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Canada’s federal ag minister said government officials would move quickly to do “joint assessments” and then roll out programs.

Ottawa’s farm aid pledge didn’t come with the details

Last-minute announcement committed $500 million but program specifics have to be hashed out

Reading Time: 3 minutes They cut it close, but federal Liberals came through on their pledge to kick in their share of disaster funding for hard-hit livestock producers. However, the last-minute announcement means federal bureaucrats will have to work out the rules and procedures for emergency aid from the AgriRecovery program. Read more: Drought relief payments to start flowing […] Read more

Tailoring stewardship work to individual operations has been the key to the success of ALUS, says Vermilion-area rancher Sean McGrath, whose pilot project in 2010 created a surge of interest in the program in Alberta.

New grazing stewardship program for 6,000 Prairie acres

Program has a component to help ranchers adopt multi-paddock grazing and regenerative agriculture

Reading Time: 3 minutes After growing its acres by 20 per cent last year, ALUS has lined up two big sponsors for a new initiative called Grazing Forward that will fund stewardship projects on 6,000 acres of Prairie ranchland. “A&W Canada and Cargill will together provide $1.8 million to support ranchers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as they continue to […] Read more

This rendering shows what the Travers solar farm will look like when completed next year. The facility, located near the village of Lomond in Vulcan County, will be the largest in the country.

Alberta stakes its claim as a solar energy power

Vulcan County to be home to country’s largest solar farm as big corporations go green

Reading Time: 2 minutes Vulcan County will soon be home to the country’s largest solar farm — with the world’s largest online retailer buying most of the power from the 465-MW facility. The Travers solar farm, to be built eight kilometres southwest of Lomond, will occupy 3,300 acres of cropland. It will be built by Greengate Power Corporation, a […] Read more

Total farm assets in Alberta rose by just over $8 billion and nearly all of it was due to a jump in the value of land.

The value of Alberta farms shoots up again

Rising land prices – fuelled by higher crop prices – up by $8 billion but debt also rose in 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes You’re richer than you think — and you owe more, too. That could be the theme of StatsCan’s latest snapshot of farm equity, the number you get when subtracting farm debts from the value of assets. If you had put all of the assets of every farm in Canada on the auction block at the […] Read more

Canola was the star, but grains and pulses also propelled farm incomes on the Prairies last year.

A great year for the bottom line of grain farmers

Farm income rose by half a billion in Alberta last year — although our neighbour did even better

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farm income in Alberta took a hefty jump last year, but nothing compared to our next-door neighbour. Net cash income rose by 15 per cent in Alberta to $3.9 billion, which is a $447-million increase from 2019. But in Saskatchewan, net cash income skyrocketed to $6.4 billion — a whopping 78 per cent increase of […] Read more

The Canadian Grain Commission “hasn’t been responsible in their financial affairs” and even a big cut in inspection fees doesn’t change that, says Alberta Wheat chair Todd Hames.

Fee cuts by grain commission not enough, say Alberta farm groups

Some are hailing the reduction of inspection fees for grain exports, but not Alberta’s cereal commissions

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Canadian Grain Commission is slashing the contentious fees it charges for grain inspection — but Alberta’s cereal groups say that just shows the system is “fundamentally flawed.” The grain commission says reducing inspection and weighing fees will cut the cost of exporting grain by nearly $14 million in the next crop year and more […] Read more

W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions placed in receivership

W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions placed in receivership

About 100 farmers are known to be owed money, any others must make a claim quickly

Reading Time: 3 minutes A court has ordered prominent Alberta pulse buyer and processor W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions into receivership. Justice Douglas Mah of the Court of Queen’s Bench issued the order on April 26 at the request of ATB Financial and appointed BDO Canada as the receiver. W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions, founded by Chris and Tracey […] Read more

Prevention is better than treatment, says Alberta rancher Kym Andrew, who is featured with husband Buster in the documentary.

New antimicrobial resistance doc shows the good — and the scary

Video highlights the gains that have been made and reasons why the fight isn’t over

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you’ve ever worried about superbugs and want to scare yourself, check out a new documentary from an unexpected source: the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. Early in the 28-minute video — a largely upbeat and lushly filmed doc about antimicrobial resistance — is a clip from the Harvard Medical School. It shows an experiment conducted […] Read more

Since you can’t ask a cow if it’s happy, Irish researchers came up with an innovative way to try and figure out if they suffer from “livestock lockdown.”

Researchers ask, ‘Do you feel lucky, cow?’

Apparently cows on pasture do, according to an experiment that attempted to measure ‘judgment bias’

Reading Time: 2 minutes Irish researchers say they’ve been able — sort of — to show that cows that aren’t allowed out on pasture “may have damaged emotional well-being.” But the research from Queen’s University Belfast relied on a roundabout method to come to the conclusion that “livestock lockdown” takes a mental toll on cows. The researchers set up […] Read more

Jason Kenney, who made scrapping the carbon tax a centrepiece of his election campaign, allied with Ontario Premier Doug Ford (who came to a rally in Calgary in the fall of 2018) in a court challenge to the levy. Now that the Supreme Court has sided with Ottawa, Kenney said he is considering “all options” for a made-in-Alberta levy.

Made-in-Alberta carbon tax poised to return, but no details yet

Farm groups want carbon capture payments, premier says ‘all options’ on the table

Reading Time: 3 minutes Premier Jason Kenney isn’t saying what’s next after losing a court battle to declare the carbon tax unconstitutional — but his options appear to be limited. “There are better ways to help the environment than by punishing people for living ordinary lives, for heating their homes and driving to work,” Kenney said following the Supreme […] Read more