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First USDA crop forecast available

The first USDA crop forecast of the year suggests little change in the price of wheat and coarse grains, provincial crops market analyst Charlie Pearson said in mid-May. The forecasts also indicate that oilseeds will see the biggest drop in prices over the period. “World soybean production has been higher than its consumption over the […] Read more

Original Grazing School for Women event fast approaching

Registration deadline is June 1

This year’s Original Grazing School for Women includes farm tours, networking events, and sessions on the BSE Surveillance Program, plant identification, grazing in a changing climate, extending the grazing season, record-keeping technology, and a demo on electric fencing. It also includes trips to Luc Tellier Farm and the Iron River Elk Farm along with a […] Read more


Silage varieties for Alberta cattle producers

This year’s version of Silage Varieties for Alberta is now available. Under the umbrella of the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta, eight applied research groups performed forage testing of various varieties at 12 locations throughout the province. This was the sixth year of tests. “Varieties of barley, oats, triticale and peas commonly used […] Read more

Temple Grandin.

Temple Grandin in Calgary

Renowned animal welfare expert Temple Grandin will be the keynote speaker at the Canadian Livestock Transport conference in Calgary on May 5-6. Grandin will speak about overcoming adversity on May 5 and give a presentation on animal welfare the following day. The Innovation, Education and Awareness conference will also have sessions on hog transport research, […] Read more


Alberta Agriculture’s 2015 information catalogue now available

Topics cover crop and livestock production, new ventures, agri-tourism and more

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s 2015 Information Catalogue is now available. The catalogue lists over 600 free and priced books, DVDs and CD-ROMs distributed through the department’s publications office. These materials provide up-to-date information on a wide range of agricultural subjects. “We’ve got products on just about every subject you can think of,” said information […] Read more

New food distribution fact sheets available from AARD

Sheets contains practical tips for agricultural food producers and processors

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has four new fact sheets on distribution. “These fact sheets present innovative thinking and practical tips to help agricultural food producers and processors transport their goods to market,” said new venture specialist Kathy Bosse. The fact sheets are Distribution Partners: Working with Regional Carriers; Distribution Logistics: Getting Your Products to […] Read more


Poor hay causing concern

Up to one-half of Alberta hay supplies may be of lower quality, says a provincial beef and forage specialist. “Protein levels in a lot of hay that was cut late or damaged by rain over the summer, is testing 25 to 30 per cent lower than normal,” said Barry Yaremcio, noting that skinny cows have […] Read more

Falling Canadian dollar can affect wheat basis

Take into account the exchange rate when comparing basis, says a provincial market specialist. Since the ICE Canada futures is not actively traded, the grain trade uses the Minneapolis Hard Red Spring wheat futures for hedging Canadian hard red spring wheat, said Neil Blue. A recent elevator quote had hard red spring wheat basis at […] Read more


Mexico trip generates sales

A market development mission to Mexico, focusing on food ingredients for human and animal consumption, is expected to generate $4 million in sales. Alberta Barley, the Alberta Food Processing Development Centre, and Cigi were among the participants in the recent five-day mission. It included informational and technical seminars on food ingredients and animal feed, and […] Read more

App input wanted from cattle producers

The Canadian Hereford, Simmental and Angus associations are looking at developing a mobile smartphone application for cow-calf producers integrated with Canadian breed association performance data. Integrated Traceability Solutions Global of Okotoks has been contracted to research what breeders want in a mobile app. An online survey, which takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete, can […] Read more