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Featured Websites

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS) Mobile-friendly Weather App
Ag in the Classroom – Learn about Agriculture info sheets

In the News

Mental Snacktime – Coaching

“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” – Pete Carroll

“To be successful in coaching you have to treat your team like a family. The leader needs backing from everyone.” – Morgan Wootten

“Coaching is very complex: it's like a puzzle, and many things need to come together to make it work.” – Stan Wawrinka

“To teach an academic subject is certainly not easy, but compared to coaching, it is. We can say 'two plus two is four' to every kid and be sure that we are right. But in coaching, we have to literally get to the soul of the people we are dealing with.” – Joe Paterno

“Constant, gentle pressure is my preferred technique for leadership, guidance, and coaching.” – Danny Meyer

“My best investment, as clichéd as this sounds, is the money I've spent developing myself, via books, workshops and coaching. Leadership begins within, and to have a better career, start by building a better you.” – Robin S. Sharma

Q and A

Q: What is your best "people management" tip? (this could relate to staff, customers, etc.)

A: One thing we have noticed that can work for customers or staff if you give it a chance is: Listen – hear them out before you speak. Then you can determine whether they are coming from a place of misinformation, fear, or not knowing what your vision is. Maybe they just want to thank you for feeding them.
A: Find out what your staff's "why" is. Why do they do what they do, what is their passion, what is driving them.
A: Treating people with the respect they deserve both staff and customers seems to be the best
A: Respect everyone until they give you a reason not to
A: Practice what you preach. Keep smiling; it goes a long way.
A: Be consistent and firm.
A: Recognize who on your team is the best "people person" and who is not.
A: Be pleasant approachable watch your behavior and language.
A: Respect them, like them. They will probably be more willing to see things your way.
A: I think there are many as people come in all sizes and shapes when it comes to character. For staff keeping them engaged. Making their ideas a consideration so there is buy in. for customers: give them solutions.

Next Month’s ? What do you feel is your role in informing/educating the public?

Check your Elm Trees for Dutch Elm Disease (DED) Symptoms

By Janet Feddes-Calpas

Please help us prevent Dutch elm disease (DED) in Alberta. It is that time of year to be checking your elm trees for DED symptoms. A confirmed DED tree must be removed immediately to prevent further spread.

If an elm tree is infected with DED the leaves initially become wilted and soon will curl up, turn yellow and then brown. This is also referred to as flagging. Leaf symptoms are usually accompanied by brown staining under the bark. Symptoms begin in late spring or any time during the growing season. Suspicious elms must be tested in a STOPDED recognized lab for the presence of the fungus. Lab costs are covered by STOPDED.

This fatal fungus, which affects all species of elm trees in Alberta, clogs the elm tree’s water conducting system and will cause the tree to die, usually within one or two seasons. The fungus is primarily spread from one tree to another by three species of insect vectors, the smaller European elm bark beetle (SEEBB), the native elm bark beetle (NEBB) and the banded elm bark beetle (BEBB). The beetles are attracted to weak and dying trees, which serve as breeding sites for the beetles. Once the beetles have pupated and turned into adults they leave the brood gallery and fly to healthy elms to feed, thus transporting the fungus on their bodies from one tree to the next. STOPDED monitors annually for the vectors throughout the province and both the SEEBB and BEBB have been found in various locations.

For this reason, it is important that elm firewood not be transported into or within Alberta as the wood may be harbouring the bark beetles. Firewood is confiscated at all the Alberta-Montana border crossings.

All elm trees that are showing DED symptoms must be reported immediately. To report symptoms or for more information call the toll free provincial STOPDED hotline by dialling 1-877-837-ELMS (3567). You can also visit our website at www.stopded.org

Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Programs

Have a look at the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Program website (www.cap.alberta.ca). CAP is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector. It is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 (GF2) partnership.

In Alberta, CAP represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector. The roll-out of the CAP program suite in Alberta began in April, 2018, and will consist of a phased roll-out of 15 programs over the spring, summer and fall of 2018. Applications and program details consisting of cost-shares and eligible activities and/or items will be released with the opening of each program. The criteria for eligibility will be made available along with the program details.

Please note, there are some differences between CAP and GF2 programs, including many of the programs being merit-based (as opposed to 1st come/1st served), with specific intake periods staged throughout the year. Check each program for specifics.

In Alberta, CAP will deliver programs developed in consultation with stakeholders, and is organized under five themes: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; Products, Market Growth and Diversification; Science and Research; Risk Management; and Public Trust.

If you had subscribed to receive updates from the GF2 website, you will have to re-subscribe for updates from CAP. Click on the ORANGE button in the upper right of the CAP homepage, to subscribe.

As of August 1, 2018, details on 3 of the 5 themes of programs have been released and are open. The following programs are included:

    Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Theme
  • Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Group
  • Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change -
  • Producer
  • Farm Water Supply
  • Irrigation Efficiency
Products, Market Growth and Diversification
  • Products to Market
  • Value-added Products to Market
    Public Trust Theme
  • Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives
  • Public Agriculture Literacy
  • Youth Agriculture Education
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This information published to the web on July 30, 2018.