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The County of Grande Prairie is giving farmers this sign to post in unharvested fields.

Ask first — snowmobile later

In some parts of the province, there’s a 50-50 chance there’s an unharvested crop beneath the snow

With winter firmly in place and 40 to 60 per cent of crops still in the fields, the County of Grande Prairie has a message for winter recreation enthusiasts: If you’re going to snowmobile on farmers’ property, ask first. The county is issuing up to five free signs per farm urging people to get the […] Read more

Ag-plastic recycling now in business

A pilot program for recycling twine and grain bags is now up and running. The ‘Alberta Ag-Plastic. Recycle It!’ program, funded by the province and administered by Alberta Beef Producers has 20 drop-off sites. Collections started in October but producers should check with the site in their area to confirm it is up and running […] Read more


Finance and succession help for younger farmers

Farm Credit Canada is putting on a series of events for younger farmers so they can learn how “to take control of their business journey.” Eight “young farmer summits” for producers under the age of 40 are being held across the country, including two in Alberta. “The future of Canadian agriculture depends on attracting the […] Read more

Throne speech kicks off Parliament with nod to agriculture

The federal throne speech opening the first session of Canada’s 43rd Parliament further committed the Liberal minority government to combating climate change, supporting natural resource sectors and removing international trade barriers. Including a pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the speech, delivered Thursday in Ottawa, showed the government again demonstrating its commitment to a […] Read more


AFSC offers help for farmer clients

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation says there are “a number of options available to help clients with cash flow challenges” because of the poor growing season and dismal harvest. “This year, eligible clients can take advantage of a Post-Harvest Advance or a Preliminary Payment, and receive a portion of their estimated claim as an early payment, […] Read more

Historical data shows big and sometimes ‘remarkable’ changes in Alberta’s climate have already occurred, says retired provincial oilseed specialist Murray Hartman.

Like it or not, climate change will change your farm, say two experts

The growing season is already longer and extremes more common, say climatologist and crop specialist

Canada’s best-known climatologist always knows when he’s lost a crowd of producers he’s presenting to. It’s usually right around the time he starts talking about climate change. But he gets it. “Farmers have been beat up a lot — they’ve been accused of causing climate change,” said David Phillips, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s senior […] Read more


A group of farmers, government and industry officials pose at Tri M Farms near Bon Accord after the unveiling of new workplace safety legislation.

Alberta’s new farm safety act gets warm response

New act exempts most Alberta farms from workplace rules, removes right to unionize

There were no surprises when the United Conservative government unveiled its new farm workplace safety legislation — and that’s one of the things that farm leaders like about it. “It’s making farming easier,” Alberta Canola chair John Guelly said in contrasting the new legislation with the contentious version brought in by the previous NDP government. […] Read more

Ten youth receive $80,000 in scholarships

The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has awarded $80,000 to Alberta rural farm youth who must leave home to pursue a post-secondary education or trade. The awards, the largest monetary scholarships given out by 4-H Alberta come from Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship (which was created by Lillian and Edward Ness in honour of […] Read more


Gases in well water can be a risk, says provincial water engineer

Oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, methane and hydrogen sulphide occur naturally in some aquifers

Gases in water wells can be a danger on farms and rural properties, says a provincial agricultural water engineer. Gases can occur naturally in water wells, dissolving in the water while under pressure and then being released when water is pumped out of the well. “Sometimes people complain about the smell, but the gases you […] Read more

Blake Reid (second from left) with fellow Alberta songwriters Joni Delaurier, Duane Steele, Dustin Farr, and Troy Kokol.

Fundraising tour a timely show of generosity during a tough time for farmers

Three Chords and The Roots music tour hits all the right notes

Country singer Blake Reid saw how this year’s harvest was impacting farmers in his family and his community. Determined to do something to help out, he created a country and roots music tour called Three Chords and The Roots, with 100 per cent of all proceeds raised going to the Do More Ag Foundation, an […] Read more