment deadline for the 2022 program year has been 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 the program. This step, agreed to by federal, provincial, and territorial governments, will enable the program to help more farmers manage the impact of challenges facing many farm operations, such as production loss, disease outbreak, increased costs and changing market conditions. Read more

2. Cash rate or crop sharing rental agreements? High demand for farmland and limited opportunities to acquire land has led to an average increase in farmland values of 8.3% in 2021. Farm Credit Canada says renting farmland can be a more affordable option to scale up farming operations. The robust market farmland makes it critical to understand the drivers of affordability of farmland ownership and the profitability of different rental. Read more

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.


Advocacy in Action: 

Expanding Access to Veterinary Services

On May 10th the Government of Alberta announced the expansion of seats for veterinary medicine with an investment of $8.4 million over three years. We are pleased to see more seats in the program and recognize the advocacy work done by many organizations and individuals, including Chambers across the province. Our Chamber highlighted our local concerns about the shortage in meetings with Minister Shandro, Minister Toews and Minister Horner earlier this year. We are pleased with the progress being made to increase the support for this industry, demonstrating what can be achieved when everyone comes together with a unified voice and purpose to address needs within our province.



Additional Government & Industry News and Information


1. Managing Fatigue on the Farm: Farming is often a non-stop job and certain times of the year, particularly spring and late summer/early fall, can be even busier. These seasons often involve long hours, physically and mentally demanding work, and looming stress – all of which are risk factors for fatigue. Read more

2. 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.

3. CAP Feedback Opportunity: Help shape the Next Policy Framework set to replace the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in April 2023. Representatives of Alberta's agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sector are being consulted during May and June 2022 to gauge their understanding of the five priority areas identified in the Guelph Statement. To fill out the survey, click here and have your say.
The survey closes June 6, 2022.

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. First Crop Reports of Season Released: Spring moisture accumulations have been variable throughout the province. The moisture conditions are reflected in the planting progress. Provincially, 12% of the spring crop is in the ground, two points ahead of the previous 5-year average. Read more



Labour and Training Resources:

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

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

3. 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


Events

1. Biochar, Compost and Agroforestry, virtual - May 4

2. Honey Bee Pests and Diseases Course, Edmonton - May 14

3. OneCup AI & BETSY, virtual - May 17

5.  From Fields to Files: How AI & machine learning is changing everything, virtual - May 26

5. Grey Wooded Forage Association Mini Conference and AGM, Red Deer - June 9

7. Southern Alberta Beekeepers Field Day, Lethbridge - June 16

8. Farming Smarter Field School - June 23

9. 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.

10. 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.


Other Resources:


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