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JULY AGRI-BUSINESS NEWS

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OLDS COLLEGE EXCHANGE STUDENTS
 
OLDS COLLEGE IS WELCOMING 30 INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM MEXICO THIS SUMMER.
 
THE STUDENTS ARE PART OF A SPECIAL PROGRAM OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO.
 
IT'S GOAL IS TO HAVE TEN THOUSAND MEXICAN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND RESEARCHERS STUDY ENGLISH IN CANADA BY 2018.
 
IN ADDITION TO STUDYING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, STUDENTS TAKE PART IN A NUMBER OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND FIELD TRIPS, VISITING REGIONAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND EVEN LEARNING THE TEXAS LINE DANCE.

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INNISFAIL DEAD GEESE
 
INNISFAIL RCMP ARE LOOKING INTO A CASE OF ABOUT 30 DEAD GEESE FOUND ON THE ROAD.
 
POLICE RECEIVED A COMPLAINT JULY 19TH INTO THE DEAD CANADA GEESE SPREAD ACROSS RANGE ROAD 281, ON THE WEST SHORE OF COOK LAKE NORTHEAST OF INNISFAIL
 
A WITNESS APPARENTLY SAW A VEHICLE HIT A LARGE FAMILY OF GEESE AND POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE ELSE WHO MAY HAVE INFORMATION TO GIVE THEM A CALL.
 
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BC RANCHERS - FIRE IMPACT
 
THE WILDFIRES ACROSS BC THIS MONTH, HAVE INFLECTED A TERRIBLE FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL TOLL ON RANCHERS.
 
KEVIN BOON, THE MANAGER OF THE BC CATTLEMENS ASSOCIATION SAYS FIRES THAT BROKE OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH IN THE PROVINCE'S CARIBOO AND CHILCOTIN REGIONS ARE ESTIMATED TO HAVE CHARRED ABOUT A THOUSAND SQUARE KILOMETRES OF RANCHLAND. HE SAYS CATTLE, FENCES, FEED AND BUILDINGS HAVE ALL BEEN DESTROYED.
 
BOON EXPECTS FINANCIAL LOSSES FOR THE ASSOCIATION'S 12 HUNDRED BEEF PRODUCERS WILL TOP HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
 
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DURUM WHEAT
 
CEREALS CANADA IS BUSY THIS WEEK, DEALING WITH A FORM OF COOL THAT ITALY IS IMPOSING ON OUR SHIPMENTS OF DURUM WHEAT TO THAT COUNTRY AND NOW THERE'S ANOTHER ISSUE IT'S HAVING TO DEAL WITH.
 
THEY LEARNED THE NATIONAL PLANT PROTECTION ORGANIZATION IN PERU REPORTED FOUR NOTICES OF NON COMPLIANCE TO CANADA FOR THE DETECTION OF BANNED WEED SEEDS IN WHEAT SHIPMENTS TO THE SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY, INCLUDING SEEDS FROM KOCHIA, KNOTWEED AND RAGWEED.
 
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FOOD PROCESSOR FUNDING

 
CAMROSE BASED TEER-US DAIRIES IS ONE OF FIVE CENTRAL ALBERTA FOOD PROCESSORS RECEIVING MONEY THROUGH GROWING FORWARD 2 TO HELP EXPAND THEIR OPERATION.
 
TEER-US WHICH PRODUCES MEDITERRANEAN STYLE CHEESES IS RECEIVING ABOUT 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS THROUGH THE FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL PROGRAM TO UPGRADE ITS PRODUCTION FACILITY AND IMPROVE VARIOUS PROCESSES.
 
THE OTHER COMPANIES RECEIVING GRANTS ARE NEW LEAF ESSENTIALS, SUNGOLD SPECIALTY MEATS, TROCHU MEAT PROCESSORS AND OLYMEL.
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LOBLAW WAGE INCREASES
 
GROCERY AND DRUG STORE GIANT, LOBLAW SAYS MINIMUM WAGE HIKES IN ONTARIO AND ALBERTA WILL SERIOUSLY IMPACT THE COMPANY'S BOTTOM LINE.
 
LOBLAW, WHICH OWNS SUPERSTORE AND SHOPPERS DRUG MART, ESTIMATES THE HIKE IN THE BASE SALARY IN THE TWO PROVINCES WILL INCREASE ITS LABOUR EXPENSES BY 190 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2018.
 
BOTH PROVINCES ARE HIKING THEIR MIMIMUM WAGES TO 15 DOLLARS AN HOUR.

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ALBERTA FOOD PROCESSOR GRANTS

The federal and provincial governments are providing $2 million in grants through Growing Forward 2 to help central Alberta food processors upgrade equipment, expand capacity and improve efficiency to meet a growing demand for high-quality, value-added products.
 
“The agri-business sector is a key driver of growth in the Canadian economy and a source of good, well-paying jobs for the middle class. These projects will also help to increase the demand for products from Canadian farmers and the broader supply chain.”

Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
“Alberta’s food processing sector is a significant pillar of our agriculture industry and a major employer across the province. Supporting companies as they improve their operations helps contribute to their long-term success, strengthens the agriculture sector as a whole and further diversifies Alberta’s economy.”

Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
These investments reflect the government’s commitment to support jobs in food processing and to help value-added businesses pursue economic opportunities and respond to consumer demand.

Camrose-based Tiras Dairies Inc., which produces Mediterranean-style cheeses, received approximately $250,000 through Growing Forward 2 to upgrade its production facility and improve production processes.

“We know how important it is to adapt to change and increase our productivity through automation to stay ahead in this competitive sector. With the government’s support, we have been able to increase production of our award-winning cheeses, reduce product waste and increase our purchases from local milk producers in Alberta.” Emmanouil Georgantelis, Tiras Dairies

In 2016, food and beverage processing in Alberta generated $14.6 billion in sales and was the largest manufacturing employer in the province, accounting for more than 22,400 jobs.

Additional agri-food processors benefiting from Growing Forward 2 grants include:

•    New Leaf Essentials – to buy equipment for its new pulse milling and fractioning facility and enhance its dry and wet processing capacity.
•    Sungold Specialty Meats Ltd. – toward a portion of the costs to purchase new cooling equipment and increase operations to meet consumer demands for lamb, goat and mutton products.
•    OlymelSEC/LP – to buy and install an Advanced Meat Recovery System to improve production process.
•    Trochu Meat Processors Ltd. (Sunterra Meats) - to purchase processing equipment.

The Growing Forward 2 initiative is a federal-provincial-territorial partnership that provides programs and services to drive an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-foods sector. By the end of the Growing Forward 2 initiative in March 2018, it is expected that more than $406 million will have been invested in strategic programs for Alberta’s agricultural sector.

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WILDFIRES-BC-RANCHERS

THE BRITISH COLUMBIA CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION EXPECTS FINANCIAL LOSSES DUE TO THE WILDFIRE CRISIS WILL TOP HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR ITS NEARLY 12-HUNDRED BEEF PRODUCERS.

WILDFIRES IN THE CARIBOO AND CHILCOTIN REGIONS ARE ESTIMATED TO HAVE CHARRED ABOUT ONE-THOUSAND SQUARE KILOMETRES OF RANCH LAND, CATTLE, FENCES, FEED AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

RANCHERS ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF TALLYING THE DAMAGE.

