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JUNE AGRI-BUSINESS NEWS

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PULSE CROP UPDATE


In about 2 weeks time, an extended deadline in India, when it comes to our pulse crops, will be ending.

For more than 10 years, India has allowed Canada to treat pulse shipments for pests after shipping, rather than before, But earlier this year, India said it wanted to end that practice, and have Canada fumigate the crops before shipment.

The problem is, the pesticide of choice isn't very effective in our cooler climate, and the chemical is being phased out in Canada because of its impact on the ozone layer.

Gordon Bacon of Pulse Canada SAYS the industry was certainly concerned about this potential snag in trade with one of our biggest customers, when it comes to Canadian pulse crops

Bacon says nothing new AS meetings continue, letters between ministers continue and a technical mission is planned to India as early as next week (WEEK OF JUNE 19TH).

Gordon SAYS the stakes are high AND Canada shipped more than a billion dollars worth peas and lentils to India in 2015.

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DAIRY FIRE

Fire has heavily damaged a dairy operation in Kamloops, B-C, that processes milk from farmers across the North Thompson and Shuswap Okanagan.

Fire officials say the main production facility at Blackwell Dairy was destroyed in the late-night blaze.

Kamloops Fire and Rescue Captain Jeff Bell says crews were met by towering flames, heavy smoke and small explosions of gas tanks or tires as they arrived at the facility in Barnhartvale on Kamloops' east side.

No one was injured and no livestock were lost. A cause of the fire has not been determined and Bell says an investigation is continuing.

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WHOLE FOODS BUYOUT

There's a huge buyout in the works in the food industry. Amazon, the e-commerce giant says it plans to purshase Whole Foods for about 14 billion dollars.

The deal will have to be approved by shareholders.

If it happens, Whole foods co-founder John Mackey will stay on as the CEO.

He said in a statement the partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Food's shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers.

Whole Foods cancelled plans earlier this year, to expand into Calgary and Edmonton.

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FARM TECHNOLOGY

Visitors from 50 countries will be in Regina next week (WEEK OF JUNE 19TH) to see the latest in farm technology as the Canada Farm Progress Show celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Manager Shirley Janeczko expects over 40-thousand to attend the three-day show.

She says Wednesday's theme is women in agriculture, On Thursday, it's young farmer day, and on Friday next week, heritage day to celebrate the past and the future.

Janeczko adds there are educational forums as well that will tackle topics from grain trading to succession planning.

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CN CHANGES


The General manager with CN in Alberta says the rail company is making changes to better respond to the needs of grain producers on the prairies.

James Thompson says its been a joint effort between the railways and grain suppliers and is something they're always fine tuning.

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CHICKEN CRUELTY
 
A CHICKEN-CATCHING COMPANY AT THE CENTRE OF AN ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATION IN B.C. SAYS IT WILL REQUIRE STAFF TO WEAR BODY CAMERAS AFTER AN ANIMAL ADVOCACY GROUP RELEASED VIDEO OF ALLEGED ABUSE.

DWAYNE DUECK, PRESIDENT OF ELITE SERVICES IN CHILLIWACK, SAYS IT WILL BE MANDATORY FOR ONE SUPERVISOR AND TWO STAFF MEMBERS IN EACH BARN TO WEAR CAMERAS ON THEIR VESTS, AND THE VIDEO WILL BE REVIEWED AT THE END OF EACH DAY.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFTER THE S-P-C-A LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF UNDERCOVER VIDEO BY MERCY FOR ANIMALS THAT SHOWS WORKERS ALLEGEDLY HITTING, KICKING AND THROWING CHICKENS.

A STATEMENT FROM ELITE SERVICES SAYS SIX STAFF MEMBERS HAVE NOW BEEN FIRED.

ONE OF CANADA'S FOREMOST EXPERTS ON POULTRY WELFARE, DR. IAN DUNCAN SAYS THE UNDERCOVER VIDEO WAS HORRIFYING TO WATCH.

ONE OF THE FIRED EMPLOYEES, A SUPERVISOR CLAIMS HE TOLD MANAGEMENT ABOUT THE ONGOING ABUSE INSIDE THE BARNS, ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

GROCERY GIANT LOBLAWS SAYS IT IS INVESTIGATING AFTER A SUPPLIER IN B-C'S FRASER VALLEY WAS ACCUSED OF ANIMAL ABUSE.

LOBLAWS SAYS IN A STATEMENT THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND ANIMAL WELFARE EXPERTS TO ENSURE STANDARDS AND CODES OF PRACTICE ARE UPHELD.
 
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DAIRY UPDATE

 
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS MAKING IT CLEAR, THAT CANADA'S DAIRY INDUSTRY IS IN THE CROSSHAIRS, WHEN TALKS ON RENEGOTIATING NAFTA BEGIN, SOMETIME AROUND THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST.
 
USDA SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE SAYS THE ISSUE CAME UP DURING RECENT MEETINGS HE HAD WITH OUR FEDERAL AG MINISTER LAWRENCE MCAULAY IN TORONTO.

U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP WENT ON THE ATTACK DURING A RALLY IN WISCONSIN ABOUT A MONTH AGO, DEMANDING ANSWERS FROM CANADA.

ON WEDNESDAY DURING QUESTION PERIOD ON PARLIAMENT HILL, NEW DEMOCRAT MP TRACEY RAMSAY DEMANDED ASSURANCES FROM THE PRIME MINISTER, THAT THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL DEFEND THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT, WHEN NAFTA TALKS BEGIN.
 
WHILE THE U.S. LOOKS TO TINKER WITH THE 23 YEAR OLD NAFTA, SOME PRODUCER GROUPS SOUTH OF THE BORDER ARE TELLING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, TO LEAVE IT ALONE.
 
TALKS BETWEEN CANADA, THE U.S. AND MEXICO ARE SLATED TO BEGIN SOMETIME AROUND THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST.
 
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LACOMBE URBAN CHICKEN PROGRAM
 
LACOMBE IS TAKING THE ADVICE OF ITS ADMINISTRATION AND EXTENDING THE EXPIRATION OF LICENCES FOR THE URBAN CHICKEN PROGRAM.
 
10 WERE ISSUED FROM JULY OF LAST YEAR TO THIS MONTH, ALLOWING LACOMBE RESIDENTS TO HAVE UP TO FOUR HENS IN THEIR BACKYARD.
 
THE PROGRAM IS BEING EXTENDED TO END OF 2018.
 
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NAFTA UPDATE

 
AS NAFTA TALKS APPROACH, SOMETIME IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS WITH THE US, IT APPEARS THE BATTLE OVER DIAFILTERED MILK COULD BE FRONT AND CENTRE ALONG WITH SUPPLY MANAGEMENT.
 
THE CANADIAN DAIRY INDUSTRY ARGUES THAT RECENT RULE CHANGES, MAKING DIAFILTERED MILK FROM THE US LESS APPEALING, PRICE WISE, IS A DOMESTIC ISSUE.
 
THE INDUSTRY IS ALSO CONFIDENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT DIARY PRODUCERS IN THIS COUNTRY.
 
THEY SAY THE ISSUE ONLY POINTS TO THE NEED FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AND EVEN SOME DAIRY PRODUCERS IN PLACES LIKE WISCONSIN AGREE WITH THAT, CITING EXCESSIVE MILK PRODUCTION IN THE U.S., WHICH ISN'T CONTROLLED BY SUPPLY MANAGEMENT.

THE ISSUE CAME UP IN A RECENT MEETING BETWEEN THE USDA SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE AND OUR FEDERAL AG MINISTER LAWRENCE MACAULAY.

PERDUE POINTS TO OUR TRADE ON WHEAT AS A FACTOR AND THE FACT THAT WHEAT COMING FROM THE U.S. IS AUTOMATICALLY GIVEN A LOWER GRADE, SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH HIM EITHER.

NO DOUBT A FEW OTHERS WILL HIGHLIGHT NAFTA TALKS WITH THE U.S., WHEN THEY BEGIN, LIKELY SOMETIME AROUND THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST.
 
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ANIMAL ABUSE UPDATE
 
GROCERY GIANT LOBLAWS SAYS IT IS INVESTIGATING AFTER A SUPPLIER IN B-C'S FRASER VALLEY WAS ACCUSED OF ANIMAL ABUSE.

ELITE SERVICES OF CHILLIWACK, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CATCHING CHICKENS AT FARMS, SAYS IT HAS FIRED FIVE EMPLOYEES INCLUDING A SUPERVISOR AFTER AN ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP RELEASED VIDEO OF ALLEGED ABUSE.

THE S-P-C-A IN BRITISH COLUMBIA HAS LAUNCHED A FORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE ALLEGED ABUSES CAPTURED ON VIDEO BY A WHISTLEBLOWER.

LINDSAY WOLF, VICE-PRESIDENT OF INVESTIGATIONS WITH THE GROUP MERCY FOR ANIMALS, SAYS THE BIRDS WERE SLAUGHTERED AT A PLANT IN PORT COQUITLAM, THEN SHIPPED TO LOBLAWS AND LOBLAWS-OWNED STORES.

LOBLAWS SAYS IN A STATEMENT THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND ANIMAL WELFARE EXPERTS TO ENSURE STANDARDS AND CODES OF PRACTICE ARE UPHELD.

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UNHARVESTED ALBERTA CROPS

CEREAL CROPS THAT STAYED IN THE FIELDS AROUND ALBERTA OVER THE WINTER ARE GRADUALLY BEING DEALT WITH.
 
BECAUSE OF THE QUALITY OF THAT GRAIN, AFSC IS INTRODUCING A TEMPORARY SALVAGE GRADE FACTOR TO DEAL WITH IT.
 
A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CORPORATION SAYS CLIENTS WHO SOLD GRAIN AT A LOWER PRICE THAN THE GRADE FACTORS REFLECT, CAN SUBMIT THE SALES RECEIPT FOR CONSIDERATION.
 
THE CORPORATION WAS PUT ON THE HOT SEAT EARLIER THIS SPRING, FOR NOT MOVING QUICKLY ENOUGH TO ASSESS THE LEFTOVER CROPS.
 
PROVINCIAL AG MINISTER ONEIL COLLIER ORDERED AFSC TO STREAMLINE ITS INPSECTION PROCESS AND IN AN INTERVIEW I DID WITH HIM RECENTLY, FELT STAFF HAD RESPONDED WELL TO THE SITUATION.
 
MORE THAN A MILLION ACRES OF CROP IN ALBERTA COULDN'T BE HARVESTED LAST FALL, BECAUSE OF WET CONDITIONS. ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT WAS LEFT IN THE FIELD NEXT DOOR IN SASKATCHEWAN.

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MANITOBA HOG PRODUCERS
 
AS MORE THAN A DOZEN HOG PRODUCERS IN MANITOBA DEAL WITH A NEW OUTBREAK OF PED, ANOTHER FARMER THERE IS GRAPPLING WITH THE LOSS OF 3500 HOGS BECAUSE OF A FIRE.
 
THE BLAZE LATE LAST WEEK, HAPPENED ON A FARM NEAR BOTHWELL. FIRE CREWS ARRIVED, BUT THE COMPLEX WAS A TOTAL LOSS.
 
THERE ARE CURRENTLY ABOUT 9000 PIGS ON THE FARM, AND THE OWNER SAYS SOME HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH PED IN RECENT DAYS, ADDING ANOTHER LAYER OF DIFFICULTY TO REBUILDING.

THE PROVINCE OF MANITOBA CONTINUES TO DEAL WITH A DOZEN NEW CASES OF PED IN THE PAST 6 WEEKS. THERE HAVE NOW BEEN 23 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE FATAL PIGLET DISEASE SINCE THE ILLNESS FIRST APPEARED IN THE PROVINCE BACK IN 2014.
 
