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Order your heritage chickens

The University of Alberta Heritage Chicken program is again offering small flock enthusiasts the chance to order heritage chicks until supply sells out. “Heritage chicks are vaccinated and hatched at the U of A’s Poultry Research Centre,” says Dawn Hage, program co-ordinator. “This year, we’re offering Brown Leghorn, Light Sussex, Plymouth Barred Rock, Random Bred […] Read more


Win a $2,500 grant for a local charity

The 2019 edition of a program that allows farmers to nominate their favourite community charity or not-for-profit group for a $2,500 grant is now accepting applications. Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program gives out two grants in each of the country’s 33 grain-growing regions each year — for a total of $165,000. Nine of those regions […] Read more



Community Spaces Program accepting applications

Federated Co-operatives is accepting applications for its Co-op Community Spaces Program. The program offers grants for capital funding of between $25,000 and $150,000 per project. Since its launch in 2015, Community Spaces Program has provided $6.5 million to 88 projects. In Alberta, these include grants for a soccer park in Vegreville; an upgrade to the […] Read more


Pilot program to search for solutions for mountain of plastic waste

Thousands of tonnes of old grain bags and twine are burned or put in landfills each year in Alberta

Alberta Beef Producers has been given a $750,000 grant to co-ordinate a three-year recycling pilot program and look for a permanent solution for dealing with the tonnes of plastic waste generated by farms and ranches every year. The pilot will examine the logistics and costs of recycling grain bags and twine. It will also look […] Read more




First aid course now partly online

St. John Ambulance Alberta Council is now offering a “blended online” course for Standard First Aid with CPR. Once students have completed (at their own pace) the online portion of the course, they then register for a one-day, in-class component to complete the demonstrated competency and validation process. The in-class portion, offered at seven provincial […] Read more



Timely tips for calving season

A new Beef Cattle Research Council blog has a number of tips for having more healthy calves. The tips from Dr. Claire Windeyer of the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine program include how to resuscitate calves, putting them into a recovery position, assessing a suckle reflex, and identifying health issues such as scours […] Read more


Young leaders encouraged to apply to CYL program

The 2019 edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program is now accepting applications — and the organization is reminding would-be applicants they don’t have to be ranchers. That’s one of the themes of a “myth-busters” video at the CYL website by filmmaker Ben Wilson, a member of the 2017 cohort who has done work for […] Read more



More counties eligible for livestock tax deferral

In an unusual move, Agriculture Canada has added a third set of areas eligible for the federal livestock tax deferral. This allows cattle producers affected by severe drought or excess moisture to defer a portion of their income earned from selling part of their herd. The cost of replacements in 2019 will offset the deferred […] Read more


Farm Forum event returns to Saskatoon

After a three-year stint in Calgary, the Farm Forum Event will return to Saskatoon next year. The decision to again hold the three-day farm conference, which connects farmers with the latest agricultural research and innovation, in Saskatoon was based on feedback from attendees and to hold it in a more central location for western Canadian […] Read more