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AgCoalition expresses concern over the Government of Alberta’s process in introducing Bill 17

The AgCoalition is expressing concern over the Government of Alberta’s process in introducing the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act (Bill 17). Introduced on May 24 and passed earlier [Tuesday], Bill 17 has the potential to seriously disrupt the agriculture sector’s unique culture of cooperation and family-style relationships between employees and employers.   Bill 17 includes a number of wide-ranging provisions designed to make changes to Alberta’s employment standards process and labour codes, including provisions that give farm and ranch workers the right to form a union. The introduction of Bill 17 comes only months after the conclusion of a lengthy government consultation process to develop provisions under Bill 6 – the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act  – many of which are now irrelevant under the new legislation. Additionally, in many cases where subject matter does align between Bill 6 and Bill 17, the new legislation ignores se ... Read the rest of entry »

Ottawa, provinces sign internal free trade agreement

Dan Mazier, Keystone Agricultural Producers president, said the deal is great news for farmers.

“Canada imports more than $47 billion in food from other countries, much of which is meat, grains and vegetables that Canadian farmers also produce right here at home,” Mazier said in a statement. “Interprovincial trade barriers have too often made it easier for processors and retailers to import food from another country than from another province.” 

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49th Annual Aggie Days in Full Swing

Calgary, AB -- The Calgary Stampede's Aggie Days are back and bigger than ever. It returns for its 49th year, and it is expected to draw in over 40,000.

Aggie Days is aimed at people from urban areas to learn about life on the farm and where their food comes from; it's an excellent rural showcase for producers to educate Albertans and their kids about the agriculture industry. Kids can safely meet a wide variety of farm animals, including pigs.

In addition to agriculture education, the public can enjoy many interactive activities like cow milking, sheep shearing, livestock auctioneering, the corn maze, and more.

Members from Alberta Pork and the Swine Committee are representing the pork industry at Aggie Days; don’t hesitate to come and visit if you are in the area!

Only students and their teachers can attend for first three days of the event while gates are open to the public on Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9.

Porkapalooza teams up with Northlands, announces new location.

EDMONTON, AB. (March 23, 2017) – Porkapalooza BBQ Festival returns on June 10 and 11 for its fourth year as Edmonton’s premier BBQ festival. This year, the festival returns to its roots by increasing its focus on the BBQ competition, while maintaining the opportunity for the public to taste delicious BBQ.  With plenty of local entertainment, food trucks, retail vendors, and a Kids Zone, there will be fun for the whole family.

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Value Chain, Education, and Energy Efficiency Top Topics at Regional Meetings 2017

This year’s regional meetings in Lethbridge, Grand Prairie, Vegreville, and Red Deer went off without a hitch. Thank you to all of you who took the time to come out, despite the weather and new dates.

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Reminder for Regional Meetings and Business Risk Management Workshops

We would like to remind producers and industry members about the upcoming Regional Meetings and Business Risk Management Workshops from March 7-15th, 2017. 

Alberta Pork has partnered with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the WHE to hold Business Risk Management workshops.  We have planned the Lethbridge workshop to fall on the same day as the Alberta Pork Regional Meeting in the hopes that you would be able to make both meetings.

The regional meetings serve as a wonderful opportunity to recieve the latest updates from Alberta Pork's Executive Director, Darcy Fitzgerald, our Chairman Frank Novak, and to hear about Energy Efficiency Opportunities from special guest Mark Armstrong.

Click here to download the Regional Meetings Agenda

Click here to download the Business Risk Management Workshops Agenda

If you would like to RSVP please call 1-780-474-8288 or 1-877-247-7675 (toll free), or email kassandra.harvey@albertapork.com.

We hope to see you there.


Reminder for Election Nominations

2017 Notice of Nomination and Annual Regional Meetings We thank Will Kingma and Marcel Rupert for their dedication in providing six years of their time on the Alberta Pork Board.  With that said, if you’d like to be a part of the board and do some important work on behalf of your fellow producers, this is a great opportunity give a little of yourself to help all in the industry. For 2017, there are two Director-at-Large positions up for election as both Will and Marcel are required to step down after their term has ended. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Alberta Pork Board please complete the attached nomination form and return it, with a nominee biography and photo, to Alberta Pork’s office by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 20, 2017. Nomination forms can be sent to the Chief Returning Officer, Darcy Fitzgerald, by email to darcy.fitzgerald@albertapork.com, by fax to 780-479-5128 or by mail to Alberta Pork, 4828-89 Street, Edmonton AB T6E 5K1. Click here to do ... Read the rest of entry »

Recruitment and Retention Workshop Lethbridge January 25, 2017

January 9, 2017 The Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association and Alberta Pork are pleased to present the Recruitment & Retention Workshop at the Agriculture Centre on January 25, 2017 in Lethbridge, Alberta. This instructive and interactive learning event has been created specifically for agricultural producers in any commodity. As an agricultural business owner, manager or supervisor you will learn how to make crucial HR management decisions, avoid common pitfalls, and increase your understanding of the best approaches to recruitment and retention. Case studies, examples, templates and instructions are provided to help you carefully construct your own successful recruitment and retention plans.

For more information on the workshop please click here to view the flyer or contact Charlotte Shipp at 780-491-3528 or by e-mail at charlotte.shipp@albertapork.com

Despite Success in Keeping Out PED Virus Remains a Threat

August 28, 2016 (from Farmscape.ca) Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says detection of PED on a livestock trailer earlier this month demonstrates the virus remains a threat. Earlier this month PED was detected in an environmental sample collected from a livestock trailer in Alberta. Dr. Julia Keenliside, a Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, told Alberta Pork's August Telephone Town Hall, there have been no cases of PED in Alberta pigs but detection of PED on a trailer is a reminder that the infection moves on transport vehicles. "We looked at the history of the trailer and we found that indeed this trailer was used to deliver cull sows from Manitoba to the U.S. in late July and it was washed in Wisconsin before it came back to Canada. It then picked up a load of equipment totally unrelated to livestock and delivered the equipment to Alberta at the end of July. Then, as part of the protocol, it was washed again in Alberta bef ... Read the rest of entry »

University of Saskatchewan’s New PEDv Vaccine Hits Field Trials

August 24, 2016 (from RealAgriculture.com) A prototype vaccine for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), developed in less than a year, has the pork industry hopeful for a new best management practice to aid in the fight against the devastating disease. “This is great news for the swine industry both in Canada and globally, as PEDv continues to threaten unaffected regions and impact areas where it is already present,” said Sask Pork general manager Neil Ketilson. The PEDv vaccine prototype is now in field trials in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The vaccine was developed by the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), in their new Level 3 containment facility. “Our new facility, InterVac, provided us with the containment infrastructure to develop a vaccine and demonstrate it protected up to 100 per cent of the piglets,” said Volker Gerdts, VIDO-InterVac’s research director, in a ... Read the rest of entry »
 
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