As per ALP's commitment to work for every producer in our province to enhance advocacy, education, communication, research, and community-building for a stronger sheep industry, we organized the May 12 call with Alberta producers and industry stakeholders, to open up the lines of communication during the Covid-19 pandemic.
ALP Chair, Ryan Greir provided an industry update at the beginning of the call and then he opened it to the floor for any questions, comments or concerns brought forward for discussion.
If you were unable to attend this meeting, you can watch the video recording of it , shared below.
Results Driven Agriculture Research enters start-up phase of new model for farmer-led research investment
(Calgary, Alberta) May 25, 2020 - Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) is pleased to announce that it is now in the startup phase, paving the way for the establishment of a new vision for agriculture research in Alberta. The non-profit, farmer-led company will operate at arm’s length from the Government of Alberta, and will determine and fund industry-wide research priorities that will enhance farmers’ competitive advantage.
RDAR recently held an initial series of outreach sessions with its key partners including:
- Crop and livestock boards, commissions and associations
- Alberta’s network of applied research associations
- Universities, colleges and funding agencies
- Private companies engaged in agriculture research
The sessions were aimed at introducing key partners to RDAR and establishing a platform for ongoing dialogue.
OTTAWA — Farmers, growers and producers need to tap into current agricultural support programs to help with the fallout from COVID-19 before any more money can flow from the Liberal government, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says.
Bibeau said there are billions of dollars available via the risk-management programs that have long existed to help the industry during times of crisis, and if farmers don’t apply for those funds, it hurts her ability to make the case for more aid around the cabinet table.
*Nominations are due by July 31*
Two Director-at-Large positions on the ALP Board will be up for election this fall.
Alberta Lamb Producers is the voice of producers in discussions with industry stakeholders and government. ALP needs a strong Board of Directors to ensure the interests of producers are represented, viable marketing opportunities are developed, and that check-off dollars are spent wisely.
To stand for election, you MUST submit a completed nomination form to the ALP office by July 31. The ALP Director description and nominations forms can be found here:
There are two Director-at-Large positions open on the 2020/21 Board. Candidates can be nominated from any region in the province - there no restrictions due to zone or geographical location.
The official ballots for the 2020 ALP Director’s election will be mailed with the fall issue of N’ewesletter. Producers have the option of advance voting by mailing the ballot to the ALP office or of voting in-person at the AGM on November 28th at Old College.
What do you need to serve on the ALP Board as a Director?
- No previous board experience is required.
- Must be an eligible sheep producer residing in Alberta (Eligible producers must have paid service charge (check-off) to ALP within the last two years i.e. after Sep 1, 2018).
- Enthusiasm, ideas and a vision for building a strong lamb industry.
- A commitment to collaboration and the ability to work with other board members for the benefit of the industry.
- Ability to make the minimum commitment of 3-4 in-person board meetings, bi-weekly conference calls, and the ability to monitor and respond to emails at least every 48 hours. Per diems and expense reimbursements are provided.
It’s not all work! In addition to contributing to the industry, serving on the Board gives you opportunities for personal growth and skills development, such as making important industry contacts, and obtaining experience in board governance, leadership and project management.
April 9, 2020
I am sure you all have heard the saying “crisis builds character,” but I would suggest over this next year we will see that saying go much deeper and I suspect that “crisis will build community.” This past month has been a whirlwind for myself and Alberta Lamb Producers, full of challenging decisions, made in a short period of time, as I am sure it has been for all industry stakeholders. I want to be very clear that we will only get through this together, as Canadian sheep, lamb, wool, and stock producers. Our market always has some unpredictability but this next year is going to be very tough on lamb prices as millions find themselves unemployed with others looking at a decrease in income and limited markets to shop. We do not yet know the full impact on lamb imports or exports or the other meat commodities, which will all factor into the equation moving forward. Either way, we need to be united as a country in every way and face this together.
It is important in these uncertain times that sheep producers have a safety net to protect against economic downturns. The NSN has been working hard through their membership in the CFA to help craft a BRM plan that will work for all sheep producers. We believe that our industry cannot thrive without economic stability and thank all the CFA participants for working hard to promote changes that will benefit all of agriculture. We encourage you to read the updates we will be sharing to stay informed of any impending changes.
CFA President's Message - Week of March 30th
Covid-19 Update for On-Farm Service Providers
As the COVID 19 pandemic continues to unfold, the NSN remains committed to providing producers with as much information as possible and hope to minimize the impact on farmers.
We are reaching out to other industry stakeholders and continue to monitor the situation and will work with partners across the industry to manage any potential disruption.
NSN staff are all equipped to work from home and so, from our perspective, it is business as usual.
For up-to-date, local information, contact the public health unit in your community. Find more information about the current outbreak at:
- Public Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Find your local public health unit here: https://www.phdapps.health.gov.on.ca/PHULocator/
Additional services have been provided by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture: