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Mystery seeds from China prompt warning

People are being warned not to plant seeds from unsolicited packages arriving in the mail, apparently from China. Hundreds of Canadians, and thousands of Americans have received packets of seeds in the mail in recent weeks. It’s suspected it may be a ‘brushing’ scam (a way to boost online sales). Authorities are warning people not […] Read more


Video details pre-harvest timing for peas

Alberta Pulse Growers has posted a video on its website on pea staging. The video by the organization’s research manager, Jenn Walker, looks at desiccation and pre-harvest timing. It was shot last summer in a field that had some areas where plants were about 80 per cent brown and therefore ready for desiccation. But other […] Read more

Richardson decision on oats decried

The Prairie Oat Growers Association is upset that Richardson Pioneer plans to only source milling oats that were not treated with a pre-harvest desiccant. The farm group said that “while we understand this is a business decision, POGA is extremely disappointed that customer demand is being driven by information that is not science based.” Glyphosate […] Read more


‘Report card’ aims to raise awareness of soil health

Handing out marks on topics such as organic matter and cover cropping is meant to raise awareness


Farmers in Western Canada received good marks for increasing organic matter in their soil but a grade of D when it comes to cover cropping. The Soil Conservation Council of Canada released its first national soil health report card this spring — the first attempt to evaluate the state of Canada’s soil since the 1980s. The grades […] Read more

The redeveloped Exhibition Park in Lethbridge will include a ‘festival lawn’ on its south side. While large events can’t take place during the pandemic, the project is an example of building for the future, the government said.

Exhibition Park gets provincial funding for redevelopment

Province is putting nearly $28 million into ‘an agri-food hub’ in Lethbridge facility

As part of its economic recovery plan, the Alberta government will put $27.8 million into “an agri-food hub” at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge. The agri-food hub is part of the centre’s larger redevelopment project, and “will serve as an anchor for growth of Alberta’s value-added food sector,” the government said. “This project will bring a […] Read more


Todd Hames chairs revamped Cereals Canada

Alberta Wheat chair Todd Hames is the new chair of the revamped Cereals Canada following its merger with Cigi. “The combined value under the new Cereals Canada model gives Canadian farmers a competitive edge,” said Hames, who farms near Marwayne. The new 16-member board has eight reps from farm groups (including Hannah Konschuh from Alberta […] Read more

G3 opens two more elevators in Alberta

There weren’t the traditional ribbon-cutting parties, but G3 has opened its latest two high-efficiency elevators in Alberta. The Morinville and Carmangay feature fast unloading of trucks and can accommodate 150-car trains on their loop tracks. The new facilities will ship grain to G3 Terminal Vancouver, when it opens this summer. It too has loop tracks […] Read more


New trade deal with U.S. now in effect

Canada’s beef producers will continue to enjoy the benefits of duty-free trade under the Canada, United States, Mexico Agreement, which came into force July 1. “In the face of the economic hardships of COVID-19, it is timely and welcome that the new NAFTA enters into force, providing the continuation of economic stability for our rural […] Read more

Know a great steward of the land?

Nomination deadline is July 15

If you’re quick, you can still nominate someone for Alberta Beef Producers’ 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award. Each year, ABP recognizes a cattle operation that demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship — one that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability. The award has been given out since 1992 and the recognition of the winners […] Read more