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NATIONAL FOOD POLICY
 
The federal government is extending the period for public input into a new national food policy.
 
More than 22 thousand Canadians have already completed the short online survey that was launched back in the spring.
 
The comment period was slated to end this Thursday, but it's now being extended to the end of August, so more people can share their views on what they think is important with a policy like this.

Now while it's important for all Canadians to fill out this survey, Janelle Whitely with the Canola Growers Association says its especially important for producers to take a few minutes and fill it out, to make sure their voices are heard.

You can find the food policy survey online at AGR.gc.ca....again, until the end of August.
 
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NAFTA UPDATE
 
Both the federal NDP and Tories want the prime minister to appear before an emergency meeting of the international trade committee, ahead of NAFTA talks that begin next month.
 
 Earlier, the two parties were quite pleased to hear that Justin Trudeau would be happy to sit down with them to discuss Canada's approach to the talks with the US and Mexico, But the PM made it clear on the weekend, he's changed his mind about speaking to the committee.

The NDP's Tracey Ramsey, who sits on the committee, is disappointed the PM is backing away from his promise to meet with them.

Talks to spruce up NAFTA begin August 16th, and should be wrapped up before the end of the year.
 
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AG MINISTERS MEETING
 
Canada's ag ministers made some headway in formulating a new ag policy framework, during the annual summer meeting in Newfoundland.
 
 Federal ag minister Lawrence McAulay says there was a little give and take by all ministers around the table.
 
The current framework expires at the end of March.
 
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DURUM UPDATE
 
A major concern for Canadian durum farmers. 
 
That's how Cam Dahl describes a move by Italy, to have all of the pasta sold in that country, include a label showing where the durum wheat was grown and milled. 
 
Dahl says that segregation will hurt the Canadian durum industry with lost sales. 
 
It's not unlike the impact that COOL had on our beef and pork exports to the US for 8 years, until the US finally cancelled the program under pressure from the WTO. 
 
Dahl says they hope this dispute won't lead to years of expensive litigation to get it resolved.
 
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NASTY ALBERTA WEATHER/WESTERNER DAYS A SUCCESS
 
ANOTHER NASTY STORM ROLLED THROUGH ALBERTA SUNDAY NIGHT WITH SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND TORNADO WATCHES AGAIN IN MANY AREAS.
 
THERE WAS A STRONG WIND, POUNDING HAIL AND HEAVY RAIN IN MANY REGIONS AS SEVERAL DIFFERENT SUPER CELLS OF WEATHER RACED THROUGH THE PROVINCE, KNOCKING OUT SOME POWER IN CALGARY.

THE STORM DID IMPACT RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR, WESTERNER DAYS LAST NIGHT, FORCING THE FAIR TO SHUT DOWN A COUPLE HOURS EARLY AS A PRECAUTION.
BUT OFFICIALS SAY OVERALL, IT WAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR RED DEER'S FAIR.

THE ATTENDENCE AT WESTERNER DAYS WAS ABOUT AVERAGE THIS YEAR, ABOUT 90 THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED OVER THE FIVE DAY EVENT, DOWN ABOUT TWO THOUSAND FROM LAST YEAR.

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DETAILS ON RED DEER WESTERNER DAYS


The 2017 Westerner Days Fair & Exposition has concluded with a total of 90,533 visitors. Saturday drew the largest crowd of the Fair with over 22,000 people going through the gates, followed closely by Thursday with over 20,000 attendees.


Wednesday’s Parade kicked off the festivities with 136 entries. The winner of the Grand Award, sponsored by Etek Office Supplies, was Blue Grass Nursery, Sod & Garden Centre with their princess themed float, complete with an enchanted forest and a Cinderella carriage. Honourable mention was Alberta Motor Association (AMA).

 

There were 48 chuckwagons competing in this year’s Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championship. This year’s first place winner after five nights of racing was Lee Adamson with a total time of 6:26:45. Adamson was also the winner of the $2,500 Dash for Cash sponsored by Shek Interiors. Louie Johner came in second place with a total time of 6:27:46.


We All Play, a program sponsored by Stantec with their charity of choice Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre and NOVA Chemicals with their charity of choice, Family Services of Central Alberta, was back for 2017. This program helped over 150 different families experience Westerner Days. Passes, which included complimentary parking, food and admission, were distributed to families that would otherwise not be able to attend due to financial constraints.

 

Some of the Westerner Days entertainers also participated in Share the Fair, a program created to bring a taste of the fair to children who may not be able to attend due to an illness. Doo Doo the Clown, Bandaloni, and The Magic of Aaron Matthews participated, and the program was sponsored by Olymel.

 

A highlight of the Fair was Tom Cochrane’s performance with Red Rider on Friday evening in the ENMAX Centrium, which drew in over 4,600 fans. The concert, which was sponsored by Zed 98.9 FM, had a special guest appearance by Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar. Other headliners for the Fair included Jess Moskaluke, Chilliwack and Kim Mitchell, and Cole Hellman.

Fair Attendance

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 13,583

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 20,940
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 19,054
Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 22,467
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 14,509 Total Attendance for 2017 - 90,53
 
Westerner Days 2017 Final Attendance Totals 90,533
 
Fun Stats


Number of Rides: 40
Number of Food Vendors: 27
Number of Vendors in Holiday Inn 19th Street Market: 100+
Number of Main Stage Concert Attendees: 12,473
Number of Entertainment Acts: 29
Number of Livestock Shows: 13
Number of Fireworks: 2500+

Camrose Driver Lee Adamson captured the North American Chuckwagon Chamipnships at the Westerner.

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DURUM WHEAT UPDATE
 
COOL IS BACK. NO, NOT WITH THE US AND OUR BEEF AND PORK. THIS TIME IT'S WITH ITALY AND OUR DURUM WHEAT.
ALL PACKETS OF PASTA AND RICE SOLD IN ITALY WILL HAVE TO INCLUDE LABELS OF ORIGIN, SHOWING WHERE THE DURUM OR RICE WAS GROWN AND MILLED.
 
ITS CLEARLY A MOVE BY THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT TO BOOST SALES OF ITS OWN DURUM WHEAT.
 
ITALY FORMALLY ASKED THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO ALLOW IT TO REQUIRE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELS ON PASTA SOLD THERE, WHICH IS RAISING ALARMS FOR CANADIAN DRUM WHEAT EXPORTERS WHO FEAR THE MOVE WILL DAMPEN SALES, LIKE COOL DID FOR OUR BEEF AND PORK SHIPMENTS TO THE STATES, FOR YEARS.
 
CAM DAHL WITH CEREALS CANADA SAYS THIS DECISION BY ITALY COULD HAVE MAJOR REPERCUSSIONS FOR CANADIAN FARMERS.

THERE ARE SUGGESTIONS THAT ITALY IS TRYING TO SNEAK THIS IN, BEFORE THE FINAL SIGNATURES ON CETA.
 
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CANOLA CROPS RECOVER FROM HAIL

 
THE CANOLA COUNCIL OF CANADA SAYS FLOWERING CANOLA CAN, WITH ENOUGH TIME, RECOVER FROM HAIL THAT KNOCKS OFF A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF FLOWERS.

