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.
If you are a Canola grower and there is enough moisture in the field around lunch-time or mid-afternoon for your pants to get wet while walking through it, then you might want to consider using a fungicide for sclerotinia. That is according to the Agronomy Specialist for the Canola Council of Canada in East Central Alberta. Keith Gabert encourages producers to try that test if you have a good enough crop and want to use a fungicide to protect the yield. He says sclerotinia is fungal disease which affects a lot of broad leaf crops.
Jeff Nielsen - the Chair of the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) says farmers need really responsible Business Risk Management (BRM) programs and that is what they will be pushing for while in Quebec City this July.
The Alberta government says its short term relief plan will help shallow gas producers cut costs, protect jobs and remain competitive while dealing with economic pressures facing the natural gas industry.
Chinook's Edge School Division will be ready for whatever comes down in the fall from the provincial government, following the Board of Education's approval of the fall budget. That is according to CESD Treasurer Susan Roy. She says CESD trustees recently approved a $128 million dollar budget for 2019/2020.
The Grain Growers of Canada are continuing to advocate for the timely passage of Bill C-100. It is the bill to ratify the new North American free trade agreement also known as the Canadian-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).
The Owner of Zebedee'z Hair Design & Art in Olds will be competing for Canada again at the OMC 2019 World Cup at Hairworld this September. This will be the second year for Lee and Trinity Cenaiko at the competition. Last year they placed in the top 10 in the world.
Among the unique or interesting components of the 2019 Odls Beer Festival, Tracy Gardner with the Olds Regional Exhibition lists the cask competition to allow breweries to showcase an unpasturized product that has some really neat flavours, as well as the craft corner which shares information from local producers.
Earl Dreeshen notes that there are three guiding principles to the federal Conservatives environment plan. They include green technology rather than taxes, a greener environment through better protection of the ecosystem and wildlife by working with stakeholders, as well as a global approach to fighting climate.