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Three Alberta communities share $100,000 in grants

Three Alberta communities have received a total of $100,000 in grants from the Rural Communities Foundation. The Onoway and District Historical Guild ($50,000), the Delia School Enhancement Society ($39,000), and the Paradise Valley & District Museum Society ($11,000) were selected from more than 200 applications received by the foundation, which was created by UFA. “We […] Read more

Bayer scholarships awarded to 13 Albertans

Thirteen Alberta students have been awarded $1,500 scholarships from the Bayer Fund through its Opportunity Scholarship Program. In all, 67 Canadian students pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture and food-related disciplines received scholarships based on their academic achievements and leadership in their schools and communities. Applicants had to be nominated by a farmer or food professional, […] Read more


4-H Canada launches national fundraiser

4-H Canada is launching its first-ever national fundraising campaign that will see participating 4-H’ers sell seeds, bulbs, and roots from Veseys Seeds Ltd. Sixty per cent of sales will go back into supporting 4-H in Canada, with over half of the profit staying local. “Our youth members told us they wanted to be part of […] Read more

Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation scholarships awarded

Emily Gross of Bow Island is one of six recipients of this year’s $2,500 Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to students entering or currently pursuing an agricultural or agri-food-related program at a Canadian college, university or technical institution. They are awarded based on a combination of leadership attributes, and an essay […] Read more


Workplace hotline now available for Alberta producers

Alberta producers can now get immediate support if there’s a workplace safety incident on their farm or ranch. AgSafe Alberta, an industry-led collaboration of farm groups, has set up and will operate a hotline that farmers can call at any time. The number is 1-833-9AG-SAFE (1-833-924-7233). “This hotline is available 24-7, year round and all […] Read more

Drive Away Hunger campaign underway

Donations of cash and food are now being accepted at Farm Credit Canada offices for this year’s Drive Away Hunger campaign. The initiative supports meal programs in 100 schools across the country and since its inception, has provided more than 50 million meals. According to Food Banks Canada, more than four million Canadians — both […] Read more


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