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Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: October 30, 2021

Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: October 30, 2021

Agriculture Updates since September 27

Advocacy in Action: 

We were pleased to have our policy "Supporting Farms of the Future" adopted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce at our recent national conference held October 27 and 28. What does this mean for us? It means we now have the strength and leverage of the Canadian Chamber national network behind our policy and recommendations and they will be able to assist us in moving these recommendations forward to the federal Government. If you are interested in finding out more about our policy priorities visit us online: https://www.medicinehatchamber.com/our-voice/. You can also check out our updated Agribusiness resource page here: https://www.medicinehatchamber.com/agribusiness-resources/


Funding Updates:

  1. 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative: Alberta ranchers can now apply for up to $200 per head. Producers can apply for an initial AgriRecovery payment through the 2021 Canada-Alberta Livestock Feed Assistance Initiative to help cover feed and water access costs for breeding female livestock across the province. Find out more. The deadline for submitting completed application forms (including all support documents) for the initial payment is October 31, 2021.

  2. FarmCash started accepting applications for post-harvest, fall livestock and actual honey production advances. With FarmCash, producers can apply for up to $1 million and receive the first $100,000 interest-free and the remainder at an ultra-low interest rate. Find out more and apply

  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
     Water
     Youth Agriculture Education

  4. Livestock Tax Deferral Provision allows farmers who sell part of their breeding herd due to drought or flooding in prescribed drought or flood regions to defer a portion of sale proceeds to the following year. To defer income, the breeding herd must have been reduced by at least 15%. See the designated regions.

  5. The Water Pumping program provides assistance to producers for a nominal fee, whereby a producer or group of producers can rent pipe and pumping equipment from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to fill dugouts or other suitable catch basins from nearby water sources. Learn more about the program.

  6. Agricultural Clean Technology Program(Solar) is designed to create an environment that encourages the development and adoption of clean technology. Find out how to apply.

  7. Energy savings for business is available for all business and non-profits serviced by an Alberta electric utility, except for residences, new construction projects, municipally, federal and provincially owned buildings, publicly funded institutions and Large Emitters —as defined under Alberta’s TIER regulation. Find out about the wide range of cost-effective high efficiency products and onsite energy generation technologies that are eligible for incentives through this program.

Additional Government & Industry News and Information

  1. The Guardians of the Grasslands has now launched a program for use in the Classroom, a suite of educational resources and tools created by Ag in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) to complement the 12-minute documentary. These include viewing and reflection questions, an online scavenger hunt, and a student-developed board game. It also connects to further readings exploring the key topics of biodiversity, soil health, climate change, and land management.

    “Guardians of the Grasslands in the Classroom is a curriculum-linked, purpose-driven opportunity for teachers and students to learn about and reflect on the endangered grasslands ecosystem in a way that fosters critical thinking and creativity,” said Melissa Galay, Education Specialist with AITC-C.

    Guardians of the Grasslands in the Classroom is targeted at Grades 7 to 11 students across Canada, and is available for free download on AITC-C’s Curriculum Connected Resource Matrix.

  2. Requirements for confined feeding operations: Know your AOPA permit conditions. What’s in your permit? The terms and conditions are a key part of any permit under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act(AOPA) and it’s important that owners and operators of confined feeding operations (CFOs) are familiar with them.Terms and conditions can include such requirements as the maximum number of permitted animals, construction specifications, and manure spreading requirements, to name a few. For some grandfathered CFOs, municipal permits may also contain conditions. For permits issued by the NRCB, permit conditions can be found in your permit, with explanations in the decision summary document. Both permit and decision summary are included in the binder you received when the NRCB issued the decision on your permit application.
    It is your responsibility as the owner of a CFO to adhere to conditions detailed in your permit. Failure to do so can result in enforcement action by the NRCB.  For more information, or to confirm the conditions of your AOPA permit, please contact an NRCB approval officer or inspector at your regional NRCB field office.

  3.  Alberta’s final Crop Report of the 2021 growing season indicated significantly lower yields – about 37 per cent below the five-year averages. Read the release.

  4. Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has invested $640,000 in a collaborative research project with the Canadian Beef Improvement Network (CBIN) to springboard the development of a unified, standardized, and producer-accessible beef cattle genetics data platform. Read more.

  5. What pesticide applicator credits do you need in 2022? Take this 2 question survey from Farming Smarter.

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