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Win $1,000 in young speakers competition

Deadline for applications is June 30

Young Albertans have a chance to win $1,000 and a trip to the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition in Toronto. Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture will hold its second annual public speaking competition on July 12 during the Calgary Stampede. The event offers young people an opportunity to share their views in a speech […] Read more


Alberta Open Farm Days coming up

Over 90 farms expected to open their doors for August event

Alberta Open Farm Days gives farmers and ranchers a chance to invite their urban cousins and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the people who grow their food. The event takes place Aug. 19-20 and it’s expected more than 90 farms, ranches and ag-tourism operators […] Read more



8 management practices of successful Canadian farmers

In our CTEAM program and other activities, we get to meet a range of Canadian farmers, and often we have the opportunity to assess their success both financially and personally, in terms of their ability to meet or exceed personal and family goals. Several characteristics of these successful people become obvious rather quickly. Not all[...]
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Ontario to add local weight to land use appeal process

Ontario’s Municipal Board (OMB), which handles appeals of land use planning decisions across the province, is set to be replaced with a new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. The provincial government announced Tuesday it will introduce legislation “in the coming weeks” to replace the Ontario Municipal Board with the new tribunal, “mandated to give greater weight[...]
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Most Prairie farmers taking a wait-and-see attitude to precision ag

A new online survey found just about everyone uses GPS but less than half 
use advanced imaging and variable rate

Prairie farmers are casting glances at precision ag, but not embracing it yet, a new survey suggests. The online 42-question survey commissioned by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada didn’t get a big response — 261 producers participated — but it offers a glimpse into how farmers view the highly touted technology. The poll found adoption of[…]
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Tell your beef story and win $1,000

Deadline for entries is June 2

Are you between the ages of eight and 21, and involved in Beef 4-H, junior cattle shows, or beef production? Then you could win one of three cash prizes in the ABP Young Guns Contest. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and 4-H Alberta’s centenary, entrants are being asked to celebrate their beef story. Entries can[…]
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Help for calculating stocking rate

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has revised its Using Animal Unit Month (AUM) Effectively fact sheet. AUM can be used to calculate suitable stocking rates for pastures under a wide variety of conditions, said forage/beef specialist Karin Lindquist. The fact sheet includes sections on defining the animal unit, determining the AUM, differences in consumption rates, and[…]
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Seeding underway in all regions, good progress on 2016 crops

Alberta crop conditions as of May 9

Alberta experienced another week of favourable weather which further enhanced soil drying. Temperatures were generally above average and although showers were prevalent late in the reporting period, amounts were small. Saturated soils throughout the North East, North West and Peace regions continue to hamper field operations. Seeding is underway in all regions. Seeding progress has[…]
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Start succession planning with a conversation — and then keep talking

Trent Clark has heard many succession ‘horror stories’ and is making sure 
that everyone in his family is on the same page

Planning for Profits Working on your farm management skills is like exercising — it pays big benefits, but it’s easy to push it off for another day. Only one-third of producers use business advisers or risk management tools, and fewer still do HR, succession, or strategic planning. To help make your farm more profitable (and[…]
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