From farm level to the corner office, there are more jobs available in agriculture than ever before. But the possibility of a future talent shortage is a definite concern, and that discussion was part of the recent farm management-focused week of the Syngenta Media Summit. “It’s been a hot topic lately, specifically in Syngenta, but… Read More

If you’re a 4-H’er, you’re more than aware of Show Your 4-H Colours Day, which is annually held on November 4. Typically, this means the gathering of thousands of youth, volunteers, alumni, and supporters from coast to coast to celebrate 4-H by giving back to their communities, all while wearing their favourite shade of green…. Read More

A first-of-its-kind partnership between Ontario’s TVO and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario has not received the warmest welcome by some of its viewers and readers. TVO is a publicly-funded educational television network and media organization operated by the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, a Crown corporation owned by the Government of Ontario. Dairy Farmers of Ontario… Read More

McGill’s School of Environment will be renamed the Bieler School of Environment following an endowment gift of $15 million honouring Marc Bieler. Bieler graduated from McGill’s agriculture diploma program in 1958 and received a bachelor’s degree in 1964. His career as an agri-food entrepreneur spanned several different industries, including cattle, apples, and maple syrup. He… Read More

The federal government and provincial government of Alberta have committed over $3 million in critical animal health diagnostics funding for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. An agreement for $3.44 million was finalized this past March to help the faculty launch a pilot project to expand its diagnostic service unit, for animal disease… Read More

Ontario’s provincial government, along with the federal government, has announced funding for several projects that will support labour and training needs in the farming sector. This includes $180,000 towards the development of a new college program that will provide education and training in the latest agricultural equipment. “Helping to meet the labour and training needs… Read More

Olds College is receiving a $200,000 investment from the Alberta government to support a new partnership with SVG Ventures’ THRIVE accelerator and startup platform, which focuses on bringing technology-driven solutions to the agriculture and food sectors. The investment, funded through the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP), builds on the Alberta government’s September 21 commitment of $1… Read More

The government of Canada, and the Manitoba provincial government, are providing support to Agriculture in the Classroom — Manitoba (AITC-M), to adjust its educational and outreach resources. The funding, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will help with an increased demand for digital, online, and adapted in-person resources. Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau… Read More

SaskTel and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have announced a partnership to launch a “living laboratory” at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE), south of Clavet, Sask., to test, develop, and demonstrate agricultural technologies. Through a memorandum of understanding, the two organizations will focus on smart farming research and innovation to “accelerate transformation… Read More

The governments of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have announced a renewed financial commitment to the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The three provinces’ agreement will provide more than $134 million to the college over the next five years. The agreement helps to ensure that Western Canada has veterinarians with in-depth… Read More

Lethbridge College has recently reformed its agriculture sciences program with the goal that graduates will leave the program better prepared for supporting the agriculture industry. After a common first year, students will have the basics down in areas such as botany, animal science, commodity marketing, soils, sustainable agriculture, and communications. The new format for the… Read More

Ontario Sheep Farmers is accepting registration for its Master Shepherd’s Course until August 14, 2020. The 18-month professional development course consists of 12, 2-day modules that cover: Business planning; Flock productivity and reproduction; Ewe flock nutrition; Industry dynamics and governance; Genetics; Infrastructure and feeding systems; Effective flock health management; Lambing and lamb rearing; Predation and… Read More

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced the 25 members of its Canadian Agricultural Youth Council recently. In the application process, AAFC committed to regional representation and choosing members with a diversity of backgrounds. In naming the 25 members, AAFC has certainly achieved that — with people from every province and one from the northern territories, and… Read More

 

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