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Veterinarian school funding decision creates controversy

School’s dean says it makes sense to consolidate in Calgary but association says it’s capping training in the midst of a 
vet shortage

The dean of the province’s vet school is defending the NDP government’s decision to consolidate veterinarian education in Alberta — but the association representing the profession says it’s short sighted. The province announced last month it will be pulling its $8 million in funding from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon to expand […] Read more



Don’t write NAFTA’s obituary just yet

‘Absurd’ demands have heightened fears that President Trump aims to kill the trade pact, but experts say that’s premature

Stay calm and keep negotiating’ seems to be the mantra of Canadian farm groups even as a growing number of experts warn NAFTA may be doomed. U.S. negotiators dropped a series of bombshells in the fourth round of talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — demands that Canada and Mexico had said […] Read more




Global grain companies like what they see in central Alberta

GrainsConnect Canada is building a new $30-million elevator at Huxley 
while Agrocorp is expanding its Innisfail operation

The investment in Alberta grains sector continues. GrainsConnect Canada has announced its second elevator for the province while Agrocorp Processing is moving ahead with a $6.5-million expansion of its local grain- and pulse-handling facility. “What we are actually doing is building a new plant beside the old one,” said Colin Topham, Agrocorp’s managing director, adding […] Read more


Farmer in wheat field

Opinion: ‘Rich’ farmers aren’t a bad thing

People may not appreciate how tough it is to build a farm business, 
but we should still celebrate those successes

It was just one line in a 25-page report, but it stood out: “It is a popular misconception that farmers are making a lot of money in agricultural enterprises.” As a journalist, I’ve never had to worry that people will think I’m wealthy. But, according to the report, the notion of “rich farmers” is widely held. And […] Read more



Alberta Wheat fighting to keep tax deferral

Ottawa is missing the point when it says grain farmers shouldn’t get a special tax break, says Alberta Wheat chair Kevin Auch

A tax break for grain farmers that Ottawa is considering taking away is deserved and benefits the entire grain sector, says the chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission. “I guess we are asking for special tax treatment but it’s because of our special circumstances,” said Kevin Auch. Following its recent budget, the federal government said […] Read more




Need for speed is the key to Vegreville’s two new elevators

Viterra’s and GrainsConnect Canada’s new facilities will both be 
able to load huge unit trains in little more than half a day

Vegreville will soon be home to two new high-throughput elevators, and the demise of the Canadian Wheat Board is a big reason why, says the head of GrainsConnect Canada. The company’s two owners — Japan’s Zen-Noh Grain Corp. and Australia’s GrainCorp — both want access to Prairie grain and that prompted the decision to spend […] Read more


COVER CROPS: The potential is huge, but so is the learning curve

Those looking for a one-size-fits-all solution will be disappointed

Looking over at the emptied room that had been packed with attentive farmers a few minutes earlier, cover crops guru Kevin Elmy could only shake his head. “If I had given a talk here five years ago, maybe the front row might have been filled — maybe,” the Saskatchewan farmer said after his FarmTech presentation, […] Read more