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DIFFICULT SPRING FOR FARMERS
 
AFTER FACING SOME OF THE MOST DIFFICULT SPRING CONDITIONS IN RECENT MEMORY, MOST AREAS OF THE PROVINCE HAVE NOW BEEN SEEDED.
 
THE LATEST CROP REPORT FROM ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SUGGESTING ABOUT 91 PERCENT OF CROPS HAVE NOW BEEN SEEDED...THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE IS 99 PERCENT., BUT THINGS ARE CERTAINLY BEHIND SCHEDULE.
 
WE'RE ALMOST TO THE MIDDLE OF JUNE, AND SOME CROPS IN THE CAPITAL REGION ARE JUST STARTING TO EMERGE.
 
THERE'S WORD THAT HEAVY RAIN AROUND LLOYDMINSTER ON THE WEEKEND, HAMPERED EFFORTS BY PRODUCERS THERE TO FINISH THEIR SEEDING OPERATIONS THIS SPRING.
 
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HANTA VIRUS WARNING
 
ALBERTA HEALTH IS ASKING PRODUCERS AND ALBERTANS IN GENERAL TO TAKE A FEW SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM HANTA VIRUS.
 
IT'S A POTENTIALLY FATAL ILLNESS THAT'S CAUSED WHEN HUMANS INHALE PARTICLES OF URINE OR FECES FROM AN INFECTED RODEN, LIKE A MOUSE.
 
THERE HAVE BEEN ABOUT A DOZEN CASES OF HANTA VIRUS IN ALBERTA OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, AND ONE OF THOSE WAS FATAL.
 
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FUNDING TO REDUCE GAS EMISSIONS

 
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS CONTRIBUTING ALMOST 3 MILLION DOLLARS FOR TWO MCGILL UNIVERSITY PROJECTS AIMED AT REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS CAUSED BY WATER AND FERTILIZER USE IN AGRICULTURE.
 
THE PROJECTS WILL HELP THE UNIVERSITY DEVELOP POLICIES AND NEW PRACTICES FOR WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS AND IMPACT ON SOILS OF USING MUNICIPAL BIOSOLIDS AS FERTILIZERS IN THREE DIFFERENT CLIMATE ZONES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

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CHILLING ANIMAL ABUSE

 
IT'S BEING CALLED A SICKENING CASE OF ALLEGED ANIMAL ABUSE AT A FARM LABOUR COMPANY IN CHILLIWACK. IN DISBURBING UNDERCOVER VIDEO, WORKERS ARE SEEN THROWING, HITTING, DISMEMBERING AND KILLING CHICKENS.
 
THE WORKERS WERE HIRED TO ROUND UP THE BIRDS FOR TRANSPORT TO A SLAUGHTER PLANT IN PORT COQUITLAM OWNED BY LILYDALE. THE FOLKS AT THE SPCA WHO'VE SEEN THE VIDEO SAY ITS SOME OF THE MOST DISTURBING TORTURE THEY'VE EVER SEEN.
 
THERE'S EVEN A PORTION OF THE VIDEO WHERE MANAGERS OF THE FACILITY ARE LOOKING ON, AND DOING NOTHING TO STOP THE ABUSE. MULTIPLE CHARGES AND FINES ARE BEING RECOMMENDED....FINES AS HIGH AS 75 THOUSAND DOLLARS PER PERSON, AND A MAXIMUM 5 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE.
 
SPOKESMAN MARCIE MORIARTY SAYS THE PEOPLE SHOWN IN THE VIDEO NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS.

THE FOOTAGE WAS SHOT BY A NON PROFIT ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP BETWEEN MAY 10TH AND LAST WEEK.

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FARM AID RETURNS
 
THE ANNUAL FARM AID BENEFIT CONCERT IS COMING BACK TO PENNSYLVANIA FOR JUST THE THIRD TIME SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1985.

PERFORMERS THIS YEAR INCLUDE FARM AID BOARD MEMBERS WILLIE NELSON, JOHN MELLENCAMP, NEIL YOUNG, AND DAVE MATTHEWS.

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ALBERTA FIELDS DRY OUT - SASKATCHEWAN DRIES UP
 
WHILE PARTS OF ALBERTA DRY OUT FROM HEAVY RAIN ON THE WEEKEND, SOME CROPS NEXT DOOR IN SASKATCHEWAN ARE DRYING UP. 
 
THERE WERE SCATTERED SHOWERS RECENTLY, BUT THE PROVINCE'S AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT SAYS SIGNIFICANT RAIN IS NEEDED SOON, TO HELP CROPS GERMINATE AND EMERGE.
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS ARE QUICKLY DETERIORATING AND THERE ARE CONCERNS IN SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN, THAT CROP AND HAY FIELDS WILL BE AFFECTED IF RAIN DOESN'T COME SOON.
 
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LACOMBE CANOLA - PALOOZA
 
THIS YEAR'S EDITION OF CANOLA-PALOOZA IS COMING UP LATER THIS MONTH IN LACOMBE.
 
IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS HUGE, FREE EVENT, CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE ALBERTA CANOLA.COM.
 
THE ACPC'S RICK TELLYOU DISCUSSED THE KINDS OF CHALLENGES THAT CANOLA PRODUCERS ARE FACING THIS YEAR, WITH MANY HAVE TO DEAL WITH LEFTOVER CROP FROM LAST FALL, BEFORE THEY COULD PLANT THIS YEAR'S CROP.
 
NOW HE SAYS CANOLA-PALOOZA ON JULY 27TH IN LACOMBE IS A GREAT PLACE TO GET ALL YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED BY DOZENS OF AGRONOMIST WHO WILL BE THERE. AGAIN, TO REGISTER FOR THAT, GO TO ALBERTA CANOLA.COM.
 
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NEW P.E.D. CASES - HOG WARS
 
THE PROVINCE OF MANITOBA CONTINUES TO DEAL WITH A DOZEN NEW CASES OF PED IN THE PAST 6 WEEKS.
 
THERE HAVE NOW BEEN 23 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE FATAL PIGLET DISEASE SINCE THE ILLNESS FIRST APPEARED IN THE PROVINCE BACK IN 2014.
 
RIGHT NOW OFFICIALS ARE WARNING PRODUCERS TO CONTROL ACCESS INTO THEIR YARD AND BE IN TOUCH WITH EVERY PERSON ENTERING THE YARD TO ENSURE THAT BIOSECURITY PROTOCOLS ARE NOT BREACHED.
 
SOUTHERN ONTARIO CONFIRMED THE MOST ON FARM PED CASES IN CANADA....102 SINCE THE VIRUS'S FIRST APPEARANCE THERE. THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED CASES WEST OF THE MANITOBA BORDER.

IN THE U.S., THE VIRUS KILLED MORE THAN 8 MILLION PIGLETS ACROSS DOZENS OF STATES.

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BILL C-49 -  GETTING ON TRACK
 
MORE FARM GROUPS ARE JOINING ON A LONG LIST THAT ARE CONCERNED OTTAWA'S BILL C-49 WON'T PASS IN TIME TO ENSURE EFFICIENTS RAIL MOVEMENT OF THIS FALL'S CROPS.
 
THE HUGE BILL PERTAINS TO VARIOUS ISSUES REGARDING TRANSPORTATION IN CANADA, INCLUDING REGULATIONS FOR AIRLINES. BUT IT ALSO DEALS WITH RAIL TRANSPORTATION RULES FOR THE SHIPMENT OF PRAIRIE GRAIN TO PORT.
 
THE OLD BILL, THE FAIR RAIL TRANSPORTATION ACT IS SET TO EXPIRE ON AUGUST 1ST.....BUT MP'S WON'T RETURN TO THE HOUSE UNTIL THE FALL, LEAVING A GAP.....AND TO THIS POINT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HASN'T INDICATED IT PLANS TO EXTEND THE OLD BILL TO COVER THAT GAP.
 
SASK WHEAT CHAIR BILL GEHL SAYS THE BILL CONTAINS SEVERAL MEASURES THAT SHOULD BENEFIT FARMERS BY ENSURING FAIR AND CONSISTENT ACCESS TO RAIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES.
 
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NAFTA UPDATE - WHAT'S NEXT?
 
THERE'S GROWING SUPPORT SOUTH OF THE BORDER FOR NAFTA, AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PREPARES TO RE-OPEN THE 2 DECADES OLD DEAL WITH CANADA AND MEXICO.
 
THE CHAIR OF THE CANADIAN PORK COUNCIL, RICK BERGMANN, MET WITH TRADE OFFICIALS IN IOWA OVER THE PAST WEEK.
 
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DAIRY FARM - HOLY COW
 
A DAIRY FARM IN UPSTATE NEW YORK NOW HAS A PLACE IN HISTORY.  
 
MAX YASGUR'S DAIRY FARM WAS THE SITE OF THE WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL BACK IN 1969.
 
AFTER THE FRIENDLY FARMER WHO WELCOMED A HALF MILLION PEOPLE ONTO HIS LAND DIED, IT WAS TURNED INTO THE BETHEL WOODS CENTRE FOR THE ARTS. 
 
DURING A CEREMONY RECENTLY, THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK SAID WOODSTOCK WAS A PIVOTAL MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY.
 
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ONTARIO MINIMUM WAGE - GREEHOUSE CONCERNS
 
GREENHOUSE GROWERS ARE VOWING TO PUT UP A FIGHT OVER ONTARIO PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE'S PLAN TO HIKE THE MINIMUM WAGE.

THE OPERATORS SAY THE PROVINCE'S PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE WAGE TO 15 DOLLARS AN HOUR WILL KILL THEIR BUSINESSES.

GERRY MASTRONARDI, OWNER OF A GREENHOUSE IN LEAMINGTON, SAYS A HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE WILL ONLY ADD TO THE FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS ALREADY BEING CAUSED BY ONTARIO'S CAP-AND-TRADE TAX AND HIGH ELECTRICITY BILLS.
 
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FARM RALLY DEATHS

 
FARMERS HAVE BLOCKED HIGHWAYS AND HELD PROTESTS IN CENTRAL INDIA AFTER FIVE FARMERS WERE KILLED BY GUNSHOTS AT A RALLY.

THE FARMERS HAVE PROTESTED FOR SEVERAL WEEKS DEMANDING BETTER PRICES FOR CROPS AND WAIVERS FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT FOR REPAYMENT OF FARM LOANS.

THREE SUCCESSIVE YEARS OF DROUGHT HAVE PUSHED FARMERS INTO POVERTY, AND HUNDREDS HAVE KILLED THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY WERE UNABLE TO PAY OFF DEBTS.

FARMERS AT THE RALLY SAID POLICE FIRED SHOTS TO DISPERSE THE PARTICIPANTS. POLICE HAVE DENIED THAT.
 
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AG MEETING
 
CANADA'S TOP AG MINISTER HELD HIS FIRST FACE TO FACE MEETING WITH THE NEW HEAD OF THE USDA, SONNY PERDUE.
 
THE TWO MEN MET IN TORONTO ON MONDAY, AND DISCUSSED A VARIETY OF ISSUES AND PRIORITIES.
 
BOTH AGREED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURAL TRADE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES AND HOW MUCH BOTH ECONOMIES DEPEND ON THAT TRADE.

THERE IS WORD, THE U.S. ASKED CANADA TO ELIMINATE A NEW DAIRY PRICING CLASS THAT HAS UNDERCUT SALES BY U.S. DAIRIES TO CANADIAN PROCESSORS.
 
AFTER HIS MEETING WITH LAWRENCE MCAULAY, SONNY PERDUE TOLD REPORTERS, HE CALLED THE NEW PRICING SCHEME "UNDERHANDED".
 
