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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

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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

Updated benchmarks for AgriProfit$ tool

Updates have been made to the AgriProfit$ crops and forages benchmarks. The benchmarks — calculated averages of costs and returns by soil zones — have been updated to include individual producer’s data collected for the 2017 growing season. This includes producers’ actual costs, revenues, and margins by soil zones for different crops and forages. AgriProfit$ […] Read more

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Farm and safety grants available

Farm and ranch safety grants are being offered to help employers comply with new occupational health and safety requirements that go into effect on Dec. 1. Up to $6 million is available through the program, which runs until March 2021. Farms and ranches with waged, non-family workers and a WCB account may apply for the […] Read more

Fall is a good time to inspect and maintain a dugout

Mowing and ensuring the float line is below ice level are good yearly practices, and warning signs are a must

When inspecting your dugout, work from the outside in. A fall inspection should start with a check of the area that feeds into the dugout, said provincial water specialist Dan Benson. “A properly graded, mowed grassed waterway is an excellent best-management practice that can reduce turbidity and nutrient-rich water from entering your dugout,” he said. […] Read more

Alberta harvest sees good progress, 78 per cent complete

Alberta crop conditions as of October 23, 2018

After a virtual harvest stand still, with recent higher temperatures and warm winds aiding the progress, producers have welcomed the turn in weather and the provincial harvest experienced a bit of thrive. At this time last week almost 50 percent of this years’ harvest was complete. This weeks’ survey shows an increase of 28 per […] Read more

Plebiscite on provincial beef checkoff being held

Vote is being held until Nov. 13

Producers are being urged “to get out and vote” in a plebiscite on whether to make the $2 provincial beef checkoff non-refundable. “This is your opportunity to have your voice heard,” said Norine Moore, chair of the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council. Currently, producers can request a full or partial refund of the checkoff. The […] Read more