PARTS OF CENTRAL ALBERTA WHERE POUNDED WITH HEAVY RAIN AND HAIL AGAIN LAST NIGHT. AREAS AROUND BASHAW HAD GOLF BALL SIZED HAIL.

THE COUNCIL SAYS IN SERIOUS HAIL SITUATIONS, WHERE ENTIRE FLOWERING BRANCHES ARE KNOCKED OFF, PLANTS THAT ARE STILL ACTIVELY FLOWERING CAN PRODUCE NEW BRANCHES.

IT WILL SET BACK MATURITY, BUT WITH ENOUGH SEASON LEFT, THE NEW BRANCHES CAN PRODUCE A DECENT YIELD.

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AG MINISTERS SIGN DEAL

Provincial and territorial agriculture ministers have signed a three-billion-dollar partnership with Ottawa that is designed to boost productivity, develop new trading partners and mitigate environmental issues.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the five-year Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement will also open new markets in light of upcoming trade talks with the United States.

The ministers reaffirmed their support for supply management, which limits the amount of imports into Canada without high tariffs.

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K-DAYS BEGINS/WESTERNER DAYS CONTINUES
 
EDMONTON'S K-DAYS BEGINS FRIDAY WITH THE BIG PARADE.  TO HONOR THE CENTURY MARK FOR 4-H IN ALBERTA, K-DAYS IS MAKING THIS SUNDAY, JULY 23RD AS 4-H DAY.  
 
MEANTIME, RED DEER'S BIG SUMMER FAIR, WESTERNER DAYS WHICH BEGAN WEDNESDAY CONTINUES THROUGH SUNDAY WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF AGRICULTURAL EVENTS.
 
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DAIRY COWS KILLED
 
MORE THAN 100 DAIRY COWS AND CALVES ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT IN A LARGE BARN ON A FARM NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER IN NORTHERN NEW YORK.

FIRE OFFICIALS IN CLINTON COUNTY SAY A PASSER-BY SPOTTED THE FIRE AT THE FARM IN THE TOWN OF BEEKMANTOWN, ABOUT 15 MILES FROM THE BORDER.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES AND QUEBEC RESPONDED.

A FEW DOZEN COWS WERE SET LOOSE IN A NEARBY FIELD, BUT MANY OTHERS APPARENTLY DIED IN THE BLAZE. THE EXACT NUMBER HASN'T BEEN RELEASED.
 
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AG MINISTERS MEET

 
CANADA'S FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL AGRICULTURE MINISTERS ARE MEETING TODAY IN ST. JOHN'S.

FEDERAL AGRICULTURE MINISTER LAWRENCE MACAULAY SAYS THEY WILL BE DISCUSSING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEXT AGRICULTURAL POLICY FRAMEWORK.

GROWING FORWARD 2 EXPIRES MARCH 31ST, 2018.

HE SAYS THEY ARE COMMITTED TO HAVING A NEW SUITE OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES IN PLACE ON APRIL 1ST, 2018, THAT WILL MEET THE NEEDS OF FARMERS, PRODUCERS, PROCESSORS, AND CONSUMERS.
 
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P.E.D. UPDATE
 
THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE MANITOBA PORK COUNCIL ESTIMATES AN OUTBREAK OF PED IN MANITOBA, SINCE THE START OF MAY HAS COST THE INDUSTRY NEARLY 12 MILLION DOLLARS.
 
ANDREW DICKSON SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN NEARLY 60 CASES OF THE DISEASE IN ONLY 3 MONTHS, ADDING 20 PERCENT OF THE SOW HERD IN THE PROVINCE IS INFECTED.

A TOWNHALL CONFERENCE CALL TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY, TO BRING PRODUCERS AND THE INDUSTRY ACROSS WESTERN CANADA, UP TO DATE ON THE SITUATION IN MANITOBA.
 
THE PROVINCE'S CHIEF VET, DR. GLEN DOZER SAYS ONE OF THE MAJOR STRUGGLES IN KEEPING THIS DISEASE AT BAY, IS THE NORMAL MOVEMENT OF PIGS FROM ONE FACILITY TO ANOTHER

MEANWHILE, THERE ARE MANY IN THE INDUSTRY THAT SAY OTTAWA IS MOVING TOO SLOWLY IN TRYING TO CONTAIN THIS DISEASE.  MANITOBA TORY MP LARRY MAGUIRE SAYS THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IS JUST ROLLING THE DICE ON THE PED ISSUE IN MANITOBA.

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B.C. EMERGENCY
 
THE PROVINCE WIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN BC IS GOING TO CONTINUE FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER COUPLE OF WEEKS.
 
PREMIER JOHN HORGAN SAYS THERE'S SIMPLY NOTHING TO INDICATE, THE WILDFIRE SITUATION THERE IS GOING TO IMPROVE ANYTIME SOON.
 
40 THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY THE WILDFIRES, AND THAT INCLUDES RANCHERS.
 
MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN SCRAMBLING TO FIND PLACES TO GET THEIR CATTLE OUT OF HARM'S WAY, AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH ENOUGH FEED AND WATER. ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS IS URGING RANCHERS HERE, WHO CAN HELP, TO STEP UP AND DO JUST THAT.
 
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DRY ALBERTA CROPS
 
HOT DRY WEATHER OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IS STARTING TO TAKE A TOLL ON SPRING SEEDED CROPS IN PARTS OF ALBERTA, MOSTLY IN SOUTHERN REGIONS, BUT ITS STARTING TO SHOW IN CENTRAL REGIONS AS WELL. 
 
HARRY BROOK AT THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER SAYS WHILE IT'T GETTING VERY DRY IN THE SOUTH, MOST CENTRAL ALBERTA CROPS ARE LOOKING PRETTY GOOD, BUT MOST WILL NEED RAIN SOON.

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TRUDEAU - WORLD TRADE
 
PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU SAYS CANADA HAS MADE TRADE DEALS ALL OVER THE WORLD, WHILE CONTINUING TO STAND UP FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT.
 
 HE SAYS IT'LL BE NO DIFFERENT WHEN CANADA SITS DOWN WITH THE US AND MEXICO NEXT MONTH TO RENEGOTIATE NAFTA.
 
TRUDEAU SAYS IT WAS A LIBERAL GOVERNMENT THAT CAME UP WITH SUPPLY MANAGEMENT FOR CANADA'S DAIRY AND POULTRY INDUSTRIES, AND HIS GOVERNMENT ISN'T ABOUT TO END THAT SUPPORT FOR A SYSTEM, HE SAYS WORKS FOR CONSUMERS AND FARMERS.

TRADE WAS THE TOP ISSUE ON TUESDAY FOR CANADA'S PREMIERS, AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR SUMMER MEETING IN EDMONTON.

SOME SASKATCHEWAN FARMERS ARE VOICING THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT A REJIGGED NAFTA. THEY'RE WORRIED, AFTER THE US RELEASED THEIR LIST OF GOALS FOR THE TALKS IN AUGUST, WHICH INCLUDED BETTER ACCESS TO CANADIAN MARKETS FOR AMERICAN WHEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS.
 
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MANITOBA SUNFLOWERS

 
MANITOBA'S SUNFLOWER CROP HAS BEEN SOAKING UP THE RECENT HEAT AND MOISTURE.