THE NEW SCHEME UNDERCUT SALES OF WHAT'S KNOWN AS DIAFILTERED MILK FROM AMERICA TO CHEESE MANUFACTURERS IN CANADA.
 
PERDUE CALLED THE CHANGE AN UNDERHANDED CIRCUMVENTION OF WTO GUIDELINES.
 
MONDAY'S MEETING COMES AS BOTH COUNTRIES ALONG WITH MEXICO PREPARE FOR TALKS ON RE-NEGOTIATING NAFTA, WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO START SOMETIME IN LATE AUGUST.
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FATAL PIGLET DISEASE
 
THERE'S NO WORD ON ANY NEW CASES OF P.E.D. IN MANITOBA. AFTER THINGS HAD QUIETED DOWN FOR MANY MONTHS, THE PROVINCE ESSENTIALLY DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF CASES OF THE FATAL PIGLET DISEASE IN ONLY ABOUT A MONTH.

THE LATEST OUTBREAK, BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES CONFIRMED IN THAT PROVINCE, TO 20.

MARK FYNN OF MANITOBA PORK SAYS THE SITUATION IS PUTTING A GREAT DEAL OF PRESSURE ON PRODUCERS THERE.
 
HE'S URGING PRODUCERS RIGHT ACROSS THE PRAIRIES TO MAKE SURE THEIR BIO-SECURITY MEASURES ARE UP TO DATE, TO PREVENT THE DISEASE FROM SPREADING WEST.
 
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SEEDING WEATHER VARIES ACROSS THE PRAIRIES

 
WHILE MANY PRODUCERS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA DEAL WITH STANDING WATER AND WET FIELDS, ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAYS SO FAR, ITS BEEN THE DRIEST SPRING IN REGINA SINCE 2008.
 
SPOKESMAN JOHN PAUL CRAGG SAYS THE NUMBERS SHOW JUST HOW DRY IT WAS FROM MARCH UNTIL MAY AROUND SASKATCHEWAN'S CAPITAL CITY.
 
CRAGG SAYS THE REPORT SHOWS 31 MILLIMETRES OF PRECIPITATION OVER THE THREE MONTH PERIOD, WHICH IS THE LOWEST SINCE 2008, AND WELL BEHIND THE AVERAGE OF 95.
 
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FARMERS SELLING GRAIN
 
KEYSTONE AGRICULTURE PRODUCERS IN MANITOBA IS URGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAINTAIN DEFERRED CASH PURCHASE TICKETS FOR GRAIN.

KAP SAYS THEY'RE AN IMPORTANT TOOL THAT OFFER FARMERS GREATER CAPACITY TO STABILIZE THEIR INCOMES AND BETTER PREDICT THEIR TAX LIABILITIES FROM YEAR TO YEAR.

THEY STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT'S BELIEF THAT THERE IS NO NEED FOR CASH TICKET DEFERRALS FOLLOWING THE ELIMINATION OF THE CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD.

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WINE UPDATE
 
LABELS DECLARING BLENDS OF IMPORTED AND DOMESTIC WINE SOLD IN CANADA AS "CELLARED IN CANADA" COULD SOON BE ON THE WAY OUT.
 
THE CFIA WANTS TO MAKE THE LABELLING MORE SPECIFIC.
 
 IT WANTS TO HEAR FROM STAKEHOLDERS UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH ON THE PLAN TO CHANGE WINE LABELS.
 
THE FEDERAL AGENCY SAYS THAT A BOTTLE BLENDED FROM PRIMARILY IMPORTED WINES BE LABELLED AS INTERNATIONAL BLEND FROM IMPORTED AND DOMESTIC WINES.
 
THE AGENCY FINDS THE TERM CELLERED IN CANADA, SOMEWHAT MISLEADING TO CONSUMERS. IT WAS FIRST USED IN 1994.
 
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SAPUTO EARNINGS
 
CHEESE AND DAIRY PROCESSOR SAPUTO'S EARNINGS FOR ITS LATEST QUARTER WERE SOFTER THAN EXPECTED.

ANALYSTS HAD EXPECTED ON AVERAGE THE COMPANY TO EARN 48 CENTS PER SHARE ON REVENUE OF 2-POINT-9-2 BILLION DOLLARS.

REVENUE FOR WHAT WAS SAPUTO'S FOURTH QUARTER TOTALLED NEARLY 2-POINT-7-2 BILLION COMPARED WITH JUST OVER 2-POINT-7-3 BILLION IN THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR EARLIER.

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FARMERS DAY (JUNE 9TH)

Farmer’s Day is slated for Friday, June 9, 2017, and UFA Co-operative Ltd. (UFA) is planning a day-long co-operative celebration for its members and customers across its network of Farm & Ranch Supply Stores and Petroleum Agencies.

“Farmer’s Day is important to UFA, as it’s our way to honour and celebrate those members and customers who work tirelessly throughout the year, especially given the recent weather conditions experienced in many parts of the province,” says Carol Kitchen, UFA President and CEO. “Be sure to join us on Friday June 9th so we can say ‘Thank you’ and properly recognize all that you do for agriculture in Alberta!”

UFA is Alberta’s largest agricultural co-operative, and is using the day to partner with its many vendors to help honour those men and women who keep the agriculture industry strong and vibrant. As a way to thank them, UFA Farm & Ranch Supply Stores, along with UFA Petroleum Agencies are hosting a variety of farmer-focused special events to thank them for all their contributions to western Canada’s agriculture industry.

“It’s also important to recognize our many partners in our 2017 Farmer’s Day program,” says Kitchen. “We are extremely appreciative to work with Shell Canada, BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Meridian, Dow AgroSciences and Farm Credit Corporation, as these companies provide important support to our members and customers.” 

In addition to the BBQ’s and events being held that day, many of the stores and agencies are accepting donations to support STARS Air Ambulance. Kids can also enter the Farmer’s Day Colouring Contest, (available for download at UFA.com/FarmersDay) for a chance to win one of five John Deere gators sponsored by Cervus Equipment. Six major network prizes also include a $700 outdoor package from Wholesale Sports, a livestock feeder and gift certificates from UFA. There are many other opportunities to win during Farmer’s Day, thanks to the generous donations from UFA’s vendors.

Farmer’s Day was first established at UFA’s annual convention in 1945. The Co-operative “passed a resolution to lobby the Alberta government to declare the day as a provincial holiday.”  While the event has changed in scope over the years, it was revived by UFA in 2010 with a renewed sense of celebration

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MANITOBA P.E.D. UPDATE
 
MANITOBA'S CHIEF VET SAYS THERE ARE LINKS BETWEEN TWO OF THE THREE AREAS OF THE PED OUTBREAK IN THAT PROVINCE IN THE PAST MONTH, BUT GLEN DUZIER SAYS THE BULK OF THE SPREAD HAS HAPPENED WITHIN EACH GEOGRAPHIC AREA.
 
THERE ARE CURRENTLY TWO MAIN AREAS BEING AFFECTED. HE SAYS THERE ARE SIX FARMS IN ONE AREA, A SECOND AREA WITH THREE FARMS AND ONE IN AN ADDITIONAL AREA WITH A DIRECT LINK TO THE SECOND AREA.

THE LATEST OUTBREAK, BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES CONFIRMED IN THAT PROVINCE, TO 20. AT THE START OF MAY, THAT NUMBER WAS 10. 

MARK FYNN OF MANITOBA PORK SAYS THE SITUATION IS PUTTING A GREAT DEAL OF PRESSURE ON PRODUCERS THERE. HE WAS PART OF A CONFERENCE CALL HOSTED MONDAY MORNING BY ALBERTA PORK, TO BRING PRODUCERS HERE UP TO DATE ON THE SITUATION IN MANITOBA AND TO MAKE SURE ALL PRODUCERS ARE FOCUSSED ON BIO-SECURITY TO KEEP THE DISEASE FROM SPREADING.
 
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ALBERTA DAIRY CONGRESS

THIS IS A BIG WEEK FOR THE LEDUC RECREATION CENTRE, AS THEY'RE GEARING UP TO HOST THE 31ST ANNUAL ALBERTA DAIRY CONGRESS.
 
THEY'LL START MOVING THE CATTLE IN ON WEDNESDAY, AND THEN FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY IS WHEN THE PUBLIC'S INVITED TO COME DOWN AND CHECK THINGS OUT.
 
ONE OF THE LONGTIME ORGANIZERS OF THIS ANNUAL EVENT IS ORVILLE SCHMIDT WHO SAYS THE 31ST ANNUAL ALBERTA DAIRY CONGRESS COMING UP THIS THURSDAY TO SATURDAY AT THE LEDUC RECREATION CENTRE.

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ALBERTA SEEDING
 
SEEDING PROGRESS IN ALBERTA NOW STANDS AT JUST OVER 80 PERCENT....AND WHILE PROGRESS IS BEING MADE, ITS STILL WELL BEHIND THE 5 YEAR AVERAGE OF 97 PERCENT FOR EARLY JUNE.
 
SEEDING IN THE SOUTH IS VIRTUALLY COMPLETE AND ABOUT A WEEK BEHIND SCHEDULE IN CENTRAL AREAS, BUT THOSE DELAYS ARE APPROACHING 2 WEEKS IN THE NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST ABOUT ALSO THE PEACE REGION.
 
THOSE NUMBERS ARE ACCORDING TO THE LATEST CROP REPORT FROM ALBERTA AGRICULTURE.
 
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MANITOBA P.E.D.
 
MANITOBA PORK IS TRYING TO DEAL WITH 10 NEW CASES OF PED IN THE PAST FOUR WEEKS.
 
SPOKESMAN MARK FYNN SAYS PRODUCERS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES SHOULD BE FOCUSSED ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BIO-SECURITY IN KEEPING THE DISEASE FROM THEIR BARNS.
 
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RED DEER'S WESTERNER DAYS FAIR IN JULY - AG EVENTS

 Westerner Days Fair & Exposition has over 20 agricultural events and attractions! This year’s shows will focus on creating an educational and entertaining experience for everyone. Westerner Park is proud to announce exciting new additions to our agricultural program for the Fair.

New Additions:

• 2017 Westerner Days Pony Steeplechase Championship Series – Don’t miss out on the action as the smallest race horses with the biggest hearts take centre stage.

• Ranch Hand Competition – This event is a throwback to the past when neighbouring ranches would come together and hold a competition to see whose cowboys were the best riders, ropers and all round toughest hands.

• Gypsy Vanner Feathered Horse Show – The Gypsy Vanner is a beautiful breed often referred to as a “people-sized” draft horse. The Gypsy Vanner is a wonderful family horse and is popular as a trail horse due to its unflappable nature.

• Equine Mounted Games – These relay type races are played on horseback, which is modelled after old military mounted troop exercises that were used to keep the soldiers' skills sharp. This is a fast-paced exciting sport that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

• Equine Experience – The Equine Experience will take you out of city life and immerse you in the world of horses. Walk through the barn to meet the horses, learn about the different breeds and how to take care of them.

• Xtreme Cowboy Competition – Learn good horsemanship by enhancing the relationship between a horse and a ride through obstacles that challenges the rider’s skills.

• Urban Farm – Through an interactive and experiential environment we will create a farm fresh experience right in the heart of Westerner Days. Learn some things that you can do in your own backyard. Tour our new Westerner Park Urban Farm and see what we are doing to help educate our community on ways to create a sustainable food future.

The AFSC Livestock Pavilion is the place to find exhibitors showcasing their cattle, goats, miniature donkeys and stock dog trials. The following people’s favourite events will return. 

