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Jun 27

Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off Program refund deadline approaching

Posted on Jun 27 By: Alberta Barley

(Calgary, Alberta) June 27, 2016—Alberta Barley is reminding farmers in Western Canada of the upcoming July 31 deadline for Western Wheat and Barley Check-Off (WWBC) Program refund applications. The five-year transitional Wheat and Barley Check-Off was established on August 1, 2012 via regulations under the Canadian Grain Act, and is administered by Alberta Barley. The

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Jun 17

Alberta Barley applauds government investment in agri-food industry

Posted on Jun 17 By: Trevor Bacque

(Calgary, Alberta) June 17, 2016 – Alberta Barley is applauding the provincial government’s $10-million capital investment into the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator and Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) in Leduc. “With an investment like this it’s clear that agri-food processing in Alberta is both a top priority of the government and a driver of industry,” said

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Jun 16

Making the Grade returns for a second year

Posted on Jun 16 By: Trevor Bacque

(Calgary, Alberta) June 16, 2016 – Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) once again invite producers to a grading workshop following last year’s successful event. This year’s Making the Grade workshop will take place July 26 at Lakeland College in Vermilion and will include sessions

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Jun 13

AgCoalition to host meetings across Alberta aimed at strengthening the producer voice during the Government of Alberta’s Farm Safety consultation sessions

Posted on Jun 13 By: AgCoalition

(Calgary, Alberta) June 13, 2016 – The AgCoalition will host three meetings across Alberta this month to engage farmers, ranchers and their employees on farm and ranch safety-related subject matter. The meetings are intended to gather input and strengthen the producer voice in preparation for the Government of Alberta’s consultation sessions. The AgCoalition’s producer representation,

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Jun 2

Alberta’s Crop Commissions hire Ipsos Reid to survey farms’ sustainability practices

Posted on Jun 2 By: Farmer Sustainability Extension Working Group

Alberta’s four major crop commissions are addressing a growing need for the grain sector to meet high sustainability standards needed to maintain and expand international market competitiveness. The crop commissions contracted Ipsos Reid to conduct a phone survey of Alberta growers in late June to gain a better understanding of farmers’ readiness to benefit from

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May 27

Scientific suds come to Lethbridge

Posted on May 27 By: Ellen Cottee

With the Alberta craft beer business booming, it was only a matter of time before breweries began popping up in the most unlikely of places. Lethbridge, AB, has not been home to a brewery since the closing of a Molson-owned location in 1990. Twenty-six years later, two Lethbridge beer geeks decided to turn a theoretical

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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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