DARYL REX, AGRONOMIST WITH THE NATIONAL SUNFLOWER ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, SAYS THE CROP IS IN THE BUD STAGE RIGHT NOW AND WILL BE STARTING TO FLOWER.

REX NOTES THAT THISTLE CATERPILLAR HAS BEEN NOTICEABLE IN SOME FIELDS.

HE ADDS SPRAYING HAS NOT BECOME A CONCERN AT THIS POINT.
 
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ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
 
A NEW STUDY SAYS ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS ARE ACTUALLY LINKED TO WEIGHT GAIN AND DIABETES.

RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA STUDIED MORE THAN 400-THOUSAND PEOPLE AND DIDNT FIND ANY EVIDENCE THAT SUGGESTED PEOPLE LOSE WEIGHT BY USING THINGS LIKE ASPARTAME, SUCRALOSE AN D STEVIA.

BUT.... THEY DID FIND A LINK BETWEEN THOSE SWEETENERS WEIGHT GAIN, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND DIABETES!

ONE THEORY IS THAT SWEETENERS CAN CAUSE SOME APPETITES TO INCREASE BY ABOUT 30-PERCENT---WHILE SOME FEEL THEY MESS WITH OUR METABOLISM.

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CATTLE - TOXIC WATER
 
THE CHIEF VET IN SASKATCHEWAN SAYS TESTS PROVE THAT ABOUT 200 CATTLE FOUND DEAD IN A PASTURE NEAR CHAPLIN LAST WEEK, DRANK TOXIC WATER.
 
TESTS OF THE DUGOUT SHOWED A SULPHATE CONCENTRATION OF MORE THAN 24 THOUSAND MILLIGRAMS PER LITRE.  JUST 1000 CAN CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE...ANYTHING OVER 7000 IS DEADLY.
 
 THE PRESIDENT OF SHAMROCK GRAZING, WHICH MANAGES THE PASTURE DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF NEGLECT AND SAYS THIS WAS NOTHING MORE THAN AN ACCIDENT.
 
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BAKERY TO SHUT DOWN
 
CANADA BREAD IS PLANNING TO SHUT DOWN ITS BAKERY IN CALGARY THIS FALL, PUTTING MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BAKERY SAYS THE CLOSURE IS COMING AS A RESULT OF LESS ORDERS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.
 
SHE SAYS THE BAKERY IS NOW RUNNING AT ABOUT 50 PERCENT CAPACITY.
 
THE COMPANY PLANS TO CONTINUING SUPPLYING BREAD TO WESTERN CANADA FROM ITS OPERATIONS IN BC, MANITOBA AND EDMONTON.

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RABIES VACCINE
 
ONTARIO WILL BEGIN DROPPING RABIES VACCINES FROM PLANES NEXT MONTH.

BEGINNING IN AUGUST, AIRCRAFT WILL DROP RABIES VACCINE BAITS ACROSS EASTERN AND SOUTHERN ONTARIO, INCLUDING THE STRATFORD, HAMILTON AND NIAGARA PENINSULA AREAS.

THE DROPS PRIMARILY TARGET RURAL OR FORESTED AREAS AND AIM TO INOCULATE THE LOCAL WILDLIFE POPULATIONS.

HUNDREDS OF ANIMALS IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH RABIES SINCE DECEMBER 2015.
 
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B.C. FIRES - LIVESTOCK OWNERS
 
THE WILDFIRE SITUATION NEXT DOOR IN BC IS EXPECTED TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. CREWS ARE BATTLING NEARLY 170 FIRES AROUND THE PROVINCE, WITH AT LEAST A DOZEN OF THOSE FIRES THREATENING COMMUNITIES.

WATER BOMBERS HAVE BEEN WORKING OVERTIME, ESPECIALLY AROUND PLACES LIKE CACHE CREEK AND ASHCROFT, WEST OF KAMLOOPS. BUT THEY WERE SUDDENLY DIVERTED ON SATURDAY EVENING, TO A SMALL GRASSFIRE NORTH OF KELOWNA, THAT QUICKLY SPREAD AND DESTROYED MORE THAN 30 HECTARES AND AT LEAST A COUPLE OF HOMES IN JUST A MATTER OF HOURS.

LIVESTOCK OWNERS ARE ALSO SCRAMBLING TO FIND PLACES TO TAKE THEIR ANIMALS, AS WILDFIRES THREATEN THEIR RANCHES. THE BC CATTLEMENS ASSOCIATION IS USING ITS WEBSITE TO COORDINATE HAULERS WITH PRODUCERS WHO NEED TO EVACUATE THEIR ANIMALS.

THE SITUATION IS BEING MADE MORE DIFFICULT BY THE FACT THAT SOME ROADS AND HIGHWAYS AWAY FROM THE DANGER AREAS ARE SHUT DOWN BECAUSE CONDITIONS ARE JUST TOO DANGEROUS.

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NAFTA UPDATE
 
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T EXPECTED TO RESPOND TO A LIST COMING FROM WASHINGTON TODAY, REGARDING NAFTA.
 
THE LIST WILL INCLUDE DEMANDS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WANTS TO ADDRESS, WHEN NAFTA TALKS BEGIN ABOUT A MONTH FROM NOW, BETWEEN THE THREE COUNTRIES.

NAFTA IS EXPECTED TO DOMINATE THE DISCUSSIONS AMONG CANADA'S PREMIERS THIS WEEK IN EDMONTON.

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2017 CALGARY STAMPEDE RESULTS
 
WAGONS

 
IT WAS A HIGHLY EMOTIONAL NIGHT AS THE FINALS OF THE 2017 CALGARY STAMPEDE GMC RANGELAND DERBY WERE RUN ON SUNDAY NIGHT.
 
IN A HISTORIC CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, KURT BENSMILLER, DRIVING THE WEST INDUSTRIAL LTD. OUTFIT, AND ALONG WITH OUTRIDERS SHAWN CALF ROBE AND RORY GERVAIS WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FROM BARREL NUMBER 2 IN HEAT NUMBER 9, BY 93 ONE-HUNDREDTHS OF A SECOND OVER OBREY MOTOWYLO WHO PLACED 2ND FROM BARREL NUMBER 4 IN HIS FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE GMC RANGELAND DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP.
 
CHANSE VIGEN PLACED THIRD FROM BARREL POSITION NUMBER 3, WHILE LOGAN GORST WHO HAD THE FAVORABLE BARREL POSITION NUMBER 1, TOOK A FIVE SECOND PENALTY FOR KNOCKING A BARREL AND ENDED UP PLACING FOURTH. IT’S THE THIRD GMC RANGELAND DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR BENSMILLER IN THREE YEARS.
 
ON THE NIGHT, KURT BENSMILLER’S CHAMPIONSHIP RUN OF 1:11.30 WAS ALSO THE FASTEST TIME ON THE NIGHT, 17 ONE-HUNDREDTHS OF A SECOND BETTER THAN VERN NOLIN WHO PLACED SECOND, FOLLOWED BY RICK FRASER, MITCH SURTHERLAND AND OBREY MOTOWYLO FILLING OUT THE TOP FIVE ON THE FINAL NIGHT OF COMPETITION.
 
