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FORAGE & GRAZIER SPECIALIST

OMAFRA is looking for a new Forage and Grazier specialist. The position will be based out of our Lindsay office. It is a targeted job so the job ad ID number is required for people to see it. Visit https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Jobs.aspx and enter job ID 104758.
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TENURE TRACK POSITION IN RANGE & FORAGE MANAGEMENT

Application deadline: March 14, 2017

The Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in the area of range and forage utilization. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the area of rangeland ecology and management at the undergraduate level, develop a graduate course in his or her area of expertise, supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and perform outreach duties as required. The successful candidate will also be expected to lead a vigorous, independent research program which will involve applied research of direct interest to industry and producers, as well as basic research that would be eligible for Government of Canada Tri-Council funding.

Applications, including a CV, academic transcripts, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three referees, should be submitted to Dr. Yuguang Bai, Head, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A8. Tel: (306) 966-4955. Email: yuguang.bai@usask.ca. For best consideration, applications should be received by Feb. 28, 2017.

This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program, and flexible health and wellness spending program. The salary range for this position is $93,293 – $112,109.

For a complete list of qualifications and additional information visit http://jobs.usask.ca/job_postings/jobs/usfa1728.php#.WJIfoYWcEiQ

Please feel free to download the following information sheets.

1) CFGA Testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture & Agri-Food – May 12, 2014.

CFGA is a national, non-profit association representing Canadians who produce hay and forage products, as well as stakeholders who depend on forage and grasslands to support their industries. Forages are Canada’s largest cultivated crop at almost 13 million hectares, or 39 percent of the land devoted to crop production. Forages are also grown on an additional 15 million hectares of native or natural pastures and rangeland. The livestock sector is the largest user of forages in Canada, with 80 percent of Canada’s beef production and 60 percent of a dairy cow diet dependant on forages. To read more – Download CFGA testimony to House of Commons (PDF)

2) CFGA’s Elevator Pitch

CFGA’s testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food forms a basis for an “elevator pitch” – a short, memorable, interesting and succinct, but persuasive speech that may be used to trigger an interest in what CFGA does, what it represents and what makes it unique.

Stakeholders may use these pitches, which are typically of about 20 to 30 seconds duration, to propose the development of relationships with organizations and individuals that agree with and would like to support CFGA’s Mission, Vision, Values and Objectives by providing financial and/or in-kind funding. To read more Download CFGA’s elevator pitch – June 2014 (PDF)

 3) Definitions of Supporters, Strategic Partners, Partners & Sponsors.

Download Supporters, partners, sponsors definitions (PDF)

Applications: 

CFGA info application – Patron – May 2014
CFGA info application – Overseas Exporters – May 2014

4)  CFGA Code of Ethics
Download CFGA Code of Ethics May, 2014

5) CFGA Strategy – June 2014

The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is a national, non-profit association supported by stakeholders in the forage and grassland industry.  Our mission is to promote the growth of the forage and grassland sector by advocating  a sustainable and environmentally friendly industry which includes research and development, market development and innovation thereby enhancing the industry’s ability to profitably produce and supply forage and grassland products that offer superior value to  producers and consumers in Canada and internationally. To read more Download CFGA Strategy For The Future(PDF)

6) The lack of clover inoculant in Canada.

The lack of supply of rhizobial inoculants for clover has become more serious over the last two years

Cause of lack of inoculant

Legume inoculants are regulated under the Fertilizer Act by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Inoculant quality is based on a minimum number of viable and effective rhizobia or cells that must be applied to each legume seed or be present in each of gram of packaged inoculant. Clover rhizobia are viable for a shorter period of time than alfalfa rhizobia. It does not matter whether the inoculum comes packaged or whether the seed is pre-treated with inoculum – the decline in the viability of the inoculant is equivalent.

This explains why clover inoculant does not always meet CFIA standards. In order to comply with Canadian standards, inoculant manufacturers need to minimize the period of time that elapses between its production and its use. This constraint, in addition to low demand for the product, has led to suppliers abandoning the Canadian market. Read more – Download The lack of clover inoculant in Canada – English (PDF)

The CFGA Environment Committee has put together a list of research on the environmental benefits of forages and grasslands. The committee is very excited about this tool and encourage others cfga-ethic2to use and contribute to it. Send your info to us for posting info.cfga@gmail.com

Work with nature or pay the price, says ex-grain farmer – Manitoba Co-operator
Posted Feb. 23, 2013 by Daniel Winters in Crops LivestockNews
Source: http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/?q=Hjertaas

Periodic corrections to agricultural land values provide opportunity for conservation – by Larkin A. Powell

Polycultures for the Future. Can cocktail mixtures of crops contribute to forage yield and soil improvement? by Donna Fleury

Grazing Habits of Cattle – Cattle Can be Trained to Eat Healthy, Cattlemen Magazine – April 2014 by Heather Smith Thomas – Quotes from Fred Provenza – Provenza Article

Incorporating Ecosystem Services Into Economic Assessments of Restoration
Projects Incorporating Rangelands

Land Management History of Canadian Grasslands and the Impact on Soil
Carbon Storage Canadian Grasslands carbon storage

Ecological goods and services and economic valuation of grassland and forage project. http://www.foothillsrestorationforum.ca/the-value-of-grasslands

A hundred ways to sustain grasslands and ranchers now at your fingertips: new online tool corrals best practices from across North America. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation has a new online tool featuring beneficial management practices from across the continent to maintain native grasslands and sustain ranchers’ livelihoods. Visit www.cec.org/grasslands. 

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Sk. Fee for Service

Valuation of ecological services from rural landscapes

Winnipeg Free Press Grazing

Roch & Jaeger 2014 Monitoring and ecosystem at risk what is the degree of grassland fragmentation in the Canadian Prairies

The Carbon Footprint of Beef Production – American Meat Science Association

Agricultural and Grazing Lands 2010

Challenges and opportunities for carbon sequestration in grassland systems – A technical report on grassland management
and climate change mitigation

Environmental Footprint of Beef Production – Beef Cattle Research Council

Agriculture Adaptation to Climate Change in Alberta – March 31, 2005

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural Lands NCLE Newsletter 2012

2012 Environmentally Sustainable Tracking Survey – Government of Alberta

Targeting Perennial Vegetation in Agricultural Landscapes for Enhancing Ecosystem Services

Using Biodiversity to link Agricultural Productivity with Environmental Quality

Sustainability research, case studies and discussion anchor 2012 Protein Innovation Summit

Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic, and Social Issues

Introduction to Category Sustainability Profiles

Canada’s Beef Food System – 2012

Category Sustainability Profile Category: Milk

Introduction to Key Performance Indicators – Milk

ANALYSIS Ecological footprint accounting in the life cycle assessment of product

Ecosystem Services Approach Pilot on Wetlands in Alberta

The Walmart Sustainability Index – FAQ’s

Grassland Stewardship  on Natural Grassland – Grasslands Stewardship Certification Schemes

Grassland Stewardship Conservation Programming

The Environmental and Socioeconomic LCA of Canadian Milk

Life Cycle Analysis – Environmental and Socioeconomic Milk in Canada

NCLE Summary – Putting a Price on the value of Manitoba’s Grasslands

A Green Growth Strategy for Food and Agriculture

Securing Natural Capital and Ecological Goods and Services for Canada

Potential Role of the Ontario Environmental Farm Plan in Responding to Sustainability Demands of the Agri-food Supply Chain

Public Use Tables 2011

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural Lands – NCLE Newsletter

PM Cutting with wide swathing – An Option Compatible with Silage in a Day