March 8, 2019

Blue Book now available

One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Crop Protection 2019, commonly referred to as the Blue Book, is hot off the presses. We’re joined in studio by co-editors Harry Brook and Mark Cutts, both of whom are crop specialists at the Ag-Info Centre. You can order a hard copy of Crop Protection 2019 online, or call the publications office at 780-427-0391.

Agriculture Literacy Month

March is Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. Luree Williamson, CEO of Agriculture for Life, says it’s important to have such a month to bring attention to agriculture, particularly in schools. For more information, go to Agriculture for Life.

Resuscitating calves

Although many things can be done to prevent cows from having difficult births and calves that require resuscitation, sometimes resuscitating a calf on farm is necessary. Dr. Claire Windeyer, veterinarian and professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty Veterinary Medicine, describes some ways producers can avoid having compromised calves. For more information on calving, talk to your veterinarian or check out the Beef Cattle Research Council’s website.

March 7, 2019

AgriStability deadline

For producers considering the AgriStability program this year, there have been some program changes under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Ed Ten Hove, client development advisor with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, AFSC, discusses the program, which provides compensation for participating producers who experience a margin decline on their farm. The deadline to enrol is April 30, 2019. For more information, call 1-877-899-2372.

Keeping youth safe on the farm

Agriculture Safety Week runs March 10 to 16, 2019, and over the next few programs we’ll hear about various aspects of farm safety. Today, Raelyn Peterson, farm safety youth coordinator with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, discusses a resource for training and supervision of youth on the farm.

New certificate at Olds College

Alberta Advanced Education has approved Olds College to offer a dynamic new post-diploma certificate in Agriculture Technology Integration. Applications for the new certificate will open October 1, 2019, with the first intake of students on campus for a September 2020 start date. To qualify for admission, students must hold a diploma or degree in mechanics, agriculture, land, environment, technology, engineering, forestry or information systems, or a journeyman agriculture equipment technician or heavy equipment technician.

March 6, 2019

Benefits of a diverse crop rotation

One of the best tools to improve your bottom line, reduce future grief, and lower the risks of pests, disease and weeds, is by using a diverse crop rotation. To find out more, we’re speaking with Harry Brook crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre.

Advance Payments Program

Starting this week, farmers wanting to get a jump start on their spring cash advance can submit their 2019 Advance Payments Program application form to Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). Farmers wanting to apply for a cash advance are encouraged to call CCGA's office at 1-866-745-2256 to apply over the telephone. Farmers can also download an application form at CCGA's website, or existing customers can soon use the new online application system directly accessible from their online account.

Remediation and restoration in the watershed event

The Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance is hosting a forum for practitioners on remediation and restoration in the watershed on March 19 in Grande Prairie. Watershed coordinator Adam Norris. For more information or to register, call 780-324-3355, or email mpwa.coordinator@telus.net. The registration deadline is March 15.

March 5, 2019

Crop land rental arrangement options

First off today, we continue our interview with Dean Dyck, farm business management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, on crop land rental arrangements. He outlines a couple of options for landowners and tenants to consider. More information on establishing, negotiating, and writing a land lease, is available for purchase via AF’s comprehensive guide, Leasing Cropland in Alberta, or by calling the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant program

New technical rules in the Occupational Health and Safety Code came into effect on December 1, 2018. Lisa Chen, occupational health and safety program lead for farm and ranch, discusses what farmers and ranchers need to know, and about the Farm Health and Safety Grant Producer Program. Find more information about the Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program, contact the Alberta Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).

Western Canada Hemp Industry conference

The second annual Western Canada Hemp Industry conference is taking place in Olds on March 15. Organizer Jesse Hahn joins us on the line with the details. For more information, or to register, go to Alberta Council of Technologies website.

March 4, 2019

Weekly livestock market summary

First off today, as we do every Monday, we get the latest on the livestock markets.  We’re joined on the line by Herb Lock of Farm$ense Marketing in Edmonton.

Crop land rental agreements

At this time of year, many landlords and tenants may be reviewing their crop land rental arrangements to see whether they are fair and reasonable. Dean Dyck, farm business management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry says determining an equitable rate is not easy.

Keeping calves healthy

Dr. Claire Windeyer, veterinarian and professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, discussed how being prepared and having clean calving areas during calving season are crucial to calf health and survival. But she says preventing disease during the calving season is a year-round effort.

Contact

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