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New learning resource explains farming in ‘bite-sized’ chunks

Facts sheets a good fit for Alberta Open Farm Day

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada has launched a new online resource called snapAG that allows students and others to explore hot topics affecting the agriculture industry. The organization has created more than 40 two-page fact sheets covering topics such as farming basics, animal health, animal care, the environment, pesticides, food, growing crops, and organics. “Ag […] Read more

Books on veggie and fruit production

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a number of publications available for those interested in commercial production of vegetables and fruits. Commercial Vegetable Production on the Prairies is a 300-page book covering all aspects of production from seeding through to disease, weed and insect control. Commercial Strawberry Production on the Prairies and the Saskatoon Berry Production […] Read more



Plunging shipping rates could help Canadian exporters

The recent drop in bulk ocean shipping costs strengthens Canada’s ability to compete with other countries, particularly those closer to Canada’s export markets, says provincial crops analyst Neil Blue. High rates just prior to the 2008 recession, prompted shipping firms to build new vessels and there’s now lots of shipping capacity. That’s set the stage […] Read more


Top guns for agri-tourism workshops coming to Airdrie

Agri-tourism, farm-direct marketing workshops being held Feb. 23 – 24

You can learn from the best about agri-tourism and farm-direct marketing at two workshops being held on Feb. 23 in Leduc and Feb. 24 in Airdrie. They will be led by Mark Saunders and Angela Grant of Saunders Farm, an award-winning operation near Ottawa that began welcoming farm visitors 25 years ago. “Originally a strawberry […] Read more



Packed agenda for agronomy update

More than two dozen speakers will be offering their insights at Agronomy Update in Red Deer on Jan. 19-20. Topics include aphanomyces, clubroot, fungicide timing, P and K decline, straight combining canola, insect control, and managing herbicide resistance. The conference kicks off with presentations on field crops pathology followed by soil management, grain marketing, and crops […] Read more

Cattle ID workshops coming in 2016

The Canadian Cattle Identification Program is putting on traceability workshops in seven Alberta communities for cow-calf producers, backgrounders, and feedlot operators. There will be presentations on the impact of age verification and how that impacts Canadian beef in international markets, discounts suffered by feedlots, determining age at packing plants, and the importance of premises ID. […] Read more



A statistical portrait of Alberta ag

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Agriculture Statistics Yearbook 2014 is now available. The tables and charts provide both a current and historical perspective, with individual sections on sectors such as crops, livestock, and food and beverages, as well as industry measures and indicators such as farm income, agri-food exports, economic indicators, and the Census of Agriculture. Alberta […] Read more