September 19, 2023 Country Booster

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LEADERS Tr aining Tomo rrow ' s

For many backing up a trailer safely is not only difficult but can be very intimidating. CRE student employees Holly Tanton, in truck, and Ashton Church, directing, demonstrate that with the right tutelage and a little practice backing up a trailer can be done successfully and artfully. This is a skill that is often overlooked until absolutely needed and why it is an important part of the Training Tomorrow’s Leaders program.

The Camrose Regional Exhibition (CRE) in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) (Camrose) are helping to ensure the success of young people as they prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow and masters of their futures by offering 16 Grade 9 to 12 students the Training Tomorrow’s Leaders program. For full details on the program, see inside story on page 3.

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News Features County approves winter gravel haul rates 4 Round Hill celebrates old-fashioned harvest season 6 Keep your grain cool this fall 8 Inside... A variety of merchandise, auctions, services and more! Win a colour photo of your farm!
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Alberta still has the best beef

The Government of Alberta took vital action in ensuring that Alberta’s cattle producers are able to continue producing the world’s best beef.

Agriculture minister RJ Sigurdson amended regulations in the Feeder

Associations Guarantee Act to give feeder association members more options to purchase and market livestock and to generate better cash flow for their operations.

I am proud to share that these amendments will raise individual and

joint membership loan limits, under the Feeder Associations Loan Guarantee program, to $3 million from $2 million (excluding advances).

Dating back to 1936, Alberta’s Feeder Associations Loan Guarantee Program helps local, producer-run

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cooperatives get competitive financing to ensure they can continue being a player in the global market. The program has provided capital to farmers for the feeding of cattle through relatively easy access to low interest, leveraged financing backed by a government guarantee.

Beef is Alberta’s biggest agri-food export, with our province being home to 45 feeder associations representing about 2,100 total members. Since the start of the year, cattle prices have increased 25 per cent and are expected to keep rising. Raising loan limits will help beef producers keep up against rising livestock prices and continue to thrive.

As a rural MLA, resident, and passionate rural advocate, I am thrilled to see that Alberta’s livestock feeding sector will be more accessible to our young

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Rural Alberta serves as the foundation for our province’s economic diversification, creating opportunities that ripple across industries and foster sustainable growth.

These changes will allow thousands of new and current producers to have access to the capital they need to keep Alberta’s vital beef industry thriving.

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Training the leaders of tomorrow

The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and the future is in their hands, which can be a pretty intimidating thought. In an effort to help prepare young people for bright futures the Camrose Regional Exhibition and the Boys and Girls Club of Camrose, have teamed up to present, Training Tomorrow’s Leaders a practical skills program.

The program is aimed at students in Grade 9 to 12 and runs from October to April, two Wednesday evenings per month from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

The program provides the 16 participants with a solid base on how to be effective leaders through a variety of life skills that include everything from learning how to buy and sell a vehicle to the different levels of government, from preparing and maintaining a budget to successfully getting through an interview.

“CRE is delighted to partner with BGC Camrose to bring back this Leadership program,” said CRE executive director Dianne Kohler. “Training Tomorrow’s Leaders – is a program the CRE created to help prepare youth in our community for future careers and provide them with the practical skills that will serve them well long after graduation. The program will focus on skills not routinely offered in school.”

The tentative schedule for the program is as follows:

October – Political Action Month: October 11, Introduction, Understanding Levels of Government; October 25, Mock City Council session at City of Camrose and Voting for the First Time.

November – Agriculture

Month: November 8, tour of local farm; November 22, Alberta Agriculture–Where does our food come from? and Careers in Agriculture.

December – Good Deed

December: December 6, Understanding Volunteerism and the Importance for the Community, Let’s Go Do Good deeds – Sidewalk Shovelling Tour.

January 2024 – Leadership Skills: January 17, Being on a Committee or Board, Mock CRE Board Meeting and assist with Canadian Bull Congress setup and event preparation; January 31, Public Speaking.

February 2024 – Adulting 101: February 7, Budgeting Credit – What is it and how to use it correctly and how to file taxes; February 21, guest speaker Buying and Selling your First Vehicle, explaining insurance.

March 2024 – Career

Month: March 6, How

to Write a Resume That Stands Out, Career Options and tips for a successful interview; March 27, Mock Interviews

April 2024 – Wrap up: April 10, How to Back Up a Trailer, Golf Cart/ATV Driving Safety and Load Securement; last session TBD.

The entire program will end with a wrap up party to be announced.

Besides gaining valuable skills and knowledge participants will be given an edge up for summer employment with a guaranteed summer student job interview with both CRE and BGC Camrose, as well as a letter of recommendation to post secondary facilities.

“Being a part of this program followed with a priceless opportunity,” noted Holly Tanton, graduate of the first program held in 2019-20. “It was a fantastic chance to be provided with experiences and knowledge that aren’t always readily available. Not only this, but it gives you a chance to meet people with a commonality in interest.”

Tanton added that the topics covered were wide and diverse, offering something of interest for all participants, not to mention opportunities for future employment and work experience.

