May 5, 2020: Local Food Market Channels – an Overview (2:00 p.m. MDT)
This webinar is for producers who are considering selling food in Alberta. Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist and Karen Goad, farm direct marketing specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will discuss the scope of the local food opportunity in Alberta and market strategies for selling food products direct to consumers. We will explore the advantages and challenges of common market channel options including farmers’ market and farm gate sales, online, foodservice, retail and more. This webinar is being put on in conjunction with the Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA). CARA is a producer-directed society dedicated to expanding agricultural research activity in the Special Areas and MD of Acadia. Our program of applied research, demonstration and extension projects provides a link in the transfer of knowledge and technology between research and the producer.
May 7, 2020: Selling Food in Alberta? Know the Regulations! (2:00 p.m. MDT)
If you are new to or considering selling food in Alberta, join Eileen Kotowich and Karen Goad for a quick review of the regulations you need to know before selling food in Alberta. Know that different regulations apply to different market channels and different types of food. Understand the regulatory agency roles, build your industry network and learn where to get more information. This webinar is being put on in conjunction with the Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA). CARA is a producer-directed society dedicated to expanding agricultural research activity in the Special Areas and MD of Acadia. Our program of applied research, demonstration and extension projects provides a link in the transfer of knowledge and technology between research and the producer.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Events and Information
Cap Efficient Grain Dryer Program
A new grant program is now available to help grain farmers upgrade their grain handling systems.
Click HERE for more information.
Click HERE for the application form.
Click HERE for the funding list.
Click HERE for the terms and conditions.
Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS)
Did you know that there's an interactive tool available through the Alberta government's website that allows producers, farm consultants, and researchers to see Alberta weather forecasts, browse over 10,000 maps of Alberta weather and Alberta climate-related information, and access near real time station data from over 350 meteorological stations operating in the province?
Check it out HERE.
The maps and weather data describe Alberta's weather, climate and related agriculture features to help with your long-term planning and decision-making throughout the growing season.
AgriProfit$ Business Analysis and Research Program Video
A new video showcasing the AgriProfit$ Program was released in the spring of 2018. This Program is designed to help producers gain insight into what is contributing to their total farm’s performance. AgriProfit$ provides cost and return analysis by enterprise. In return for their participation, producers receive financial and production performance reports which aide in the identification of efficiencies and areas for improvements. The Program is free and individual information remains confidential. Aggregated results are published and used for benchmark comparisons.
Recently the AgriProfit$ Program completed technical enhancements to facilitate ease of use, improved result interpretation and system flexibility. Knowing their own cost of production on the farm is a starting point for profitability. Each year is different – dependent on the relationships between yield – price – costs and the producer’s financial situation.
Economic Section is positioning itself to broaden the reach of AgriProfit$ to more cattle and crop producers. We ask for your assistance in sharing this video and helping to connect producers to this business application.
Check out this video to learn how the Program works and hear from some of the returning participants as to how the Program helped in their farm decisions and the difference it made to their business.
- AgriProfit$ Video: https://youtu.be/X3oRZR5XiO4
- AgriProfit$ Social Media Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NPj7P9qIQg
Crop Production Workshop – Presentations
This workshop was held on March 15, 2017. Below are the slides from two of the presentations given during the workshop.