Returning Favourites:
• Stock Dog Trials – A great competitive dog sport where herding dogs move sheep around a field, fences, gates or enclosures as directed by their handlers.

• Miniature Donkey Extravaganza II Show – This show is expected to be bigger and better than ever! We are excited to welcome exhibitors from all over Canada and the United States. Show runs Friday and Saturday with the junior show on Sunday.

• Beef Shows – On Friday, July 20 at noon the Maine Anjou Junior and Shorthorn Junior Show will kick off another exciting Beef Show being held in the Livestock Pavilion.

• Goat Shows – We’re excited to be hosting the “Kids Promoting Kids” Westerner 4-H and Junior Goat Show! Wednesday's Dairy Goat Show will feature Alpine, Toggenburg, La Mancha, Saanen, Nubian and Recorded Grade dairy classes.

• Canadian Heritage Breeds Poultry Show – The Canadian Heritage Breeds Association works to promote and educate people about the importance of heritage breed livestock. You will leave with a better understanding of what breeds are native to Canada and what we can do to preserve and protect them.

• Little Red Barn – The Little Red Barn will once again feature the Petting Pals Petting Zoo, home to over 70 different animals, presented by BIG 105 FM and Cosmos Bottle Depot!

• 19th Annual Westerner Days Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagons Championships – We are thrilled to have 48 wagons competing daily for top honours, presented by Walway Waste and 96.5 CKFM. Before ever race, the Canadian Cowboy Mounted Shooters will kick-off the pony chucks with a fast action entertaining event!

There is so much to see and do at the 2017 Westerner Days agricultural events and attractions. Do not forget to buy your RAD and MEGA passes before the discounted prices expire on June 15 at 11:59 pm. Learn more by visiting www.westernerdays.ca/tickets.
 
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BUY LOCAL/EAT LOCAL

 
THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR LOCAL PRODUCERS AND RESTAURANTS.
 
A NEW SURVEY SAYS MORE PEOPLE IN THE PROVINCE---ARE BUYING AND EATING "LOCAL."
 
IN FACT, ITS GONE UP BY ABOUT 25-PERCENT SINCE 2012. 
 
MORE THAN 1.5-BILLION DOLLARS WAS SPENT THIS WAY---JUST LAST YEAR.
 
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GET YOUR GOAT

 
TURNING TO A DIFFERENT KIND OF WEED.....
 
CALGARY BROUGHT IN GOATS LAST YEAR---AND NOW EDMONTON IS READY TO GIVE GOATS A SHOT IN GETTING A HANDLE ON WEEDS THIS YEAR.
 
THEY'LL ARRIVE NEXT MONTH---IN A COUPLE OF CITY PARKS--TO AVOID USING CHEMICAL WEED KILLERS.
 
THE COMPANY BEHIND THE GOATS?
 
"BAAH'D PLANT MANAGEMENT"----THE SAME PEOPLE BEHIND THE CALGARY GOATS.

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FARMERS DAY COMING UP
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 9TH IS FARMERS DAY AND U.F.A.'S ACROSS ALBERTA WILL BE CELEBRATING.
 
THE RED DEER U.F.A. IN THE BURNT LAKE BUSINESS PARK, WEST OF THE CITY WILL HOST A BEEF ON THE BUN EVENT TO HONOUR THE FARMING COMMUNITY.
 
YOU'RE ENCOURAGED TO DROP BY AND MEET KEVIN KOE'S CURLING TEAM WHO WILL BE AT THE RED DEER U.F.A. AS PART OF THE CELEBRATION FROM 11 AM - 2 PM.

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SEEDING
UPDATE
 
SOME FRIDAY RAIN IS GOING TO GET NEWLY SEEDED CROPS IN ALBERTA OFF TO A GREAT START.
 
NO DOUBT, FARMERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE USED THE HOT WEATHER THIS WEEK, TO PUT A DENT INTO THEIR SEEDING OPERATIONS THIS SPRING.
 
AS OF MAY 23RD, NEARLY 60 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL CROP HAD BEEN SEEDED, BUT THAT NUMBER IS PROBABLY MUCH HIGHER THANKS TO GREAT WEATHER WE'VE HAD OVER THE PAST WEEK.
 
NEXT DOOR IN SASKATCHEWAN, PRODUCERS THERE ARE ACTUALLY CATCHING UP TO THEIR FIVE YEAR AVERAGE FOR SEEDING IN EARLY JUNE.
 
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WORLD MILK DAY - THURSDAY
 
THURSDAY WAS WORLD MILK DAY.
 
THE DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA PRESIDENT WALLY SMITH SAYS ITS A GREAT TIME TO INVITE EVERYONE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND ENJOY A GLASS OF MILK.
 
SMITH SAYS OUR UNIQUE SYSTEM OF SUPPLY MANAGEMENT ALLOWS US TO PRODUCT NUTRITIOUS, WHOLESOME MILK FOR CANADIANS IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY, ADDING, IT'S THE BEST SYSTEM IN THE WORLD.
 
AS THE U.S. PREPARES TO RE-OPEN NAFTA THIS SUMMER, ITS BELIEVED CANADA'S SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR DAIRY AND EGGS WILL BE A MAJOR FOCUS.
 
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SOFTWOOD LUMBER HELP
 
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS COMING TO THE AID OF CANADA'S SOFTWOOD LUMBER INDUSTRY.
 
THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING MORE THAN 860 MILLION DOLLARS AVAILABLE TO THE INDUSTRY, MOSTLY IN THE FORM OF LOANS. IT'S BEEN HIT HARD BY THE 24 PERCENT TARIFFS SLAPPED ON OUR SHIPMENTS OF LUMBER TO THE U.S.
 
NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER JIM CARR SAYS THE GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS THAT DECISION BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION.
 
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LEDUC DAIRY CONGRESS
 
NEXT WEEK AT THIS TIME, ITS GOING TO BE BUSY AT THE LEDUC RECREATION CENTRE, AS THEY'RE GEARING UP FOR THE 31ST ANNUAL ALBERTA DAIRY CONGRESS.
 
THE ALBERTA DAIRY CONGRESS COMING UP JUNE 8TH TO THE 10TH AT THE LEDUC RECREATION CENTRE
 
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P.E.D. UPDATE

 
WITH 9 NEW CASES OF PED CONFIRMED IN MANITOBA IN THE PAST MONTH, THE INDUSTRY IS TAKING STEPS TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION.
 
THE GENERAL MANAGER OF MANITOBA PORK ANDREW DICKSON SAYS THEY'RE SETTING UP DISEASE MANAGEMENT AREAS THAT WILL TEST INSIDE BARNS, IN ADDITION TO THE SURROUNDING AREA. WHILE THE DISEASE HAS BEEN CONTAINED TO A SMALLER REGION AT THIS POINT, DICKSON SAYS PRODUCERS ACROSS THE PRAIRIES ARE BECOMING CONCERNED IT MAY SPREAD.

THE LATEST OUTBREAK, BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES CONFIRMED IN THAT PROVINCE, TO 19.
 
AT THE START OF MAY, THAT NUMBER WAS 10. TWO OF THE LATEST CASES WERE AT SOW OPERATIONS WHILE THE OTHER WAS AT A FINISHER FARM.

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PORK INDUSTRY TRADE

 
OUR PORK INDUSTRY IS FACING ANOTHER ISSUE, THIS ONE HAS TO DO WITH TRADE WITH CHINA.
 
THERE ARE REPORTS THAT A CANADIAN SHIPMENT OF PIG FEET TO CHINA, PRODUCED BY OLYMEL, HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR RACTOPAMINE, WHICH IS A BANNED GROWTH DRUG.
 
A SPOKESMAN FOR OLYMEL SAYS THE FEET WERE PRODUCED AT A PLANT IN QUEBEC.
 
THE CFIA HAS TEMPORARILY BANNED THAT PARTICULAR PLANT FROM EXPORTING TO CHINA.
 
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WORLD MILK DAY
 
TODAY (JUNE 1) IS WORLD MILK DAY.
 
THE DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA PRESIDENT WALLY SMITH SAYS ITS A GREAT TIME TO INVITE ENVERYONE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND ENJOY A GLASS OF MILK.
 
SMITH SAYS OUR UNIQUE SYSTEM OF SUPPLY MANAGEMENT ALLOWS US TO PRODUCT NUTRITIOUS, WHOLESOME MILK FOR CANADIANS IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY, ADDING, IT'S THE BEST SYSTEM IN THE WORLD.
 
AS THE U.S. PREPARES TO RE-OPEN NAFTA THIS SUMMER, ITS BELIEVED CANADA'S SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR DAIRY AND EGGS WILL BE A MAJOR FOCUS.

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AB DAIRY CONGRESS

 
THE LEDUC RECREATION CENTRE WILL BE HOSTING THE 31ST ANNUAL ALBERTA DAIRY CONGRESS, JUNE 8TH TO THE 10TH. 
 
LONGTIME ORGANIZER ORVILLE SCHMIDT SAYS FAMILIES ARE WELCOME TO COME OUT AND SEE DAIRY CATTLE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
 
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MAY 2017 AGRI-BUSINESS NEWS

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GREAT SEEDING WEATHER
 
NO DOUBT, FARMERS ACROSS THE PROVINCE ARE USING THE HOT WEATHER THIS WEEK, TO PUT A DENT INTO THEIR SEEDING OPERATIONS THIS SPRING.
 
AS OF MAY 23RD, NEARLY 60 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL CROP HAS BEEN SEEDED, THAT'S DOWN FROM THE 5 YEAR OLD AVERAGE JUST OVER 80 PERCENT, THIS TIME LAST YEAR, 90 PERCENT OF THE CROP HAD BEEN PLANTED.
 
THERE ARE STILL ABOUT 200 THOUSAND ACRES OF UNHARVESTED CROP FROM LAST FALL.
 
AS USUAL, SOUTHERN AREAS ARE MOST ADVANCED, WHICH AREAS IN THE NORTHEAST AND NORTH WEST ARE FURTHWST BEHIND.

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TRUMP BUDGET - RURAL AMERICA

 
DEMOCRATIC SENATORS FROM RURAL STATES ARE CRITICIZING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S PROPOSED BUDGET, SAYING IT WOULD HAVE SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON RURAL AMERICA.

TRUMP'S BUDGET RELEASED LAST WEEK WOULD LIMIT RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMY AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN SMALL TOWNS AND OTHER RURAL AREAS.

DEMOCRATIC SENATORS HAVE WRITTEN TRUMP A LETTER OPPOSING THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT CUTS AND THE PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF AN ACCOUNT THAT PAYS FOR RURAL WATER AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS.
 
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NEW OLDS COLLEGE PRESIDENT
 
THERE'S A NEW PRESIDENT AT OLDS COLLEGE.
 
THE NEW CHAIR OF THE OLDS COLLEGE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, LEONA STAPLES HAS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF STUART CULLUM AS THE NEW PRESIDENT AND C.E.O.
 
STAPLES SAYS AFTER COMPLETING AN EXTENSIVE NATIONAL SEARCH, STUART CULLUM WILL SERVE AS THE 13TH PRESIDENT OF OLDS COLLEGE.
 
MOST RECENTLY, CULLUM SERVED AS OLDS COLLEGE CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER.  PRIOR TO JOINING OLDS COLLEGE HE HELD LEADERSHIP ROLES AT LETHBRIDGE COLLEGE AND NAIT.
 
HE TAKES OVER ON JULY FIRST, REPLACING DR. TOM THOMPSON WHO SERVED AS OLDS COLLEGE PRESDIENT AND C.E.O. SINCE 2011.

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ANOTHER P.E.D. CASE IN MANITOBA
 
MANITOBA IS NOW CONFIRMING ITS 16TH CASE OF PED.....THE 6TH IN JUST THE PAST FOUR WEEKS.
 
