Dry Conditions Update

A summary of the Drought and Excessive Moisture Advisory Group (DEMAG) meeting on July 29, 2021 AFSC has received over 1700 pre-harvest claims this year, which is far more than normal at this point, and has inspected roughly 75% of those so far. AFSC's Agristability, crop insurance, and  forage/pasture insurance are the programs that are …

Agriculture Disasters Declared Due to Dry Conditions

Yesterday the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Honourable Marie-Claud Bibeau announced measures that the federal government is taking to support producers affected by the extreme weather. Included in the announcement was an early designation of the Livestock Tax Deferral provision for the prescribed drought regions. So far the "prescribed drought regions" eligible for the Livestock …

Progress on the Pesticide Container Program

Opportunities to change things up. Resolution 2-21, Pesticide Container Collection Program is having an impact. A recent discussion with Shane Hedderson, the Western Region Business Manager for CleanFarms indicates that there will be some options coming forward for Municipalities that no longer want to participate in the pesticide container collection. In a recent survey of …

Opportunity to Participate in Provincial New Ag Policy Framework Discussions

ASBs and AAAF invited to give feedback The ASBPC received an email from Minister Dreeshen with invitation for the ASBs and AAAF members to participate in the Agriculture and Forestry engagement on the next Agriculture Policy Framework to replace the existing CAP in April 2023. This engagement is to prepare the province for their negotiations …

Feds Launch Next Agriculture Policy Framework Consultations

Alberta's CAP program ends March 2023 The Agriculture Policy Framework is the $300 billion federal investment in agriculture programs across Canada, and where the funds for the current CAP and previous Growing Forward program received their federal funding. The Alberta CAP programs are going through redesign changes and according to their website, should open up …

Advancing resolutions with the Agriculture and Forestry Department

ASBPC meets with ADM John Conrad and ED Jake Kotowich On May 25th the ASBPC was pleased to welcome John Conrad, ADM of the Primary Agriculture Division, and Jake Kotowich, Executive Director of the Crop Health and Assurance Branch to their regular meeting. This is the first time since October 9, 2020 that the Committee …

Fusarium Free Labels

Resolution 5-21 - Opportunity to provide input On May 19, 2021 the Agricultural Service Board Provincial Committee received a response to resolution 5-21 from the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food regarding the request to add a "Fusarium graminearum Free" label to seed after it is cleaned. The response indicates that the Canadian …

Highways and Weeds

Timely reminders for the upcoming growing season. Resolution 1-17 The ASBPC recently met with Darren Davidson, Regional Director and Rob Huston, Operations Manager with Alberta Transportation to discuss plans for the upcoming field season. Here are a few things to keep in mind as weeds start popping up along Alberta's highways this summer: Contractors require …