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Watch out for yourself in solar land

If you’re looking for a solar contractor, there’s no shortage of them. And that can be a problem. Thanks in part to large-scale incentives by the provincial government to boost use of solar energy, the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers has doubled over the past two years — 223 are listed on the Solar […] Read more




Quick steps to better energy efficiency

Energy expert offers some ‘low-hanging fruit’ that can help producers save money on their power or fuel bill

Maximizing energy efficiency on farms and ranches saves money, and who likes to spend money when they don’t have to? But there are only so many hours in the day and only so many dollars for these sorts of projects. So the real question for many farmers is: Where to start? What are the ‘low-hanging […] Read more


Farmers racing to tap into $35-million energy efficiency program

Interest is high, so producers and processors should get applications in as soon as possible, says official

Producers have been flooding the Alberta government with applications for its new suite of energy efficiency incentive programs. The province is offering a total of $35 million to producers and agri-processors pursuing solar, irrigation, heating, lighting, and other energy reduction projects. Included in the suite is the new Farm Energy and Agri-Processing (FEAP) program, a […] Read more



The sun doesn’t always shine on every solar project

It’s a good time to install a solar system, but you need to consider many factors before plunging in

If you’re a producer who has recently decided to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) array on your farm or ranch, your timing is right. Under the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry On-Farm Solar Voltaics Program, the provincial government is offering to cover up to 35 per cent of costs for producers building on-farm, grid-tied solar systems. […] Read more


The next frontier of plant breeding

Advocates say game-changing genome editing is completely different from genetic engineering — but will the public agree?

Farmers need to get in front of the messaging about genome editing technology — or risk seeing it suffer the same fate as GMOs in the court of public opinion. That’s the warning from the chair of Alberta Wheat’s research committee, who is one of many who fears genome editing is going to get lumped […] Read more



The rules are still being written for genome editing

Researchers are excited about genomic editing’s potential to develop new crop varieties without the controversial genetically modified label. However, the regulation of genome edited crop varieties is still up for debate. In March, the U.S. agriculture secretary said his officials won’t regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques. “With this […] Read more


A mediocre approach won’t cut it when growing canola

When you’re spending upwards of $400 an acre to grow this crop, yield-robbing mistakes are painful

With pulses slamming into India’s tariff wall, it’s not surprising many producers are thinking about more canola this year. However, even experienced canola growers can trip up with the small-seed crop. The biggest obstacles are a high failure to make a plant, its slowness to establish, and seed cost, said Greg Sekulic, a Canola Council […] Read more



‘Realistic, simple and doable’ is key to farm safety plan

Alberta AgSafe modelled on B.C. program that makes listening the cornerstone of its approach

A safer farm begins with three questions, says a longtime farm safety consultant in B.C. What’s the problem? What have you done about it? How can you prove it? “We’re pretty good at ‘a’ and ‘b’ – we recognize the problem and we try to fix it, although sometimes we take shortcuts or monkey-fix it,” […] Read more


Farmer-led AgSafe program helps producers tackle farm safety issues

Farm Safety Week: The program is free, designed to be practical, and can be tailored for individual farms

Better farm safety can start with small steps. Even a simple act like hanging a sign can play an important role in preventing a disaster. “We have these lockout tags that say ‘Lockout. DO NOT OPERATE,’” said Donna Trottier, extension co-ordinator of the AgSafe Alberta program. “There was an incident a farmer told me about. […] Read more