MARK FYNN WITH MANITOBA PORK SAYS THEY'RE TRYING TO STAY OPTIMISTIC EVEN AS THE NUMBER OF CASES CONTINUES TO GROW
 
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INSECT RESEARCH
 
RESEARCHERS IN A NEW YORK CABBAGE PATCH ARE PLANNING THE FIRST RELEASE ON AMERICAN SOIL OF INSECTS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TO DIE BEFORE THEY CAN REPRODUCE.

IT'S A PESTICIDE-FREE ATTEMPT TO CONTROL INVASIVE DIAMONDBACK MOTHS WHICH AFFECT CROPS HERE ON THE PRAIRIES.
 
CORNELL UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER ANTHONY SHELTON SAYS IF IT CAN BE MANAGED WITHOUT USING INSECTICIDES THAT CAN ALSO AFFECT POLLINATORS AND OTHER NON TARGET ORGANISMS, THAT'S A REAL ADVANTAGE.
 
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NO RAIL STRIKE

A STRIKE HAS BEEN AVERTED AT C-N RAIL.

THE UNION REPRESENTING ABOUT THREE-THOUSAND WORKERS SAYS IT REACHED A VERBAL AGREEMENT WITH THE COMPANY YESTERDAY (MON).

C-N CONDUCTORS, TRAIN AND YARD WORKERS WERE IN A LEGAL STRIKE POSITION EARLY TODAY.

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P.E.D. CASES IN MANITOBA
 
THE NUMBER OF PED CASES IN MANITOBA CONTINUES TO RISE.  THE 16TH CASE WAS CONFIRMED RECENTLY, UP UNTIL THE START OF THIS MONTH, THE PROVINCE ONLY HAD 10 CONFIRMED CASES.
 
MARK FYNN WITH MANITOBA PORK SAYS THIS OUTBREAK HAS CERTAINLY BEEN CHALLENGING.
 
HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE SECURED THE AREA AROUND THIS LATEST FARM IN MANITOBA.  THERE HAVE BEEN NO CONFIRMED CASES WEST OF THE MANITOBA BORDER.
 
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NATIONAL FOOD POLICY
 
CANADA'S TOP AG MINISTER LAUNCHED AN ONLINE SURVEY TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NATIONAL FOOD POLICY.
 
LAWRENCE MCAULAY SAYS CANADIANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE THEIR INPUT TO HELP SHAPE A FOOD POLICY THAT WILL COVER THE ENTIRE FOOD SYSTEM FROM FARM TO FORK.
 
 IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT MCAULAY SAID FOOD PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF CANADIANS AND THIS SURVEY WILL GIVE THEM A SAY ABOUT HOW GOVERNMENT CAN HELP ADDRESS OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES THAT EXIST IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM.
 
 THE SURVEY WEBSITE IS CANADA.CA/FOOD POLICY.
 
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CATTLEMEN'S AWARD
 
THERE'S JUST ABOUT A MONTH LEFT TO APPLY OR NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD FROM THE CANADIAN CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION.

SINCE 1996, THE AWARD HAS BEEN PRESENTED ANNUALLY AT THE PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL LEVEL TO RECOGNIZE CATTLE PRODUCERS' LEADERSHIP IN CONSERVATION.

NOMINEES AND APPLICANTS ARE SELECTED BASED ON THEIR STEWARDSHIP PRACTICES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND GOALS.

ALL BEEF CATTLE OPERATIONS IN CANADA ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY. 

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OLDS COLLEGE ANNOUNCEMENT

– Leona Staples, Chair of the Olds College Board of Governors, announced today the appointment of Stuart Cullum as the new President and CEO of the College.

“After completing an extensive executive national search, we are very pleased to announce that Stuart Cullum will serve as the 13th President of Olds College,” said Staples. “Mr. Cullum brings a depth of knowledge and experience from the agriculture industry and his past career experiences have also provided him with a strong network across the post-secondary system in Canada.”

Most recently, Cullum served as Olds College Chief Innovation Officer. Prior to joining Olds College he held academic and administrative leadership roles at Lethbridge College and NAIT.

“In his current role as Chief Innovation Officer at Olds College, Mr. Cullum has been instrumental in the development of the Werklund Agriculture Institute and positioning Olds College as a leader in Smart Agriculture,” continues Staples. “We are very excited about the future of Olds College and the direction the College will take under Mr. Cullum’s leadership.”

“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been selected to serve as Olds College’s next President,” said Cullum. “Olds College is an institution that has positively impacted students’ lives and careers for more than a century. It has had a tremendous impact on the community of Olds and central Alberta, and continues to play an essential leadership role for the Alberta economy and the agriculture sector. Building on the strengths of its people, programming and partnerships, I look forward to continuing to steward the impact of Olds College.”

Mr. Cullum succeeds Dr. H.J. (Tom) Thompson, who has served as President and CEO since 2001. Mr. Cullum will assume the role of President and CEO of the College on July 1, 2017.

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NEW FARM FRIENDLY CONSERVATIVE LEADER

 
MAXINE BERNIER WAS CONSIDERED THE FRONT RUNNER IN THE FEDERAL TORY LEADERSHIP RACE, BUT ON THE WEEKEND, HE LOST TO LONGTIME SASKATCHEWAN MP AND FORMER SPEAKER ANDREW SCHEER AND SOME ARE SUGGESTING IT WAS BERNIER'S STRONG OPPOSITION TO SUPPLY MANAGEMENT, THAT MAY HAVE LOST HIM THE RACE. BERNIER MADE IT CLEAR FROM THE START, HE WASN'T A FAN OF SUPPLY MANAGEMENT.

A STRONG SUPPORTER OF BERNIER IN QUEBEC BLAMES THE UNDUE INTERVENTION OF THE FARMERS MOVEMENT FOR SABOTAGING THE CAMPAIGN.
 
SCHEER NARROWLY EDGE OUT BERNIER FOR THE LEADERSHIP ON SATURDAY.
 
WITH THE SUPPORT OF FARMERS, SCHEER CAMPAIGNED AGAINST A PLAN TO GRADUALLY ABOLISH SUPPLY MANAGEMENT IN CANADA'S DAIRY AND EGG INDUSTRY.
 
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ALBERTA FARM WORKERS RULES

 
THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO TOUT ITS NEW BILL 17, WHICH IS AIMED AT REVAMPING WORKPLACE RULES IN ALBERTA.
 
THE CHANGES ARE VERY WIDE RANGING, AND EVEN INCLUDE ADJUSTMENTS TO LIFE ON THE FARM.
 
IT WOULD GIVE PAID FARM WORKERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FORM UNIONS. IF THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR, ITS BECAUSE IT IS.
 
THAT PROVISION WAS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTROVERSIAL BILL 6.
 
IN FACT, ONE OF THE 6 WORKING GROUPS ASSIGNED TO LOOK AT ASPECTS OF THAT BILL, INCLUDED DISCUSSIONS ABOUT UNIONIZED FARM WORKERS IN ALBERTA.

KENT ERICKSON OF THE ALBERTA AG COALITION, WHICH REPRESENTS CLOSE TO 90 PERCENT OF FARM GROUPS IN THE PROVINCE, WAS PART OF THE CONSULTATION PROCESS OVER THE WINTER.

PROVINCIAL AG MINISTER ONEIL COLLYER SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO GIVING PAID FARM WORKERS, THE SAME RIGHTS THAT FARM WORKERS IN OTHER PROVINCES HAVE HAD FOR YEARS.
 
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RAIL STRIKE?

 
ONE OF CANADA'S TWO MAJOR RAIL COMPANIES COULD BE HEADING TOWARDS A STRIKE AS EARLY AS TOMORROW MORNING.
 
A UNION REPRESENTING CN CONDUCTORS SAYS IT PLANS TO STRIKE TOMORROW, AFTER THE RAILWAY ANNOUNCED NEW WORK RULES. THE TEAMSTERS SAID ON THE WEEKEND, CN ISSUED THE NEW RULES ON SATURDAY.
 
IT INCLUDES A 2 PERCENT WAGE INCREASE AND REMOVAL OF A CLAUSE THAT REQUIRES CN TO CONSULT WITH THE UNION BEFORE MAKING MATERIAL CHANGES.
 
THE MONTREAL BASED RAIL COMPANY HAS ALREADY SAID ITS WILLING USE BINDING ARBITRATION TO RESOLVE THE DISPUTE.


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BILL 17 - PAID FARM WORKS
 
THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW BILL 17, IF IT PASSES, WOULD ALLOW NON FAMILY, PAID FARM WORKERS IN ALBERTA THE RIGHT TO FORM UNIONS.
 
THE BILL WAS TABLED LAST WEEK.  THE BULK OF IT IS AIMED AT UPDATING A NUMBER OF EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS IN THE PROVINCE. 
 
SOME ARE SUGGESTING, THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT "TUCKED AWAY" THE ISSUE OF UNIONIZED FARM WORKERS INTO THIS NEW BILL.  BUT PROVINCIAL AG MINISTER ONEIL COLLYER DISAGREES WITH THAT ASSESSMENT.
 
THE RIGHT TO FORM UNIONS WAS ALSO AN ISSUE THAT WORKING GROUPS LOOKING AT BILL 6, HAD BEEN DISCUSSING FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS.
 
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WILD AMERICAN HORSES
 
WILD HORSES FROM THE WESTERN US MIGHT SOON DISAPPEAR, IF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS HIS WAY. 
 
HIS NEW BUDGET CALLS FOR SAVING 10 MILLION DOLLARS BY SELLING WILD HORSES CAPTURED, WITHOUT THE REQUIREMENT THAT BUYERS GUARANTEE THE ANIMALS WON'T BE RESOLD FOR SLAUGHTER. 
 
WILD HORSE ADVOCATES SAY THE CHANGE WOULD GUT NEARLY A HALF CENTURY OF PROTECTION FOR AN ICON OF THE AMERICAN WEST AND COULD SEND THOUSANDS OF FREE ROAMING MUSTANGS TO FOREIGN SLAUGHTERHOUSES FOR PROCESSING AS FOOD.
 
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SEEDING WEATHER IMPROVES
 
AFTER A SOGGY WINDY DAY ON WEDNESDAY, IT LOOKS LIKE THE COMING WEEK IS GOING TO BE WARM AND DRY, FOR THE MOST PART.
 
THE EXCEPTION MIGHT BE THE ODD THUNDERSTORM, BUT TEMPERATURES COULD SOAR INTO THE HIGH 20'S BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK, AND IT'S STILL LOOKING WARM FOR NEXT WEEKEND, AT THIS POINT.
 
THAT'S GOING TO GO A LONG WAY IN HELPING TO DRY THINGS OUT, AND ALLOW MANY PRODUCERS TO GET THEIR CROPS SEEDED THIS SPRING.

THE LATEST CROPS REPORT SHOWS ALBERTA IS BEHIND THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE WHEN IT COMES TO SEEDING.   THOSE NUMBERS WERE TAKEN BEFORE LAST WEEKEND'S GREAT WEATHER, SO NO DOUBT FARMERS MADE SOME GAINS, BEFORE THE RAIN SLOWED THINGS DOWN ON WEDNESDAY.

NEXT DOOR IN SASKATCHEWAN, FARMERS THERE MADE EXCELLENT SEEDING PROGRESS DURING THE PAST WEEK. BUT JUST LIKE HERE, SOUTHERN AREAS ARE THE MOST ADVANCED, WHILE SEEDING IN NORTHERN REGIONS IS REALLY JUST BEGINNING.

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LONG RANGE WEATHER
 
THAT SUDDEN SHIFT IN WEATHER WE SAW THIS WEEK, HAD MANY PEOPLE SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS.
 
