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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tweeted this image as part of its efforts to raise awareness of the threat posed by African swine fever. 
But the federal agency is just one of many organizations working to prevent a major animal disease outbreak here.

New body needed to thwart threat of livestock epidemic, says group

Livestock groups and processors back creation of Animal Health Canada to prevent a devastating disease outbreak

Avian influenza, H1N1 flu and now African swine fever have all posed threats to Canada’s livestock sector. And while there are a host of regulations overseen by numerous organizations, it’s a patchwork that leaves the country vulnerable to a devastating disease outbreak, says a group representing both livestock, dairy and poultry associations and leading meat […] Read more

“We’ve got some great young people who want to go to work, and they’ve got some great ideas.” – Kelly Smith-Fraser.

Alberta Beef Producers revamps, elects first female chair

Kelly Smith-Fraser will lead the implementation of major changes for the 50-year-old cattle group

Alberta Beef Producers is entering a new decade with a brand new look. Along with a major overhaul of its structure — shrinking its board, roster of delegates and number of meetings — the organization is being led by a woman for the first time in its 50-year history. New chair Kelly Smith-Fraser paid tribute […] Read more



Alberta Beef Producers is looking to slim down the size of its board and delegate body, and also revamp its meeting structure. Pictured (from ABP’s Twitter account) is a meeting in Innisfail this fall — one of 25 held across the province in October and November.

Alberta Beef Producers in line for major overhaul

Reducing delegate numbers, board size and meetings are part of proposal to engage producers

A year after the disappointing defeat of a bid to increase its checkoff, Alberta Beef Producers’ board wants to put the organization on a diet. The farm group is asking its members to endorse a plan that would cut the board by a quarter, the number of delegates by a third, and the number of […] Read more


A group of farmers, government and industry officials pose at Tri M Farms near Bon Accord after the unveiling of new workplace safety legislation.

Alberta’s new farm safety act gets warm response

New act exempts most Alberta farms from workplace rules, removes right to unionize

There were no surprises when the United Conservative government unveiled its new farm workplace safety legislation — and that’s one of the things that farm leaders like about it. “It’s making farming easier,” Alberta Canola chair John Guelly said in contrasting the new legislation with the contentious version brought in by the previous NDP government. […] Read more

Blake Reid (second from left) with fellow Alberta songwriters Joni Delaurier, Duane Steele, Dustin Farr, and Troy Kokol.

Fundraising tour a timely show of generosity during a tough time for farmers

Three Chords and The Roots music tour hits all the right notes

Country singer Blake Reid saw how this year’s harvest was impacting farmers in his family and his community. Determined to do something to help out, he created a country and roots music tour called Three Chords and The Roots, with 100 per cent of all proceeds raised going to the Do More Ag Foundation, an […] Read more


The Livingstone Range makes for a picturesque backdrop for these cattle grazing in the Willow Valley. The picture for Alberta’s beef herd isn’t quite as pretty but given drought conditions and a feed shortage earlier in the year, the situation is fairly good for most producers, says Brian Perillat of CanFax.

Not bad feels pretty good for cattle producers this year

It’s far from a banner year but given how things started, 2019 has been better than expected

This year has probably gone better than most cattle producers in Alberta expected. “We started out dry and in a drought, and conditions were a concern early in the year,” said Brian Perillat, manager and senior analyst with CanFax. “But we worked through it and we’ve come full circle. “We’ve got really ample feed supplies […] Read more

More than 625 square kilometres of agricultural land in Alberta were lost to residential or industrial uses between 2000 and 2012, according to the Alberta Land Institute. A new organization, the Alberta Farmland Trust, has been created to give landowners a way to keep good land in production.

New farmland trust aims to preserve good soil

Tax treatment key to saving cropland

[UPDATED: Nov. 26, 2019] A new and innovative effort to save prime Alberta cropland from being turned into another suburb or industrial site is close to becoming a reality. Grain farmer Kim Good and lawyer-rancher Stan Carscallen say the Alberta Farmland Trust should be a registered charity by early in the coming year. And they’re […] Read more


Canola being harvested on Jim and Darlene Goodwin’s farm north of High River in late October. Almost everything was combined in southern Alberta before winter set in, but the yields were down because of dry conditions. Yields were better farther north but many fields were left unharvested because of rain and snow.

Alberta farmers grapple with a miserable harvest

There simply aren’t a lot of positives for many producers in the province

This year’s harvest was the season from hell for farmers across Alberta. Many will still be combining next spring, drying grain for weeks to come, and their marketing efforts will resemble a salvage operation. And while producers — particularly in central and northern regions — knew their crops were late in developing, Mother Nature did […] Read more

Asking for a price hike isn’t usual, but grazing lease fees had been kept far too low for far too long, say grazing associations.

New grazing lease plan a win for producers, say cattle groups

The groups feared long-frozen rental rates would be seen as a subsidy and lead to a countervailing duty

Grazing leases are about to change for the first time since 1994 after years of work by Alberta Beef Producers and the seven grazing lease associations in the province. The quarter-century-old system could have attracted potential tariffs on Canadian cattle, so the changes were necessary, said Rich Smith, executive director of Alberta Beef Producers. “The […] Read more