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Agrimarketing : April 2015
CAMA UPDATE ALBERTA NEWS ALBERTA AGRICULTURE UPDATE Spring weather works well as a metaphor for the Alberta Agriculture Industry. The recent past has been tolerable and at times enjoyable but guessing what is coming around the corner is like forecasting the weather — you are right half of the time. The Canadian Cattle Industry has reported the first case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) since 2011 from a Alberta cow. Some customers of Canadian beef have temporarily closed access to their market but the Canadian cattle industry is solid and well grounded. Cattle prices remain strong and the industry seems to be business as usual. The industry is happy that the BSE testing protocols worked. There was no risk to human food. It is hoped the few countries who stopped importation of Canadian Beef reverse their decision soon. Warm weather has equipment and farm input suppliers hurrying to lock up pre-seeding sales and make sure their products get to their customers. Snow was gone from most of Alberta in March and spring seeding may start early this year. Most people in Alberta know someone who has been impacted by the drop in oil price and its effect on employment and the Alberta economy. Agricultural employers now have more resumes to choose from in the retail, service and on-farm aspects of agriculture here. Public sector job losses are the latest pre-budget rumour. It is expected that the spring budget will be followed by an spring election. We have to wait to see how agriculture in Alberta is affected. HONOUR ROLL RECIPIENT Jenn Norriewas awarded the prestigious CAMA Alberta Honour Roll certificate at Best of CAMA 2014. Norrie is a true agvocate for the agriculture industry and supporter of CAMA. In 2010, Norrie became involved with CAMA again and the newly re-established Alberta chapter as a Board member and part of the organizing committee for Best of CAMA 2011 in Banff. 14 Agri Marketing s April 2015 (L-R) Norrie receiving award from Deborah Wilson She has continued as an active Board member, and served as President in 2013. As Norrie had positive experiences from being involved with theUniversity of SaskatchewanCAMA Student Chapter, she continually works with the Board to support opportunities for a CAMA Student Chapter in Alberta. She is truly passionate about the agricultural industry and being part of the great organization that is CAMA. You can connect with Norrie on Twitter @jennorrie. CAMA AB AND CROPLIFE AB SOCIAL AT AG EXPO Two Alberta ag associations hosted a joint event at Ag Expo in Lethbridge. It was a great networking opportunity for the members of each group after a long day at the tradeshow. Thank you to CropLife Alberta for sharing the event. Check out the Alberta CAMA web site at www.cama.org/alberta or follow us on Twitter at @Alberta CAMA. AM UPCOMING EVENTS June 18, 2015 CAMA SK — AGM at Canada’s Farm Progress Show, Regina June 23, 2015 CAMA ON — Annual Golf & General Meeting, Dorchester June 24, 2015 CAMA AB — Olds College Brewery Tour