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Cor Van Raay.

Province honours eight Albertans who enriched us all

Cor Van Raay, husband-and-wife research duo and STARS co-founder among the honourees

Reading Time: 3 minutes The late Cor Van Raay is one of eight people to be given the province’s highest honour, being inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence. “Our honourees have abundant strengths that have served our province well,” Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani said of the 2021 inductees. “These include great perseverance, a selfless commitment to giving back, and […] Read more

Kelly Smith-Fraser new AFSC chair

Reading Time: < 1 minute Pine Lake rancher and former Alberta Beef Producers chair Kelly Smith-Fraser has been appointed chair of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation’s board of directors. “Kelly Smith-Fraser is well known in Alberta’s agriculture industry as a smart, driven leader,” Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen said in a news release. Smith-Fraser has also served on the boards of Results […] Read more


Innovative biorefinery to be built in Lacombe

Reading Time: < 1 minute The industry-funded Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system is contributing $10 million for construction of a $45-million Lacombe Biorefinery. The clean energy and organic fertilizer facility will be the first in the world to use a technology called BioRefinex thermal hydrolysis. This technology, developed in Alberta, uses high heat, high pressure and water to […] Read more

Applications open for Open Farm Days

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications are open for farms and ranches to host visitors during this year’s Open Farm Days, Aug. 17-18. Last year, a record number of participating farms, ranches and visitors set a new high for on-farm sales. “We hope even more farms and ranches get involved in this year’s Open Farm Days. The event helps farmers […] Read more


A new grant program is aimed at improving the energy efficiency of facilities used by agricultural societies.

Grant to reduce ag societies’ energy costs

Reading Time: < 1 minute The government of Alberta has announced a $10-million grant program to reduce energy use in facilities operated by agricultural societies, which operate more than 700 facilities including hockey rinks, curling rinks, community halls and facilities that serve rodeos and fairs. The new program will support technologies that help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and facility […] Read more

In 2013, flooding in Medicine Hat displaced 8,000 people, hit nearly 3,000 properties, and nearly topped the Trans Canada bridge over the the South Saskatchewan River. Since then, the province has conducted 13 river hazard studies to produce new and replacement flood mapping for over 1,300 kilometres of river in the province. Another 18 such projects are now underway.

Mapping projects to aid emergency planning

Province and Ottawa funding 18 more projects under the National Disaster Mitigation Program

Reading Time: 2 minutes More Alberta communities are getting new and replacement flood mapping to support emergency response and long-term planning. The federal government is providing $8.7 million through the National Disaster Mitigation Program for 18 projects. They include new or replacement flood mapping for Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Siksika Nation, Red Deer, and more than 100 kilometres of the […] Read more


Senior woman volunteers at a community food drive. She hands a cold bottle of water to a woman during the event.

Nominate an outstanding volunteer for a Stars award

Nomination deadline is Sept. 21

Reading Time: < 1 minute Nominations for the 2018 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are now open. The awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Two awards are given in three categories: youth, adults, and seniors. Those receiving the award will have exemplified the spirit of community service; […] Read more

Using your smartphone is now an option for reporting poaching or suspicious incidents.

You can now report poachers online

The 1-800 Report A Poacher hotline is the best option when immediate action is needed

Reading Time: 2 minutes You can now report suspicious hunting or fishing activity online. Until now, the only way to report poaching activity, dangerous wildlife or public land abuse was to phone the Report A Poacher hotline. There is now a Report A Poacher website to fill out a form and submit it online. The report goes to fish […] Read more


Open Farms Days breaks record for visitors and sales

Reading Time: < 1 minute The latest edition of Open Farm Days broke records as visitors flocked to farms and ranches across the province to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of rural Alberta. Newly released data shows there were close to 18,000 visits to the 92 farms and ranches hosting events and activities Aug. 20-21, while 26 culinary events […] Read more