Merle Good

More than Good enough

Farm finance expert Merle Good has been recognized for his work in advancing agricultural business management practices by being named this year’s winner of the Wilson Loree Award. The former provincial tax specialist has “a passion for farm management,” said Rick Taillieu, who nominated Good on behalf of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Good, who […] Read more


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Recommended malting varieties list released

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre has released its annual list of recommended malt barley varieties. The list represents varieties that the centre recommends based on the greatest potential for performance, quality, and marketability. The recommendations are published annually with input from grain companies, domestic and international maltsters and brewers, grower associations as well as […] Read more



Beef checkoff agency has (another) name change

The agency that handles beef checkoffs once again has a new name. “In the past, the handle for the organization managing the checkoff has bounced around a bit,” the newly rechristened Canadian Beef Check-Off Agency said in a release. Once known as the National Check-Off Agency, it’s also been known as Canada Beef and then […] Read more


Mike Nelson of Wetaskiwin.

Canola contestant reaps 81 bushels an acre

Alberta producers finished one-two-three in this year’s ‘Canola 100’ competition. The contest encourages producers to target 100-bushel-an-acre canola and is meant to “inspire farmers towards greater innovation.” Mike Nelson of Wetaskiwin averaged 81.43 bushels an acre followed by Merle Klassen of Linden (76.63 bu/ac) and Curtis Harrish of Calmar (74.52 bu/ac). Sixteen fields (the minimum […] Read more



Grande Prairie emergency medical responder Kayle Riddell-Poole wants more people to know about Automated External Defibrillators and how to use them.

‘Save A Life’ contest promotes awareness of defibrillators

Grande Prairie resident Kayle Riddell-Poole is one of two winners in a national contest put on by St. John Ambulance to raise awareness about Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The #savealifeselfie contest encouraged Canadians to take selfies of themselves at places in their community where AEDs are located — which St. John Ambulance says are often […] Read more


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TB testing to continue into January

As of Dec. 7, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed six cases of bovine TB. This number includes the cow that was confirmed to have the disease when it was slaughtered in the U.S. All confirmed cases are still from one infected herd located on 18 premises. Approximately 50 premises are under quarantine — […] Read more



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Hemp food company planning new plant in Nisku

Hempco Food and 
Fiber sells oil, seed nut, protein powder, and shells made from hemp seed

Hempco Food and Fiber Inc. says it plans to build a 56,000-square-foot hemp foods-processing facility at Nisku. In a press release, the company said it had obtained a lease for (with an option to purchase) 4.7 acres from Redco Properties. “Hempco is presently producing about 200,000 pounds of hulled hemp seed per month at its […] Read more


The new regulation will require most people, but not farmers, to wear a helmet when riding on Crown land, public roadways, and highway rights-of-way.

Farmers exempt from new off-road helmet rules

Province requiring helmets on public land because there are 
so many ATV-related injuries and fatalities

Farmers and ranchers at work will be exempt from a proposed new law requiring off-highway vehicle users to wear helmets while operating on public land in Alberta. Amendments to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act will require recreational users of all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and other such off-highway vehicles to wear helmets on public land. But the […] Read more



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Drought-hit tax deferral zones named

In some areas, this is the second year in a row where a lack of feed forced the sale of breeding stock

The federal government is offering ranchers in parts of Alberta hit by drought deferrals on their 2016 income tax from breeding livestock sales. The areas include Clearwater, Lethbridge, Mountain View, Red Deer, Rocky View, Vulcan and Wheatland counties; the municipal districts of Bighorn, Foothills, Pincher Creek, Ranchland and Willow Creek; the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass; […] Read more


Reno and Corine Welsch wanted to preserve their land 
for future generations.

Couple protects picturesque Porcupine Hills ranch

Reno and Corine Welsch have ensured their 3,034-acre ranch in the Porcupine Hills won’t be turned into a subdivision or see its native cropland put to the plow. The couple recently finalized a conservation agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “This conservation agreement gives me the freedom to run the ranch the way I […] Read more