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Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: September 27

Building A Unified Voice for Agriculture: Agriculture Updates, Supports and News: September 27

Agriculture Updates since August 4, 2021

Advocacy in Action: Have your Say

Submit your thoughts to the Coal Policy Committee: The committee is working to gather the various thoughts on coal development and use them to help inform the province’s long-term approach and to hear from all Albertans and reflect their views in their report and recommendations. Albertans can participate by email, energy.coalpolicy@gov.ab.ca or by mail:
Coal Policy Committee
300, 801 - 6th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3W2
If Albertans have written or commissioned a technical or fact-based document on a topic relevant to Alberta’s coal policy, submissions remain open. For submission criteria, and to learn more about the committee’s activities, please visit: your.alberta.ca/coal-policy-committee.


Funding Updates:

  1. Government of Canada increased total AgriRecovery funding to up to $500 million to support farmers facing extreme weather. In addition, Alberta Environment and Parks has approved several temporary changes to grazing and water regulations to open new sources of feed for livestock. Find out more.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 4-H Canada and Farm Credit Canada are providing a new year of the FCC 4-H Club Fund for 2021-2022. These funds are available to all 4-H clubs, districts and regions across Canada.The application deadline is October 31, 2021.  Find out more and apply

Additional Government & Industry News and Information

  1.  Alberta declared a state of public health emergency on September 15, 2021. New temporary measures to reduce transmission and protect the health care system came into effect September 16, 2021. This webpage has all the updates and the current situation in the province, along with public health actions.

  2. AFSC notes producers may have questions about such things as the Harvested Production Report, payment by declaration, post-harvest advance, quality concerns and abandoned acres. You can find out more about things to know this harvest season.

  3. Developing grazing agreements - the Canadian Cattlemen's Association has released a document to help farmers and ranchers develop grazing agreements. Read more. Grazing agreements

  4. ABP delegate nominations are open with three two-year term positions available in all five zones. Interested producers should review the ABP Delegate Responsibilities and complete the 2022 Delegate Nomination Form by midnight on September 30, 2021.

  5. Alberta Pulse Growers is seeking advisors in all zones. Adviors lead extension activities specific to each of APG's 5 zones. Directors on APG's provincial board often serve as advisors first. The nomination deadline is November 1, 2021

  6. Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley Commissions is looking for directors. The nomination deadline for both commissions is October 29, 2021.

  7.  The Alberta Canola Producers Commission is seeking 4 canola growers to serve as directors on the board of directors for a 3-year term. Nominations must be filed on or before October 29, 2021.

  8. AgSafe Alberta is looking for partners to deliver up to 30 "In the Know" workshops to rural Alberta locations or through virtual delivery. If you would like to see our local Chamber get involved, let us know and we would be happy to look into the partnership if it is of interest to our members. Find out more.

  9. Alberta Equine Economic Impact Study: The Alberta Equestrian Federation is looking for feedback and insight into the economic impact of the equine community. The survey is open until Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Take the survey

  10.  Alberta Farm Mental Health Network Survey: The project will identify gaps in resources and services, encourage collaborations and make recommendations for ongoing support.Read more; Take the survey

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