SBA/SBDC talks to the Federal Minister of Agriculture

Report on the Meeting with the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Minister MacAulay: On February 8, 2016, Simon Lalonde, President of the SBDC and I, Sara Comerford, Vice President of the SBA, along with about 25 other stake holders in agriculture, had the opportunity to meet with the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Minister MacAulay in Saskatoon.

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CHC letters addressing issues of concern

The CHC was busy writing letters in January to the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk regarding the TFWP (click HERE), and to Health Canada regarding Veterinary drugs (click HERE). Have a look for yourselves to see what they said.

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APAS launches Business Risk Management survey

January 19, 2016 Regina: The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) is asking for producer input in developing more effective business risk management programming that meets future industry needs. “Governments are beginning to review the current suite of Business Risk Management programs offered under Growing Forward 2, in preparation for new programs beginning in April

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Canadian Beekeepers’ Practical Handbook to Bee Biosecurity and Food Safety

Canadian Beekeepers’ Practical Handbook to Bee Biosecurity and Food Safety Modern beekeeping requires beekeepers to keep track of a lot of information to meet current regulations for bee biosecurity and food safety. One of the challenges they face is sorting through extensive documents that they are sometimes overwhelming and confusing. The Canadian Beekeepers’ Practical Handbook to

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Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan

Farm & Food Care work to get the word out about farming and food production in Saskatchewan. They hold seminars, lectures and other events. You can sign up for their news updates so you can keep current with the happenings, and their website and blog are full of information for farmers, producers, and the public.

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New Alberta Agriculture Bee Health App

Dear Apiculturists Alberta Agriculture has developed an app for “Bee Health”. Phase I of the “Bee Health” app is released. It focuses on bee diseases symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options. It is developed for iOS and Android platforms. It can be download to iPhone, Samsung phone family and iPad. To download to iPad, you need

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Changes to Non-safety Food Packaging Regulations and Development of a Self-assessment Labelling Tool

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) inspectors will continue to perform risk-based label verification activities. The CFIA is also developing and implementing an online self-assessment labelling tool. This tool will help producers, manufacturers and retailers create compliant labels. While it is intended for industry, this new public tool may also be used by consumers to

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2015 Fall CleanFARMS obsolete pesticide/medication collection

Russel Hurst, CleanFarms, sent information on the annual CleanFARMS collection. Click here for the promotional poster and here for the brochure to highlight the 2015 Saskatchewan CleanFARMS obsolete pesticide/livestock medication collection. The program will be running at 20 ag-retail locations in the northern half of the province from October 5-9, 2015 (exclusive – note the date and locations of

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