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The Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture is named in honor of Dr. Fred Bentley (deceased 2008). Dr. Bentley was the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1958 to 1968.

The Bentley Lecture is a venue for the Agricultural community to gather, build relationships and discuss the current state of and future of the Agricultural Sector in Alberta. It is a forum for the dissemination of knowledge on agriculture and the environment.

From the Nov 17, 2011 Broadcast of Call of the Land

The Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator, located just east of the Leduc Food Processing Development Centre, is designed to attract, grow and graduate new food businesses in Alberta.

From the Nov 21, 2011 Issue of Agri-News

Most producers over-feed their cattle and could save input costs by fine-tuning their feeding programs.

Cowbytes is a ration balancing program for cattle developed by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) for producers to use in designing cattle feeding programs. A new and improved version of the program has been developed and is slated for release very soon.

November 18, 2011

Alberta applauds World Trade Organization ruling on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling

WTO decision will benefit Alberta's livestock and meat industry

The Government of Alberta welcomed a ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (MCOOL) measure was in violation of its WTO trade obligations.

By Barbara Damrosch, The Washington Post

While the supercommittee deliberated about farms, food and spending, inboxes were bulging with suggested priorities. On Slow Food USA’s wish list was “funding for conservation, new farmers and other programs that support sustainable farmers and ranchers.”

On the Canada Organic Office website, the directive is very clear:

“As all organic products, under the Canada Organic Regime, must be certified by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency accredited certification body, products bearing the claim “certified organic” are considered misleading. Having only some products labelled “certified organic”, while others aren’t, may mislead consumers into believing that products not bearing this claim are not certified. The statement “Certified by” immediately followed by the name of the certification body is acceptable as it denotes who has certified the product.”

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