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Live cattle imports up nationally, dip slightly here

Live cattle imports up nationally, dip slightly here

Reading Time: 2 minutes More cattle headed north last year, says a provincial livestock analyst. “Live cattle imports from the U.S. to Canada were up in 2020 which is the fourth year-over-year increase in a row,” said Jason Wood. “The numbers for the January to December 2020 period show just over 272,000 non-purebred cattle were imported to Canada. This […] Read more

AFSC borrowing limit increased

Reading Time: < 1 minute Agriculture Financial Services Corporation will be able to borrow another $800 million so it can lend more to farmers, ranchers and value-added food production. The province has set a goal of boosting agriculture and food production by $1.4 billion over the next four years and creating 2,000 new jobs in the sector. The new borrowing […] Read more


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Wide base of customers aids canola market

Reading Time: < 1 minute Demand from China has been the headline factor in the price rise for canola (and a lot of other commodities) but the oilseed is also benefiting from a diversified export base, says provincial market analyst Neil Blue. While China has greatly ramped up its purchases and long-term buyer Japan sits in the No. 2 spot, […] Read more

Former ag minister and early booster of canola, Walter Paszkowski is one of three new inductees in the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Paszkowski, Price and Visser join Agriculture Hall of Fame

The canola, pork, and egg sectors are among those that benefited from the efforts of this trio

Reading Time: 2 minutes Walter Paszkowski, David Price and George Visser are the newest members of the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. Paszkowski was instrumental in laying the foundation for the canola industry in Western Canada. Born and raised in Sexsmith, he was a founding director of the Northern Alberta Rapeseed Crushing Plant, president of the Alberta Canola Growers, […] Read more


While there are some spots with increased levels of sawfly damage, a survey done in the fall found levels lower than those during the outbreaks of the early 2000s. The black dots show locations where zero sawfly damage was found.

Wheat stem sawfly survey finds some hot spots in southern Alberta

Populations of the pest seem low in most areas, but some fields had moderate or high damage

Reading Time: 2 minutes Populations of wheat stem sawfly are increasing in parts of southern Alberta, the latest provincial survey has found. The survey, conducted in the fall, found increased levels of sawfly damage in Forty Mile County. However, sawfly numbers seem to have declined in Willow Creek and Vulcan Counties, but that might just be a reflection of […] Read more




Grain demand strong within Canada

Grain demand strong within Canada

Reading Time: < 1 minute Grain exports are off to a stellar start this crop year, but things are good on the home front, too, says provincial crop market analyst Neil Blue. Canadian Grain Commission data as of mid-November shows canola exports were up 34 per cent, non-durum wheat up 27 per cent, peas up 24 per cent and lentils […] Read more


China drives surge in pork exports

China drives surge in pork exports

Reading Time: < 1 minute Thanks to surging sales to China, pork exports were up by more than 18 per cent in volume (nearly 21 per cent by value) from January to September, says provincial livestock market analyst Jason Wood. Total year-to-date pork exports were $3.75 billion (1.1 million tonnes), with China accounting for close to half of that — […] Read more

Participants wanted for dairy cost study

Participants wanted for dairy cost study

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta dairy farmers are wanted for the 2021 edition of the Dairy Cost Study. The pandemic has affected dairy producers, said provincial research analyst Pauline Van Biert. “For the dairy farmer, demand for milk production has fluctuated as processors made adjustments to meet changes in the marketplace,” she said. Participants in the study will receive […] Read more