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Agriculture Resources

Resources for Alberta Producers during Dry Conditions

This document provides a central location with information and tools to assist with on-farm business management and production issues during dry conditions and periods of business stress. Contact the Ag Info Center at 310-FARM (3276) or aginfocentre@gov.ab.caif you have questions or require more information. Hyperlinks in this document were last updated on July 15, 2021.

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Gateway Research Organization

A non-profit, farmer led, applied agricultural research association

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AgSafe Alberta

Agsafe Alberta develops and delivers farm safety management tools, resources, and programs for Alberta farmers and ranchers. Led by a supporting membership consisting of 26 crop and livestock producer groups, their goal is to help farming operations establish practical farm safety management systems to enhance a culture of safety, where safety is a fully-integrated part of the farm.

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Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association

The Alberta Onsite Wastewater Management Association (AOWMA) is the provincial not-for profit organization established to educate, train and certify industry professionals. The association engages its member installers, septage haulers, suppliers, municipalities and provincial government departments to arrive at sound practices that strengthen the industry, and ensure safe and effective septage management for all rural Alberta.

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Soil, Forages and Feed testing laboratories

Services for Agri-Processors and Producers

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Testing Farm drinking water

Online tool to assess quality and suitability of raw water sources for privately owned and operated supplies.

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Farm Machinery cost calculator

This tool allows you to calculate ownership and operating costs of common farm equipment.

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Clean Farms

Recycling solutions for agricultural communities.

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Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) is a national, non-profit organization focused on addressing human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada.

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Alberta Seed Guide

Alberta farmers go-to source of variety and performance information.

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Forage Seed Mixture Calculator

This calculator will calculate a mix and estimate a seed density for drills or broadcast seedings for any grouping of plant species in the list. Some mixtures will not flow through all drills, some species and mixtures may not grow in your area. Do not waste seed. Consult a knowledgable seed or forage specialist for an appropriate species mixture.

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The Beef Cow-Calf Manual

This 4th edition of the Beef Cow-Calf Manual has been revised and expanded from 1989 edition to keep pace with recent information and technological advances. This manual sets out the basic principles of beef management.

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Alberta Forage Manual

The Alberta Forage Manual, 2nd Edition, offers producers comprehensive information on a range of forage topics: adaptation, legumes and grasses, annuals, mixtures, establishment, fertility, pasture management, harvesting and rejuvenation.

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Alberta Plastics Recycling Association (Agricultural Plastics)

APRA, through pro-active initiatives, demonstrates to government and the public, that industry is taking responsibility for finding solutions to plastics waste management issues in Alberta

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Alberta Soil Information Viewer

This free Internet viewer allows the user to view and query soils information in AGRASID (Agricultural Region of Alberta Soil Inventory Database).

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Agriculture Service Board Home Page

Information on the Government of Alberta's Agriculture Service Board

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Cows and Fish: Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society

The Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, also known as "Cows and Fish", is a non-profit society striving to foster a better understanding of how improvements in grazing and other management of riparian areas can enhance landscape health and productivity, for the benefit of landowners, agricultural producers, communities and others who use and value riparian areas.

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Working Well Resources

Information resources for private water well owners in Alberta

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Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited works to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and grasslands to benefit waterfowl, wildlife and people.

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Land Stewardship Center

The Land Stewardship Center focuses their efforts in creating stewards: by improving understanding of healthy ecosystems, supporting grass-roots community stewardship efforts, and encouraging the development of practices and policies that support sustainable resource use.

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Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society (AWES)

AWES is a non-profit organization made up of members from government, industry, and non-profit sectors that share the common goal of encouraging sustainable forest management on private lands.

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Environmental Farm Plan

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks.

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ALUS “Alternative Land Use Services”

ALUS Canada is a national charitable organization that supports the delivery of the ALUS program across the country. ALUS Canada makes it possible to offset your environmental footprint through agricultural stewardship. ALUS invests in farmers and ranchers who are producing acres of clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services in communities across Canada.

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Working Well Resources

The Working Well program works to ensure safe and secure groundwater supplies for water well users in Alberta.

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Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program

The Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program offers financial support to eligible employers (must have waged, non-family workers and a WCB account) for eligible costs to improve health and safety in their operations and help them comply with the OH&S Code that takes effect on December 1, 2018.

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Farm Fresh producers

Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA) is dedicated to supporting the production of farm direct market vegetable crops, berry and fruit crops, bedding plants, perennials, herbs, flowers, meats, poultry, eggs, wines, meads, and other specialty items in Alberta.

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With proAction, dairy farmers offer proof to customers that they work to ensure milk quality and safety, and to continually improve animal health and welfare as well as environmental stewardship.

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Verified Beef Production Plus

The Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program enables Registered beef cattle producers to prove to consumers and retailers that they adhere to the highest standards for food safety, animal care and environmental stewardship.

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CanadaGAP is a food safety program for companies that produce, handle and broker fruits and vegetables. The program has received full Canadian Government Recognition, and is designed to help implement and maintain effective food safety procedures within fresh produce operations

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Canadian Agriculture Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector set to begin in April 2018 and is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 partnership. In Alberta, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector.

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Animal Health Act

This legislation puts in place much of the necessary infrastructure and traceability systems to respond quickly if there are threats of disease outbreaks or other emergencies that could affect animal health, public health, or food safety. Alberta’s Chief Provincial Veterinarian (CPV) has a lead role in animal disease response.

