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Mental Snacktime – Partnership / Contribution

  • “The attitude of giving a full commitment to the partnership will usually result in getting the same commitment in return.” – Denise Morrison
  • “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.” – Walter Reuther
  • “We will naturally pursue our goals on the strength of our own resources, skills and enterprise. But, we know that we will be more successful when we do this in partnership with the world.” – Narendra Modi
  • “With patience, persistence, and partnership, we can create economic opportunity for every person willing to work hard for it.” – Thomas E. Perez
  • “Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.” – Stephen Covey
  • “I firmly believe that success lies in the combination of both talent and business savvy, and that the magic comes through partnership between both.” – Delphine Arnault
  • “It takes a lot of people to make a winning team. Everybody's contribution is important.” – Gary David Goldberg
  • “Our contribution purely depends on our consciousness and our willingness to support those in need, to show vulnerability and accept the support of others, to share without expecting the credit, to give it our all and allow our hard work to decide the outcome, to understand that control can only be achieved with a shared responsibility.” – Yehuda Berg
  • “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.” – Tony Robbins
  • “Success is not a function of the size of your title but the richness of your contribution.” – Robin S. Sharma
  • “There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “If your contribution has been vital there will always be somebody to pick up where you left off, and that will be your claim to immortality.” – Walter Gropius
In the News / Articles Worth Looking At
Farm Health and Safety Grant Program

To learn more about the Farm Health and Safety Grant Program, click on the POSTER

Q and A

Q: What benefits have you seen that have come from belonging to an industry organization? What do you think is the role of an organization?

A: The organization brings together like minded individuals and provides opportunities o network and learn etc. It also acts as voice for the entire industry when dealing with other groups
A: I believe one of the biggest advantage is the networking, and the connections that you make.
A: If I need to know something someone in the organization usually has the answer. Also if a "customer" is looking for a particular item and I don't have it then I just tell them to look up the website of the organization and hopefully they find what they are looking for. When it comes to the role I believe that if a person has a question or a concern then someone within the organization should have an answer.
A: I belong to the AGGA and Flowers Canada and these organizations have been able to achieve things for the industry that I could never have done alone. It is important as a member to give feedback and suggestions. Better yet serve on the board. Yes, that takes time but you will be in the forefront of what is happening and meet dignitaries that you would never meet on your own. At that time you can bring fort what needs to happen in the industry It is great to be part of that decision making process
A: The biggest benefit is the opportunity to network with people who are in a similar business. These networking contacts are best made by participation in the association and attendance at industry functions. I think the role of the organization is to create an environment where all producers but most importantly new producers can make contacts and learn from those in the business. This can be at annual meetings, conferences or even through a more formalized mentorship program.
A: Any organization needs to impart value in order to be successful. It must assist its members with industry related problems in a timely manner
A: Networking, information sharing, education

Next Month’s ? What is the BEST training event you have EVER participated in?

Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Programs– “The Partnership”

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 November 1, 2018, details on parts of 4 of the 5 themes of programs have been released and a number of programs are open. Details on the additional programs will likely be announced soon. The following programs are included:

Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change
  • Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Group
  • Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Producer
  • Farm Water Supply
  • Irrigation Efficiency
Products, Market Growth and Diversification Theme
  • Products to Market (not accepting applications)
  • Value-added Products to Market (not accepting applications)
Science and Research Theme (COMING SOON)
  • Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation
  • Adapting Innovative Solutions in Agriculture
Public Trust Theme
  • Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives
  • Public Agriculture Literacy
  • Youth Agriculture Education
Risk Management Theme
  • Risk Mitigation (Animal Health Biosecurity; Animal Health Traceability; Animal Welfare Humane Slaughter; Food Safety; Irrigation Conveyance Works; Farm Safety; and Plant Health)
  • Emergency Preparedness (not accepting applications)
  • Surveillance (not accepting applications)

2018 Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees


Some special folks that have deep ties to the horticulture industries in Alberta were recognized this past weekend (26 October 2018) at the 2018 Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies. Congratulations to Dr. Ron Howard and Mr. Dietrich Kuhlmann for their induction into the Alberta Ag Hall of Fame. A well-deserved honour for 2 exceptional individuals that have had a significant impact in Alberta (and beyond). And congratulations to the 3rd inductee, Mr. Garnet Altwasser.

Dr. Ronald (Ron) Howard, Brooks, Alberta
Dr. Ronald (Ron) Howard has spent more than four decades supporting the growth and development of high-value crop industries in Alberta, working with more than 50 different types of crops and plant species as a research, extension and diagnostic plant pathologist. He has developed many ground-breaking protocols, screened hundreds of horticultural, specialty and field crop varieties and breeding lines for disease resistance, and evaluated more than 200 chemical and biological control products for efficacy against pathogens in these crops. Howard was integral to the expansion and development of the research facilities at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Crop Diversification Centre South, including the design and construction of the current state-of-the-art greenhouse research complex. Howard’s greatest impact has been in his training of and influence on generations of farmers, agronomists, students and professionals. Through his willingness and eagerness to share his vast knowledge, Howard has prepared and delivered more than a thousand articles, presentations, and scientific publications over his career, including editing and contributing to the landmark resource book, Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada. A meticulous and ethical researcher, a skilled leader, and a true ambassador for Alberta producers, his approachability and humility have made him a “go-to” person for help when it comes to plant disease diagnosis and management.
Dr. Ron Howard with Minister Oneil Carlier
Mr. Dietrich (Dieter) Kuhlmann, Edmonton, Alberta
Mr. Dietrich (Dieter) Kuhlmann has been a leader in growing Alberta’s horticulture industry for more than 50 years. Three generations of family are now actively involved in running Kuhlmann’s - the greenhouse, garden, and market, originally founded by Kuhlmann and his wife Elizabeth in 1962. To this day, they have maintained their focus on outstanding relationships and selling direct to the customer. He has been an ongoing champion for the horticulture industry and the success of other growers, demonstrating that they can all benefit by learning and working together. Kuhlmann is Past President and a founding member of the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association, an organization set up to identify and collectively act on issues of critical importance to growers. Recognizing the opportunity for Alberta growers to market cooperatively, he also worked to establish Sunfresh Farms, a grower-owned packing and distribution facility, bringing better revenues to member farms. A former Director of the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund, Kuhlmann continues to promote local horticultural projects, believing that research and development is essential to the continued growth of the horticultural industry in Alberta. Treating everyone in the industry like family, he has a special gift for meeting and greeting the people that cross his path.
Mr. Dietrich Kuhlmann with Minister Oneil Carlier
Photos by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
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