EARLIER IN THE NIGHT, KURT BENSMILLER ALSO RECEIVED THE CALGARY STAMPEDE’S SAFE DRIVE AWARD FOR THE THIRD TIME IN HIS CAREER FOR BEING THE LEAST PENALIZED DRIVER OVER THE FIRST 8 NIGHTS OF THE RANGELAND DERBY. RORY GERVAIS WAS NAMED THE CALGARY STAMPEDE’S OUTSTANDING OUTRIDER FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR.
 
THE EQUINE OUTFIT OF EXCELLENCE WAS PRESENTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE EVENING. “DANCER” OF JOHN WALTER’S OUTFIT WAS NAMED CHAMPION RIGHT LEADER, “HAWK” OF VERN NOLIN’S OUTFIT WAS NAMED CHAMPION LEFT LEADER, “SLICK” OF CHANSE VIGEN’S OUTFIT WAS NAMED CHAMPION RIGHT WHEELER, “TENTH POWER” OF KURT BENSMILLER’S OUTFIT WAS NAMED CHAMPION LEFT WHEELER, “ROBERT” OF CHAD HARDEN’S OUTFIT AND “BOB” OF GARY GORST’S OUTFIT WERE NAMED THE CHAMPION OUTRIDING HORSES.
 
IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL NIGHT FOR TWELVE-TIME GMC RANGELAND DERBY CHAMPION KELLY SUTHERLAND WHO COMPETED IN HIS LAST GMC RANGELAND DERBY. SUTHERLAND STARTED AS AN OUTRIDER IN 1967 AND DROVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1969. AS WELL, VETERAN OUTRIDER EDDIE MELVILLE RODE HIS LAST RACE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FOR CHANSE VIGEN. A SPECIAL PRESENTATION WAS MADE TO MELVILLE BY THE CALGARY STAMPEDE CHUCKWAGON COMMITTEE.
 
THE WPCA PRO TOUR RESUMES IN BONNYVILLE, ALBERTA JULY 27 – 30, 2017 FOR THE BONNYVILLE CHUCKWAGON CHAMPIONSHIP. 
 
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STAMPEDE RODEO RESULTS

THE CALGARY STAMPEDE WRAPPED UP SUNDAY WITH TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN PRIZE MONEY AND A CENTRAL ALBERTA COWBOY CASHED IN.

23 YEAR OLD ZEKE THURSTON FROM BIG VALLEY BECAME THE FIRST MAN TO WIN THREE STRAIGHT SADDLE BRONCE TITLES AT THE STAMPEDE.

HE SCORED A 92 ABOARD "GET SMART" TO TAKE HOME A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR, TO COMPLETE THE HAT TRICK. THE ONLY CANADIAN TO WIN A HUNDRED GRAND IN A STAMPEDE RODEO EVENT THIS YEAR.

THE WINNERS OF THE OTHER EVENTS WERE AMERICAN'S... CORY SOLOMAN IN TIE DOWN ROPING.....  RICHMOND CHAMPION IN BAREBACK, TYLER WAGUESPACK FOR STEER WRESTLING AND TIANY SCHUSTER IN BARREL RACING.

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BC FIRES – CATTLE

RANCHERS FLEEING WILDFIRES IN THE B-C INTERIOR ARE LEAVING BEHIND THOUSANDS OF CATTLE, UNCERTAIN IF THEY'LL STAY AHEAD OF THE BLAZE.

B-C CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION GENERAL MANAGER KEVIN BOON SAYS THE CATTLE HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF SURVIVAL, AS THEY WERE BORN AND RAISED ON THOSE LANDS AND WILL KNOW WHERE TO FIND FOOD AND WATER.

BOON SAYS A HEAD OF CATTLE CAN COST ANYWHERE FROM ONE-THOUSAND TO SEVERAL THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, AND LOSING EVEN A FEW WILL TAKE A FINANCIAL TOLL ON RANCHERS.

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CALGARY STAMPEDE BULL STUDY

A UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY RESEARCHER IS LOOKING INTO WHETHER THE ILL-TEMPERED STARS OF RODEOS SUCH AS THE CALGARY STAMPEDE WOULD PERFORM BETTER IF THEY HAD A SHADY PLACE TO REST.

ED PAJOR  AN EXPERT IN ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AND WELFARE _ SAYS THE STUDY WILL EXAMINE WHETHER SHADE OR SUN HAS ANY INFLUENCE ON THE BEHAVIOUR OF BUCKING BULLS.
IT WILL LOOK FOR SIGNS OF HEAT STRESS, HOW EASILY THE ANIMALS HANDLE AND WHETHER THEY ARE BREATHING QUICKLY, PANTING OR SLOBBERING.

PAJOR SAYS THE RESULTS MAY ALSO HELP TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF THE COWBOYS WHO CLIMB ABOARD THE BULLS.

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AGRICULTURE MINISTER IN OLDS

ALBERTA'S AGRICULTURE MINISTER WILL ADDRESS DELEGATES AT THIS YEARS AGRICULTURE SERVICE BOARD TOUR IN OLDS FRIDAY (JULY 14).

O'NEIL CARLIER WILL MAKE HIS COMMENTS TO RED DEER COUNTY AND MOUNTAINVIEW COUNTY RESIDENTS AT THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST FRIDAY MORNING (7 - 9 AM) AT THE OLDS COLLEGE ALUMNI CENTRE. 

FRIDAY IS THE FINAL DAY OF THE FOUR DAY EVENT THAT BEGAN ON TUESDAY (JULY 11).

FOR MORE INFO. GO TO WWW.2017ASBTOUR.CA 

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BC CATTLE - FIRES

THE B-C CATTLEMAN'S ASSOCIATION SAYS MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND HEAD OF CATTLE COULD BE AFFECTED IF WILDFIRES SPREAD IN THE PROVINCE'S INTERIOR.

AT THIS POINT, AS RANCHERS ARE ORDERED TO SAFER AREAS, ALL THEY CAN DO IS HOPE THE ANIMALS' INSTINCTS WILL KEEP THEM SAFE.

ALTHOUGH MANY ARE EXPECTING THE WORST, ASSOCIATION GENERAL MANAGER KEVIN BOON SAYS THE LIKELIHOOD OF THE COWS SURVIVING IS GOOD BECAUSE THEY HAVE VERY GOOD INSTINCTS.

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HAPPIER DAIRY COWS
 
THERE'S A NEW PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN WHERE SCIENTISTS ARE TRYING TO FIND THE BEST WAY OF MAKING DAIRY COWS HAPPIER SO THEY COME UP WITH MORE MILK.
 
NIGEL COOK IS IN CHARGE OF THE PROGRAM AND HE OFTEN HEADS TO FARMS TO GIVE ADVICE ABOUT MANY ISSUES INCLUDING BEHAVIOUR AND EASING STRESS ON THE ANIMALS.
 
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CATTLE EMMISSIONS
 
THIS IS INTERESTING...
 
THE FEDS ARE PUTTING MONEY INTO RESEARCHING METHANE GAS EMISSIONS IN CATTLE.
 
ITS NOT A JOKE, THEY'RE PUTTING 1.1-MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE STUDY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY OF BASICALLY CUTTING DOWN FLATULENCE IN COWS.
 
THE STUDY WILL HELP FIGURE OUT IF A CERTAIN FEED SUPPLEMENT IN BEEF CATTLE DIETS WILL HELP THEM DIGEST THEIR FOOD BETTER SO THEY DONT PRODUCE AS MUCH METHANE GAS.
 
