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Have your Say! Help find solutions for farm labour shortages: Canadian Agricultural HR Counci

November 24, 2014

How much farm work is done by family members and how much is done by employees? What work is done by domestic and or foreign workers? Is there a growing reliance on hiring employees to support farm operations? What labour challenges are producers facing today?

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) has launched a Labour Market Information (LMI) research survey to examine Canada’s agricultural workforce from every commodity and region. Have your Say! Help find solutions for farm labour shortages

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How is Moisture Deficit Calculated?

Moisture deficit is evapotranspiration minus effective precipitation. It’s explained in this link: Historical average is calculated within the time period that you’ve selected (e.g., May to Sept) over all the years that a particular station has data. It is just a quick comparison of what it is currently compared to historical average.

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Making Hay while the Sun Shines: Building Our Islands’ Local and Regional Brand

The sun is shining on the local food movement, and the Island Farmers’ Alliance wants to help make the most of the opportunity! Marketing is one of the key strategies to connect Island producers with Island consumers and therefore build local production and assure the sustainability and growth of Island agriculture.

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Research debunks Canadians’ misconceptions about agriculture

Farming in Canada is not what many Canadians think it is, according to Realities of Agriculture in Canada – A sector of innovation and growth, a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In fact, the majority of farmers – 51 per cent – plan to adopt new, innovative technologies over the next three years, and 44 per cent are planning to expand their business. “Agriculture in Canada is vibrant and innovative. The sector contributes over $100 billion to the economy and supports one-in-eight jobs,”

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Dehorning Depression? (2014)

This research highlights the importance of considering the pain that follows a procedure like dehorning, and argues in favour of treating this post-operative pain using an anti-inflammatory drug. Your veterinarian can advise you on a specific treatment protocol appropriate for your farm. Check out this link to a short video of a trained calf in the judgement bias task:

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November UPDATE to Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2014: South Coast Region

“In general, manure application on any crops is not advised… careful manure application is advisable only on trafficable, well-drained fields before November 4 AND if there is less than 10 mm of rain forecast for your area in the 72 hours following application.” Manure Spreading Advisory #4 (October 23, 2014). The next full Advisory (advising against further manure applications this fall and winter) is expected to be released in 2015.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #4 2014: South Coast Region

In general, manure application on any crops is not advised. In the coming week, there is a high probability of more rain falling on soils that are already wet*. However, some fields have not had their last cut yet due to a warm fall. Careful manure application is advisable on these fields before November 4 only if they are trafficable and well-drained AND if there is less than 10 mm of rain forecast for your area in the 72 hours following application.

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CleanFARMS British Columbia - Obsolete Collection Campaign

CleanFARMS has organized an unwanted pesticide collection for regions of B.C. for the fall of 2014. The program provides B.C. agriculture producers the opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted, obsolete pesticides, free of charge. Commercial and restricted pesticides from farms, greenhouses, golf courses, the turf industry, landscape companies and vegetative management industries will be accepted.

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Individual housing of dairy calves leads to learning deficits (2014)

Want smarter cows? Try raising calves with social companions. A new study completed at the UBC Dairy Centre has shown that individual housing of calves during the milk-feeding period results in learning difficulties. These cognitive deficits help explain the delay these calves show in adapting to new technology like automated feeders.

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Manure Spreading Advisory #3 2014: South Coast Region

Perennial grasses continue to benefit from fall manure applications when applied to meet crop nutrient needs. Manure applications for cover crops and newly seeded grasses should be based on a soil test and only applied if the cover crop will become well established to uptake nutrients prior to the end of the growing season. Manure applications on harvested or fallow fields are not recommended. Manure should not be applied within 8 meters of ditches or watercourses. Buffer width should be increased for slopes greater than 5% and/or if the potential for runoff exists. Consider wind speed and direction when applying manure and how it can have a negative impact on your neighbors. The wind can also increase ammonia loss and soil loss through erosion. Reminder that field stored solid agricultural wastes (except vegetation waste) must be covered by October 1.

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