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Funding offered for ‘mental health first aid’ courses in farm communities

Course teaches people how to help those suffering from depression and anxiety or contemplating suicide

A new foundation focused on promoting mental wellness for farmers is offering funding for communities willing to put on ‘mental health first aid’ workshops. The two-day course offers training on how to help “a person having a panic attack, support someone who lives with depression and anxiety, and intervene when signs of suicidal ideation are […] Read more


Province ‘assessing’ its hopper car fleet

The province is “currently assessing policy options” for its fleet of hopper cars, says an analyst with Alberta Agriculture. In the early ’80s, Alberta and Saskatchewan each purchased 1,000 hopper cars to supplement the fleet of 13,300 owned by the federal government, noted Chuanliang Su. Read more: Railways say they’re ready for large shipping season […] Read more



Researchers aim to get a handle on mysterious soap holes

U of Calgary wants to build a database of the odd little bogs of greasy — and often treacherous — mud

Do you have a soap hole on your property? Researchers from the University of Calgary are asking landowners who have one of these “mysterious occurrences of liquified clays” to contact them so they can record their location. Early settlers of Alberta and Saskatchewan found these odd formations of sand, silt, clay, and water and gave […] Read more


New bid to boost beef research

The Beef Cattle Research Council wants to establish research chairs. “Currently, a shortage of scientific experts and research capacity in some areas of beef, cattle and forage research are hindering the ability to conduct priority research that supports improvements in productivity and demand and responds to emerging issues,” the council says. It is calling for […] Read more



GrainsConnect inland terminals opening in 2019

GrainsConnect Canada’s new inland terminal at Vegreville will open in spring while its one at Huxley will open in fall 2019, the company says. GrainsConnect is a joint venture of Australia’s GrainCorp and Japan’s Zen-Noh Group, one of the world’s largest co-operatives. It has already opened two inland terminals in Saskatchewan. All four have a […] Read more


Beef checkoff plebiscite coming in fall

A plebiscite on a non-refundable cattle checkoff will be held this fall and the leadership of Alberta Beef Producers is urging its members to get out and vote. Currently, the provincial portion of the checkoff is voluntary and ABP refunds about $2.4 million yearly (mostly to feeders). If the checkoff is made non-refundable, most of […] Read more



Every table had a view

Airport Dairy near Fort Macleod drew a big crowd when it hosted a Breakfast on the Dairy Farm on Aug. 11. The event was created in 2013 by a group of dairy producers in central Alberta with the goal of giving people who have no connection with farming the opportunity to learn about where their […] Read more


Sustainable beef pilot continues to expand

The program has a new customer and is poised to expand into Ontario

The payment to producers fell slightly, but the sustainable beef pilot attracted a new restaurant chain and Ontario producers will soon be able to participate. The Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration pilot project, launched last fall, tracks cattle and beef produced under certified sustainability standards from ranch to retailer. In the latest quarter, more than one […] Read more



Canola Growers supports STARS Air Ambulance

Canadian Canola Growers Association vice-president Bernie McClean (left) presented STARS CEO Andrea Robertson with a cheque for $100,000 last month at the inaugural Field of STARS gala north of Saskatoon. An additional $530,000 was raised last month at a benefit held in Saskatoon. “The services provided by STARS are vitally important to farmers and to […] Read more


Environmental threats put bumblebee queens under pressure

Insecticide exposure and declining floral diversity are jeopardizing key pollinator group

Spring is a busy time for bumblebee queens. After emerging from hibernation, their to-do list includes making nests, laying eggs, and keeping their larvae warm and fed. It’s physiologically demanding, and the stakes are high: the success of the colony depends on a queen. In a recent study, researchers at the University of California Riverside […] Read more