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First aid course now partly online

St. John Ambulance Alberta Council is now offering a “blended online” course for Standard First Aid with CPR. Once students have completed (at their own pace) the online portion of the course, they then register for a one-day, in-class component to complete the demonstrated competency and validation process. The in-class portion, offered at seven provincial […] Read more



Canola checkoff tax credit available

Canola growers who didn’t ask for a checkoff refund last year can get a tax credit for the portion used for qualifying research. The tax credit rate for Alberta canola producers in 2018 is 17.43 per cent. That means a grower who paid $100 in canola checkoffs would receive a $17.43 tax credit. The Scientific […] Read more


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Brazil may raise farm subsidies despite belt-tightening

Brasilia | Reuters — Brazil could double spending on subsidized farm insurance in 2020 and may expand subsidized loans, the country’s agriculture policy secretary said on Thursday, even though the new government’s economic team has pledged to cut spending. The negotiations on next year’s farm subsidies highlight the powerful agribusiness lobby’s struggle to preserve benefits […] Read more


Timely tips for calving season

A new Beef Cattle Research Council blog has a number of tips for having more healthy calves. The tips from Dr. Claire Windeyer of the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine program include how to resuscitate calves, putting them into a recovery position, assessing a suckle reflex, and identifying health issues such as scours […] Read more


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Russian agricultural firms raided over suspected tax evasion

Moscow | Reuters — Meat producer Cherkizovo and farming conglomerate Rusagro were among agricultural firms across Russia targeted in a sweeping investigation into suspected tax evasion on Wednesday. The Tax Service said so far five potential breaches had been uncovered in inspections carried out with the Federal Security Service (FSB) at agricultural holdings across 13 […] Read more



Buckle up: Here’s your economic forecast for 2019

Canada’s top ag economist has the lowdown on the economy, trade, interest rates, and your income

What’s the forecast for Canadian ag? How about murky with a good chance of turbulence? ‘Headwinds’ was the phrase du jour when the country’s foremost ag economist came by FarmTech late last month. “There are lots of good things going on in the industry, but lots of headwinds as well — trade tensions, weather, excess […] Read more



Court ruling alone won’t fix ‘orphan’ well crisis

There are now more than 3,000 abandoned wells in Alberta, and many more that are no longer active

A Supreme Court ruling that puts cleanup ahead of creditors is a step forward — but won’t “make too much difference” to landowners with abandoned wells, says a director with the Alberta Surface Rights Federation. “The landowners are still going to be in a situation where they have to deal with contaminated land for maybe […] Read more


Grants available for hiring students

Farmers planning to hire a student this summer can apply for the Summer Farm Employment Program. This program gives youth the opportunity to gain farm work experience and provides farm employers with a grant of up to $500 per month for July and August. The student’s work must be directly related to the farming operation; […] Read more




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