“I received an offer of employment where those same ideals and beliefs continue to be held,” said Tanton who has worked on a casual basis and full time in the summer with the CRE since taking the program. “I am consistently encouraged to learn new things, adapt and overcome anything. The lessons taught are life long and it helps form a greater independence moving forward.”

For those needing transportation BGC Camrose will be offering a shuttle service for each session departing the BGC location at the Recreation Centre (4412-56 St Suite 1) at 5:15 p.m., returning participants at 7:45 p.m.

“ The BGC Camrose leadership is already enhancing the program and expanding our opportunities for more trips around town and to visit off site locations,” said Kohler.

Free draws will take place at every meeting for those in attendance and dinner is provided.

“We encourage participants to apply early as we anticipate a lot of interest.”

For more information on the program visit the CRE website at training-tomorrows-leaders.




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Dianne Kohler, demonstrating hitching and backing up trailers, one of the skills provided in the program.

County approves winter gravel haul rates

County set its rates for the upcoming winter gravel haul season at the regular meeting on September 12.

“I move that Camrose County council approve the 2023-24 winter gravel haul rates of $1.17 per tonne (loading factor) and $0.325 per tonne multiplied by mile (mileage factor) based on $1.30/L fuel rates.

“Every year a winter gravel haul program is conducted to get surface gravel onto County roads that require it. To supplement the County resources, contract trucks are hired to help with this dispersal of gravel,” said public works manager Zach Mazure.

While the actual quan-

tities and haul distances for the total gravel program have not yet been determined, it is approximated that around 500 miles of road will be graveled at 225 tonnes of gravel per mile (Average) and the average haul distance of the gravel from pit to road is 16 miles.

“At the recommended rates and the current $1.50/L fuel, this equates to an estimated $752,625. The proposed rates for the 2023-24 gravel haul were determined by looking at the Alberta Roadbuilder and Heavy Construction hourly rates and looking at the cost of inflation on consumables in the last year,” added Mark McNary, in charge of gravel within the


Diesel fuel prices have levelled off, but increased significantly over the last two years. Fuel, however, is not a significant concern for rate changes because the hauler contract is now structured with a fuel rider that accounts for any significant increase in fuel price. It should be noted that the base price for fuel has been increased from $1.20/L to $1.30/L as it is unlikely the fuel prices will drop below this rate in the 2023-23 winter haul season.

“It is the recommendation of public works that the winter gravel haul rate increase from the 2022-23 rate of $1.10 per tonne (loading factor) and

$0.3 per tonne multiplied by mile (mileage factor) based on $1.20/L fuel increased to $1.17 per tonne (loading factor) and $0.325 per tonne multiplied by mile (mileage factor). The base price for diesel surcharge shall be increased from $1.20/L and set at $1.30/L. This represents an increase of 6.9 per cent increase over last year’s rates,” noted Mark, in his report.

The County is looking at an approximate eight to 10 per cent increase over the previous year for hauling gravel for the 2023-24 winter haul. It should be noted that the road builder rates have increased 20 per cent since 2021 and it is likely another slight in-

crease will come in the new year.

“These rates will be utilized in determining financial requirements for the 2024 public works operational budget. The rates as proposed will result in an annual increase of operational expenditures of approximately $55,125,” said Mazure.

There may be some small over-budget expenditures for the 2023 budget year as a portion of these costs are realized in November and December of 2023, but the rates for budgeting were initially determined in 2022.

Of the $607,500 budgeted for 2023, there is currently $310,556.81 remaining year to date.

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How to identify verticillium stripe in canola

Verticillium stripe is the hottest new disease in the canola world, rising to yielddamaging levels in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan and found in all growing regions across the Prairies.

Many farmers and agronomists are learning how to tell it apart from blackleg or sclerotinia stem rot. This article provides the

keys to accurate verticillium stripe identification.

When the crop is full height but still green, canola plants infected with verticillium stripe will often have a two-toned stem–half healthy and green and half discoloured and drying down. This is where the “stripe” name comes from. Leaves can show similar symptoms–healthy on one side, diseased on the

other. You will not see stem or leaf striping with blackleg or sclerotinia stem rot. Sclerotinia will cause stem discolouration, but it will not stripe half the stem.

Verticillium stripe infects roots and enters the plant’s vascular system. Verticillium hyphae and conidia fill up the vascular system, giving the stem cross section a greyish colour. This is eas-

ily confused with blackleg. We have two tips to distinguish the pathogens. With blackleg, stem tissue infection tends to be darker and cause distinct wedge shapes of black. Verticillium is lighter grey and more general throughout the cross section. And two, blackleg stem discolouration is confined to the crown area at the base of the stem. Verticillium darkening

can extend well up the stem. As verticillium infection advances, microsclerotia will start to form on the underside of peeling stem skin. These can be found all the way up the stem. Verticillium specks may seem similar to blackleg pycnidia, but they’re much smaller–more like powdery pepper.

