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‘I love to contribute’ is the motto of Cochrane rancher

When a young David Sibbald volunteered for the International Youth Livestock Committee of the Calgary Stampede back in 1990, he had no grand illusions about someday heading up an organization that today boasts 2,300 community volunteers and more than 1,200 employees. He was just committed to youth and agriculture. Those commitments haven’t changed, but now […] Read more




Mane Event heads east and south

After expanding to Red Deer 11 years ago, B.C.-based Mane Event is adding shows in Ontario and Arizona

As organizers of the Mane Event return to Red Deer for the 11th time, the show is jumping to new heights this year. The equine educational expo, which began in Chilliwack, B.C., is now a four-stop tour after expanding both east and south this year — adding shows in London, Ont, and and Scottsdale, Ariz. […] Read more




Rural revitalization 101: Some tips to get you started

How do you make sure your small town is leading the band and not missing the parade altogether? If you love your small town, it’s time to gather a crowd and start ensuring its future is golden, says small-town advocate Becky McCray. The Oklahoma resident has a number of tips for revitalizing small towns: Attract […] Read more


Adviser urges farmers to give up their sinful ways

Trying to hit the market peak, getting angry about mistakes, and putting off marketing chores 
are three of the seven ‘sins’ of selling your crop

While many grain growers came to FarmTech looking for insight on where markets may be headed in the coming year, Brian Voth challenged those attending his sessions with a different perspective on the game. Lured in by his title of ‘The Seven Deadly(ish) Sins of Grain Marketing,’ attendees soon found the Manitoba-based market adviser wasn’t […] Read more



Homelessness a hidden problem in rural Alberta

Affordable rental units, especially for families, are in short supply 
in most small towns and rural areas in the province

It’s easy to assume homelessness is a big-city issue. While not as visible, the shortage of adequate, affordable housing is also a very real challenge faced by many rural communities. “I’m a strong believer that everyone deserves a place to call home,” said Joshua Benard, the passionate project manager for a Sustainable Housing Initiative at […] Read more


Rover will wander no more thanks to GPS technology

Keeping a dog within the confines of your own farm isn’t always easy — but technology is changing that. Rodney and Tanya Hollman, who raise purebred Gelbvieh cattle near Innisfail, recently put an “invisible fence” around their property to keep their nine-month-old Kangal-cross dog Marleigh from wandering. The couple chose the Invisible Fence Brand from […] Read more




Harvesting good ideas from farmers across North America

During this busy summer’s growing season at The Jungle Farm, Blaine and Leona Staples also found themselves harvesting good ideas from a winter business trip. Their U-pick, greenhouse, strawberry patch, market garden, and ‘agri-tainment’ operation near Innisfail has been constantly expanding since the couple came back to her family’s farm in 1996. A half-acre of […] Read more