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Pilot program to search for solutions for mountain of plastic waste

Thousands of tonnes of old grain bags and twine are burned or put in landfills each year in Alberta

Alberta Beef Producers has been given a $750,000 grant to co-ordinate a three-year recycling pilot program and look for a permanent solution for dealing with the tonnes of plastic waste generated by farms and ranches every year. The pilot will examine the logistics and costs of recycling grain bags and twine. It will also look […] Read more




First aid course now partly online

St. John Ambulance Alberta Council is now offering a “blended online” course for Standard First Aid with CPR. Once students have completed (at their own pace) the online portion of the course, they then register for a one-day, in-class component to complete the demonstrated competency and validation process. The in-class portion, offered at seven provincial […] Read more


Timely tips for calving season

A new Beef Cattle Research Council blog has a number of tips for having more healthy calves. The tips from Dr. Claire Windeyer of the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary medicine program include how to resuscitate calves, putting them into a recovery position, assessing a suckle reflex, and identifying health issues such as scours […] Read more



Young leaders encouraged to apply to CYL program

The 2019 edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program is now accepting applications — and the organization is reminding would-be applicants they don’t have to be ranchers. That’s one of the themes of a “myth-busters” video at the CYL website by filmmaker Ben Wilson, a member of the 2017 cohort who has done work for […] Read more


More counties eligible for livestock tax deferral

In an unusual move, Agriculture Canada has added a third set of areas eligible for the federal livestock tax deferral. This allows cattle producers affected by severe drought or excess moisture to defer a portion of their income earned from selling part of their herd. The cost of replacements in 2019 will offset the deferred […] Read more



Farm Forum event returns to Saskatoon

After a three-year stint in Calgary, the Farm Forum Event will return to Saskatoon next year. The decision to again hold the three-day farm conference, which connects farmers with the latest agricultural research and innovation, in Saskatoon was based on feedback from attendees and to hold it in a more central location for western Canadian […] Read more


Three killed in grain train derailment in B.C.

Train had been parked with air brakes when it ‘began to move on its own’

A failure of airbrakes may have been the cause of a grain train derailment that killed three crew members near Field, B.C. on Feb. 4. A new crew had boarded the train, which had been stopped at the entrance to the Upper Spiral Tunnel for about two hours with airbrakes on, the Transportation Safety Board […] Read more



What’s in the beef research pipeline?

An increase in the national beef checkoff (from $1 to $2.50 per head in most provinces) has increased the Beef Cattle Research Council’s research budget to about 75 cents per head (versus 15 cents previously). Under the new Beef Science Cluster III program — which runs until March 31, 2023 — $21 million will go […] Read more


Southern Alberta suffering from lack of precipitation this winter

While much of the province has seen average snowfall, the south has been below or well-below average

It’s a mixed bag when it comes to the soil moisture situation in the province. Most of the area north of Calgary has “experienced at least near-normal precipitation accumulations,” said Ralph Wright, manager of the agro-meteorological applications and modelling section with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “In contrast, throughout much of southern Alberta, accumulations have been […] Read more