A luncheon is being held on Wednesday, June 6th from noon until 1:30pm in the Santano Room of the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel in order to honour the three award recipients who have taken exemplary action in their local communities to improve the air quality in Central Alberta.
The Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) will be handing out its Blue Skies Awards for 2018 on Wednesday, June 6th in Red Deer.
The Counties of Mountain View, Red Deer, and Lacombe are among the recipients.
Kevin Warren, Executive Director of PAMZ says the three counties are all involved in the Alternative Land Use Services Program (ALUS).
Warren says since the counties started the program, 100 farmers and ranchers have enhanced natural ecosystems. Almost 5000 acres of land have been improved.
As for air quality, he adds, the planting of trees and hedges has had the biggest impact.
Warren notes that - in general - our local air quality is pretty good.
Also receiving a Blue Skies Award for 2018 are NOVA Chemicals and Developments 2 Inc.Timberlands Market Project.
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.