WE WENT FROM 30 ON TUESDAY, TO LOW SINGLE DIGITS AND EVEN SNOW IN SOME PARTS OF ALBERTA ON WEDNESDAY.
 
MICHEAL CARTER WITH THE WEATHER NETWORK SAYS THOSE SUDDEN VARIATIONS COULD BE THE NORM THIS SUMMER....MAYBE MINUS THE SNOW.

BUT MICHAEL SAYS THERE'S ANOTHER FACTOR THAT COULD AFFECT OUR WEATHER THIS SUMMER...AN OLD FRIEND FROM A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK, EL NINO.

DEPENDING ON JUST HOW STRONG IT BECOMES, MICHAEL SAYS THIS EL NINO COULD MEAN WARMER, DRIER CONDITIONS IN ALBERTA OVER THE WINTER AS WELL.
 
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FOODGRAINS BANK
 
SOUTH SUDAN, SOMALIA AND SYRIA ARE A FEW OF THE AREAS THAT ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING SUPPORT FROM THE CANADIAN FOODGRAINS BANK.
 
HAROLD PENNER, A REP FROM MANITOBA EXPECTS TO SEE ABOUT 40 GROW PROJECTS IN HIS PROVINCE THIS YEAR, MOST OF WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN SEEDED. 
 
OUT THERE, MANY OF THE FIELDS WILL SHARE A COMMON CROP...SOYBEANS.
 
CLOSER TO HOME, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PROJECTS HERE IN ALBERTA AGAIN THIS YEAR, INCLUDING A CANOLA FIELD NEAR LACOMBE, THAT'S PART OF THE CENTRAL ALBERTA FOODGRAINS PROJECT.

ALL OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE CROP IN THE FALL IS MATCHED 4 TO 1 BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
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FARM INCOME

 
ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM STATS-CAN THIS WEEK, REALIZED NET FARM INCOME CONTINUES TO CLIMB.
 
FIGURES ROSE BY 7.6 PERCENT LAST YEAR, TO 8.8 BILLION DOLLARS.
 
THE FEDERAL AGENCY SAYS ITS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR AND THE 6TH TIME IN SEVEN YEARS, THAT REALIZED NET FARM INCOME HAS GONE UP.
 
HOWEVER, THE SAME REPORT SAYS FARM CASH RECEIPTS, WHICH INCLUDE MARKET RECEIPTS FROM CROP AND LIVESTOCK SALES, AS WELL AS PROGRAM PAYMENTS, EDGED UP JUST .5 PERCENT LAST YEAR TO 60 BILLION DOLLARS.
 
THE INCREASE WAS THE SMALLEST SINCE 2010, THE LAST YEAR THAT FARM CASH RECEIPTS DECLINED. 
 
ALSO, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 6 YEARS, FARM OPERATING EXPENSES DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN 2016.
 
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TAKEOVER BID
 
COMMODITY GIANT GLENCORE IS EYEING A TAKEOVER BID OF OF U-S GRAIN TRADER BUNGE.

THE SWITZERLAND-BASED COMPANY CONFIRMED THAT IT HAS APPROACHED BUNGE ABOUT A POSSIBLE BUSINESS COMBINATION, THOUGH NOTHING IS CERTAIN.

BUNGE SHARES JUMPED AFTER THE NEWS BROKE.

GLENCORE PURCHASED VITERRA BACK IN 2012 FOR A PRICETAG OF OVER SIX BILLION DOLLARS, BUT SINCE THEN HAS SOLD 49 PER CENT OF ITS AGRICULTURE UNIT.
 
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WHAT IS AGRISHIELD?
 
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS TO DEVELOP A NEW ONLINE AGRICULTURAL RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL CALLED "AGRISHIELD."
 
ITS AIMED AT HELPING PRODUCERS BY GIVING THEM REAL TIME ASSESSMENTS OF THE POTENTIAL NEGATIVE IMPACT OF RISKS TO THEIR BUSINESSES AND PROVIDE MITIGATION SOLUTIONS.
 
THE MONEY IS BEING INVESTED WITH FARM MANAGEMENT CANADA.   THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HEATHER WATSON SAYS THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS AND ADOPTION OF RISK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND PLANNING.
 
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ALBERTA SHEEP INDUSTRY
 
ALBERTA'S SHEEP INDUSTRY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE.
 
PRICES AT AUCTION HAVE BEEN QUITE GOOD RECENTLY.
 
GLEN PARKER WITH THE ALBERTA SHEEP BREEDERS ASSOCIATION SAYS THEY'RE GEARING UP FOR THE ALL CANADA SHEEP CLASSIC SHOW AND SALE WHICH WILL BE HAPPENING IN RED DEER LATE NEXT MONTH.

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WILD HORSES -TRUMP

 
WILD HORSES IN THE U.S. MIGHT NOT BE PROTECTED ANYMORE, IF PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS HIS WAY.
 
HIS NEW BUDGET CALLS FOR SAVING 10 MILLION DOLLARS NEXT YEAR BY SELLING WILD HORSES CAPTURED THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAN WEST, WITHOUT THE REQUIREMENT THAT BUYERS GUARANTEE THE ANIMALS WON'T BE RESOLD FOR SLAUGHTER.
 
WILD HORSE ADVOCATES SAY THE CHANGE WOULD GUT NEARLY A HALF CENTURY OF PROTECTION FOR AN ICON OF THE AMERICAN WEST AND COULD SEND THOUSANDS OF FREE ROAMING MUSTANGS TO FOREIGN SLAUGHTERHOUSES FOR PROCESSING AS FOOD.
 
THE NATIONAL CATTLEMENS BEEF ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE SALE OF WILD HORSES FOR SLAUGHTER, TO FREE UP ROOM IN OVERCROWDED GOVERNMENT CORALS.

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NASTY STORM RIPS THROUGH ALBERTA

FARMERS ARE DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH OF THAT WICKED SPRING STORM RIPPED THROUGH ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN YESTERDAY (WED) FLIPPING OVER GRAIN BINS AND SOME VEHICLES, UPROOTING TREES AND PRODUCING SOME LOCALIZED FLOODING.

IN ALBERTA WINDS AROUND A HUNDRED KILOMETRES AN HOUR KNOCKED OUT POWER TO THOUSANDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES, RIPPED APART TREES, BLEW OVER GRAIN BINS, CREATED CHAOS ON AREA HIGHWAYS AND GENERALLY BLEW EVERYTHING AROUND THAT WASN'T NAILED DOWN.   THERE WAS ALSO SNOW AND SLEET IN CLAGARY AND PARTS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA.

IN RED DEER OVER A HUNDRED BUSINEESES LOST POWER IN THE QUEENS AND EDGAR INDUSTRIAL PARKS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AS THE RAIN AND WIND WHIPPED THROUGH THE AREA.  TWO BIG WIND GUSTS AROUND 4 O'CLOCK KNOCKED POWER OUT IN SEVERAL AREAS OF THE CITY, ALTHOUGH MOST OUTAGES DIDN'T LAST LONG.   ALSO, MANY RED DEER TRAFFIC LIGHTS WERE KNOCKED OUT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND LAST NIGHT WITH MANY INTERSECTIONS BECOMING FOUR WAY STOPS, CREATED A BCKLOG OF TRAFFIC DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON RUSH HOUR.    ALL GAMES AT GREAT CHIEF PARK WERE CALLED OFF DUE TO THE STORM.

THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA, FORTIS REPORTED OVER 14 THOUSAND CUSTOMERS LOST POWER FROM NORDEGG TO RED DEER AND INNISFAIL TO PONOKA. 

THE GOOD NEWS IS, THE WORST OF THE STORM IS OVER AND THE WEATHER WILL IMPROVE DRAMATICALLY INTO SUNSHINE AND WARMER TEMPERTURES THIS WEEKEND.

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RAIN ON THE FARM

 
HEAVY RAIN IN AREAS OF THE GRAINBELT ALREADY SATURATED BY SPRING RUNOFF, IS ADDING TO THE CONCERN OF MANY PRODUCERS THIS SPRING.
 
SOME AREAS OF ALBERTA COULD GET DRENCHED WITH UPWARDS OF 75 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN TODAY...THAT'S NEARLY 3 INCHES.
 
MANY PRODUCERS IN CENTRAL AREAS JUST STARTED THEIR SEEDING OPERATIONS ON THE LONG WEEKEND, THANKS TO GOOD DRYING CONDITIONS....AND FOR SOME, IT'LL BE BACK TO SQUARE ONE.
 
MEANWHILE, THERE ARE MANY PRODUCERS STILL TRYING TO HARVEST LEFTOVER CROP FROM LAST FALL.
 
WITH TIME RUNNING OUT, SOME FARMERS MIGHT BE CHANGING THEIR PLANTING INTENTIONS....FROM CANOLA TO SOMETHING WITH A SHORTER GROWING SEASON LIKE BARLEY. AS OF MAY 16TH, JUST OVER 30 PERCENT OF CROPS HAD BEEN PLANTED IN ALBERTA, WHICH IS WAY BELOW THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE.
 
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE ON THE WEEKEND, WITH TEMPERATURES WELL INTO THE 20'S FORECAST AGAIN FOR NEXT WEEK.
 
THE WEATHER NETWORK SAYS THE SUMMER FORECAST IS CALLING FOR WIDE SWINGS IN OUR WEATHER, BUT WARMER THAN NORMAL FOR BOTH ALBERTA AND BC.
 
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FARM SAFETY DAY
 
LAMONT COUNTY, JUST SOUTH OF EDMONTON IS GOING TO BE HOSTING A FARM SAFETY DAY ON JUNE 9TH TO COINCIDE WITH FARMERS DAY.
 
CLOSE TO 600 STUDENTS FROM KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 9 WILL ENJOY A FULL DAY OF FARM SAFETY PRESENTATIONS.

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DONALD TRUMP - AG SPENDING
 
U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PROMISING MAJOR CUTS TO AGRICULTURE SPENDING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS....AND IT SOUNDS LIKE HE'S GOING TO FACE A MAJOR FIGHT OVER THOSE CHANGES.
 
THE PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD LIMIT SUBISIDES TO AMERICAN FARMERS, INCLUDING A CUT IN GOVERNMENT HELP FOR PURCHASING CROP INSURANCE.
 
IT WOULD ALSO LIMIT SPENDING ON ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CONSERVATION PROGRAMS AND SOME RURAL DEVELOPMENT DOLLARS THAT HELP SMALL TOWNS BUILD ROADS AND BRIDGES.
 
THE CHAIRMEN OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEES, BOTH SAID YESTERDAY, THEY STRONGLY OPPOSE THESE CUTS AND WILL FIGHT THEM.

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FARMERS SEEDING/HARVESTING - WEATHER
 
PRODUCERS IN ALBERTA TOOK ADVANTAGE OF SOME VERY NICE DRYING WEATHER ON THE WEEKEND TO TAKE CARE OF LEFTOVER CROP FROM LAST YEAR, OR TO BEGIN SEEDING THIS YEAR'S CROP.
 
AND THERE'S ANOTHER SENSE OF URGENCY, AFTER ENVIRONMENT CANADA ISSUED A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT ON MONDAY.
 
A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM BUILDING WEST OF EDMONTON, COULD BRING UPWARDS OF 75 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN BY THURSDAY TO A BIG SWATH OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN ALBERTA.
 
MANY OF THOSE SAME AREAS ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH EXCESS MOISTURE. AREAS ALONG THE FOOTHILLS COULD SEE SEVERAL CENTIMETRES OF WET SNOW. THE FORECAST FOR NEXT WEEKEND IS CALLING FOR A RETURN TO WARM, DRY CONDITIONS.
 
