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AALP's Blog – October 2016 Archive (7)

Day 13 - The AALP Alumni & Friends Tour 2016 heads home

Day 13 Brasov - Bucharest: The AALP Alumni and Friends Tour group are bound for Bucharest and the airport today for their flight to Toronto. The group left Romania today in the rain. It was a wet walk from the hotel to the bus but the group made it only a little worse for wear. Three hours to the airport and the flight to Frankfurt then on to Toronto. It has been a worthwhile trip for all and one each of them will remember for some time!…

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Days 11 & 12 - Enjoying the last few days in Romania

DAY 11: Piatra-Neamt – Brasov The first and only stop this morning was at a large farming operation near Piatra-Neamt. The group spent the morning at Ferma Zanesti Grupul de Firme TCE 3 Brazi to better understanding this fully integrated operation producing cereals and other crops on about 6000 ha of land.

What isn’t subsequently used in their dairy, beef,…

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Days 9 &10 Sightseeing - which wouldn't be complete without Dracula

DAY 9 Sighisoara – Targu Mures – Gura Humorului The AALP Alumni and Friends tour group woke up to wet weather this morning. Despite the rain many of the group enjoyed a walking tour of the old citadel, up and down numerous steps, cobblestones and roadways. 

Of note, Vlad Dracul, father of Vlad Dracula (Dracula) lived here in one of the houses, at a young age, from 1431 to 1435.…

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Days 7 & 8 - Touring the countryside

DAY 7 Bucharest - Costesti - Saliste - Sibiel - Sibiu. Much of the day spent on the bus today. Leaving Bucharest the group traveled northwest across a mountain range to Transylvania, to a 1900 ha cereal farm growing wheat and soybeans, located near Costesti, on the way to Sibiu. Much of the acreage is rented from small subsistence farmers enabling the cultivation of larger tracts of land up to 120 ha in size. Geography is much different in this part of the country.…

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Days 5 & 6 - The tour continues through Bucharest

DAY 5 - Overnight train ride from Budapest, Hungary to Bucharest, Romania saw the AALP Alumni and Friends tour group arrive at noon in Romania. The overnight train ride was a first for a number of the travelers. It was interesting to note that two train cars (in line) with berths were from different originating countries and so had different passenger service levels. One group enjoyed cloth towels and breakfast served along with coffee. The other enjoyed very little - no service, no…

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Days 3 & 4 - Lots to see and do

DAY 3 - The group traveled from Eger to Nagyrede to Szilvasvarad and back to Eger. Today the group visited Bukk Naytional Park, north of Eger. Established in 1976, it is the largest national park in Hungary and 97% of the area is wooded. Before heading to the park, the group visited the National Lipizzaner Horse Stud Farm to see these magnificent horses up close and personal. The breeding of Lipizzaner horses in Hungary began in the early 1800s. The group was carried around town in carriages…

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Days 1 & 2 - The AALP Alumni & Friends Tour 2016 heads to Hungary and Romania

DAY 1: The AALP Alumni and Friends Tour 2016 got underway on Friday, Sept. 30, with a "Welcome to Hungary" dinner on the Danube. Twenty-two AALP and AGLead New York alumni and friends raised a glass at dinner to celebrate the start of their 14 days in Hungary and Romania. Friday saw the group visiting a number of sites in the City of Budapest with the history going back more than 2000 years. The group then traveled to rural Hungary to learn more about typical farm and rural life.…

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

Improving Hemp Yields To Increase Proftability For Farmers

Today, Protein Industries Canada announced a new project with Verve Seed Solutions, Farmer’s Business Network Canada (FBN) and Fresh Hemp Foods (FHF) with the goal of increasing yield per acre, and bringing high quality and low-cost hemp protein to the market. The partners will work together to create an innovation value chain that will develop hybrid hemp cultivars with the physical and functional traits valued by processors, food ingredient companies and consumers. “It is great to see Protein Industries Canada continue supporting projects that add value to, and create new markets for, Canadian crops, generating local jobs and supporting new economic development in locations across Canada,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “By developing a hybrid hemp seed with higher yield, this project is helping strengthen the diversity and sustainability of Canada’s crops while solidifying Canada’s global leadership in plant-based ingr

Canada’s Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle to be updated

The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is pleased to announce that Canadian Cattle Association has initiated an update to the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle. The update wille guided by NFACC’s Code development process. The Code development process includes a survey, launched at the outset of each Code, to capture top-of-mind welfare concerns from any and all stakeholders. The input received will help the Code Committee understand the kinds of issues people wish to see considered in the update. Everyone is invited to participate; the survey for this Code is available at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/beef-cattle. “The safe care and handling of animals has always been a priority in our industry. This Code update is welcome and brings the industry into better alignment with responsible practices, many of which have been implemented by our producers. We appreciate the process and industry input involved and look forward to promoting the updated Code of P

CCGA Issues over 1,400 Cash Advances on First Day of 2024 APP

Today, Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) issued the first cash advances for the 2024 Advance Payments Program (APP), putting over $225 million of working capital financing into over 1,400 farming operations spanning Western Canada. “We started accepting applications for 2024 cash advances in February, and since then our team has been focused on improving our responsiveness so farmers can take maximum advantage of the benefits a cash advance offers them," says Dave Gallant, Vice-President, Finance & APP Operations at CCGA. “We're excited to get the 2024 program underway and look forward to many months of serving the cash flow needs of Western Canadian farmers." CCGA has four decades of experience providing cash advances to farmers across Western Canada. Through CCGA, farmers can access advances on over 50 commodities including crops, livestock, organic commodities, and honey. Farmers can apply for a cash advance of up to $250,000 interest-free to a maximum of $1,000,000. The

R2R Legislation & Farm Bill Reauthorization 2024 Priorities

For the North American Equipment Dealers Assn. (NAEDA), the focus of the 2024 legislative cycle is on right to repair bills across the country.

Dealer Opinions Vary on Potential Impact of Autonomy in Next 3 Years

A good number of dealers plan to invest in autonomy over the next 2 years, according to the 11th annual Precision Farming Dealer Benchmark Study. 30% said they’re very likely to invest in autonomy and 39% said they’re somewhat likely. 17% said it’s somewhat unlikely they’ll invest in autonomy and 13% said it’s very unlikely.

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