Below is the fall CgFARAD™ newsletter. The two main topics covered are: CgFARAD™ and food safety related research, and regulation of veterinary drugs.
NSN encouraged by FPT discussions
December 2, 2020 – (Airdrie, AB) The National Sheep Network (NSN) applauds the leadership Minister Bibeau demonstrated at the Federal Provincial Territorial Agriculture Ministers’ meeting last week. That the federal government is prepared to make meaningful improvements to AgriStability is encouraging and the NSN would like to urge the provincial and territorial ministers to quickly support and enact the proposed changes to support Canadian farmers.
The proposal from Minister Bibeau, presented at the 2020 Federal – Provincial – Territorial Ministers of Agriculture meetings, would increase the compensation rate under AgriStability from 70 to 80 per cent and remove the reference margin limit.
Along with the reference margin limit removal, NSN and its industry partners have asked for AgriStability coverage to cover losses starting at 85 per cent.
“The NSN appreciates the proposals put forward during last week’s meetings,” said Ryan Greir, NSN chair. “We are urging the governments to accelerate changes to BRM programming to make it more predictable and bankable for when producers need support.”
“As governments navigate these challenging times, we appreciate our Ministers taking the time to include support for its farmers in their discussions.” said Pierre Lessard, the NSN’s vice-chair. “We recognize the fiscal challenges that the provincial and federal governments are under and we believe that investing in agriculture will help drive economic recovery.”
The NSN represents Canada’s business of sheep farming. We are a formal collaboration currently consisting of the top three lamb producing provinces, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. Home to 72% of Canada’s ewe flock and over 80% of processing, the NSN contributes over $900 million to Canada’s economy.
For more information
National Sheep Network
The Alberta Lamb Producers Board of Directors has an opening for one, interim Director-at-Large position. Director-at-Large positions may be filled by producers living in any area of Alberta (i.e. no zone requirements). Application deadline is February 21, 2021.
This position will be filled through appointment by the board. As it is an interim position, an election will be required for the position at the ALP Annual General Meeting in the Fall 2021 (date is yet to be determined).
Serving on the board is an exciting and challenging opportunity to advance your industry.
ALP Interim Director Application
- Must be a sheep producer residing in Alberta
- A keen interest in improving processes and resources for the industry
- Ability to work with other board members for the benefit of other sheep producers
- Ability to make the minimum time commitment of 3-4 in-person board meetings, as well as bi-monthly conference calls
- Per diem and expenses are provided
- No previous board experience is required
- A strong commitment to collaboration and growth is important, as is a solution-oriented focus
In addition to contributing to your industry, serving on the Board has other positive benefits such as gaining:
- a broader perspective and greater knowledge of the sheep industry.
- important local, provincial and national contacts.
- skills that enhance other areas of business and life, such as experience in board governance, leadership, project management, communication and interpersonal skills.
Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) is committed to funding research. Partnering with other organizations, wherever possible, to work on projects provides better value as expertise can be shared, and resources and funding can be leveraged.
ALP has changed the way we accept research proposals. By creating structure to this process, it allows for ALP to properly budget for research projects each year fiscal year and ensures the projects we support, align with ALP’s strategic plan.
Effective today and moving forward into 2021, our new Research Proposal Structure is as follows:
- ALP will be placing a call out to researchers to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for upcoming research projects that will be seeking a monetary or in-kind investment from ALP. This call out will happen once a year, beginning in January of each fiscal year and will have a submission deadline provided.
- The LOI’s that are submitted by the deadline will then be reviewed by the ALP Board of Directors by the end of April each fiscal year, who will then select which projects ALP would like to see full proposals from. Those who have been selected to submit full proposals for further consideration, will have until the end of June, each fiscal year to do so.
- The ALP Board of Directors will then review the full proposals and decide which projects to fund by mid-end of August.
- Lastly, ALP will then reach out to all proposal applicants by the end of September, of each fiscal year to let them know if they have been approved or declined.
ALP will be announcing in January when we have our offical call out for LOI's - stay tuned!
Elections for the ALP executive and committee positions were held on November 29, 2020 during the first Board meeting following the 2020 AGM. Elections results were:
Chair: Ryan Greir
Vice-Chair: Brittany Walker
Finance Chair: Karl Denwood
Finance Vice-Chair: Judy Buck
Ryan Greir, Brittany Walker, Darlene Stein and Judy Buck will be representing ALP on the National Sheep Network (NSN).
We would like to advise you of an announcement today regarding access to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses currently operating through personal bank accounts. See news release below:
Industry Engagement Division
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Government of Canada
Thank you to all the eligible producers who sent in their email addresses to ALP to be entered in our contest. The draw took place this past weekend at our face to face meeting in Airdrie.
Congratulations to........Theresa Burke! The ALP office will be in contact with you shortly to arrange the delivery of the ALP Sheep Manual and CCWG Gift Certificate!