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MEAT COUNCIL UPDATE
 
THE CANADIAN MEAT COUNCIL IS TRYING TO CONVINCE THE FEDS TO RE-SURRECT THE "TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP."
 
IT COMES AFTER JAPAN AND THE EUROPEAN UNION ANNOUNCED AN "AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE"  CONCERNING A NEW FREE-TRADE DEAL LAST WEEK.
 
RON DAVIDSON WITH THE MEAT COUNCIL SAYS SOME FEEL CANADA COULD LOSE SOME BUSINESS IN JAPAN ONCE THAT DEAL IS SIGNED.
 
DAVIDSON SAYS THERE'S A BILLION DOLLAR CANADIAN MEAT MARKET ON THE LINE.
 
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SWINE TRAILERS
 
THE CHIEF VET IN MANITOBA SAYS THE PROVINCE IS STILL DOING WHAT IT CAN TO GET SWINE TRAILERS RETURNING FROM THE U-S WASHED IN THE STATES AND AGAIN IN CANADA.
 
MEGAN BERGMAN SAYS THERE'S SIMPLY NO WAY OF TELLING HOW WELL THEY'VE BEEN CLEANED IN THE U-S...
 
ANDREW DICKSON WITH THE MANITOBA PORK COUNCIL AGREES.
 
HE SAYS CANADA MOST DEFINITELY HAS A BETTER CLEANING PROCESS, BUT THE REQUIREMENT TO HAVE THE TRAILERS CLEANED AGAIN WAS LIFTED FOR SOME REASON.
 
HE THINKS IT COULD BE REASON FOR THE CURRENT OUTBREAK OF PED IN MANITOBA HOG BARNS.
 
50 FARMS AFFECTED AT THIS POINT.
 
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DURUM PROTEST
 
THERE WAS A BIG PROTEST IN ROME LAST WEEK CONCERNING CANADIAN DURUM SHIPMENTS TO ITALY.
 
IT'S USED TO MAKE PASTA, BUT THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT WANTS TO GO MORE "LOCAL."
 
TROUBLE IS, ITALY ONLY GROWS ABOUT 60-PERCENT OF THE DURUM IT NEEDS.
 
EVEN SO, THEY'VE ALREADY COME OUT WITH A PROGRAM WHERE CANADIAN DURUM WOULD BE LABELLED SO EVERYONE KNOWS WHERE IT WAS GROWN.
 
ITALIAN GRAIN FARMERS SAY CANADIAN DURUM IS COST THEM A LOT OF MONEY AND THERE WAS RECENTLY A CASE WHERE A SHIPLOAD OF CANADIAN DURUM WAS SEIZED WHEN IT GOT TO AN ITALIAN PORT WITH CLAIMS IT HAD HIGH LEVELS OF TOXIN.
 
INSPECTORS FOUND THAT WASNT THE CASE, BUT THE SHIPMENT WASNT RELEASED UNTIL AFTER THE INITIAL STORY HIT THE PAPERS THERE.
 
CAM DAHL THE HEAD OF CEREALS CANADA SAYS THIS INCIDENT IS JUST PART OF AN ONGOING EFFORT TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE FOR CANADA TO EXPORT INTO ITALY.
 
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HAIL STORM
 
FARMERS WHO HAD FIELDS HIT BY THE BIG HAILSTONES THAT WERE PART OF A SERIES OF STORMS IN THE PROVINCE SUNDAY NIGHT ARE STILL ASSESSING POSSIBLE DAMAGE.
 
IN SOME CASES THEY RANGED FROM PEA SIZE TO TENNIS BALLS TO TOMATOES.
 
THAT WAS AROUND EVANSBURG.
 
BUT OBVIOUSLY IT'S NOT JUST HAILSTONES THAT CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS WHEN CROPS ARE GROWING.
 
MURRAY HARTMAN WITH ALBERTA AGRICULTURE SAYS HEAT STRESS CAN CAUSE ALL SORTS OF ISSUES AS WELL AND IT CERTAINLY HAS BEEN HOT THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.
 
HE SAYS HEAT STRESS IS ESPECIALLY A BIG ISSUE WHEN IT COMES TO CANOLA.

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MANITOBA P.E.D. VIRUS

 
51 FARMS IN MANITOBA ARE NOW AFFECTED BY THE PED VIRUS.
 
THATS A LOT MORE THAN JUST A WEEK AGO.
 
PED IS DEADLY TO YOUNG PIGLETS AND THE VIRUS HAS INFECTED ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF THE PROVINCIAL SOW HERD IN MANITOBA.
 
PIGS OLDER THAN 3 WEEKS USUALLY RECOVER IF THEY GET IT.
 
FARMERS ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS BY TAKING A CLOSE LOOK AT BIOSECURITY MEASURES AND CRACKING DOWN ON WHO COMES AND GOES FROM THEIR FARMS.

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CANADIAN DURUM

There was a big protest in Rome last week concerning Canadian durum shipments to Italy.
 
It’s used to make pasta but the Italian government wants to go more "local."
 
Trouble is Italy only grows about 60-percent of the durum it needs.
 
Even so they've already come out with a program where Canadian durum would be labelled so everyone knows where it was grown.
 
Italian grain farmers say Canadian durum is cost them a lot of money and there was recently a case where a shipload of Canadian durum was seized when it got to an Italian port with claims it had high levels of toxin.
 
Inspectors found that wasn't the case, but the shipment wasn’t released until after the initial story hit the papers there.

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BEEF UPDATE


The feds have come out with a 2-million dollar investment for the Beef Farmers of Ontario to help improve feed efficiency among beef cattle in eastern Canada.
 
The research is going to be done at the Beef Research Centre in Ontario.
 
Its hoped they'll come up with a plan to cut the amount of feed needed for every pound of beef so that each cow will produce less methane and manure.

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OLYMEL CONVERSION

Olymel is investing 2-million dollars to convert part of its pork processing plant in Red Deer so they can start making sausages.
 
It means they'll need to upgrade their fridges and install new equipment.
 
Work starts this month and should create 20 new jobs.
 
More than 14-hundred people currently work in the plant.
 
Company officials say they'll be able to serve the western market better than ever with breakfast and fresh sausages and bulk sausage meat.

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ALBERTA STORM
 
IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF ANY CROPS WERE AFFECTED BY THOSE HUGE HAILSTONES NEAR OLDS SUNDAY.
  
MANY WERE THE SIZE OF BILLIARD AND TENNIS BALLS ---AND SOMETHING THAT SIZE---COULD FLATTEN CROPS..
 
IN THE MEANTIME, SOME PARTS OF ALBERTA ARE GETTING SHOWERS AFTER A HOT  HOT WEEK.  
 
STILL ISN'T CLEAR IF IT DID ANY DAMAGE TO CROPS, ESPECIALLY CANOLA WHICH IS NOW IN THE FLOWERING STAGE.
 
NEXT DOOR IN SASKATCHEWAN SOME PRODUCERS HAVE ALREADY WRITTEN OFF CROPS, BECAUSE THEY HAVENT HAD ENOUGH RAIN AND TOO MUCH HEAT.
 
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GLOBAL 4-H SUMMIT
 
THE 2017 GLOBAL 4-H SUMMIT IS COMING UP THIS WEEK IN OTTAWA.
 
4-H REPRESENTATIVES FROM ACROSS CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD WILL BE THERE TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES, LEARN FROM EACH OTHER AND CELEBRATE THE 4-H GLOBAL MOVEMENT.
 
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HEAT WAVE UPDATE
 
ANOTHER HOT ONE IN THE FORECAST TODAY (FRI) AS THE ALBERTA HEAT WAVE CONTINUES.
 
THE HEAT WARNING NOW EXTENDS THROUGH MUCH OF THE PROVINCE, STRETCHING FROM EDMONTON AND EAST TO THE SASKATCHEWAN BORDER, THROUGH THE RED DEER AND STETTLER REGIONS, TO CALGARY AND SOUTHERN ALBERTA.
 
FARMERS ARE GETTING CONCERNED ABOUT CROPS AND PASTURE BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF MOISTURE.
 
YOU'RE ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN HEADING OUTDOORS TODAY AS TEMPERATURES WILL REACH THE 30 MARK AGAIN IN MANY AREAS OR HIGHER AND THE HEAT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH WEEKEND WITH ONLY A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS, UNTIL IT COOLS OFF ON MONDAY.
 
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DRY CROPS IN SASKATCHEWAN

 
THE CURRENT HEATWAVE IS ALREADY TAKING A TOLL ON SPRING SEEDED CROPS IN PARTS OF SASKATCHEWAN.  A SPOKESMAN WITH THE PROVINCE'S AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT'S ESPECIALLY DRY FROM SWIFT CURRENT TO MOOSE JAW.
 
HE SAYS SOME PRODUCERS HAVE ALREADY WRITTEN OFF CROPS, DUE TO A LACK OF RAIN.  THERE'S CONCERN EXCESSIVE HEAT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA, MIGHT IMPACT CROPS LIKE CANOLA, WHICH ARE JUST BEGINNING TO FLOWER.
 
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FARM FAMILIES HONOURED

 
ALBERTA FAMILIES WHO HAVE FARMED THE SAME LAND FOR 100 YEARS OR MORE ARE BEING RECOGNIZED WITH CENTURY FARM AND RANCH AWARDS.

NINETEEN FAMILIES WERE RECOGNIZED WITH A BRONZE PLAQUE AT A CEREMONY IN VEGREVILLE.
 
AGRICULTURE MINISTER ONEIL CARLIER SAYS THE ONGOING SUCCESS OF THE PROVINCE'S AGRICULTURE SECTOR DEPENDS GREATLY ON THE DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OF ALBERTA'S FARMING FAMILIES.

HE CALLED IT AN HONOUR TO RECOGNIZE THEIR LEGACY AND SUPPORT THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH OF THE LOCAL FOOD INDUSTRY. 

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P.E.D. UPDATE
 
DESPITE 40 NEW CASES OF PED IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS IN MANITOBA, A TOP VET, DR. EGAN BROCKHOFF WITH THE CANADIAN PORK COUNCIL,  BELIEVES THE DISEASE CAN BE ERADICATED. 
 
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HEAT WARNINGS
 
MORE HOT WEATHER IN THE FORECAST IS GREAT FOR BEACHGOERS, BUT IT COMES WITH A CAUTION.
 
A HEAT WARNING HAS EXPANDED IN ALBERTA INCLUDING THE RED DEER, LACOMBE, PONOKA, INNISFAIL, SYLVAN LAKE, SUNDRE AND STETTLER REGIONS, ADDED TO THE DRUMHELLER, HANNA, CALGARY AND MEDICINE HAT REGIONS.
 
WITH ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVIES YOU'RE ADVISED TO TAKE LOTS OF BREAKS, KEEP YOURSELF, YOUR KIDS AND YOUR PETS COOL, STAY HYDRATED AND WEAR LOTS OF SUNSCEEN.
 
PLUS THE HEAT COULD PRODUCE SOME SEVERE WEATHER LATE IN THE DAY, SO KEEP YOU EAR TO THE RADIO AND YOUR EYES ON THE SKY.
 
THIS WEEK'S SUPER HOT FORECAST IS GREAT FOR THE LAKE, BUT NOT SO GOOD FOR HAYLAND AND FLOWERING CANOLA CROPS.
 
HARRY BROOK AT THE AG INFO CENTRE SAYS THE HEAT COULD DAMAGE SOME OF THE NEW CROPS.
 
ON THE ISSUE OF INSECTS, HARRY SAYS HE HASN'T HAD TOO MANY CALLS ABOUT INSECTS SO FAR THIS SUMMER.
 
HARRY SAYS PRODUCERS SHOULD BE SCOUTING THEIR FIELDS FOR DISEASES.

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PULSE CROPS
 
CANADA'S TOP AG MINISTER RELEASED A STATEMENT ON THE PULSE CROP-INDIA SITUATION.
 
IN THE WRITTEN STATEMENT, LAWRENCE MACAULAY SAYS INDIA HAS GRANTED ANOTHER EXEMPTION WHEN IT COMES TO FUMIGATION, ADDING THAT ANY EXPORTS LEAVING CANADA ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30TH OF THIS YEAR, WILL NOT REQUIRE FUMIGATION IN CANADA.
 
THE MINISTER SAYS BOTH SIDES ARE CONTINUING TO WORK TOWARDS A LONG TERM, SYSTEMS BASED SOLUTION.

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CANADA FARMLAND VALUE

 
ALBERTA IS IN SECOND PLACE, WHEN IT COMES TO INCREASING VALUES OF FARMLAND IN CANADA. ACCORDING TO THE FCC, PEI LED THE WAY LAST YEAR, WHILE ALBERTA SAW FARMLAND VALUE RATES INCREASE BY ALMOST 10 PERCENT.

COUNTIES LIKE TABER AND LETHBRIDGE HAVE THE MOST EXPENSIVE FARMLAND....AT ROUGHLY 5800 DOLLARS AN ACRE....NO DOUBT BECAUSE OF THE VERY PRODUCTIVE SOILS IN THAT REGION.

FARMLAND ALONG THE EDMONTON TO CALGARY CORRIDOR ALSO EXTREMELY VALUABLE.

 
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HOT WEATHER - IMPACT ON CROPS
 
IT'S A GREAT FORECAST IF YOU'RE HEADING FOR THE LAKE THIS WEEKEND, BUT THE BLAST OF VERY HOT WEATHER THAT'S HEADING FOR ALBERTA, DOESN'T CONTAIN MUCH POSITIVE NEWS FOR PASTURES, HAYLAND OR FLOWERING CANOLA CROPS.
 
HOT AND DRY PRETTY MUCH SUMS IT UP ACROSS ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN IN THE COMING WEEK WITH SOME WEEKEND TEMPS EXPECTED TO CLIMB WELL INTO THE 30'S AND REALLY THE ONLY PRECIPITATION WILL COME IN THE FORM OF THUNDERSTORMS, WHICH COULD ALSO BRING TORRENTIAL RAIN AND HAIL.

HARRY BROOK AT THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER SAYS IT IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN, ESPECIALLY IN SOUTHERN REGIONS THAT HAVEN'T SEEN THE SHOWERS THAT CENTRAL AND NORTHERN REGIONS HAVE HAD.

