Agriculture Education

Agriculture Training Support Program in Alberta

Agriculture Training Support Program is intended to offset costs for COVID-19 safety and training, including the costs for personal protective equipment and to remove any barriers to getting Albertans safely working. As part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Risk Management programs, this program will improve the agriculture and agri-food sector’s ability to anticipate, mitigate and prepare for risks that could have a major financial impact on the livestock and plant industries, or affect human health and safety.

By providing up to $5 million in support to farmers, agri-businesses and food processors, the program helps offset the cost to train new employees safely in new agri-food roles.

The maximum government contribution under the program is $2,000 per new employee, up to a maximum of $50,000 per employer. Grants will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis until available program funding is fully allocated. In addition, approximately $1 million in funding will be targeted for meat processors to provide support for new hires to undertake meat-cutting training.


Education Press Release

Digital School of Food and Agriculture Launches Free Education App

Earlier this week, Digital School of Food and Agriculture launched a free mobile app focussed on delivering high quality education for the Food & Agriculture sector. All courses have been developed alongside industry experts and are delivered completely free to anyone who downloads the app. With this move, the School moves closer towards its goal of widening access to sector specific skills and knowledge.

With one in three people in the global workforce working in the agriculture value chain, a growing global population to feed and unprecedented times for every workforce during the current pandemic, Digital School of Food and Agriculture has launched the app to #KeepTheWorldLearning. Anyone in the sector is free to download the app and start learning without any registration required.

Courses already available on the app include ‘Urban Agriculture’, ‘Agtech’, ‘Agri Finance’ and ‘Organic Agriculture’ and the company promises to deliver more lessons and courses every week. Through the app, learners can also choose to save lessons for quick reference or share them with their network. For learners looking to boost their career as well as their personal development, certificate upgrades are also available for a small fee of US$10.

“Digital School of Food and Agriculture is pushing the boundaries in terms of access and the way people learn,” said Dr Vijayender Nalla, co-founder of Agribusiness Academy, who has supplied learning content as part of the #KeepTheWorldLearning campaign.

Learners can find out more at or by searching ‘Digital School Of Food and Agriculture’ on Google Play Store. For more information please contact: Tom Chant,


Young millennials as the future of Philippine agriculture

The Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippines, is set to engage 900 fresh graduates (batch 2019-2020) as ‘frontliners’ to assist in the implementation of agriculture programs in each congressional district nationwide. Millennials will be tapped as on-the-job trainees (OJTs) for about six months, given an attractive allowance, and later will get employed and detailed at each congressional district under the DA-Agricultural Program Coordinating Offices (APCOs). Each province has a DA-APCO that coordinates with local government units in the implementation of agricultural banner programs — rice, corn, high value crops, livestock (small and large ruminants) and poultry. It makes recommendations and conducts monitoring services to ensure that national and regional DA policies and programs are effectively and efficiently cascaded at the local level.

Eventually, when their OJT stint is over they can develop their respective agri-fishery business plan to be pursued as a project in their own localities. The initiative is being tied up with the DA’s Kapital Access for Young Agripreneurs (KAYA), a loan program launched in January 2020 to entice young Filipinos to engage in farming and fishery ventures and agribusiness and food processing enterprises. Under the management of the DA-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), the KAYA financing program, with a total funding of P1B, lends P300,000 to P500,000 per borrower, payable in five years at zero interest.

Read more at Philippine Information Agency


Farm records and its importance

A farm record can be a book, document, file (excel spreadsheet), or software that is used to keep track of the different activities that occur on your farm relating to your operations. Farm records may seem like a highly administrative task that can consume a lot of time, but once you get the hang of it, it will seem less daunting. When recording the information, always ensure that it is relatable, easy to understand, accurate and relevant to you and your farm.

Various types of records that make up your farm records are:

  • Production records including Crop and Livestock records like planting, fertilising, animal health checks etc.
  • Employee records related to the staff members.
  • Logistics records like filing of each delivery note/receipt.
  • Sales records dealing with the revenue generated from the sale of goods and services.
  • Financial records encompassing the daily management of accounting.

Read more at Mbali Nwoko


World Horti Center launches Online HortiXperience

As sharing knowledge and connecting partners in horticulture is also important at this time, World Horti Center starts with the unique Online HortiXperience. This package of online services consists of an Online Tour in which experts take visitors on a tour of the World Horti Center and share knowledge about the sustainable and innovative greenhouse horticulture sector.

How does the Online Tour work?

The HortiXperts use the World Horti Center website to explain why Dutch greenhouse horticulture is so successful, what innovative greenhouse structures and installations there are and what is happening in the All Climate Greenhouse and the World Horti Center research center.

Read more at World Horti Center


What is Agricultural Accounting?

Agricultural accounting applies to your family farms or corporations runs their business in agriculture. It does not matter what kind of products you produce or sell in the market. The agricultural production cycles are so unique that the accounting methods used in other industries can not be applied in some cases. For example, some crops are annual or perennial. Some livestock is raised for sale or raised as breeding livestock. Depending on types of crops and livestock, and at which stage of the life cycle crops are in influence the selection of proper accounting methods.

Inventory valuation methods used in agricultural accounting are:
Lower of Cost or Market, LCM, usually means that the inventory is valued at its cost. Net realisable value, NRV, is used when the actual cost of the inventory is difficult to determine.

Read more at Own Biz Accounting


Changing Agricultural Perspectives: ‘Agri at Heart’ to ‘Agri-Smart’

Agriculture is an important and sustainable contributor to Jamaica’s economic development. Its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 was 7.2 per cent. In the same year the sector was identified as the second-largest employer of labour, employing 15.1 per cent of the labour force. In fact, three out of every four farmers registered since 2016 is a youth farmer. The Jamaica 4-H Clubs, is promoting the concept of the Agri-Smart Farmer as a strategy to promote productivity and overcome the maladies of the sector.

The Agri-Smart Farmer is conceptualised as one who is cognisant of the threats affecting the agricultural sector, ready to embrace innovation and new technologies, open to explore the concept of food diversification, appropriately equipped to operate a viable agri-business, trained and ready to co-exist with climate change.

Read more at Jamaica Observer