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The Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program, which dates back more than eight decades, is a major source of capital for cow-calf producers 
in the province.

Maximums for loan guarantee program doubled

Feeder association members can get up to $2 million from loan guarantee program to finance calf crop

The maximum loan limit for the provincial Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program has been doubled to $2 million. The increase, which applies to both individual and joint membership loan limits, will allow feeder associations to distribute their fixed costs across a greater number of livestock and provide increased access to capital. The provincial government is […] Read more


Trio inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame

Nora Paulovich along with Mark and Pat Sayers are the newest inductees into the 4-H Hall of Fame. Paulovich, from Manning, has been a 4-H leader and volunteer for more than 20 years. “She has made positive impacts to the 4-H program both in the Peace region and across the province,” the Agriculture Ministry said […] Read more

With hay and silage in limited supply, or too expensive, feeding a straw-grain ration to pregnant cows may be a viable alternative for some.

Doing the math on a straw-grain ration for pregnant cows

You need to ensure the mothers-to-be are getting what they need

Feeding a straw-grain ration to pregnant cows is a viable option, but you’ve got to do the math. The first step is to test the quality of the feed, but determining what type of supplements or mineral product must also be done, said provincial beef and forage specialist Barry Yaremcio. “It is often a point […] Read more


Dealing with gases in your water well

Dissolved gases occur naturally in water wells but can lead to both quality and safety issues

Gases in water wells can cause some quality issues or even be a danger, says an agricultural water engineer with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Gases can occur naturally in water wells after being dissolved in the water and released when pumped out of the well. “Sometimes people complain about the smell, but the gases you […] Read more

Premises ID system proves its worth

Alberta’s Premises Identification System is 10 years old and now contains more than 43,000 premises, which provides a way of linking livestock and poultry to specific pieces of land, or premises. This information can be critical in notifying livestock owners in relation to an outbreak, natural or other disaster. The notification process was used during […] Read more


Producers can request a tax rebate if they have been charged a tax on propane for on-farm use such as grain drying.

Rebates on fuel taxes and the carbon levy

Most producers know about the fuel tax exemption on farm gasoline and diesel, but may be confused when it comes to propane, says provincial crop specialist Neil Blue. Only motive propane (used for vehicles) should have the 9.4-cent-per-litre Alberta fuel tax on it. If producers have been charged that tax for an on-farm use (such […] Read more

Government grants available for manure handling

Funding available for controlling run-off, relocating a storage site and other projects

Grants are available for producers wanting to reduce the environmental impact of livestock manure. There are three categories of grants available from the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Producer program, which is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, said Chris Ullmann, agri-environmental extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. One is Category B: Manure and […] Read more


Local food trend is still hot

Growing interest in healthy eating and where food is produced continues to increase demand for local food, says a provincial consumer market analyst. “Data shows that for fresh food like fruits, vegetables and dairy — milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt – consumers show a strong preference for local brands,” said Jeewani Fernando. “Between 55 to […] Read more