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Farmers can make the most out of their early-season drone use by practising now, says Markus Weber, owner of LandView Drones.

Now is the right time to brush up on your drone pilot skills

As of June 1, anyone flying a drone over 250 grams will need a pilot’s certificate — including recreational users

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and there’s soon to be a buzz in the air — no, not the sweet sound of bees pollinating your crops, but drones. And like pollinators, drones do their best work during the spring. “Your drone isn’t just for taking pictures for your Twitter feed. It gives […] Read more






A big scholarship and a helping hand

They’ve already won a $20,000 scholarship and now the four winners — two from Alberta — of a prestigious 4-H award have a mentor to help them achieve their career goals. The mentorship program is a key part of Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction scholarships. Emmett Sawyer, who grew up on a mixed farm near […] Read more

Deadline fast approaching for FCC AgriSpirit Fund

Applications being accepted until March 29

Applications from registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada for the Farm Credit Canada’s AgriSpirit Fund are being accepted until March 29. The fund provides grants of $5,000 to $25,000 for community improvement initiatives, such as capital expenditures on equipment purchase and installation; energy-efficient building improvements; and repairs and purchasing of rescue and fire […] Read more


Community Spaces Program accepting applications

Federated Co-operatives is accepting applications for its Co-op Community Spaces Program. The program offers grants for capital funding of between $25,000 and $150,000 per project. Since its launch in 2015, Community Spaces Program has provided $6.5 million to 88 projects. In Alberta, these include grants for a soccer park in Vegreville; an upgrade to the […] Read more

’Tis the season for some financial digging

Now is a good time to gather information to convert cash statements to accrual income and expense statements, says a provincial farm business management specialist. Most farmers still report incomes and expenses on a cash basis to reduce — or postpone — taxes, said Dean Dyck. “Very few actually have an accurate accrual statement prepared […] Read more


First aid course now partly online

St. John Ambulance Alberta Council is now offering a “blended online” course for Standard First Aid with CPR. Once students have completed (at their own pace) the online portion of the course, they then register for a one-day, in-class component to complete the demonstrated competency and validation process. The in-class portion, offered at seven provincial […] Read more

Stan Carscallen grew up on a ranch just south of Priddis, and as a young man rode across, and admired, the White Moose Ranch.

Easement creates ‘massive block’ of protected land

Preserved area of White Moose and OH ranches 10 kilometres long and nearly as wide

It’s the fulfilment of a long-term dream for rancher Stan Carscallen. “From the day our White Moose Ranch first acquired this breathtaking property in 1992, I knew that we needed to find a way to preserve it in its natural state,” said Carscallen. “We share a three-mile boundary on our south side with the OH […] Read more