Keeping young people on the farm — in Mali

A 'radio reality' series on a local radio station aims to convince young Africans that farming can be a profitable career

It’s a worldwide challenge — convincing young people that farming can be a profitable and rewarding career. In Mali, a rural radio station is taking on the challenge through a contest developed along with Farm Radio International, a Canadian organization that works with more than 500 radio stations broadcasting to millions of farmers in Sub-Saharan […]

2014 Blue Book - crop protection manual

2014 Blue Book ready

The 2014 version of the “Blue Book” is now available. Officially called the Crop Protection book, the 2014 edition has several new entries in its four sections (herbicides, insecticides, seed treatments and foliar fungicides), said Mark Cutts, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. These include newly registered foliar fungicides; new seed treatment products […]

Cross-stitch design of a mother and child.

A loving aunt creates a special gift

Anita Wipf isn’t exactly sure how many hours it took her to create this “labour of love.” “I made this cross-stitching titled ‘Tenderness’ for my niece Janaya,” said Wipf, a member of the Viking Colony. “The reason for calling it a labour of love is because of the amount of time it takes, and that […]


Rimbey auctioneer marks milestone

Allen Olson can’t even guess how many tractors and combines he’s sold over a career spanning more than half a century. “What I can tell you is that farm equipment has gotten a lot more expensive,” says the Rimbey auctioneer. “Some of these tractors go for more than $100,000. Last year, we sold a combine […]

Man receiving food donation in Kenya.

Ponoka fundraising auction making a difference

Organizers of the 13th annual Canadian Foodgrains Bank Fundraising Auction in Ponoka are expecting another banner event. “We’re hoping for 60 to 70 animals to be donated,” said Arnie Tenbrinke, one of the event’s organizers. “This year we’re also stepping things up a bit by offering a free lunch.” The lunch, Tenbrinke is quick to […]

wireworm crawling on soil

Producers asked to send in wireworm samples

Wireworm numbers are on the rise and AgCanada researchers 
need samples to develop control methods

Producers can help in the effort to find a wireworm control solution by submitting samples to Canada’s wireworm research team. “Lindane (such as Vitavax Dual) insecticide kept wireworm numbers low for several decades on the Prairies,” says Neil Whatley, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “(But) since the ban of this organochlorine pesticide […]

Finally some good news for bruised and battered pork producers

PEDv has pushed down hog supply and sent prices soaring

Murray Markert sums up the mood of Alberta pork producers these days in a single word. “Relief,” said the Vulcan farmer when asked about recent record-high pork prices. “The money we’re getting right now will help fill in the hole that most of us dug to stay in the game.” For most, that likely means […]

Man standing beside wire fence

‘Fast Farmer’ videos offer practical how-to advice

Beginning farmers can now learn to build an electric fence — without ever leaving the house. Farm On Foundation has created the first instalment in a series called “The Fast Farmer.” The series will use podcasts, videos, photos, instructional sheets, case studies, and other material to provide practical information in an easy-to-use format geared to […]

Farming scholarship application deadline looms — April 15, 2014


Applications for the 2015 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust are due by April 30. Up to three scholarships of $15,000 each are available. Application forms are available online. Nuffield scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share their findings […]

Frozen pulse snack on a stick takes the cake at Mission ImPULSEible

Squeals and cheers rang out as a team of four University of Alberta students won first prize for their creation, the Pulse Pop, at this year’s Mission ImPULSEible competition. The Pulse Pop — made from black beans, chickpeas, coconut, peanut butter and chocolate — is a frozen alternative to the popular cake pop. “We wanted […]