Williamson new CEO of Ag for Life

Luree Williamson is replacing David Sprague as CEO of Ag for Life, who is retiring at the end of the month. Since joining Ag for Life in 2011, Sprague’s accomplishments include the launch of Ag for Life and the investment of over $3 million in agricultural education and rural and farm safety programming reaching close […]

FCC again extends loan plan for young farmers — August 28, 2014


Canada’s federal farm lending agency has held over its Young Farmer Loan program for a third year and again boosted the program’s budget commitment. Farm Credit Canada said Thursday it will continue the program, which grants loans to eligible producers under age 40 for up to $500,000 to buy or improve farmland and buildings. The […]

Burger King, Tim Hortons reach deal on marriage — August 26, 2014


Two days after confirming their talks on the idea, Canada’s biggest quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain and the world’s second-biggest burger chain have lined up their US$15.5 billion merger deal. Burger King Worldwide and Tim Hortons on Tuesday announced a “definitive agreement” to combine the world’s fourth- and eighth-biggest QSR firms into the No. 3 spot, […]

Burger King throne would move north in Timmy’s merger — August 25, 2014


The world’s second-biggest burger chain is in talks with Canada’s biggest quick-service chain on a merger into a new Canadian-based company. Burger King Worldwide and Tim Hortons confirmed their talks Sunday, following a report in that day’s Wall Street Journal. The U.S. paper reported the Miami-based burger firm plans a “tax inversion” deal to move […]


Young egg producers offered a deal

Egg Farmers of Alberta has launched a youth development program to help attract young farmers into the industry. The program will accept a maximum of 20 unregistered young egg farmers on a first-come, first-serve basis, for a maximum of 10 years. The program will ensure eggs from participating farms are produced in accordance with industry standards […]

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Alberta Pork optimistic despite Russia’s tit-for-tat sanctions

Numerous agricultural products are being shut out of Russia, but pork is most affected

Russia’s ban on Canadian pork will have some impact, but the executive director of Alberta Pork says the hope is that it will be more of “a big hiccup” than a severe blow. “We had the same problem with our ractopamine last year, where almost half of the pork that was shipped from Canada to […]

Xplornet’s Chris Johnston says high-speed broadband will be available to all of rural Canada by July 2017 following tower upgrades and the launch of next-generation satellites like the ViaSat-2.

Digital divide set to fall?

Company says all of rural Canada will have access to high speed by July 2017

There finally appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for rural Canadians fed up with slow, inconsistent, or unavailable Internet service. New Brunswick-based Xplornet Communications recently announced it will offer high-speed, 25-megabytes-per-second (mbps) Internet service to all Canadians by July 2017, a move that may finally destroy the urban-rural digital divide. “To […]


Alberta farm leader says rail system fix is on track

Ordering the railways to move more grain has grabbed the spotlight, 
but Kent Erickson says newly enacted legislation will bring long-term gains

New federal rail legislation is the first major step in building a sustainable and reliable rail transportation system, says the chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission. But in the meantime, extending an order-in-council that penalizes the railways if they fail to move a million tonnes of grain a week is the best short-term fix, said […]

More than 5,000 children have experienced a hands-on tour hosted by ‘Farmer Nichole’ at Neubauer Farms.

Door always open at Neubauer Farms

Farmer Nichole knows all the cool stuff, like what’s in your 
cereal and farm eggs are just like the ones in the store

This is the first year Nichole Neubauer has participated in Open Farm Days — but few producers are more experienced in explaining ag to urbanites. ‘Farmer Nichole’ has hosted more busloads of children than she can count since starting the Growing Minds Program on her and husband Mark’s mixed operation just southwest of Medicine Hat. […]


Open Farm Days 2014

List of participating farms across Alberta

Northern Alberta Wooden Shoes Dairy Farm First Nature Farms Connecting in Spirit Ranch Reclaim Urban Farm Humphrey & Terry Banack Midmore Farms Nature’s Green Acres Matters Speckle Park Erdmann’s Gardens and Greenhouses Cajun Angus Crooked Lake Farm Tangle Ridge Ranch The Cheesiry Horse Hill Berry Farm EL-Shaddai Dairies Inc. Shady Lane Berry Farm Star Bright […]