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May 5

FAO warns landowners about selling surface leases

Posted on May 5 By: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) has received reports that enterprises that are offering to buy surface leases from landowners. As an increasing number of operators face insolvency or other financial restraints, selling surface leases is apparently being promoted as a means of eliminating a perceived risk of landowners not receiving their annual compensation. Concrete details

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May 2

Farm Sustainability Extension Working Group hires extension coordinator to boost on-farm sustainability awareness

Posted on May 2 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) May 2, 2016 –The Farm Sustainability Extension Working Group (FSEWG) is pleased to announce that Jolene Noble of Manning, Alberta, has been hired as an Extension Coordinator to develop, coordinate, and implement an extension program to increase Alberta producers’ awareness of on-farm sustainability. Organized by the FSEWG with funding support from Alberta Agriculture

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Apr 25

Extension of Bill C-30 Provisions is good news for Canada’s grain and oilseed farmers

Posted on Apr 25 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) April 25, 2016 – Alberta’s crop commissions are pleased to learn that the Federal Government has signaled its intension to extend measures within the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act that have helped improve railway accountability and competition. The postponement of the August 1, 2016 repeal of these measures aligns with recommendations made

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Apr 20

Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

Posted on Apr 20 By: Alberta Barley

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has introduced a new initiative this year. The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative supports employers who wish to hire youth to undertake environmentally beneficial activities on their farm; or employers who employ youth in the agriculture sector to undertake environmentally beneficial activities. AAFC will be accepting applications as of April 25th,

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Apr 19

Alberta Crop Commissions, Grain Growers of Canada meet with elected officials as part of Team Alberta lobby mission

Posted on Apr 19 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) April 19, 2016 – The Alberta crop commissions, along with our colleagues at the Grain Growers of Canada spent last week on parliament hill to meet with top decision makers from Canada’s major political parties and discuss priorities for Alberta grain producers. Key priorities of the Team Alberta delegation included grain transportation reform,

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Apr 18

Aleberta: Our Beer History is free on TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand and Youtube

Posted on Apr 18 By: Dead West Productions

130 Years of Brewing History in Alberta is now available to the world. Dead West Productions is pleased to announce the world wide release of Aleberta: Our Beer History. Made possible by a production grant from TELUS Optik Local, Aleberta: Our Beer History  is a threepart documentary that explores an industry shaped by government policy and passionate

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Mar 30

Alberta Barley’s AGM an opportunity to reflect and plan for the future

Posted on Mar 30 By: Ellen Cottee

Buoyed by a successful 2015 harvest, Alberta’s barley industry looks to continue the momentum into 2016. However, before taking on the new year, farmers and industry alike had the opportunity to learn about exciting opportunities and the increased potential for the world’s oldest cereal grain at Alberta Barley’s annual general meeting. Hosted at the Banff

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Mar 24

2016 Census of Agriculture is on the horizon

Posted on Mar 24 By: Statistics Canada

The Census of Agriculture is now on the horizon. In early May, you will receive a letter with easy to follow instructions on how to complete your questionnaire. Census of Agriculture data are the definitive source of community-level data. By drawing on these data, decision-makers will be assured that they are acting in the interest

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Mar 10

AgCoalition formalizes plans for a producer-led structure to engage the agriculture community on Bill 6

Posted on Mar 10 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) March 10, 2016 – The AgCoalition is pleased to announce that they have formed an Industry Leadership Advisory Committee (ILAC); a producer-led group that will guide AgCoalition initiatives from engaging with farmer and rancher peers to representing their interests in the consultation phase of Bill 6. The ILAC builds on the positive momentum

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Mar 8

Quality over quantity

Posted on Mar 8 By: Sydney Duhaime

If one word could sum up the 2015 growing season, it would be “unpredictable.” For farmers across Western Canada, 2015’s unco-operative weather made for a suspenseful crop year—one that left many worried that their crop might not make it to harvest, especially in the case of malt barley. While it is normally a rewarding crop

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