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A plateful of advice offered in new national food guide

But that plate has less meat, more plant-based protein, and water is the ‘drink of choice’

“Don’t see a lot of meat or dairy!” That tweet from a University of Guelph food expert summed up the reaction of many farm groups in the country following the unveiling of the revamped Canada’s Food Guide. As expected, Health Canada’s new edition of the guide — last revised in 2007 — recommends Canadians eat […] Read more


Get the lowdown on growing and selling durum

New Sask Wheat manual covers everything from selecting varieties to long-term profitability

The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission has released a new manual for durum wheat growers. “The purpose of the durum production manual is to promote sustainable production of durum wheat on the Canadian Prairies and enable Canada to provide a consistent and increased supply of durum wheat with high quality to international and domestic markets,” the […] Read more



It doesn’t hurt to check, says grain commission

Only licensed grain companies are required to post security that ensures farmers are paid for deliveries

The Canadian Grain Commission is reminding producers that only licensed grain companies provide security that ensures farmers are paid when they deliver grain. “Do you know if the company you’re delivering to is licensed?” the commission asked in a recent tweet. A complete list can be found under ‘Licensed grain companies’ at the Canadian Grain […] Read more


Classroom Agriculture Program still looking for volunteers

There’s still time to sign up as a volunteer for the Classroom Agriculture Program. For more than 30 years, volunteers across Alberta have taught Grade 4 students about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. The program offers a free, one-hour-long, hands-on presentation about agriculture. About five hours are required for volunteers (which includes training, […] Read more



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Edmonton’s Delta Genomics sold to U.S. company

Newly named Neogen Canada focuses on the use and application of genomic data, says company

Edmonton’s Delta Genomics has been sold to Neogen Corporation, an American company with locations in the U.S., Scotland, Brazil, and Australia. “The biggest visible change will be the logo,” Michelle Miller, Delta’s CEO who is now general manager of Neogen Canada, said in an e-newsletter from Livestock Genetic. “Even though the testing will be done […] Read more


Fortunately there’s a better way to thresh

They claimed they were going for a Guinness world record, but it was all just in fun — which was a good thing considering the results. Organizers of the recent Farming Smarter conference urged attendees to set a record for ‘hand-threshing’ wheat in 60 seconds. The exercise was eye-opening: This group rubbing the chaff off […] Read more



PED reaches Alberta — first case of deadly virus confirmed in province

Hog producers warned by pork officials it’s ‘especially critical’ to step up their biosecurity efforts

After years of successfully keeping the deadly PED virus at bay, porcine epidemic diarrhea has been found in Alberta. “The disease was found on Thursday (Jan. 3),” said Javier Bahamon, quality assurance and production manager for Alberta Pork. “It was reported by a private veterinarian to chief provincial offices at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Since […] Read more


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Sustainable beef pilot continuing

A year-long pilot project aimed at helping establish a steady supply of certified sustainable beef for interested buyers is being extended. “The positive momentum is encouraging,” said the organizers of the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration pilot project. “Due to its success and increasing customer demand for beef from certified sustainable sources, the pilot team is […] Read more



Latest bovine TB investigation includes Alberta

An investigation that came after a B.C. cow tested positive for bovine TB in November has reached Alberta. The CFIA has been tracing animals that have entered (trace-ins) or left (trace-outs) the B.C. herd over the past five years. As of mid-December, six other operations in B.C. and Alberta had been placed under movement controls […] Read more


Another new elevator for Alberta

The investment in Western Canada’s grain sector continues to grow. G3 Canada recently announced another new elevator, this time in Morinville. The news came just two months after the company announced plans to build an elevator near Carmangay. Construction on that elevator is underway as well as at a third G3 facility at Wetaskiwin. The […] Read more