AgKnow to Launch Community Engagement Campaign February 2023

Resolution E1-19 Get ready folks, the much anticipated and requested Alberta approach to farm mental health is launching their first community engagement campaign this February 2023. Press packages, presentations, courses and professional development opportunities are in the works, and staff are starting to reach out to spread the news that AgKnow is now open for …

Estimated cost of weed control on neglected oil and gas well sites by municipalities needed by January 11, 2023

Resolution 1-21, In response to a request made by Minister Horner to the ASB Provincial Committee at their meeting on November 30, 2022, an email was sent to all ASBs asking for estimated costs associated with inspecting, monitoring and controlling weeds on neglected well sites. The deadline to submit costs through the attached survey link …

Meeting with the Jason Hale, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation

ASBPC Meeting November 7, 2022: delegation DM Jason Hale and ADM John Conrad. The ASBPC held their annual organizational meeting and met with the newly appointed Deputy Minister (DM) Jason Hale, and longstanding ASB supporter Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) John Conrad at the Edmonton Convention Centre on the first day of the RMA 2023 Fall …

AgKnow – Alberta’s Approach to Farm Mental Health

Resolution E1-19, In May of 2022, the Alberta Farm Mental Health Network met with Minister Horner and presented their whitepaper outlining findings and recommendations for a made-in-Alberta approach to farm mental health.  Along with the whitepaper, the Network presented the minister with a proposal to jumpstart research that will clarify the issues and inform the …

CAP to be replaced by SCAP and RALP; includes changes to the Business Risk Management programs.

Objectives of the new Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) are now available and online consultations are open until October 2022. Resolution E1-20 SCAP summary of key facts. Recently the federal, provincial and territorial agriculture ministers met to discuss objectives for the new Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) framework, that will commence on April 1, 2023.  …

Waterfowl Crop Damage Prevention Program

Garret McKen is a Junior Biologist with the Alberta Conservation Association who has recently became the Provincial Coordinator for the Waterfowl Crop Damage Prevention Program. This program is designed to discourage crop depredation by waterfowl by providing propane powered scare cannons to farmers through the Agricultural Service Boards. One of the deliverables each year consists …

Update progress on Bill C234 – Exemption of propane and natural gas from the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

On May 18, Bill C234 completed its second reading in the House of Commons and was referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food (AGRI). June 16, AGRI conducted a meeting regarding the Bill and the minutes and recording can be found here. The Bill has not proceeded past this step. After the AGRI, …

Update on the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Ministers of Agriculture meeting in July (New Ag Policy Framework)

Minister Horner provided the following update: At our July meeting in Saskatoon, the federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture came to an agreement-in-principle on a new framework that will replace the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).  I want to share the communique and backgrounder from the meeting, along with some highlights about the new Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (SCAP) Framework. …