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Opponents of coal mining in the Rockies are hailing a decision to deny an application for the Grassy Mountain coal mine. The proposed mine attracted widespread opposition, including from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, which posted this image on its website.

Opponents hail decision to reject controversial coal mine proposal

Critics say Grassy Mountain coal mine would have polluted waterways, and a regulatory panel agreed

Reading Time: 2 minutes An application for the highly controversial Grassy Mountain coal mine has been turned down by a joint federal-provincial regulatory panel. “We find that the project’s significant adverse environmental effects on surface water quality and westslope cutthroat trout and habitat outweigh the low to moderate positive economic impacts of the project,” the panel for the Alberta […] Read more

Lethbridge college launches degree program

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lethbridge College will start offering a bachelor of agriculture science degree program this fall.  The degree program works in conjunction with the current agriculture sciences diploma program. Students in the two-year diploma program have a common first-year curriculum, before choosing to major in agriculture business, agronomy or animal science in their second year. Students may […] Read more


Innovative agricultural societies recognized with award

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bezanson Agricultural Society, Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society and the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society are the inaugural recipients of the Alberta Agricultural Society Innovation Award.  The award was created to find a way to recognize the innovation and resilience shown by Alberta’s agricultural societies during COVID-19.  Bezanson’s Ag Society was commended for […] Read more

Funding available for community projects

Reading Time: < 1 minute The UFA Rural Communities Foundation is once again offering $100,000 in grants for community projects in Alberta.  “We know this has been a tough year for community groups,” board chair Harvey Hagman said in a news release. “We have seen the difference our grants have made to the communities and their projects. We made the […] Read more


Regina scores another business win with pulp mill project

Regina scores another business win with pulp mill project

Reading Time: < 1 minute Red Leaf Pulp says it will build “Canada’s first non-wood pulp mill” in Regina by turning wheat straw into compostable cellulose pulp for use in packaging, tissue and other paper products. Construction of the $350-million facility is slated to begin next year. Red Leaf says the fibre produced by the facility can be used as […] Read more

A grain dryer grant program launched in Alberta last year proved popular, using up all of its $2-million funding allotment. Now Ottawa is rolling out a $50-million federal version.

New federal grain dryer grant program about to launch

Indications are the new $50-million program will look a lot like one launched in Alberta last year

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers can start submitting applications this month for a federal program that will cover half of the cost of more energy-efficient grain dryers. Ottawa has set aside $50 million for the so-called “adoption stream” of its $166-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program. Another $10 million will be offered for “powering farms with clean energy and moving off […] Read more


Chlormequat warning for all barley uses

Chlormequat warning for all barley uses

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chlormequat — the active ingredient in the plant growth regulator product Manipulator — has been given a Yellow/Be Informed rating in Keep it Clean’s product advisory listing for barley, whether it’s sold for malt, food or feed. Previously it had a Green/Acceptable rating except for use on malting barley. “Growers should talk to their grain […] Read more

A large male wild boar — which can top 600 pounds — in a rare daytime photo. They tend to be nocturnal.

Albertans urged to squeal on wild pigs

Reading Time: < 1 minute Anyone spotting wild boars is asked to report the sighting to the Alberta Invasive Species Council, which has launched a campaign called Squeal on Pigs. Anyone who sees the wild pigs or comes across damage they have caused is urged to either call 310-FARM, email [email protected], or use the EDDMaps app (Early Detection and Distribution […] Read more


G3 Vermilion grain elevator open for business

G3 Vermilion grain elevator open for business

Reading Time: < 1 minute G3 Canada’s new elevators in Vermilion and Swift Current are now up and running, and receiving deliveries. The Winnipeg-headquartered company, a joint venture of the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company and Bunge, now has 17 elevators — including six in Alberta and nine in Saskatchewan — as well as a new “next-generation” terminal at […] Read more

Alberta colleges strike an alliance

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lethbridge College and Olds College have signed an agreement to work co-operatively on applied research. The memorandum of understanding will sometimes see the two colleges conduct joint projects but will also have them “refer companies to each other based on the best fit with infrastructure and research expertise, and share relevant data and data networks.” […] Read more