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Olds College gets funding boost for ag tech

Olds College is getting a boost for its Smart Ag Innovation Centre thanks to $500,000 in funding from UFA. The contribution, to be made over the next five years, will allow the college to create an ‘innovation lab’ in the centre. The lab will be “a dedicated technological hub on campus where students and faculty […] Read more


Ten more counties eligible for tax relief

Livestock tax deferral program assists livestock producers who had to cull their herd this year

Another 10 Alberta municipalities are now eligible for the federal government’s livestock tax deferral program. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s initial list of eligible municipalities issued in September has been expanded to include many counties passed over the first time. Municipalities are only eligible for the program if forage yields fall below 50 per cent of […] Read more



Beef checkoff plebiscite extended until Nov. 27

The plebiscite on making the $2-per-head provincial cattle checkoff non-refundable has been extended by two weeks, and so voting will continue until Nov. 27. The Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council “recognized that the terrible weather during September and early October left many producers far behind on their harvest and other fall work in the fields […] Read more


New community service program offers training for young leaders

After a successful run-out this summer, 4-H Canada is expanding its Hands to Larger Service component of its Club to Club Exchange program. “Next summer, 30 youth service leaders will be travelling across Canada to lead and promote community engagement, volunteerism and service, and to help create a culture of service for Canadian youth,” 4-H […] Read more



Don’t medicate your pets with pot products

Don’t “treat companion animals with cannabinoids” without first talking to your vet, says the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. “While there is preliminary evidence to suggest cannabinoids have the potential to be beneficial for a number of medical conditions in companion animals, research into cannabinoids and their effects on pets is limited,” the association said in […] Read more


Farmers and small processors tapped for local food council

The group has a year to find ways government can assist burgeoning local food sector

There’s no shortage of hands-on experience on a new advisory group charged with coming up with ways to boost Alberta’s local food sector. Creating a Local Food Council — and ensuring it had a healthy number of producers and processors of local food — was part of a bill titled Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector […] Read more



Lender willing to ease loan payments

The country’s biggest ag lender says it will offer “flexibility” for customers hit by snow and rain this harvest. “FCC will work with customers to come up with solutions for their operation and will consider deferral of principal payments and/or other loan payment schedule amendments to reduce the financial pressure on producers impacted by wet […] Read more


G3 Canada announces second Alberta elevator

Company’s elevator in Wetaskiwin under construction, work on Carmangay to start shortly

G3 Canada Limited is building a second new state-of-the-art elevator in the province. G3 Carmangay will be built southwest of the southern Alberta community, on the east side of Highway No. 23 on the CP Rail line. It will have a capacity of 42,000 tonnes, be able to empty a Super-B truck in under five […] Read more



New ag-scholarship for Lethbridge-area students

A new $10,000 scholarship has been created for students in the Lethbridge area wanting to pursue studies in agriculture or a related field. Lethbridge Exhibition Park and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East created the scholarship for “top agricultural students” who have completed at least three years of studies at a college or university. It is […] Read more


There’s a new brand on Canadian beef

Beef from certified ranches or products containing 30 per cent of that beef can use new CRSB logo

It’s already in use by McDonald’s Canadian division, but now other sellers of Canadian beef can use the official sustainable beef logo if they source that type of meat. Having an official logo is a significant milestone in the lengthy journey to make Canada a world leader in the certified sustainable beef movement. Over the […] Read more