The Roundup: Feb. 2nd

Taiwan opens door to poultry and poultry products from Saskatchewan

For the first time since 2007, poultry producers in Saskatchewan have access to the Taiwanese market.

In 2007 a highly pathogenic strain of avian flu was found in Saskatchewan on a farm that produced hatching eggs for broiler chickens, prompting the ban.

Saskatchewan has been recognized as flu-free since 2008 based on the World Organisation for Animal Health requirements.

Taiwan is Canada’s fifth-largest export market for poultry and poultry products, importing $77.4 million in 2007 and $142.4 million in 2011, an increase of 84%.

Canadian poultry exports to Taiwan have increased 147% between 2007 and 2012, reaching $22.2 million in sales between January and November 2012.

Nominations open for AFAC Awards of Distinction

Alberta Farm and Animal Care is on the lookout for individuals or groups who have made ‘exceptional contributions’ in the field of livestock welfare.  Criteria includes those who promote responsible, humane animal care within the livestock industry; engaging in discussion with the public about today’s animal agriculture;  monitor and participate in issues and legislation that effect animal care, and; encourage research relevant to farm animal care.  Nominations can be accessed by clicking here and are due by February 15th.

 

AG Retailers from across the country to descend upon Banff

The Global and Canadian economy, the Canadian agriculture industry and better communicating with your community will be issues at the centre of The Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) annual convention in Banff, AB on February 13th and 14th.    This year’s theme will be “Spotlight on Ag: Opportunities Shine”.  More information on the event can be found at http://www.caar.org/

Saskatchewan government seeks ag plastic recycling program

The Ministry of Environment in Saskatchewan is working with CleanFARMS Inc. to develop a plan to recycle agricultural plastics.   Consultations with farm organizations, municipalities, environmental groups, plastics recyclers and waste haulers are now underway in Regina.  They are being asked for their input on how to manage agricultural plastic waste such as grain bags, plastic twine, silage bags and bale wrap.

The province says ag producers have few options available to properly handle and dispose of these materials and believe this fits well as part of its Plan for Growth in the agricultural sector by looking for innovative ways to reduce the pressure on local infrastructure.

ACORN’S Grow a Farm apprenticeship and Mentorship Program applications now open

The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network’s (ACORN) is seeking applications for its Apprenticeship and Mentorship Program.   Applications are open to people who are interested in experience a full-time, comprehensive, farm based apprenticeship.   Application forms are available at www.growafarmer.ca.  The Grow a Farmer program is supported by the NB Agricultural Council; Agri-Futures NS; the PEI Adapt Council and the Territorial Farmers Association.

An Apple a Day…

February is national apple month and BC Tree Fruits is marking the occasion by holding events for consumers and retailers in cities in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.     The month celebrates apples grown in B.C., while encouraging people to support local growers.   Chris Pollock, Marketing Manager for BC Tree Fruits says  “many consumers don’t typically think of February as a month for fresh fruit, however local apples are available fresh throughout the long winter months.”   The company is holding  a photo contest for on its website as part of the “Good to Go” campaign with cash prizes for the winner and a charity of their choice.