Young Albertans put their 4-H pride out there

Two Alberta entries were among the 10 national winners in the Proud to Bee a 4-H’er video contest. In his video, Colton Skori lists four reasons why he loves belonging to the Irma 4-H Beef Club, including his beef project, all the friends he makes, and serving the community. “And last but not least, I […] Read more

VIDEO: Canada’s Agriculture Day Celebration in Ottawa

Members of the agricultural community gathered in Ottawa and in 200 events around the country to Celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day on Feb. 16, 2017. In this video, Cam Choquette (student), Lane Stockbrugger (farmer) and Michael Hoffort (FCC CEO) share their experiences of the day.

Hilgartner new chair of Alberta Pulse Growers

Kevin Auch and Greg Sears re-elected as commission chairs as farm groups welcome new directors

D’Arcy Hilgartner is the new chair of the Alberta Pulse Growers. Hilgartner farms 8,000 acres near Camrose with wife Lori, his brother, and their families. Hilgartner has grown pulses for more than 25 years; participated in research plots and demonstration trials; and represented Alberta Pulse Growers at a variety of international events, including most recently […] Read more

Tell your story by sharing pictures from your farm

Canada’s Agriculture Day takes place on Feb. 16

Alberta producers are being invited to share photos to celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day, which takes place on Feb. 16. Ag for Life is creating an online photo book called #WeAreAbAg. The aim is to highlight the work and lives of more than 89,000 people employed by the agri-food industry in the province, said Luree Williamson, […] Read more

Pulse Canada sets ambitious target to expand markets

The goal is to find new uses for 25 per cent of the industry’s production by the year 2025

Pulse Canada is aiming to find new uses for up to 25 per cent of the industry’s production by the year 2025. The recently approved “25 by 2025” target was set as part of the organization’s long-term planning process and will give the whole industry a target to strive for. The industry will marshal its […] Read more

Next-generation 4-H’er?

Cole Neiboer shows off his ‘seed art’ at Cloverville — a one-day-only ‘town’ created earlier this month by 4-H Alberta’s Southern Region to mark the organization’s 100th anniversary in Alberta. The crafts area was one of many attractions at Cloverville, which was built by dozens of 4-H clubs from the region inside Lethbridge’s Exhibition Park […] Read more

Revenues fall but so do expenses at Alberta Barley Commission

The Alberta Barley Commission saw revenues fall by nearly $800,000 but still posted a surplus last year. Revenue fell to $4.1 million in the 2015-16 fiscal year from $4.9 million a year earlier, largely due to a drop in checkoffs and less revenue from the AgriInnovation program. But costs also were lower, including a drop of $360,000 […] Read more

What’s been your experience with precision ag?

Survey runs until March 4

Prairie farmers are being asked to take part in an online survey on precision agriculture to help advance innovation in Canadian farming. The survey, which runs until March 4, focuses on precision agriculture tools that western Canadian farmers use or are considering using in 2017, as well as barriers they face in adopting the technology. […] Read more

Loonie value will determine 2017 ag outlook

FCC’s chief agricultural economist says a low Canadian dollar is expected to continue to benefit the sector

A low loonie is likely to continue to benefit Canadian farmers through 2017. That’s according to J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada’s chief agricultural economist, who added that will be the continuation of a trend seen throughout 2016. “There are certainly other factors that could influence Canadian agriculture, such as the global economy, the investment landscape, […] Read more

New rules limit livestock travel time

Comments can be made until Feb. 15

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations: Part XII which deals with humane transportation. The most significant change would limit travel time to 36 hours (from 48 hours previously) and also increase the rest time (to eight hours). The agency says it has also […] Read more