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MANITOBA - P.E.D.

 
THE PROVINCE OF MANITOBA IS NOW DEALING WITH A 5TH CASE OF PED IN THE PAST MONTH. PRODUCERS THERE ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO STEP UP THEIR ATTENTION TO BIOSECURITY.
 
THE PROVINCE'S 15TH CONFIRMED CASE WAS FOUND IN THE SAME AREA AS THE FOUR PREVIOUSLY CONFIRMED FARMS.
 
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TRUMP - BUDGET
 
MUCH OF DONALD TRUMP'S SUCCESS IN LAST FALL'S ELECTION CAME FROM RURAL AREAS OF THE U.S., BUT WHAT HE'S PROPOSING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, LIKELY WON'T MAKE THEM HAPPY.
 
THE WHITE HOUSE BUDGET IS PROPOSING 46 BILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS TO FUNDING FOR THE AG SECTOR OVER THE NEXT DECADE.
 
ACCORDING TO REPORTS, SOME OF THE BIGGEST CUTS WOULD COME IN THE FORM OF A 38 BILLION DOLLARS BITE OUT OF FARM SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND NEW LIMITS ON FEDERAL SUBSIDIES FOR CROP INSURANCE PREMIUMS.
 
THE CUTS WOULD ALSO REDUCE GOVERNMENT COVERAGE OF COSTS FOR FEDERAL INSPECTORS AT US MEAT PLANTS.
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GRAIN TRANSPORTATION
 
CANADA'S TRANSPORT MINISTER SAYS THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW LEGISLATION WILL MAKE THE RAIL NETWORK MORE RELIABLE, MORE COMPETITIVE AND BETTER ABLE TO HANDLE INCREASED TRAFFIC.
 
MARC GARNEAU IS HITTING THE ROAD TO PROMOTE THE NEW BILL, WHICH ALSO DEALS WITH AIR TRAVEL. 
 
JEFF NIELSEN WAS PART OF THE MINISTER'S LUNCHEON IN EDMONTON LATE LAST WEEK.
 
IT'S HOPED THE NEW BILL WILL PREVENT ANOTHER GRAIN SHIPMENT BOTTLENECK LIKE PRODUCERS SAW AFTER THE HARVEST OF 2013.
 
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B.C. DAIRY CASE

 
THREE DAIRY FARM WORKERS IN BC'S FRASER VALLEY WILL SPEND TIME IN JAIL FOR CAUSING DISTRESS TO AN ANIMAL.
 
IT COMES AFTER AN UNDERCOVER VIDEO SHOWED SEVERAL EMPLOYEES ABUSING COWS.
 
CHILLIWACK CATTLE SALES AND ITS OWNER WERE FINED 75 THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH AFTER PLEADING GUILTY LAST YEAR TO CAUSING AN ANIMAL TO CONTINUE TO BE IN DISTRESS.
 
THE HIDDEN CAMERA VIDEO SHOWED A COW BEING LIFTED BY A CHAIN AROUND ITS NECK, WHILE OTHER WORKERS STOOD NEARBY CHEERING AND LAUGHING.

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RAIL INDUSTRY - GRAIN TRANSPORTATION
 
CANADA'S TRANSPORT MINISTER IS HITTING THE ROAD TO PROMOTE HIS NEW BILL, HE SAYS HELPS MODERNIZE CANADA'S FREIGHT RAIL INDUSTRY.
 
MARC GARNEAU TOLD A BUSINESS LUNCHEON IN EDMONTON, THURSDAY, PEOPLE CAN'T TAKE FOR GRANTED AN INDUSTRY THAT MOVES 280 BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF TRADE GOODS EVERY YEAR.
 
GARNEAU SAYS THE TRANSPORTATION MODERNIZATION ACT INTRODUCED THIS WEEK WOULD MAKE THE RAIL NETWORK MORE RELIABLE, MORE COMPETITIVE AND BETTER ABLE TO HANDLE INCREASED TRAFFIC.
 
HE SAYS THAT WOULD INCLUDE GREATER MOVEMENT OF GRAIN FROM A PROJECTED INCREASE IN CROP PRODUCTION IN COMING YEARS.

COMMODITY GROUPS ON THE PRAIRIES ARE PLEASED THAT OTTAWA INTRODUCED THE NEW ACT THIS WEEK.
 
MANY OF THOSE SAME GROUPS ARE ALSO HAPPY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAID IT PLANNED TO MAINTAIN A REVENUE CAP ON WESTERN GRAIN THAT RAILWAYS HAUL FOR EXPORT.
 
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NAFTA

 
HERE'S A NEW ANGLE THAT WILL NO DOUBT KEEP OUR TRADE REPS GUESSING, WHEN IT COMES TO THE U.S. AND NAFTA.
 
TOP TRADE OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON ARE NOW SAYING THEY'RE HOPING TO KEEP THE 2 DECADES OLD TRADE DEAL, A TRI-LATERAL DEAL WITH CANADA AND MEXICO, BUT ARE STILL KEEPING THE OPTION OF BI-LATERAL AGREEMENTS, OPEN, IN CASE TALKS THIS SUMMER WITH THE TWO NATIONS, DON'T GO WELL.
 
CANADA'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER CHRYSTIA FREELAND SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS VERY MUCH OPEN TO THE IDEA OF MODERNIZING NAFTA. BUT NDP LEADER THOMAS MULCAIR SAYS WITH TALKS SLATED TO BEGIN SOMETIME THIS SUMMER, ITS ABOUT TIME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPELLED OUT ITS TRUE POSITION ON NAFTA.
 
IT'S EXPECTED THE US WILL BEGIN TALKS ON NAFTA, SOMETIME LATE THIS SUMMER.
 
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ALBERTA STATE OF EMERGENCY
 
A STATE OF AGRICULTURAL DISASTER WAS DECLARED IN BEAVER COUNTY THIS WEEK.
 
IT'S BECAUSE MANY FARMERS IN THE REGION, SOUTHEAST OF EDMONTON COULDN'T HARVEST THEIR CROPS LAST FALL, AND MANY STILL CAN'T GET INTO THEIR FIELDS THIS SPRING. 
 
REEVE KEVIN SMOOK SAYS COUNCIL RECOGNIZES THE CHALLENGES THAT PRODUCERS ARE FACING THIS SPRING.
 
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BILL C-49 (TRANSPORTATION ACT)
 
COMMODITY GROUPS ON THE PRAIRIES ARE PLEASED THAT OTTAWA INTRODUCED BILL C-49 THIS WEEK.  THAT'S THE BILL TO AMEND THE CANADA TRANSPORTATION ACT, WHICH OF COURSE INCLUDES THE SHIPMENT OF GRAIN BY RAIL TO PORT.
 
IN A LETTER FROM PULSE CANADA AND THE CANADIAN SPECIAL CROPS ASSOCIATION, THEY EXPECT TO SEE INCREASED RAIL FREIGHT CAPACITY AND IMPROVED LEVELS OF SERVICES AS A RESULT OF THIS NEW BILL.
 
THE ALBERTA WHEAT COMMISSION SAYS IT'S PLEASED TO SEE THE FOCUS ON PROVISIONS AIMED AT IMPROVING RAILWAY ACCOUNTABILITY INCLUDING THE ABILITY OF SHIPPERS TO SEEK FINANCIAL PENALTIES AND A BETTER DEFINITION OF ADEQUATE AND SUITABLE SERVICE.

MANY OF THOSE GROUPS ARE ALSO HAPPY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAID IT PLANNED TO MAINTAIN A REVENUE CAP ON WESTERN GRAIN THAT RAILWAYS HAUL FOR EXPORT.

CN AND CP BOTH OPPOSE THE CAP, FORMALLY KNOWN AS THE MAXIMUM REVENUE ENTITLEMENT (MRE).
 
SEVERAL FARM GROUPS ARE HOPING OTTAWA'S NEW TRANSPORTATION ACT GETS PASSED BEFORE MP'S BREAK FOR THE SUMMER.  THAT'S BECAUSE THE INTERIM BILL EXPIRES IN AUGUST, LONG BEFORE THE FALL SESSION IS SLATED TO BEGIN.
 
THE WESTERN BARLEY GROWERS REPORTED THIS WEEK, THE NEW BILL MADE IT TO THE NOTICE PAPER STAGE, WHICH MEANS IT COULD BE INTRODUCED IN PARLIAMENT AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK.  
 
WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE IF THERE'S ENOUGH TIME FOR THE BILL TO JUMP THROUGH ALL THE HOOPS BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK.
 
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FOREIGN WORKERS PROGRAM - AUDITOR REPORT
 
CANADA'S AUDITOR GENERAL SAYS HE HAD A GOOD HARD LOOK AT THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS PROGRAM AND MICHEAL FERGUSON SAYS HE DIDN'T LIKE WHAT HE FOUND.
 
HE'D LIKE TO SEE MORE PUSHBACK FROM FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO ENSURE COMPANIES APPLYING TO HIRE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS ARE DOING SO FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.
 
FERGUSON'S SPRING REPORT SAYS THE PROGRAM HAS A SLEW OF OVERSIGHT PROBLEMS THAT APPEAR TO HAVE ALLOWED LOWER PAID WORKERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, TAKE JOBS THAT OUT OF WORK CANADIANS COULD FILL.
 
RON DAVIDSON OF THE CANADIAN MEAT COUNCIL, WHO'S IN ALBERTA THIS WEEK SAYS THE PACKING INDUSTRY IS IN DESPARATE NEED OF WORKERS AT ALL TIMES, SOMETHING LIKE A THOUSAND VACANT POSITIONS AT ANY GIVEN TIME
 
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ORIGIN LABELLING
 
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RAISING CONCERNS OVER A MOVE BY ITALY TO IMPOSE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING ON ALL PASTA SOLD IN THAT COUNTRY.
 
 IT WANTS LABELLING TO SHOW THERE THE DURUM WHEAT WAS GROWN AND PROCESSED.
 
THAT'S ANGERED DURUM GROWERS HERE IN CANADA., SOME OF ITALY'S BEST CUSTOMERS.
 
CAM DAHL WITH CEREALS CANADA SAYS THE INDUSTRY COULD FACE SOME OF THE SAME CHALLENGES THAT OUR BEEF AND PORK PRODUCERS FACED FOR YEARS WITH THE U.S. AND COOL.
 
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HEAD TAX ON CATTLE

 
THE CONTROVERSIAL "HEAD TAX" ON CATTLE IN LETHBRIDGE COUNTY, IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE.
 
A COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH JUDGE SAID RECENTLY, THE TAX IS LEGAL.
 
THAT'S CERTAINLY GOOD NEW FOR THE COUNTY COUNCIL, BUT NOT FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN THE FEEDLOT INDUSTRY.
 
THE TAX WAS FIRST IMPOSED ON OPERATORS JUST OVER A YEAR AGO AND SET AT 3 DOLLARS A HEAD.
 
 IT WAS DROPPED TO 2.50 A HEAD, THIS YEAR.
RICK PASCAL...THE PRESIDENT OF VAN RAAY PASKAL FARMS, WHICH OWNS A NUMBER OF FEEDLOTS IN THE AREA...SAYS THE HEAD TAX ALONG WITH THE PROVINCE'S NEW CARBON TAX IS MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR COMPANIES LIKE HIS TO COMPETE. 
 
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RED DEER WESTERNER - URBAN FARM FESTIVAL
 
Westerner Park has strong agriculture roots as one of the largest agricultural societies and what better way to showcase our agriculture then through a celebration of food. Westerner Park Urban Farm Festival is a new event with a focus on education, encouraging and inspiring people to be knowledgeable about food production and preservation. Through an interactive and experiential environment, Westerner Park will create an Urban Farm experience on our property.

