GFM Network News


Big support seen for 2019 food bank campaign

Enough food was donated during Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger campaign to provide more than 16 million meals for rural food banks. During the campaign, held in October and now in its 16th year, FCC teams drive tractors through various communities to collect food and donations. “The annual food drive goes a long way […] Read more

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


How do you get your agronomy info?

How do you stay up to date with the latest advances in growing wheat? What sources of information do you consider the most trustworthy? Those are two things, among others, that the Wheat Initiative’s Agronomy Expert Working Group wants to know. Alberta Agriculture research scientist Sheri Strydhorst is one of three international “champions” investigating how […] Read more

Class 1 truck exemptions not permanent

The Alberta government won’t permanently exempt farmers and their employees who recently got their Class 1 licence from mandatory entry-level training (MELT). Those who had acquired their licence between Oct. 11, 2018 and Feb. 28, 2019 had been sent letters giving them an extension in taking the training if they maintained a clean driving record. […] Read more


Fall beef producers’ meetings set to begin

Meetings kick off Thursday, Oct. 24

Alberta Beef Producers is reminding its members that its slate of fall meetings is getting underway. “ABP prides itself on being an organization of producers, run by producers, speaking and working on behalf of the cattle and beef producers in Alberta,” the organization said in a recent e-newsletter. Twenty-five meetings are being held across the […] Read more

Premier vows crackdown on protesters who trespass on farms

Occupation of turkey barn last month sparks plan for new legislation, which critics call overkill


Provincial justice officials will go after “illegal protesters” who trespass on Alberta farms, says Premier Jason Kenney. The premier and his justice and agriculture ministers travelled to the Jumbo Valley Hutterite Colony near Fort Macleod to announce tough new penalties for those conducting occupation-style protests like a recent one at the colony’s turkey farm. “Some […] Read more


The discovery of a new strain of clubroot in Manitoba is a reminder that all canola growers need to have a clubroot management plan, the canola council says.

New clubroot strain found in Manitoba sends a message to all canola growers

Discovery is a reminder growers need to ‘take this disease seriously and implement clubroot management plans’

The discovery of a new clubroot strain not controlled by traditional resistant canola varieties underscores the need to be proactive in keeping clubroot spore numbers low. “This is yet another cue for the industry to continue to take this disease seriously and implement clubroot management plans,” said Dan Orchard, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council […] Read more

New beef website answers consumer questions

Canada Beef has created a new website — raisingcdnbeef.ca — aimed at answering “the most common questions about Canadian beef production.” The website has five sections and each has a series of slides accompanied by a brief text. The various sections contain numerous facts (such as typical weaning weights, days in a feedlot, testing protocols […] Read more


“Smart” ag school now accepting applications

A new school dedicated to agricultural tech is now open for business and accepting applications from students wanting to specialize in precision ag and other leading-edge technologies. “This is a historic day for Olds College,” said college president Stuart Cullum. “The launch of the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology is a profound statement of our […] Read more

Rules of thumb when pricing cattle

‘Multiply the price of a steer calf times two, and that is the price you can afford to pay for a cow.’ Does this rule of thumb still hold true? That and other common sayings in the cattle biz are the subject of a new fact sheet by Canfax. “Rules of thumb can help evaluate […] Read more