Immediate calls for action by the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) include changes to the AgriStability program and expanding the interest-free portion of Advance Payments Program to all commodities. On Tuesday, May 14th GGC asked the federal government to develop a strategy to address an increasingly unpredictable trade environment affecting the incomes of grain farmers across Canada.
The Grain Growers of Canada are urging the federal government to step things up when it comes to recent trade disruptions.
GGC Chair Jeff Nielsen farms near Olds. He says this is a non-partisan issue and Canadian farmers need government support to ensure we are well positioned to weather this storm.
Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that China's blocking of Canadian canola is politically motivated.
Nielsen says the GGC want to have a level playing field throughout the world.
He notes their organization continues to advocate for producers, but wants more movement on the file.
As for canola production this growing season, Nielsen says he cut back a bit.
According to Nielsen, Canada's Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau met briefly with her Chinese counterpart in Japan. He adds, hopefully that is a step forward to send a delegation over to China.
Olds firefighter Noel D'Arcy is going to try to get his name into the Guiness World Record book on Sunday, August 18th.
D'Arcy will also be raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation when he puts on full firefighting gear - including an air tank and breathing through the apparatus - in order to run in the Servus Edmonton Marathon.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), has announced over $1.9 million in Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) funding towards Olds College to bolster Alberta’s agriculture industry.
This is the 7th year for Alberta Open Farm Days. The event runs on Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th. It includes tours of farms from around the province and a chance to learn from producers.
A change in leadership is on the horizon for the town of Didsbury. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Harold Northcott has accepted the CAO position with the County of Vermilion River and will start his new job there in early September. Northcott has tendered his resignation to the town of Didsbury and Mayor Rhonda Hunter hopes to see a new interim CAO in place by the end of August or early next month.
The AgSmart expo began on Tuesday, August 13th. The two-day show at Olds College started with a number demonstrations and a session with Robert Saik as he launched his book "Food 5.0: How We Feed The Future".