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U.S. Ruling Could Affect Canadian Beets

Reading Time: < 1 minute Southern Alberta’s sugar beet industry is taking a wait-and-see approach following a U.S. District Court ruling requiring U.S. growers to uproot all their genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready sugar beet seedlings. Andrew Llewelyn-Jones, agricultural superintendent for Lantic Sugar, said southern Alberta farmers planted about 90 per cent of the 2009 crop and all of the […] Read more

Two Deaths Bring Calls For Safety Legislation

Reading Time: 2 minutes The electrocution of two Edmonton- area farm workers last month has raised demands for improved worker safety legislation. The accident, which occurred when the workers were moving a grain auger and made contact with a power line, has been investigated by Alberta Municipal Affairs. But Eric Musekamp of Bow Island, head of the Farm Workers […] Read more


Afghanistan Speaker At Food Grains Meeting

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta farmers are making a difference in Afghanistan. That was the message delivered to about 100 supporters of the Picture Butte Grow Project – one of 34 Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects in the province – at a recent harvest celebration dinner put on by the Prairie Tractor and Engine Club. The featured speaker was Nejabat […] Read more

Don’t Take Drinking Water For Granted

Reading Time: 2 minutes Drinking and irrigation water is a precious resource. But if you don’t know how to properly maintain a well, you may be risking contamination. Many Albertans have old wells they don’t know what to do with, or they don’t know how to properly maintain their existing wells, water expert Ken Williamson told a recent Milk […] Read more


Official Stunned By Move To Restrict Rat-Control Weapon

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta’s rat-free status may be at risk because of severe new restrictions on use of the main rat-control poison used in the province. Jon Hood, Agricultural Service Board fieldman for the Municipal District of Taber, said he couldn’t believe the news when he first heard it. The new restrictions follow an extensive evaluation of several […] Read more

Alberta Farmers Are Doing What It Takes To Prosper, Says Premier – for Oct. 25, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes af contributor |lethbridge Research, new technologies, and improved farm management are helping Alberta farmers and ranchers get past tough times, says Premier Ed Stelmach. Government has played its role by providing financial support, especially when disaster has struck, but producers have been helping themselves by changing the way they manage operations, keeping up with technologies, […] Read more





Nelson Family Dedication To Agriculture Covers Generations – for Oct. 11, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes af contributor |lethbridge When four brothers arrived in southern Alberta in 1904 from Utah, opportunity caught their eyes. Soon after, all four found young ladies, got married and homesteaded in the Stirling and Wrentham areas. Their father later joined his boys. Grant Nelson’s grandfather Lon was one of the group of four and Grant’s father, […] Read more