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Events

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:12

Exploring Participatory Research Webinars

Exploring Participatory Research: Part 1, Participatory Plant Breeding
April 15, 2015 from 4pm - 5pm Eastern Time

What is Participatory Plant Breeding? And why does it matter for Canadian agriculture? Join our panelists to hear insights, information, and stories from the field - both in Canada and internationally. We'll hear from Anne Kirk, Coordinator of a national PPB program with the University of Manitoba; and Matthew Wiens, Manitoba farmer engaged in on-farm breeding since 2011 for wheat and oats. To register for this webinar, click here


Exploring Participatory Research: Part 2, Variety Trialing & Record Keeping
May 13, 2015 from 4pm - 5pm Eastern Time

Crops and farms, and the interaction between the two, are deeply complex systems. Often times, seeds are trialed at research stations and under optimal conditions which may be quite different from your own farm. On-farm trialing is an effective way of comparing varieties to find out which may be a good fit for your operation. Beware: record keeping is a must if you're trialing varieties!! More details coming soon! To register for this webinar, click here.
Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:42

Explore Local Events

Workshops:

 

Getting into Farmers Markets workshop - Registration deadline is April 16, 2015
April 21, 2015 – Garden Valley Community Hall, South of Spruce Grove
Link to Flyer and Registration FormThis one-day event examines selling food products at Alberta approved farmers’ markets.  With more than 130 Alberta approved farmers’ markets and over $700 million in sales in 2012, farmers’ markets are big business in Alberta. Entering this market channel with the right skills can shorten your learning curve and enhance your success. Cost: $25 per person, includes refreshments and lunch

 

Getting into Farmers Markets workshop - Registration deadline is April 23, 2015
April 28, 2015 – Olds, Olds Provincial Building, 5025 50 Street
Link to Flyer and Registration FormThis one-day event examines selling food products at Alberta approved farmers’ markets.  With more than 130 Alberta approved farmers’ markets and over $700 million in sales in 2012, farmers’ markets are big business in Alberta. Entering this market channel with the right skills can shorten your learning curve and enhance your success. Cost: $25 per person, includes refreshments and lunch.

 

Marketing and Pricing for Profit - Registration deadline is April 22, 2015
April 29, 2015 – Olds Provincial Building, 5025 50 Street
Link to Flyer and Registration Form.  An open forum for those interested in starting or growing a farm direct marketing food operation who have more questions than answers. Bring your questions about food regulations, business start-up, costs and returns, pricing, food safety, financing and more. Network with an experienced farm direct operator, hear their story and learn from their start-up challenges.
 
Webinars:
 
A Look at Safe Food Handling, with Kelly Bauer of Alberta Health Services
Date: April 14, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am MST.   Link to register
 
Past webinars can be viewed on the Explore Local www.explorelocal.ca website at: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/explore13593#webinars
 
To check out other Explore Local upcoming events, please visit http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/explore13594

 

We’ve all heard about blogs – but how can they help us tell ag’s story? 

Join us for our March 25 webinar that will explain why blogging is so important for agvocates and provide practical ways to help you write the most effective, persuasive blogs possible. Owen Roberts, agricultural communications professor and Research Communications Director at the University of Guelph, will provide you with simple, concrete strategies to become a better blogger. He’ll help you take a blog post from what is often a subjective, opinion-based post and turn it into a tool to educate, influence and inspire.
 
Whether you’re an established blogger or just thinking about starting the next great agvocate blog, you’ll receive great insight into the world of blogging and how it can help ensure ag’s story is better understood.



Wednesday, March 25
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST
 
By participating in this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • how powerful and influential blogging can be in telling a positive story of agriculture
  • the most effective ways to structure your blog
  • ways to create a blog using a current agricultural news topic or issue to draw in your audience

Click here if you wish to sign up for this webinar.
 
As a journalist and ag communications professor, Owen spends a lot of his time discussing and writing about urban perspectives on agri-food issues. Holding a Doctor of Education in agricultural education and communications from Texas A&M and Texas Tech University, he has a wealth of experience in how to start meaningful, positive conversations about agriculture.
 
Owen is the vice-president of the 3,000-member International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, which represents journalists in 33 countries, and is also an honourary life member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists.
 
* If you can’t join in live, a recorded version will be posted to our website in the weeks following the live broadcast.
** Our previous webinars are also available for viewing:

Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:44

Organic Federation of Canada Annual Meeting

Organic Federation of Canada (OFC) Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 EST by teleconference. Everyone is welcome to participate! The OFC will present updates about the review and interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards, and the Organic Science Cluster II.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 11:47

Social Media Boot Camp

March 10, 2015 - Airdrie, Airdrie Agriculture Centre. Link to Flyer and Registration Information

An open forum for those interested in starting or growing a farm direct marketing food operation who have more questions than answers. Bring your questions about food regulations, business start-up, costs and returns, pricing, food safety, financing and more. Network with an experienced farm direct operator, hear their story and learn from their start-up challenges. Contact: Dustin Morton to register by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 403-742-7571 (toll free in Alberta call 310-0000 then the number).

Sunday, 02 November 2014 12:28

Explore Local Events (Ongoing)

Coming Events At-A-Glanceexplore local

The following table shows upcoming Explore Local events in date order. For more information about the event and for registration information, please visit the Explore Local website.

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