“Our staff at Westerner Park is very excited to begin the development of our new Urban Farm area on our property that will be used to bring the community together by demonstrating how food is grown,” said Ben Antifaiff, CEO and General Manager at Westerner Park. “Westerner Park Urban Farm Festival will teach the importance of urban agriculture and sustainable local food production that we believe will contribute to creating a vibrant and resilient community.”

Thanks to the generous donations from our sponsors, Red Deer County, Peavey Mart, Holiday Inn Hotels & Suites, Canar Rock Products, Blue Grass and A’bunadh Seeds we are ready to start planting.

On May 26, Steel Pony Farms will assist Westerner Park on planting our new farm, which Westerner Park will give 100% of what our Urban Farm, presented by Red Deer Country produces back to the community through organizations like Red Deer Food Bank and Hope Mission. The Urban Farm Festival, presented by Peavey Mart will take place on August 20 in conjunction with Alberta Open Farm Days. The Festival will be an environment where local producers can showcase their products and share their agricultural story.

Westerner Park Urban Farm Festival is going to have a full day of activities, workshops and demonstrations on food production and preservation. The community will learn what they can grow in their own backyard, how to make jams and pickles, urban chicken keeping, urban beekeeping and so much more! After the festival join us at our long table dinner for a celebration of the “Taste of Home” event, presented by Holiday Inn Hotels & Suites featuring a menu full of locally sourced ingredients expertly crafted into a flavour experience by Chef Emmanuel David.
Let's come together, learn to grow local food and connect with the community at Westerner Park Urban Farm Festival on August 20!

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AG CENSUS REPORT
 
NO REAL SURPRISES IN THE LATEST CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE, RELEASED BY STATS-CAN THIS WEEK.
 
OVERALL, THE LATEST REPORT FROM STATS-CAN SAYS FEWER AND SLIGHTLY OLDER CANADIAN PRODUCERS ARE PLANTING MORE CROPLAND ON LARGER FARMS AND ARE MAKING RELATIVELY STABLE PROFITS.
 
THE AVERAGE AGE OF PRODUCERS IN THIS COUNTRY NOW AT 55.
 
STATS-CAN SAYS URBANIZATION IS REDUCING CROPLAND IN SOME AREAS, BUT FARMERS HAVE BEEN CONVERTING SOME LAND FORMERLY USED AS PASTURE, WHICH LED TO A NET INCREASE.
 
CANOLA CONTINUES TO BE CANADA'S MOST PLANTED COMMODITY, ACCOUNTING FOR MORE THAN ONE FIFTH OF ALL CROPLAND.

THE SIZE OF BEEF CATTLE HERDS DECREASED FROM 2011 AND THE NUMBER OF OPERATIONS REPORTING BEEF CATTLE DECLINED ABOUT 12 PER CENT.

STATISTICS CANADA ATTRIBUTES THE DECLINE TO A SPIKE IN PRICES THAT PROMPTED SOME PRODUCERS TO SELL OFF HERDS AND GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS.

IN ALBERTA, THE NUMBER OF CATTLE OPERATIONS IS DOWN, BUT THE PROVINCE STILL LEADS THE COUNTRY IN PRODUCTION BECAUSE THE OPERATIONS ARE LARGER.
 
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4-H PREMIERS AWARD WINNER
 
A CENTRAL ALBERTAN IS THE 2017 4-H ALBERTA PREMIERS AWARD WINNER.
 
BASHAW'S ALYSSA HENDERSON IS A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL LACOMBE 4-H BEEF CLUB AND WAS SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE PROVINCE'S TOP HONOR DURING THE 60TH ANNUAL SELECTIONS PROGRAM AT OLDS COLLEGE
 
THE PREMIERS AWARD RECIPIENT REPRESENTS 4-H ALBERTA AT VARIOUS REGIONAL 4-H AND AGRICULTURE EVENTS AND ALSO GETS TO MEET THE PREMIER AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.
 
ALSO, 14 SENIOR 4-H DELEGATES WERE NAMED AS 4-H ALBERTA AMBASSADORS TO PROMOTE 4-H AND YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN ALBERTA.
 
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OLDS COLLEGE AG NEWS

Olds College has created 50 additional first-year seats in their Agricultural Management program, increasing capacity from 75 first-year students to 125 students. The new 125 first-year student capacity will be in place for the fall 2017 start of the Agricultural Management program. By fall 2018 the program will have 250 students enrolled in the diploma between first and second year. 
 
“Our Agricultural Management program is one of our most popular programs at Olds College and has the highest number of enrolled students,” explains Dr. Barb Mulholland, Dean of the School of Agribusiness, Land & Fashion at Olds College. “Increasing access to our program demonstrates Olds College’s support for the agriculture industry and the confidence we have in our excellent program.”
 
As of March 31, 2017 the College had 165 applications submitted for the September 2017 intake for the Agricultural Management program. Applications are still being accepted and prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 
 
The decision to increase the capacity of the Agricultural Management program comes on the heels of the College’s announcement of the establishment of the Werklund Agriculture Institute, that will position the College as a leader in smart agriculture.
 
The Werklund Agriculture Institute will feature four key components:
 
•         Werklund Growth Centre – will provide a Hub for companies, entrepreneurs, investors and students to access Olds College land and facilities for development, scale up and demonstration of Smart Agriculture technologies, products and services.
 
•         Thought Leader in Smart Agriculture and Sustainability – a unique, fully endowed industry leader to serve as a connector, and advisor on smart agriculture technology, innovation and business for accelerating company growth and access to capital.
 
•         A Producer Mentor Program - a year-long partnership with Producers and Agriculture industry leaders, exposing students to Smart Agriculture practices
•         Olds College Agriculture and Food Enterprise – a vertically integrated “gate to plate” agriculture and food learning enterprise where students engage in business decision making and management.
 
“These are exciting times for the agriculture industry and Olds College,” explains Dr. Jason Dewling, Vice President, Academics and Applied Research, Olds College. “Agriculture programming has been the foundation of Olds College for over 100 years. As we look to expand our programming, we will continue to develop agriculture leaders and innovators of industry as Canada’s centre of specialization in agriculture.”
 
Olds College is the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management. Olds College first opened its doors in November of 1913, and now includes programming that covers Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Land & Water, Fashion, Business, Hospitality & Tourism, and Trades & Apprenticeships.

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FARMLAND VALUES 
 
THE LATEST FARMLAND VALUES REPORT SUGGESTS AVERAGE FARMLAND VALUES ACROSS THE COUNTRY CONTINUED TO CLIMB IN 2016.
 
BUT THINGS ARE SLOWING DOWN, ACCORDING TO THE FARM CREDIT CANADA REPORT, THE AVERAGE INCREASE WAS NEARLY 8 PERCENT LAST YEAR.
 
THAT COMPARES TO A 10 PERCENT INCREASE THE YEAR BEFORE.
 
IN SIX PROVINCES, THE AVERAGE INCREASE IN FARMLAND VALUES SLOWED FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
 
THE BIGGEST JUMP, 13.4 PERCENT WAS IN PEI, FOLLOWED BY ALBERTA, NOVA SCOTIA, BC AND MANITOBA.
 
QUEBEC, SASKATCHEWAN, ONTARIO AND NEW BRUNSWICK MADE UP THE REST OF THE LIST, IN THAT ORDER.
 
FCC PREDICTS CANADIAN FARMLAND VALUES ON AVERAGE WILL RISE THREE TO FOUR PERCENT IN 2017 ASSUMING STABLE CROP RECEIPTS AND INTEREST RATES, AND A 75 CENT CANADIAN DOLLAR.

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BEEF INDUSTRY - CLIMATE CHANGE
 
REPRESENTATIVES OF CANADA'S BEEF INDUSTRY SPENT SOME TIME TALKING WITH THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, RECENTLY.
 
THE COMMITTEE IS STUDYING THE ISSUE OF THE IMPACT THAT CLIMATE CHANGE WILL HAVE ON AGRICULTURE IN THE COMING YEARS, BUT REALLY, ITS A PRE-CURSOR TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S PLAN FOR A NATIONAL CARBON TAX.
 
AND THAT ISSUE HAS CERTAINLY COME UP DURING THESE DISCUSSIONS AT THE COMMITTEE TABLE.
 
JOHN MASSWOHL IS THE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SPOKESMAN FOR THE CCA. HE SAYS TAXING THE INDUSTRY WOULD BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE.
 
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WESTERNER TARP AUCTION
 
Westerner Park is pleased to announce that another successful Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships Tarp Auction was held on Wednesday, April 5th at Bellinis Sonic Lounge in the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel.

Businesses were vying for the opportunity to display their business name and logo on one of the 48 wagons slated to participate during the 2017 Westerner Days Fair & Exposition. The Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships are an anticipated annual event and are viewed by nearly 4,000 spectators each night of the fair.

The highest selling tarp for the evening went to Urban Underground/Knight Capp Industries from Sherwood Park who purchased Garry Thiel for $8,200. The total of the auction was $130,175 for an average of $2,325 per tarp.

Ben Antifaiff, CEO and General Manager for Westerner Park closed the evening thanking everyone for coming together as a community to be a part of such an exciting event. He extended thanks to all the tarp purchasers for their support of Westerner Days and the drivers who entertain us for 5 days, noting that “each and every year we celebrate the foundational role the community, and sponsors like you, play in our success. You are an integral component of Westerner Park and your support in our continuing success as Central Alberta’s ‘Destination for Celebration’.”

Mark your calendars for 5 days of excitement for the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships during the 2017 Westerner Days Fair and Exposition from Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 23.

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UNHARVESTED ALBERTA CROPS
 
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES IN ALBERTA WERE LEFT UNHARVESTED LAST FALL BECAUSE OF RAIN AND SNOW.
 
THOSE PRODUCERS IMPACTED ARE HOPING THINGS DRY OUT QUICKLY THIS SPRING, TO ALLOW THEM TO FINISH WHAT THEY COULDN'T FINISH LAST YEAR, AND FARMERS STILL HAVE TO PREP THEIR FIELDS FOR PLANTING ANOTHER CROP THIS YEAR.
 
NEWCAPS DEAN THROPE TALKED WITH HARRY BROOK AT THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER TO FIND OUT WHAT OPTIONS PRODUCERS HAVE....

 
IT'S ESTIMATED WELL OVER 900 THOUSAND ACRES OF CROPLAND IN ALBERTA WAS LEFT UNHARVESTED LAST FALL.
 
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STETTLER PHEASANT FESTIVAL
 
PREPARATIONS ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY FOR THIS YEAR'S EDITION OF THE STETTLER PHEASANT FESTIVAL.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL HEAD UP TO EDMONTON THIS WEEKEND TO ATTEND THE BOAT AND SPORTSMAN'S SHOW AT THE EXPO CENTRE

REGISTRATIONS FOR THE FOUR DAY HUNT IN STETTLER COUNTY WILL OPEN ON MAY 8TH.

THIS YEAR'S PHEASANT FESTIVAL PUT ON BY CANADIAN BADLANDS IS SET FOR OCTOBER 12TH TO THE 15TH.
 
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ALBERTA 4-H
 
2017 IS A VERY BIG YEAR FOR 4-H IN ALBERTA, AS THE ORGANIZATION IS CELEBRATING IT'S 100TH BIRTHDAY.
 
PART OF THAT CELEBRATION INCLUDES A LEADERSHIP FORUM THAT'S HAPPENING AT THE SHAW CONFERENCE CENTRE IN EDMONTON THIS WEEK.
 
4-H LEADERS FROM ACROSS NORTH AMERICA WILL BE TAKING PART.
 
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