Reg Schellenberg, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, expanded on the goals for his tenure which “are centred on my passion to leave a vibrant industry for the next generation.” He’s also concerned about animal health and care, enhancing risk management for producers, and accelerating innovation in the industry.
Alberta Beef Producers said producers should be granted permits allowing them to kill a dangerous grizzly bear without being charged. “There’s a precedent in this in the way we currently deal with problem coyotes. A permit is only issued after a producer confirms livestock kills or property damage,” said general manager Brad Dubeau.
A new carbon soil mapping project, led in part by Cameron Carlyle, an associate professor in the University of Alberta‘s department of agriculture, food and nutritional science, aims to help beef producers trap carbon and fight climate change. The province said beef production accounts for less than 4% of greenhouse gas produced in Alberta, but half the emissions of the agriculture industry, about 20% of which are removed by soil carbon sinks, such as perennial crops used for grazing cattle.
Maria Leslie said the Alberta Chicken Producers is optimistic the spread of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has passed in Alberta, but still urges caution. “I want to encourage people to continue to follow very high standards of biosecurity with any birds that they might have on their farms,” she said.
Many Alberta farmers are seeing a gap between the amount of data they collect with smart technology and their capacity to apply data. “The technology has advanced a lot more over the past few years, but we’re still leaving the majority of users behind,” said Olds College instructor Simon Knutson, who sees the lack of integration between tech platforms and the rapid pace of advancement as primary drivers of the gap.
Project Agriculture is a new government-funded online learning platform with sections for elementary and junior high students. The platform was started by groups representing Alberta’s supply-managed farms and is now being plugged to educators by the province’s four major crop commissions, Alberta Farmer reports.
TrustBIX has announced the release of BIX Origin, a module aimed at furthering it’s initiative to “reward the agri-food and waste industries for their sustainable efforts, and to supply key insights and verifiable data to participating organizations and end consumers.”