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Young leaders encouraged to apply to CYL program

The 2019 edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program is now accepting applications — and the organization is reminding would-be applicants they don’t have to be ranchers. That’s one of the themes of a “myth-busters” video at the CYL website by filmmaker Ben Wilson, a member of the 2017 cohort who has done work for […] Read more


Rural crime presentation draws a packed house at FarmTech

RCMP superintendent urges audience to let police do their job and to avoid confronting intruders

Rural crime is a topic that everyone wants to talk about. “This is not just an issue in Alberta, but across the country,” RCMP Supt. Peter Tewfik said at a crowded FarmTech session. Rural property crime actually went down by 10 per cent in the province in 2018, he said. This means 480 fewer home […] Read more



More counties eligible for livestock tax deferral

In an unusual move, Agriculture Canada has added a third set of areas eligible for the federal livestock tax deferral. This allows cattle producers affected by severe drought or excess moisture to defer a portion of their income earned from selling part of their herd. The cost of replacements in 2019 will offset the deferred […] Read more


Even as tariffs fall, new trade barriers arise

Protectionists don’t give up when their government signs a free trade deal

Donald Trump might not get his wall — but other invisible walls are going up around the world. “We’re in an era of protectionism, and in an era of protectionism, we have governments and regulators that are looking for any excuse to block trade,” said Cam Dahl, president of Cereals Canada. “So we can’t give […] Read more



African swine fever would be a disaster

There is a ‘clear risk’ the swiftly spreading disease could come here, says leading swine health vet

There is a real risk that the African swine fever virus could enter Canada — and if it did, it would be catastrophic, says one of the country’s leading swine health experts. “If Canada got a single case in our country, our borders would close to all nations,” said Dr. Egan Brockhoff, a partner in […] Read more





There’s more vegetarians, but also more meat eaters looking for change

‘Flexitarians’ still want to eat meat but they also want to ‘feel good about eating,’ says marketing expert

The number of vegans and vegetarians is growing, but confirmed meat eaters will remain and possibly look at higher-end cuts of meat, says an international food-marketing expert. But the middle is where it gets interesting — with “flexitarians” looking for good sources of protein and willing to have a mix of plant and animal proteins, […] Read more



Farm Forum event returns to Saskatoon

After a three-year stint in Calgary, the Farm Forum Event will return to Saskatoon next year. The decision to again hold the three-day farm conference, which connects farmers with the latest agricultural research and innovation, in Saskatoon was based on feedback from attendees and to hold it in a more central location for western Canadian […] Read more





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