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Acme Family Named Outstanding Young Farmers

AF CONTRIBUTOR Matt and Tara Sawyer sound a little embarrassed to be singled out as this year’s Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) for the Alberta/NWT Region. Both say they don’t think they’re any different from their neighbours but are thrilled by the honour. “In our community there are so many good farmers,” says Matt, 39. “I […] Read more

Chains Want Alberta Products — But Only On Their Terms

Tony Legault is fussy about flavour – and it’s paying off. “Bring me the most beautiful-looking tomato in the world and if it doesn’t taste wonderful, I won’t grow it, even if it out-produces what I grow two to one,” said the owner of Paradise Hill Farm, a Nanton area hothouse operation. Before Legault fully […] Read more


Feeder Associations Plan To Expand Membership Base

The Feeder Associations of Alberta (FAA) is changing with a changing Alberta cattle industry, says Reg Schmidt, director and interim general manager of the 56 local association members’ organization. Having served smaller livestock-feeding operations for over 70 years, member associations are now opening their doors to corporate farms and mid-size operators to allow them to […] Read more

St. Vincent Farmer Wins Prestigious Nuffield Scholarship

St. Vincent-area farmer Leona Dargis is one of three winners chosen from a field of 60 applicants for the 2011 Nuffield Canada scholarships. “This is the next step,” says Dargis, who has an agribusiness degree, worked as a John Deere farm management consultant, and plans to be a farm finance consultant. The Nuffield organization looks […] Read more


No Need To Contine Funding Food Research, Says Federal Agency

Agricultural scientists and farm groups are expressing dismay at a decision by a federal research agency to stop funding food research. The decision by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) sends a negative message, both at home and abroad, that Canada is not interested in research which a hungry world urgently needs, says […] Read more

New Research Greenhouse Opens In Brooks

Growers need to work closely with crop scientists if a new $17-million, cutting-edge research greenhouse in Brooks is to utilize its full potential, according to the chairman of the Red Hat Co-operative Ltd. “The research centre has to be tied to the grower and the grower to the research centre,” says Albert Cramer, chairman of […] Read more


Aquaculture: The Latest Enterprise For Versatile Farm Family

Tilapia farmer Mark McNaughton and his livestock have something in common: Versatility. There are all sorts of dishes you make with tilapia fish, while McNaughton’s versatility is in staying ahead of the market curve. Most recently that meant switching from hogs to aquaculture when hogs began to falter in the late 1990s. “Scale was a […] Read more