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Thirteen-year-old Liam Christian developed a biodigester that can convert horse manure into enough energy to power an electric horse fence.

Innisfail-area teen gives new meaning to ‘horsepower’

4-H Science Fair project generates renewable energy

One Innisfail-area teen has turned horse manure into horsepower, thanks to an innovative 4-H Science Fair project of his own design. “I wanted to see if the average daily manure produced by one horse would be enough to power electric horse fencing using a biodigester,” said 13-year-old Liam Christian. “I found out that, yes, actually, […] Read more

Canadian farm net cash income fell 20.7 per cent to $11.6 billion, according to Statistics Canada,

Alberta producers see incomes drop by $1 billion last year

Flat revenue, higher expenses squeeze farmers

No matter how you measure it, Canadian and Alberta farm income took a big, double-digit, hit in 2018. The two biggest culprits were flat revenues, in part because of trade restrictions, and higher expenses, including for commercial feed, interest and machinery fuel. For 2018, Canadian farm net cash income fell 20.7 per cent to $11.6 […] Read more


One weather forecaster predicts rainfall totals will be near normal across much of Alberta while another outlook forecasts a ‘hotter-than-usual summer’ on the Prairies.

Weather forecast calls for normal rainfall

But as with anything, there is an opposite outlook

The Weather Network is predicting Alberta will see slightly above-normal temperatures this summer but possibly above-normal rainfall in the south. “A changeable summer is expected across Alberta with back-and-forth temperature swings that come close to offsetting each other,” it said in its forecast for June to August. “Rainfall totals are expected to be near normal […] Read more

This sort of work is risky and should be done outside.

Simple steps for avoiding the nightmare of a barn fire

Annual electrical inspections, hard-wiring equipment, and good housekeeping are proven risk reducers

A barn fire can be one of the most distressing disasters on a farm — no amount of insurance can rectify the loss when livestock are killed this way. Although there are fewer barn fires today, the pure destruction factor has never been higher. Ontario had 89 barn fires from 2014 to 2018, but the […] Read more


Spice maker seeks path to make vanilla milkshakes cheaper

Chicago/Antananarivo, Madagascar | Reuters — A kilo of vanilla beans costs more than a kilo of silver. Cultivated painstakingly over years from an orchid plant, vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron. In less than five years, the wholesale price has risen nearly 500 per cent, partly because of growing […] Read more

The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 10 Alberta rural farm youth.

Ten 4-H’ers share $80,000 in scholarships

The 4-H Foundation of Alberta has awarded the largest monetary scholarship in 4-H Alberta’s history. Through the 2018 Elmer and Ona Hansen Memorial Fund Scholarship, the foundation has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to 10 Alberta rural farm youth for their studies that began in the fall of 2018. The scholarship was originally established in 2008, […] Read more


College adds ‘data lab’ to Smart Farm

Farm Credit Canada is donating $200,000 over the next four years for a “data lab” at Olds College’s Smart Farm. The lab is a technologically advanced workspace, available for students, instructors, and industry partners “to meet, collaborate and learn,” the college said in a news release. “The AgExpert Data Lab brings together data from our […] Read more

Some cattle products have withdrawal times as high as 60 days or even as high as 150 days.

Mistakes with livestock pharmaceuticals are costly in more ways than one

There are several things you should do regularly to ensure you’re using products properly

Now that I’m in the pharmaceutical industry, I get lots of calls in regard to which products can and can not be used. Or what happens if they are given by the wrong method in the wrong location. I am hoping this article will shed some light on the situation and ensure that our livestock […] Read more


Mental health awareness group gets grant

The Do More Agriculture Foundation has received a $30,000 grant from Syngenta Canada. The two-year-old non-profit organization promotes awareness of mental health issues in the agricultural community. A 2015 University of Guelph study found 58 per cent of Canadian producers met the criteria for anxiety; 45 per cent were classified as having high stress; and […] Read more

Cash advance website revamped

The Alberta Wheat Commission has launched a new online platform that it says makes applying for a cash advance simpler and easier. “We pinpointed areas that could be time consuming for applicants and came up with solutions that will speed up the application process,” said Syeda Khurram, Alberta Wheat’s chief financial officer and COO of […] Read more