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AALP's Blog – July 2014 Archive (9)

Last day of the North American Study Tour and on the road again!

 

BrIght-eyed and bushy-tailed, Class 15 was up early and headed to Native Offerings Farms (NOF) in Little Valley, New York, an hour and a half outside of Painted Post. A few great "off the cuff" moments and a beautiful serenade by Linda made the time pass quickly.

At NOF, Deb and Stu Ritchie run a 180-acre farm and produce a variety of certified naturally-grown…

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Added by AALP on July 14, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Wars, small town revitalization and checkers!

On day seven of our North American Study Tour, we visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to see the site of one of North America's greatest battles.It was overwhelming to see the exhibit at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The Cyclorama, which was painted in the late 1800's by Paul Philippoteaux brought the experience to life. Then, a walk through the onsite museum…

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Added by AALP on July 13, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Day of Learning about the Past, Present and Future - AALP North American Study Tour

Friday began with a meeting with Syngenta in the heart of Washington D.C. The presentation followed a recurring theme: Feeding A Growing Global Population. Syngenta's Good Growth Plan contains six areas of focus:

  1. Make crops more efficient
  2. Rescue more farmland
  3. Help biodiversity flourish
  4. Empower smallholders
  5. Help people stay…
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Added by AALP on July 12, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

How important is the US to Canada? And vice versa. AALP Class 15 Study Tour Continues

Wow! What a busy, exciting and informative day!



We arrived at the Canadian Embassy and are proud to announce we all cleared the security check. We listened to a variety of speakers and learned about the value and importance of the trade relationship Canada has with the United States. A couple of interesting facts: 

1) US and Canada…

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Added by AALP on July 11, 2014 at 9:26am — 2 Comments

Being inspired - a great day on AALP's North American Study Tour

The FFA Creed - as applicable now as when it was written in 1930

After staying with some terrific families in their homes, AALP Class 15 traveled to the National FFA Center in Indianapolis. For some of us, this was the first introduction to the FFA while others had a more in depth understanding of who they are. We learned that FFA goes through the…

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Added by AALP on July 10, 2014 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Kids in the candy store!

AALP Class 15 was off to an early start as we continue our North American Study Tour adventure.  Fun fact: interstates that are odd numbered run north-south. We travelled south on I75 down through Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana.  

We used our time on the bus effectively.  From practicing "off the cuff" to sponsor spotlights, we kept ourselves busy. We were enlightened with information on an AALP ally AdFarm as we rolled past fields of ripening wheat and tassling…

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Added by AALP on July 9, 2014 at 9:53am — No Comments

AALP North American Study Tour – Detroit

Today was another great day on #NAST2014.

We started our day at Detroit’s Eastern market, and went on a tour of the local area around the farmer’s market. We heard about and saw some of the local restoration going on in the form of a greenway and bike path. The people in this community are working tirelessly to improve their city by improving everything from access to fresh, healthy food, to green spaces where the community can come together for shopping, eating and…

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Added by AALP on July 8, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

And they're off!

On Sunday, July 6 Class 15 of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program began its North America Study Tour #NAST2014. 

The first stop on the tour was Detroit and the Sunday Street Market of the Eastern Market. The Sunday Street Market features local items such as home goods, art, jewelry, clothing, Michigan-made products, antiques…

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Added by AALP on July 8, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

AALP Class 15 - North American Study Tour

The 29 participants in AALP Class 15 leave on Sunday, July 6 for their North American Study Tour.

During the eight-day tour, they'll learn from a wide range of speakers and tours, from wineries to organic farms and from the Canadian embassy to Gettysburg National Military Park.

Blogs will be posted here daily - follow along on this great journey!

Added by AALP on July 2, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

Agriculture Headlines from Farms.com Canada East News - click on title for full story

Disease Prevention Increases in Importance

A Professor with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine says the swine sector is placing a greater emphasis on the strategies that will prevent the introduction of diseases onto farms. In light of evolving disease pressures prevention has become a top priority.

House of Commons Expected to Approve USMCA by Easter

The Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute is confident the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will be approved by the House of Commons by about Easter.

SHIC Prioritises Swine Disease Information Sharing in 2020

The Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Center says enhanced information sharing on domestic and international disease monitoring will be among SHIC's top priorities during 2020.

Grain Growers of Canada support senate bill to exempt natural gas and propane from carbon tax

The Grain Growers of Canada (GCC) strongly support the Senate Public Bill S-215 brought forward by Senator Diane Griffin to exempt natural gas and propane from the carbon tax.

PLAN FOR A SUCCESSFUL WINTER WHEAT CROP

It’s time to look ahead and plan for a successful 2020 growing season. Taking a drive around the countryside, it’s hard to draw your eyes away from the healthy-looking wheat crop.

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