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A free virtual conference will take the place of the originally scheduled, in-person conference.

Beef industry conference pushed back until 2021

The in-person version of the Canadian Beef Industry Conference scheduled for Penticton, B.C. this summer has been postponed for a year. “2020 has not gone as planned for any individual, and as an industry the best thing we can do is continue to support one another through these challenging times and remain optimistic about our […] Read more

Livestock feeders urged to call before making changes

The Natural Resources Conservation Board, which regulates confined feeding operations in Alberta, is asking feeders to call if they’re considering changes because of the pandemic and increasing livestock numbers. “If you find yourself facing short-term pressures related to COVID-19 and its effects, please contact the NRCB directly to discuss the situation before making any changes […] Read more


Diamondback moths typically arrive in early spring after being carried by wind currents from the U.S. or even northern Mexico. Their larvae will feed on canola and mustard.

Crop pest survey tools up and running

The Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network has “live feed maps” up and running for the province. The maps show results from traps around the province set up and overseen by co-operator farmers. As co-operators post results from the traps, they are posted immediately to the map. The five insects covered by these maps are bertha […] Read more

Grants available for worker safety training

A new program is offering to help farm and agribusiness employers as well as food processors with the cost of pandemic-related training and equipment. The Agriculture Training Support Program “is intended to offset costs for COVID-19 safety and training, including the costs for personal protective equipment and to remove any barriers to get Albertans safely […] Read more


Soil moisture a mixed bag in 2020

Soil moisture reserves remain extremely variable across the province, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry said in its latest update. These range “from one in 12- to 25-year lows through small areas in the central and northeast regions, to one in 50-year highs through the Fox Creek/Edson area and also around Hawk Hills in the northern Peace […] Read more

High-profile ag committee to advise province

The UCP government has set up a number of advisory groups with high-profile members, including the Economic Recovery Council that includes former prime minister Stephen Harper among its members. The newest advisory panel is called the Champions of Agriculture. The group will provide “strategic advice and recommendations on emerging issues and priorities related to consumer […] Read more


Chicken farmers cut production, but no aid sought

Canada’s chicken farmers have reduced production but won’t be asking for financial help from government, says the Chicken Farmers of Canada. “We’ll take care of this ourselves,” said Benoît Fontaine, the organization’s chair. However, chicken farmers may have to “depopulate flocks” if there’s an escalation in slaughter plant closures and should that happen, they want […] Read more



The DOT autonomous platform during a demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in September 2019.

Olds College acquires self-driving DOT platform

Olds College has acquired a DOT Power Platform for its Smart Farm. The self-driving platform can be equipped with a variety of implements. In addition to the platform, the college has acquired a DOT Seeder-SeedMaster Ultra DSR, DOT Sprayer-Pattison Connect, and the DOT-ready New Leader NL5000 nutrient applicator. “Our goal is to demonstrate how this […] Read more

Where will all the cattle go?

The cattle sector is facing an unprecedented crisis as COVID-19 forces packing plants to temporarily close or slow down production. Alberta’s two big cattle facilities, which process nearly three-quarters of Canada’s beef, have both been hit hard by the pandemic and that’s already created a backlog. Producers who direct market beef — such as Grazed […] Read more