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Fatality report highlights the many dangers of farming

The grim statistics are a reminder that some everyday activities can also be very hazardous

The language is plain, the numbers clear, and the take-home message is simple — danger is ever present on farms. Although run-overs, rollovers, and being pinned or struck by machinery account for 369 of the 843 fatalities in the latest Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting report (covering the period from 2003 to 2012), tragedy strikes in […] Read more


One last chance to comment on sustainable beef ‘indicators’

The indicators are ways to measure 
objects such as ecosystem health and animal welfare

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef is seeking feedback on its revised “sustainability indicators” for beef production in Canada. The indicators are ways to measure sustainability objectives — such as ecosystem health and animal health and welfare. For example, one of the objectives is to maintain or enhance grasslands, pastures, and native ecosystems. Some of […] Read more



Free trade deal with China worth billions, says canola council

Deal could up canola oil, seed, and meal sales to China by $1.2 billion a year and 
create 33,000 new jobs, says organization

The canola sector is welcoming Ottawa’s move to begin discussions on a free trade agreement with China. A free trade deal with China could create 33,000 additional jobs in Canada from increased exports of canola alone, said the Canola Council of Canada, which commissioned an independent analysis on that subject. “Freer trade with China would […] Read more


Cereal commissions launch mentorship program

Registration deadline for AdvancingAg Future Leaders is March 13

The province’s two main cereal groups are launching their version of a mentorship program that has already been a proven success in the beef sector. “The AdvancingAg Future Leaders program is about fostering a strong network of future agriculture leaders for a progressive and vibrant cropping industry in Alberta,” Kevin Bender, vice-chair of the Alberta […] Read more



Up your odds of getting a loan

Alberta Agriculture is encouraging producers to make use of a three-part fact sheet on obtaining financing. Successful loan applications have many elements, said new-venture specialist Kathy Bosse. “Asking for funding is not unlike a job interview,” she said. “Be prepared to address holes or weaknesses in your plan to show you also recognize obstacles but […] Read more


Seed rebate for cropland conversion

Ducks Unlimited Canada and Crop Production Services are once again offering a discount on Proven forage seed for producers who convert cropland to pastures. Alberta and Saskatchewan producers receive a rebate of $100 per 50-pound bag of forage seed, while Manitoba producers can get up to $125 for every new forage acre seeded as part […] Read more



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