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Hay-starved Prairies fertile ground for online scammers

At least $64,000 lost in Alberta alone, RCMP says

High demand, scarce supplies and rising prices for hay and other feeds due to this summer’s drought on the Prairies have made a market for online scammers, RCMP warn. The urgency driving such transactions may cause ranchers, farmers and farm workers to make purchases “without taking time to properly verify or research production sources,” Alberta […] Read more

New edition of beef mentorship program underway

New edition of beef mentorship program underway

Program key to boosting research impact at a farm level, says beef research council

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s an all-Alberta lineup in the latest edition of the Beef Researcher Mentorship Program. Four researchers working in the province have been paired with eight mentors from the province’s beef sector in the Beef Cattle Research Council program. But it’s not geography, but rather upping the research benefits for all Canadian producers that matters, said […] Read more


The COP Network offers cow-calf producers a chance to see what farmers using a system like theirs are spending on their operations, as well as the results and revenue they’re achieving. The goal is to offer producers insights on how to boost the bottom line.

Finding treasure by taking a deep dive into cow-calf production data

Cost of Production Network opens a window on how producers like you spend and make money

Reading Time: 3 minutes An effort to create apples-to-apples benchmarking for cattle producers has released its results from 2020 — and has also issued an appeal for more producers to join the Canadian Cow-Calf Cost of Production Network. “The purpose of the network is to produce benchmarks for different production systems found across Canada,” a newly released Canfax video […] Read more

“Every time someone new tastes it, we get new customers,” says Lorraine Bannister (left), who began growing garlic as a retirement project with husband Kevin.

Growing garlic a tasty retirement project

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lorraine and Kevin Bannister just knew there was something different about the garlic they sampled at a farmers’ market in British Columbia one day 15 years ago. “It was so different from the garlic we got in the store,” said Lorraine Bannister, who operates Garlic Goodness with husband Kevin near Innisfail. “My mom was a […] Read more


No big surprises in province’s emergency drought aid program

No big surprises in province’s emergency drought aid program

Program will pay just over $4 per day to feed cows that have to be pulled off pasture early

Reading Time: 3 minutes Applications for drought assistance are now being processed and the fine print doesn’t appear to have any major surprises. As expected, the $340 million in emergency aid for Alberta livestock producers is only for breeding females, covers only grazing livestock (and therefore not pigs, chickens or dairy cows), and producers will need receipts to get […] Read more

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CFA’s Hay West program up and running

Program website now online

A revival of the “Hay West” initiative, aimed at shipping feed from Eastern Canada to supplement drought-dented supplies in the West, has gone live. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture on Friday announced its Hay West 2021 initiative is “now operational and seeking applicants to both receive and supply hay.” Applicants interested in either supplying or […] Read more


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Ontario MDS volunteers already moving hay west

Disaster response group spearheading program separate from CFA plan

It’s in the spirit of co-operation in difficult times that a group of Ontario farmers have launched a hay donation program to assist their Saskatchewan counterparts. Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada, a volunteer organization that provides assistance in the aftermath of disasters in Canada and the U.S., is organizing the latest iteration of Hay West […] Read more



AAFC’s Drought Monitor map as of Aug. 31, 2021.

Drought maps show little change at end of August

MarketsFarm — Much of Western Canada remained in some state of drought at the end of August despite widespread rains late in the month, according to updated maps compiled by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The area mapped out as dealing with ‘exceptional drought’ in south-central Manitoba’s agricultural regions contracted slightly compared to the previous month […] Read more

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Klassen: Optimistic fed cattle outlook supports feeder market

Compared to last week, western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $2-$4 higher. Strong demand was noted on yearlings, which spilt over into the lighter weight categories. Major feedlot operators in Alberta set the price structure, with aggressive orders flowing across the Prairies. Some operators have been holding back on purchases due to higher prices; however, […] Read more