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MacAulay to visit China on trade mission to boost food exports

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, will lead a trade mission next week to China as part of Canada’s efforts to double bilateral trade with that country and grow global agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025. A news release distributed on Nov. 9, said, “with a population of 1.4 billion people, and a growing appetite for high-quality Canadian food products, […] Read more

Video offers ranchers’ side of the environmental story

Alberta’s Kelly Hall and Hugh Lynch-Staunton are among the ranchers featured in a new video on environmental sustainability from the Beef Cattle Research Council. “What beef producers need to know about environmental footprint” offers both a cinematic look at Canadian cattle production and the sector’s response to its critics. Hall, Lynch-Staunton, and three Ontario cattle […] Read more



Spread the word about 4-H by telling your story

4-H Canada is urging its members and supporters to celebrate the organization’s work by wearing green. It has proclaimed Nov. 1 as ‘Show Your 4-H Colours Day,’ but says the entire month of November “pull out your favourite green clothing and… celebrate one of Canada’s leading positive youth development organizations.” “The best way is to […] Read more


Keep up to date on cash advances

Want to check on your cash advance? You can do it online either at the Canadian Canola Growers Association website or on a mobile app (free at Apple’s App Store or Google Play). Advances are available to any Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and corporations, co-operatives and partnerships are also eligible. Farmers receive […] Read more



Workshop on strategic leadership

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is again offering a full-day Strategic Leadership Workshop with Brynn Winegard on Nov. 23, 2017, at the Agriculture Business Centre in Leduc. His presentation focuses on leadership and key issues facing leaders. Before the workshop, participants will receive an assignment to familiarize themselves with the framework and to get them thinking […] Read more


Veterinarian school funding decision creates controversy

School’s dean says it makes sense to consolidate in Calgary but association says it’s capping training in the midst of a 
vet shortage

The dean of the province’s vet school is defending the NDP government’s decision to consolidate veterinarian education in Alberta — but the association representing the profession says it’s short sighted. The province announced last month it will be pulling its $8 million in funding from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon to expand […] Read more




New Alberta rep on Canadian Pork Council

Dan Majeau is the new Alberta rep on the Canadian Pork Council, a federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms. Among the council’s priority issues are pushing Ottawa to take a leadership role in completing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. The organization has also been working the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to resolve issues […] Read more



Buckle up — workplace safety rules may be in for a rough ride

Mandatory seatbelt use is among several ‘pretty big’ regulations that don’t make sense, 
says the AgCoalition

Over the objections of its farmer members, a committee has recommended the province make seatbelt use mandatory in tractors, combines, and other farm equipment. Forcing farmers to buckle up is just one — although likely the most controversial — of 142 recommendations from four “technical working groups” established to turn Bill 6 into actual occupational […] Read more


Fund set up for family of James Hargrave

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of rancher James Hargrave, who died in a vehicle crash while helping to fight wildfires along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. Hargrave, 34, was chairman of the Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association and first vice-president of the Western Stock Growers Association. The Walsh-area rancher “was community minded […] Read more




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