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File photo of Highway 363 near Moose Jaw, Sask. (Mysticenergy/iStock/Getty Images)

Spring road bans coming into effect across Prairies

MarketsFarm — Warming temperatures and melting snow across Western Canada may cause some disruptions to grain and livestock movement over the next few weeks as seasonal spring road restrictions come into effect across the Prairies. The annual spring road restrictions set axle weight limits for vehicles moving on certain roads in an effort to reduce […] Read more

Elizabeth Homerosky

Cattle CSI: Big-time wrecks require careful sleuthing

Turns out that all four of the mysterious cases were examples of ‘minerals gone bad,’ says vet

Reading Time: 5 minutes Not all minerals play nice, and some can create serious health problems in cattle. “The thing that makes the phone ring the most are feed- or nutritional-related disease outbreaks,” Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky of Veterinary Agri-Health Services said at the recent virtual Red-Bow Ranching Conference. “The most common thing, especially this time of year, are downer […] Read more


There is a growing global market for both hemp fibre and hurd, says Canadian Rockies Hemp CEO Aaron Barr (on right, with company COO Spencer Tighe).

Bruderheim to be home to continent’s biggest hemp-processing facility

Canadian Rockies Hemp says its facility can produce 160,000 tonnes of fibre and hurd annually

Reading Time: 4 minutes [UPDATED: Feb. 22, 2021] The town of Bruderheim will soon be home to North America’s largest hemp-processing facility. Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporation says its under-construction plant in the community northeast of Edmonton is on track to be finished this summer. “Construction started last fall (in 2019), but it was put on hold for the last […] Read more

Relatively low payouts in recent years mean the province’s crop insurer can afford to sharply reduce premiums and have enough in reserve to cover “a significant wreck.” (* The size of AFSC’s reserve fund for crop insurance in billions of dollars. The figure for 2020 may be adjusted as it reflects payouts made as of Jan. 31 and processing of the 2020 year is still ongoing).

Big crop insurance premium cut may last for years, says AFSC

Barring a big crop wreck, this year’s 20-per-cent cut in premiums will continue for five years, says CEO

Reading Time: 5 minutes Alberta farmers will see a 20 per cent cut to crop insurance premiums this year — and if all goes well, those savings could continue over the next five years. “We’re providing a premium break right now that will lower the cost to producers in the program — (but) even doing that, we still find […] Read more


Charlotte Wasylik, who farms near Vermilion, has been doing virtual tours of Chatsworth Farm since the pandemic started.

Virtual tours gather global audience for Vermilion farm

"We're letting people into our way of life"

Reading Time: 3 minutes Chatsworth Farm is a long way from Scotland and even farther from Nigeria. But that hasn’t stopped the Vermilion-area farm from welcoming tour groups from these countries half a world away — virtually, that is. “I started doing tours in March as soon as our first lockdown came into place,” said Charlotte Wasylik, who operates […] Read more

AFSC CEO Darryl Kay announced a 20 per cent cut in farmers’ AgriInsurance premiums for the 2021 crop year on Jan. 25. (AFSC video screengrab via YouTube)

Alberta crop insurer taps reserve to cut premiums

AFSC to pare premiums by 20 per cent

The reserve at Alberta’s Crown crop insurance agency will be tapped to offset the premiums charged to farmers for the 2021 crop year, and possibly for longer. The province’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) said Monday its farmer customers will get a 20 per cent discount on crop insurance premiums this year — which on […] Read more


There are a host of factors to take into account if you’re thinking of changing your calving season, but the main question to answer is: What works best for you?

The right time for calving depends on your farm — and you

While many producers are calving earlier, some have gone the other way

Reading Time: 4 minutes Calving season looks different on every operation — there is no one right method or time of year to calve a cow herd. While more producers in Western Canada have moved to later calving, some have gone the other way. Here are the experiences of three ranching families. Late summer/fall calving Taralea Simpson has been […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Cattle set-aside programs winding down

Final enrolment deadlines set for Saskatchewan, Alberta programs

AgriRecovery programs set up in Saskatchewan and Alberta to help cover feed costs for cattle producers unable to ship livestock to slaughter are gearing down, while Ontario’s program begins a third intake. Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. announced Friday that the province’s AgriRecovery set-aside program will end March 31, 2021, with Jan. 19 now set as […] Read more


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No BRM breakthrough reached at ministers’ meeting

AgMins fail to find solution to business risk management program woes

No consensus on changes to business risk managements (BRM) programming was reached during the latest round of federal-provincial-territorial agriculture ministers’ meetings. After the meetings ended Friday, federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau explained Ottawa was willing to maintain the current cost sharing of the programs at a 60-40 split between her government and the provinces. Bibeau’s […] Read more

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Buhler pulls Farm King manufacturing back to Canada

Work to halt at Minnesota plant early next year

Winnipeg farm equipment maker Buhler Industries is relocating its Farm King manufacturing work back to Canada from the U.S. this winter. After consolidating its U.S. manufacturing this summer into one plant at Willmar, Minn., about 140 km west of Minneapolis, the company said Thursday it will also halt production at Willmar in early 2021. Buhler, […] Read more