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The new Team Alberta website gives producers, government officials and media a quick and easy way to find out the shared policy positions of the four groups.

Speaking with one voice is a win for farmers, says Team Alberta

New joint website is the latest effort by four main crop commissions to ‘amplify’ their shared policy positions

The province’s four main crop commissions have taken another step towards speaking with one voice. The quartet — which collectively has 20,000 members — came together four years ago to form Team Alberta when the urban-centric NDP came to power. “We found it easier to talk to the new people who wanted information on agriculture […] Read more

Bill Grimmer, a dog trainer from New Brunswick, walks with Adi while the Goldendoodle sniffs out clubroot in a canola field.

Sniffing out trouble — canines trained to detect clubroot in the field

Josie and Adi blaze new path for quickly determining if a field is infected with the devastating canola disease

Any dog lover knows that dogs can do amazing things. Add to that list the ability to detect clubroot in canola. “The idea behind using dogs as detectors has been around for quite a long time. Using them to detect crop diseases has been around for the last five years or so,” said Michael Harding, […] Read more


A co-ordinated effort by beef groups to address concerns and communicate directly with consumers was a key goal of the strategy.

Having a national strategy is working, say beef leaders

Sustainable beef effort, more funding, and greater industry co-operation cited as examples of progress

Having a national beef strategy has paid dividends and that’s why the sector has revised and updated it, say beef leaders. “This is an ongoing plan for the industry,” said Anne Wasko, chair of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, one of seven groups behind the strategy. “The vision of the national beef strategy is […] Read more



Hauling grain to an elevator shouldn’t require weeks of overly onerous and expensive training, say some in the ag sector. But families of those killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash say government shouldn’t compromise when it comes to saving lives.

Province eases up on new Class 1 licensing rules but controversy persists

The Humboldt bus crash has thrust training of semi drivers into question but there’s no easy fix

The province is exempting drivers who recently sought to obtain a Class 1 licence from costly new training requirements — but the controversial issue is far from settled. “It’s kind of nice that they’re relaxing it for a few people — I hope they have more coming,” said Kendall Bevans, a Cardston-area farmer who has […] Read more

Ben Campbell, a rancher from Black Diamond, appears in “Guardians of the Grasslands,” which was filmed at the Waldron Ranch.

Film celebrates not just grass, but a special, overlooked habitat

Documentary shines a spotlight on grasslands and why they need to be protected and cherished

Not all superheroes wear capes — some put on work clothes and graze cows. Ranchers are the stars of a new mini-documentary called “Guardians of the Grasslands” and their mission is to protect this fast-disappearing habitat. Three-quarters of the country’s native grasslands have already been lost, and cattle are key to protecting those that remain […] Read more


Reaching out to environmentalists such as Steve Lee is part of the behind-the-scenes advocacy outreach effort co-ordinated by Canada’s beef sector. Lee is a climate change activist who runs the Three Percent Project, which aims to get one million Canadian students involved in the effort to combat climate change. Lee (pictured with Kat Cadungog of the Three Percent Project) visited various beef operations, including Stephen Hughes’ ranch near Longview.

The behind-the-scenes effort to tell beef’s story

Besieged beef sector aims to fight hyperbole with facts

It can seem like the ‘beef is bad’ crowd is scoring all the points in the battle to influence consumer attitudes. But the beef sector is fighting back — even if its efforts don’t get the same kind of headline-grabbing attention. One of the main initiatives is being conducted by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association that […] Read more

Dealing with snow is the top priority for many canola growers now, but those wanting to market canola now shouldn’t have problems finding delivery opportunities, says Alberta Canola.

Demand is good for canola — if you can get it off the field

China still isn’t buying but crushers are, and there are seed export opportunities, too

Worries about China’s ban and other market woes have taken a back seat to weather issues for the province’s canola growers. The biggest challenge for many is getting the crop off before snow permanently covers their fields, said Alberta Canola general manager Ward Toma. “They can handle snow coming and going, but snow setting in […] Read more


The hempcrete blocks can be sawn, have a high insulation value, and wiring and plumbing lines can be run through them.

Airdrie company employs hemp to go green

Just BioFiber’s modular construction blocks look like oversized Lego — but they’re made from hemp

[UPDATED: Nov. 5, 2019] The legalization of marijuana has — oddly enough — been good for business for one Alberta producer of construction materials. That’s because Airdrie-based Just BioFiber makes modular building blocks out of hemp fibre. Prior to pot’s legalization a year ago, people in the construction industry used to jokingly ask if their […] Read more

Meteorites feel heavy, will attract a fridge magnet, and have a dark “fusion crust” that is often chipped to reveal the rock beneath.

It came from outer space, but now resides near Camrose

Researchers are trying to find a chunk of an asteroid that likely landed in a farmer’s field near the town

It’s not every day that researchers come to your field to look for space rocks. But that’s what happened to Camrose producer Rod Ross, after a meteor flew across the sky towards his farm on the last evening in August. “We had a rock that was about 50 kilograms, that might have been about the […] Read more