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Today’s precipitation

Data from weather stations across the Prairies are available to Glacier FarmMedia members at the WeatherFarm website, where you can also sign up for a daily forecast email for your area. On the go? Get the WeatherFarm mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about the CoCoRaHS system that generates these precipitation maps […] Read more



Local, diverse veggie varieties part of food security, says seed group

SeedChange promoting wider use of local vegetable varieties, including in home gardens

SeedChange, a non-profit that works with farmers in Canada and around the world to save seeds and grow food sustainably, is launching a campaign for a more resilient post-pandemic food supply. “It’s no secret that the coronavirus is impacting Canada’s food supply,” said Jane Rabinowicz, executive director of SeedChange. “COVID-19 has revealed the importance of […] Read more

The Bayer scholarship is designed for students enrolled in an agriculture bachelor’s degree program at one of six universities.

Bayer scholarships now accepting applications

Application deadlines are April 30 and June 10

Applications for Bayer scholarships are now being accepted. There are two programs, and more than $125,000 in scholarships available to Canadian students. The Bayer Crop Science Scholarship for Future Leaders is designed for students enrolled in an agriculture bachelor’s degree program at one of six eligible Canadian agriculture universities (including the universities of Alberta, Lethbridge […] Read more


Many areas in the southern half of Alberta have seen low to extremely low precipitation over the past two years.

Farm season well set up if there’s a normal spring

A warm, dry spring should allow most areas to get off to a good start, says provincial forecast

It will — as usual — all depend on Mother Nature’s mood over the next couple of months, but much of Alberta is in a “desirable condition” when it comes to soil moisture reserves, says the latest provincial soil moisture update. “The greatest reserves are found throughout much of the southern Peace region and along […] Read more

Farmers Grow Communities accepting applications

A program that gives farmers a chance to help their favourite community charity or not-for-profit receive 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 are in Alberta. […] Read more


Tips for branding and safe processing of cattle

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has a COVID-19 information sheet offering tips for branding and processing cattle. Among the tips are to divide tasks as much as possible, using a bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water) to frequently disinfect equipment and supplies, encouraging people to speak up if they feel unwell or think […] Read more

FCC AgriSpirit Fund deadline looming

Application deadline is March 31

There are only a few days left to apply for FCC AgriSpirit Fund grants. The program will see Farm Credit Canada award $1.5 million in funding this year to registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 but the application deadline is March 31. The fund supports projects that […] Read more


Where to get information on COVID-19 in Alberta

The provincial government website offers a wide range of information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The site has information on the current number of cases in Alberta (with a regional breakdown) and Canada, the number of tests conducted in the province, and updates from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. There are also […] Read more

Where to get information on COVID-19 in Alberta

The provincial government website at alberta.ca offers a wide range of information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The site has information on the current number of cases in Alberta (with a regional breakdown) and Canada, the number of tests conducted in the province, and updates from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. There […] Read more