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CANADIAN FARMLAND PRICES
 
ALBERTA IS IN SECOND PLACE, WHEN IT COMES TO INCREASING VALUES OF FARMLAND IN CANADA. 
 
ACCORDING TO THE FCC, PEI LED THE WAY LAST YEAR, WHILE ALBERTA SAW FARMLAND VALUE RATES INCREASE BY ALMOST 10 PERCENT.
 
COUNTIES LIKE TABER AND LETHBRIDGE HAVE THE MOST EXPENSIVE FARMLAND AT ROUGHLY 5800 DOLLARS AN ACRE, NO DOUBT BECAUSE OF THE VERY PRODUCTIVE SOILS IN THAT REGION.
 
FARMLAND ALONG THE EDMONTON TO CALGARY CORRIDOR ALSO EXTREMELY VALUABLE.
 
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HOT CROPS
 
ACCORDING TO THE LATEST PROVINCIAL CROP REPORT, CROPS THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE PROVINCE ARE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE.
 
THAT'S CONSIDERING HOW LATE SOME WERE PLANTED AND THE LACK OF ANY SIGNIFICANT GROWING WEATHER, TIL NOW,   BUT NOW WE'RE IN FOR SEVERAL DAYS OF VERY HOT WEATHER WHICH COULD CAUSE SOME STRESS TO CROPS.
 
THERE'S A HEAT WARNING AGAIN TODAY IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA, WITH SOME TEMPERATURES CLIMBING TO ABOUT 30 DEGREES, BUT THE FORECAST CALLS FOR SOME AREAS OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA APPROACHING 35 CELCIUS OR HOTTER, ON THE WEEKEND.

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CHINA MEAT
 
CHINA IS THE LATEST COUNTRY TO STEP UP ITS INSPECTIONS OF MEAT COMING FROM BRAZIL. IT FOLLOWS A RECENT BAN ON BRAZILIAN MEAT IMPORTS TO THE US, AFTER A NUMBER OF SHIPMENTS FAILED TO PASS SAFETY CHECKS.
HEALTH INSPECTORS IN BRAZIL ARE BLAMING UNDERSTAFFING AND GOVERNMENT BUDGET CUTS FOR SANITARY PROBLEMS THAT TRIGGERED THE LATEST US BAN.
CANADA IS STEPPING UP ITS INSPECTIONS OF MEAT IMPORTED FROM BRAZIL.
 
THE CFIA WILL NOW CONDUCT FULL INSPECTIONS OFF ALL MEAT COMING FROM BRAZIL. USUALLY, ONLY ONE FULL INSPECTION OUT OF 10 SHIPMENTS IS DONE, WHILE THE OTHER 9 ARE VISUALLY INSPECTED.
 
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HOT WEATHER ON THE FARM
 
THE WEATHER FORECASTERS HAD ALL BEEN SAYING THIS, WEEKS AGO.
 
ONCE JULY ARRIVES, WE'RE IN FOR SOME VERY HOT WEATHER ON THE PRAIRIES AND THAT APPEARS TO BE THE CASE, ESPECIALLY AS WE HEAD TOWARDS NEXT WEEKEND.
 
ENVIRONMENT CANADA ISSUED A HEAT WARNING ALREADY TODAY, AS TEMPERATURES IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA COULD BE IN THE HIGH 30'S BY SATURDAY.
 
WHAT COULD THAT KIND OF HEAT MEAN FOR CROPS?
 
HARRY BROOK AT THE AG INFO CENTRE IN STETTLER SAYS CROPS VARY THROUGHOUT THE REGION, WITH SOME REALLY GOOD LOOKING CROPS, WITH OTHERS ARE A BIT PATCHY AND SHOWING SOME SIGNS OF MOISTURE STRESS, BUT OVERALL HE SAYS CROPS ARE BACISCALLY AVERAGE RIGHT NOW.
 
HE ADDS IF THE FORECAST FOR A LONG PERIOD OF HOT WEATHER HOLDS TRUE, THERE IS CERTAINLY SOME CONCERN FOR CROPS, ESPECIALLY ON LIGHTER LAND, WHICH COULD CAUSE SOME STRESS AND YIELD LOSS.
 
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CATTLE CRASH
 
A WOMAN HAS DIED IN A COLLISION WITH CATTLE ON A RANGE ROAD IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA.

MOUNTIES IN COALDALE SAY THE WOMAN WAS ONE OF FIVE PEOPLE IN A FORD MUSTANG THAT WAS ON THE PAVED ROAD CANADA DAY WHEN IT HIT SEVERAL COWS.

TWO OTHER ADULTS AND TWO YOUTHS WHO WERE IN THE CAR WERE INJURED.

POLICE SAY SEVEN ANIMALS DIED.

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TRUDEAU OVERSEAS

 
PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU MADE A STOP IN IRELAND TODAY, AHEAD OF THE G-20 GATHERING IN GERMANY AT THE END OF THE WEEK. IRELAND'S NEW PRIME MINISTER WAS SPORTING RED MAPLE LEAF SOCKS FOR HIS MEETING IN DUBLIN TODAY WITH JUSTIN TRUDEAU. BOTH MEN REAFFIRMED THEIR COMMITMENT TO CETA.
 
TRUDEAU TOLD REPORTERS THAT TRADE DEAL BETWEEN CANADA AND THE EU WILL GIVE CANADIAN AND IRISH BUSINESSES GREATER ACCESS TO EACH OTHER'S MARKET AND DELIVER STRONGER ECONOMIC GROWTH.

BUT NOT EVERYONE IN IRELAND IS SOLD ON THE DEAL. THE IRISH CATTLE AND SHEEP FARMERS ASSOCIATION IS CALLING THE DEAL A SELL OUT AND SAY OPENING UP THE IRISH MARKET TO CANADIAN BEEF WILL HURT BEEF PRODUCERS THERE. THE HEAD OF THE ASSOCIATION SAYS CANADIAN BEEF IS OF A LOWER STANDARD AND IS HIGHER PRICED.
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PULSE CROPS

 
THE HEAD OF PULSE CANADA IS HOPING GROWERS IN CANADA WILL BE EXEMPT FROM A RATE HIKE INDIA PLANS TO PUT ON THE FUMIGATION PROCESS FOR PULSE CROPS ARRIVING THERE.
 
INDIA SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE TO FUMIGATE CROPS, BUT IS RAISING THE COST OF DOING THAT BY 5 TIMES THE ORIGINAL CHARGE.
 
GORDON BACON WITH PULSE CANADA SAYS THERE ARE MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.
 
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BRAZIL BEEF
 
HEALTH INSPECTORS IN BRAZIL ARE BLAMING UNDERSTAFFING AND GOVERNMENT BUDGET CUTS FOR SANITARY PROBLEMS THAT TRIGGERED THE LATEST US BAN ON BEEF COMING FROM BRAZIL.
 
CANADA ISN'T GOING TO FOLLOW SUIT, BUT WILL STEP UP INSPECTIONS OF MEAT IMPORTED FROM BRAZIL.
 
THE MEAT INDUSTRY THERE HAS BEEN SUFFERING A HUGE CREDIBILITY PROBLEM, AFTER SEVERAL PLANTS WERE RAIDED IN THE SPRING OVER ALLEGATIONS OLD MEAT WAS BEING DOCTORS AND SHIPPED, WHILE INSPECTORS TURNED A BLIND EYE.

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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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