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Farm and Ranch Workplace legislation

The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 to extend workplace legislation to farms and ranches. The new rules only apply to farm and ranch operations that employ paid workers. They don't apply to owners or their family members.

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Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA)

The AOPA legislation sets out a framework for resolving conflicts between agricultural producers and the public relating to nuisance and disturbance caused by agricultural operations. An agricultural nuisance or disturbance includes things such as odor, dust, noise, smoke. Confined feeding operations (CFO) are also dealt with extensively and in particular, manure storage and handling standards are detailed.

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Livestock Industry Diversification Act

The Livestock Industry Diversification Act is legislation that applies to livestock that fall outside the realm of traditional livestock.

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Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) is the primary act in Alberta through which regulatory requirements related to air quality is managed. The purpose of EPEA is to support and promote the protection, enhancement and wise use of the environment.

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Agriculture Pest Act

The Agricultural Pests Act enables the Minister's authority to declare an animal, bird, insect, plant, or disease as a pest or nuisance if it is destroying, harming, or is likely to destroy or harm any land, livestock, or property in all or part of Alberta.

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Soil Conservation Act

The Soil Conservation Act describes the requirement for landholders to prevent soil loss or deterioration from taking place or to stop loss or deterioration from continuing.

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Weed Control Act

This Act aims to regulate Noxious weeds, prohibited noxious weeds and weed seeds through various control measures.

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Award-winning farmers appreciate Sturgeon County’s support for agriculture

2021 Excellence in Agriculture Award - Majeau Family

by Lorena Franchuk for Sturgeon County

During the transition of taking over the farm from their parents, Dan and Victor Majeau made a significant change switching to hog production after generations of operating as a cattle and dairy farm.

It was a bold decision for the Sturgeon County brothers, but one that proved correct when the family farm’s aging beef and dairy infrastructure was in need of a retrofit.

“The marketplace was steady back then,” said Dan. When they ventured into hogs 30 years ago, there were about 200 registered hog producers in Sturgeon County.

Today, there are just a handful.

Their business, Majeau Ag Enterprises, has 500 sows and takes about 220 hogs to market weekly. Birth to finish takes about 170 days, said Victor.

“[The market is] pretty volatile today,” admits Dan, noting they are weathering the storm through innovation.

Thinking outside the box isn’t new for the third-generation farmers who farm in between Rivière Qui Barre and Calahoo in western Sturgeon County. That is one of the reasons Majeau Ag Enterprises was recognized this year with a Sturgeon County Excellence in Agriculture Awards.

“We’ve generally been early adopters of technology and we put a lot of time and energy into management,” said Dan.

On the hog side, the farm uses liquid feeding—something they started out doing when they switched from cattle to hogs.

“We’re mixing up the feed with water and pumping it to the pens four or five times a day so they are fed more frequently,” said Victor. “With that, we’re able to change the feed as to their growth pattern so we are able to change it almost daily if we want to,” he said. “It’s just another efficiency.”

On the grain side, the Majeaus are particularly interested in maintaining their soil health. “As generational farmers we’re very conscious of the fact that we have to leave the soil in better shape than we started with it,” said Dan.

Rather than using the typical high salt fertilizers, they seek lower salt versions and other products such as Bio-Sol.

“It’s a great news story, it’s reused … gathered from the cities … a very clean, good product we make or the company mixes with elemental sulphur and we apply that to the land,” Dan explained.

“We’re reverting back to more natural things and putting carbon back in the soil by using humics [to improve nutrient content] and less fertilizers in general,” he said. Soil samples are already seeing an improvement after a switch five years ago.

“You have to do your homework and research stuff. We talked to people in the industry and we’re constantly learning.”

When it comes to staying on top of the latest developments, Dan said it’s something they both learned from their parents.

“It’s been bred into us,” he said with a chuckle. “Dad [Oscar] had one of the first agri-seeders that came out.”

Their grandfather [Theobald], settled in the area after coming out from Quebec for harvest excursions in the fall during the 1930s to work the threshing machines.

A love for agriculture has also encouraged Dan’s son, Derek, to work on the farm full-time, while the remainder of Dan and Victor’s adult children Terrence, Andre, Evan, Carter, and Austin pitch in during busy periods in spring and fall.

“We do hire one or two people in our peak [grain] season, but mostly it’s still done by family,” he said. Three full-time staff assist with the hogs and family members step in when needed.

Mom [Angeline] continues to live on the original homestead while father [Oscar] resides in an extended care home in St. Albert. Both Dan and Dolores and Victor and Leslie have homes adjacent to the original homestead, while their children all live within 20 minutes away—all in Sturgeon County.

For the Majeaus, Sturgeon County is the perfect place for them to market their commodities from hogs to grain and other specialty crops.

“We have a county that is still in touch with agriculture that’s important and we hope that never changes,” said Dan.

“They have a good understanding of our farming operation and intensive livestock,” added Victor.

Both Dan and Victor believe it’s important for them to have a voice and are currently or have participated in several local and provincial organizations and boards.

As for the future, the Majeau family will continue to pivot as needed to keep their medium to large-sized farm competitive. While all the kids have jobs elsewhere, they will always be welcome on the farm.

“Growing up we had a good work ethic, and I can say our kids [do] as well,” said Victor.

“They are all out and about and doing very well for themselves, but they still love to come home and operate equipment or work with the animals.”



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