Local Agriculture

Beef and dairy farmers around the world are looking for ways to reduce methane emissions from their herds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – a global priority.

(CP) Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the problems moving Canadian grain this year are ongoing and unfortunate.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientist Dr. Qiang Liu is developing a new plant protein-based bioplastic that will keep meat, dairy, and other food products fresher longer.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 07:05

FCC AgriSpirit Fund open for applications

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Farm Credit Canada is now accepting applications from registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada for the FCC AgriSpirit Fund. The fund will award $1.5 million in funding this year.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 07:00

Blakely named the new AFSC CEO

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After a thorough recruitment process, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Steve Blakely has been selected as AFSC’s Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2018.


Blakely will report to AFSC’s Board of Directors, through the Board Chair, and is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Government of Alberta through the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.
The CEO supports policy development and leads the Executive Leadership Team in responding to operational issues and challenges while achieving business plan goals and objectives.
“I eagerly anticipate working with the team at AFSC to build upon recent strategies put in place by the Board of Directors aimed at building a strong, growing, diversified agriculture and agri-food sector in Alberta," said Steve Blakely, newly appointed CEO of AFSC.
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) is a provincial Crown corporation that provides producers, agribusinesses and other small businesses loans, crop insurance and farm income disaster assistance. AFSC has provided Alberta farmers with hail insurance for 80 years, and has grown into a diverse corporation with several core business areas, including crop insurance, livestock price insurance, farm loans, commercial loans and farm income disaster assistance. AFSC has 44 branch offices across Alberta and is headquartered in Lacombe.
AFSC employs almost 700 people across the province and has been named a Top 70 Alberta Employer and Top 100 Canada Employer for 2018.
“AFSC is committed to investing in Alberta by providing our clients the products they need to manage risk and grow their operations. Steve’s strong financial background will ensure Alberta agricultural producers are receiving the support and services needed to strengthen and grow rural Alberta," said Jennifer Wood, AFSC Board Chair in a March 19 statement.
Blakely brings in excess of 40 years of financial industry experience to the position, including roles as President and CEO of Servus Credit Union and President and CEO of Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Alberta. He is currently Board Chair at Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario, a regulator and deposit insurer for Ontario Credit Unions.

Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce realizes the importance of agriculture to the viability and the sustainability of local business.

It was a missed opportunity for Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray to learn about the greenhouse industry when she canceled  a meeting with Redcliff greenhouse operators last week. The meeting was to be held last Wednesday. The cancellation left those in the local industry disappointed and without a chance to explain their business.

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