GFM Network News


Green jobs in agriculture eligible for wage subsidy

Protecting and restoring ecosystems, reducing energy use, producing organic products 
and limiting greenhouse gases qualify for the program

Employers in the ag sector with an environmental focus are being urged to consider a program that subsidizes the salaries of new graduates by up to $13,500 per year. “Agriculture is a natural fit for this green jobs initiative,” says Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst, executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council. “Canada’s primary producers are […] Read more

Alberta producers aren’t sold on sustainability certification programs

Only 30 per cent of farmers believe sustainability certification 
will be part of doing business in the next five years

Alberta producers don’t know much about sustainability certification programs — but they don’t think it matters much anyway. Those were the key findings of a survey of 400 Alberta producers who were asked about sustainability practices on their farms. While producers are making headway on adopting sustainable production practices, they’re not yet sold on the […] Read more


National environmental farm plan in the works

A summit next month will bring together farm groups 
and governments from across the country

Having a national environmental farm plan could make it easier for producers to market their commodities overseas. “We recognize that farmers have international buyers from around the world that are sourcing Canadian products from more than one jurisdiction,” said Erin Gowriluk, government relations and policy manager at Alberta Wheat. “If we can position ourselves here […] Read more

Jolene Noble hired as sustainability extension co-ordinator

The Farm Sustainability Extension Working Group has hired Jolene Noble of Manning to develop, co-ordinate, and implement an extension program to increase Alberta producers’ awareness of on-farm sustainability. “I look forward to contributing to these end goals by working with producers to bring awareness to social licence issues and highlighting on-farm best management practices,” said […] Read more


Environmental Farm Plan being streamlined

Changes sparked by study comparing the plan to three international sustainable sourcing standards

The Alberta Environmental Farm Plan is being streamlined as part of a process to better align the program with international sustainable sourcing standards for environmental practices. These improvements emerged from a recent comparative study conducted by Alberta EFP, Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley. The study compared the plan to three international sustainable sourcing standards — […] Read more