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Round Hill celebrates old-fashioned harvest season

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One hundred years ago, grain was usually cut using a team of horses or a small tractor with a manual binder. Harvesting was usually a full family job in the autumn. Farmers wanted to get the crops off before the weather turned cold. The stooks were often forked onto a horse-drawn wagon by hand, which proved to be a long hard day at harvest time. Once the wagon was full, it was then unloaded into the threshing machine to separate the grain from the stalks.
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RCMP stress importance of reporting hate crimes

In an effort to help police stay on top of what is impacting Alberta communities, the Alberta RCMP reminds Albertans of the importance of reporting hate-motivated incidents

The Alberta RCMP provided the following information on how to differentiate between a hate-motivated incident and crime are:

• a hate incident is a noncriminal action, motivated by hate, bias, or prejudice towards a person or group based on colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual identity, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, or any other similar factor.

• a hate crime is a crime motivated by hate, based in whole or in part upon the characteristics mentioned above.

Examples of hate-motivated incidents are the use of racial slurs or offensive symbols. Because these types of incidents are noncriminal in nature, they often go unreported, but the impact on victims and communities remains, including psychological trauma, feelings of shame and humiliation.

These incidents can also cause community-wide unrest, leading victims and those who identify similarly to feel fear, isolation, and damage to their sense of belonging.

Albertans are now able to report hate-motivated incidents online. This can be completed via the Online Crime Reporting portal available on the Alberta RCMP website or through the Alberta RCMP app.

Online reporting allows victims and community members to report hate incidents, even if they don’t feel comfortable calling or initially coming into a detachment. People can also report on behalf of someone else, further supporting those who may not feel comfortable, or who may require assistance to report an incident.

This additional reporting option allows for the gathering of information about hate-motivated incidents, as they can provide valuable information about subjects involved in hateful activities, as well as opportunities for intervention to prevent the escalation of hateful behaviour.

“Alberta RCMP firmly believes in bias-free policing and ensuring that all Albertans feel safe,” stated Alberta RCMP Hate Crimes coordinator Corporal Mohamad Khaled. “Part

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of feeling safe is feeling seen and heard, that is why Alberta RCMP works directly with marginalized people and communities to ensure their needs are met.”

Cpl. Khaled is a member of the Alberta RCMP Diverse Community Engagement Unit, which was created in 2020, recognizing that partnerships with all community members is essential to provide effective and responsive policing services.

To report a hate crime, dial 911 if you are in immediate danger. Otherwise call your local detachment’s non-emergency line or visit in person.

To report a hate incident, you can telephone your local detachment’s non-emergency line, for Camrose detachment telephone 780-672-3341 (nonemergency.), visit in person, or go online to https:// alberta/en or through the Alberta RCMP app.

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Old fashioned train ride

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Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Friends of Battle River Railway conductor Ken Eshpeter stands at the front of the newly renovated open air gondola car, an option offered to guests on the FBRR excursions. Views from the open air car are breathtaking, as the train chugs along the lines travelling through the prairie countryside.

Keep your grain cool this fall

You need to monitor grain temperature and keep stored grain cool and dry with regular aeration or by turning it.

High moisture and warm temperatures in grain allow for the rapid growth of insects, fungi and the possible production of mycotoxins, according to Government of Alberta grain experts.

Grain is a very good insulator. When it is undisturbed, it holds temperature well. If warm grain is placed into storage and left undisturbed, convection currents develop and cause hot spots and moisture condensation.

The greater the temperature differential (the difference between the temperature of the grain and the outside temperature), the stronger the convection currents.

Grain with a moisture above grade requirements can create an environment conducive to insect and fungal growth and development if it is not managed. Grain left unmanaged may increase in temperature and subsequent convection currents can cause surface condensation.

To determine the moisture content of grain at storage, take samples from bins every three to four weeks after storage if grain is not managed (no aeration or turning). Samples should be taken from several areas of the bulk and be kept in sealed plastic containers prior to testing.

Check the temperature of the bin every two weeks. Measure temperature by using temperature sensing cables that are permanently installed or by probing the grain with an electronic sensor device.

Assess the general temperature by inserting a metal rod into the grain at the top of the pile near the centre. The rod should reach at least one metre into the grain. Leave the rod for approximately 30 minutes.

Remove the rod and, with the palm of the hand, test it for warmth at various points from the tip. Any section of the rod that feels warm to the touch is an indication of heating and grain spoilage.

Aeration systems preserve stored grain and keep it dry by reducing the temperature of grain and reducing moisture migration. Appropriate aeration can prevent convection currents and condensation from occurring.

It is important to consider the physical characteristics of grain when considering aeration and drying. Factors such as grain class

and storage configuration impact the static pressure and thus the aeration fan requirements. In general, as static pressure increases (e.g. increased height of the storage or change in the class of commodity in storage), the amount of time required to properly aerate also changes.

Stored grains should be aerated as soon as possible after harvest, particularly if aeration can reduce the bulk temperature below 18°C. When the ambient temperature falls below that of the grain bulk, initially during the early evening, night and early morning, you can use aeration to reduce the temperature of the grain.

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