Food News, November 2015

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Sustainable Strategic Planning for Agri-Processors – Webinar Series
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is proud to present a three part sustainability webinar series lead by sustainability expert Brett Wills, President of Green Enterprise Movement (GEM). Join Brett for this interactive journey as he introduces you to sustainability application in the Agri-Food processing sector. Click on the links below for registration information:
1.Understanding SustainabilityNovember 17, 2015
2.Sustainable Strategy Development - January 5, 2016
3.Sustainable Strategy Execution - February 2, 2016.

Email for more details on this series.

Explore Local Business Growth (case story)
December 8, 2015 – 9AM
Andrea Cleland along with her husband Jeff have owned and operated Arber Greenhouses in Wetaskiwin for over 10 years. Given constraints on their property, the Cleland’s have been forced to grow better instead of bigger and will discuss how they’ve diversified and grown their operation in spite of these obstacles.  
To register, please go here.

The Bumble Beets Way: A young farmer shares how to start and keep a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) going
January 12, 2016 – 9AM
Join Sarah Preston of Bumble Beets Farm, a young farmer just in her 2nd year of CSA.
Four years ago, Sarah made the decision to start a CSA on her farm near Tofield. She started small by testing her CSA on a handful of friends, and grew each year. Sarah will talk about the ins and outs of getting started with CSA, growing your customer base, balancing production with marketing, and how to keep it all going year after year.
To register, please go here.

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Agri-Food Processor and Lender Reception
November 19, 2015 – 4:45-7 PM
Small and medium sized agri-food processors are invited to a presentation on processing industry trends, followed by a networking reception with members of the financial sector. Following the presentation, you are invited to stay and network with agri-food processing lenders. There will be appetizers and beverages available.
There is no fee for processors to attend, but registration is required.
To register, please call 1-800-387-6030 or email for more information.

Winter Fancy Food Show
January 16-19, 2016 – San Francisco
The market development team highly recommends that you start planning now if you are interested in attending this show. It is the largest specialty food trade event on the West Coast and a showcase of industry innovation, bringing specialty food's top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together under one roof for three days of delectable discovery. This year will feature more than 80,000 products and 1,400 exhibitors!
For more information click here or contact the market development team: Darcy Peters or Lindsay Sutton.

North American Farmer Direct Marketing Association Convention
January 31 – Feb 6, 2016 – Vancouver and Abbotsford
Consider attending this great networking and learning opportunity; in particular the tours in the Ultimate Network Package have received rave reviews. Registration opens December 1. For more detailed convention information, please go here.

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Export Readiness
November 23 - 24, 2015 Edmonton, AB; November 25 - 26, 2015 Calgary, AB
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is facilitating two sessions of the Export Readiness Workshop Series to support Alberta producers and businesses exporting internationally. Workshops will be hands-on with participants drafting Export Plans/International Marketing Plans. Ideal participants are companies that do not have export experience, but are prepared and highly committed to expanding internationally as well as companies that have some export experience and are determined to leverage successes.  For more information, click here. To register, contact

The Cost of Production
December 8, 2015 – Red Hat Co-op, Redcliff, AB
December 9, 2015 – Arber Greenhouses, Wetaskiwin, AB
December 10, 2015 – Grande Prairie Provincial Building, Grande Prairie, AB
Erin Pirro of Farm Credit East will dive into the issue of cost of production, calculating it in your operation and how to address a multitude of production scenarios.
To register, call 1-800-387-6030. Cost: $15 (Including dinner).

Human Resources
January 12, 2016 – Chinook Honey, Okotoks, AB
January 13, 2016 – Arber Greenhouses, Wetaskiwin, AB
January 20, 2016 – Green Island Garden Centre, Fairview, AB
 Kristen Cumming of Cantos Performance Management is passionate about agriculture and small business human resources in Alberta. She’ll be looking at current trends in goal setting, providing feedback and generating engagement in your business.
To register, call 1-800-387-6030. Cost: Free

FARM DIRECT MARKETING FORUM – January 21, 2016 – Stony Plain, AB
An open forum for those interested in starting or growing a farm direct marketing food operation that have more questions than answers. Bring your questions about food regulations, business start-up, pricing and more!
Cost: $25 (Including lunch); Registration Deadline January 14, 2016.
For more information contact

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Upcoming Food Safety Courses
•HACCP Refresher Training, December 7, 2015 Calgary, AB
•HACCP IV – Validation, Verification and Reassessment, December 8, 2015 Calgary, AB
•HACCP V – Internal Auditing of Your HACCP System, December 9, 2015 Calgary, AB
•HACCP VI – Procedures Writing and Document Control, December 10, 2015 Calgary, AB
•Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis, December 11, 2015 Calgary, AB
Register on the Alberta Food Processors Association (AFPA) website -, under Training & Development/Food Safety & Quality) or email; AFPA can help you get your COR (Certificate of Recognition) – .

Growing Forward 2  Business Opportunity Program is still accepting applications!
Under the Program, Alberta food processors are eligible for reimbursement of specific non-capital costs related to planning and researching a new business venture up to a maximum of $30,000 over the life of the program.
For more information call 310-FARM, 310-3276, or go to

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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
(Dial 310-0000 for toll-free access)
Alberta-Ag-Info Centre 310-FARM
Crop Extension Branch – 780-643-6249
Livestock and Farm Business Branch - 403-968-6556
Local/Domestic Market Expansion Branch - 780-968-3553
Processing Industry & Workforce Development Branch - 403-340-7625

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