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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 […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


U.N. food body says Gaza farms devastated by fighting — August 14, 2014

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Rome | Reuters — The conflict in Gaza has caused serious damage to crops, herds and fishing as well as greenhouses and irrigation systems, bringing food production to a halt and sending prices sharply higher, the United Nations food body said on Thursday. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a statement that […]


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Taste of Canada is on the road again

Fourth edition of 
event heading to 
San Francisco

The Taste of Canada — an event to help Canadian exporters get into the U.S. food-service and retail sector — is hitting the road again. The fourth edition of the event will be held in San Francisco on Nov. 3-4, said Dusan Rnjak, trade development officer with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “This professional food […]


European farmers feel Russian sanctions’ bite — August 10, 2014

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London | Reuters – European dairy firms halted production of cheese and butter destined for Russia and Norwegian salmon prices fell, as a wide array of small fresh food producers felt the first impact from Moscow’s tit-for-tat ban on their goods. Russia stopped imports of most food from the West on Thursday in retaliation for […]


Six-year-old Maysa Schiffner and sister Hadley, four, help their dad with his big cheque while eight-month-old Oaklyn looks on.

Rodeo star an ambassador for ranching and the western way of life

Scott Schiffner has thrilled countless thousands with his bull riding, 
but he’s also riding hard to preserve cowboy traditions

If the Calgary Stampede gave out a buckle for the best one-liner, Scott Schiffner would have won it hands down. “I love inflation,” proclaimed the bull rider and rancher from Strathmore as he held up his $100,000 winner’s cheque. That sum was exactly double what Schiffner won in 2001, the last time he captured top […]