Bill 9: Marketing of Agricultural Products Amendment Act, 2017, will allow for industry organizations like ALP with refundable check-off to hold a producer plebiscite to potentially return check-off to being non-refundable. Prior to September 1, 2010, check-off was non-refundable for lamb producers. Bill 43, introduced in 2009, mandated that check-off be refundable.
Albertans have the opportunity to share ideas about the future of provincial and national agriculture programs through an online survey. Alberta is working with the federal government, other provinces and territories, to develop a new five-year agricultural policy framework to replace the current Growing Forward 2 agreement. Read the news release.
The Government of Canada has released a list of additional designated regions in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia where livestock tax deferral has been authorized for 2016 due to drought conditions. Read the Agri-News article
How best to dispose of dead sheep? Some methods are better than others at controlling the spread of disease and preventing contamination of air or ground water. The pros and cons of various alternatives for disposal of sheep mortalities are explained including composting. The recording for this webinar, presented by Dr. Kim Stanford on April 6, is now posted on ALP's YouTube channel. Go to www.youtube.com/user/SheepCentralAlberta to view the recording and other ALP videos.
Alberta Lamb Producers is your organization, directed by producers and for producers. We work hard for you, so we want to hear from you. Please take the 10 question survey here: ALP Survey. The survey is completely anonymous and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The province-wide data will used by the ALP board as we continuously look at how we can improve and better serve you.
Last week, ALP launched two Twitter accounts:
- @ABLambProducers is an account for lamb producers to follow for industry news and resources. Here’s a Tweet we posted yesterday: https://twitter.com/ABLambProducers/status/795794074993311745
- @youralbertalamb is an account for lamb consumers to follow for recipes, cooking tips, and it is a way for us to connect with the public and promote local lamb. Here’s a Tweet we posted yesterday: https://twitter.com/youralbertalamb/status/795793325190221824
Social media is another tool that ALP can use to connect and communicate. Follow both accounts and connect with us today!