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College adds ‘data lab’ to Smart Farm

Farm Credit Canada is donating $200,000 over the next four years for a “data lab” at Olds College’s Smart Farm. The lab is a technologically advanced workspace, available for students, instructors, and industry partners “to meet, collaborate and learn,” the college said in a news release. “The AgExpert Data Lab brings together data from our […] Read more

Mental health awareness group gets grant

The Do More Agriculture Foundation has received a $30,000 grant from Syngenta Canada. The two-year-old non-profit organization promotes awareness of mental health issues in the agricultural community. A 2015 University of Guelph study found 58 per cent of Canadian producers met the criteria for anxiety; 45 per cent were classified as having high stress; and […] Read more


Cash advance website revamped

The Alberta Wheat Commission has launched a new online platform that it says makes applying for a cash advance simpler and easier. “We pinpointed areas that could be time consuming for applicants and came up with solutions that will speed up the application process,” said Syeda Khurram, Alberta Wheat’s chief financial officer and COO of […] Read more

This photo and graphic from Aleph Farms’ website says it can produce beef from cultured cells in just three weeks — although the steak pictured in the graphic differs from the meat featured in a company video.

Cargill touts investment in ‘cultured meat’

Global giant says lab-grown beef will ‘complement’ its meat business

Cargill has bought a share of a company that claims it is “leading the slaughter-free meat revolution for a healthier world.” The Minneapolis company, one of the world’s largest beef processors, says it is investing in Aleph Farms, an Israeli startup that said in December it successfully created steak by using cultured bovine cells. “Aleph […] Read more


Edmonton feed plant changing hands

Federated Co-operatives Limited is “consolidating” its Prairie feed business — closing three of its six facilities, including in Edmonton, and modernizing the three remaining ones, including in Calgary. “The review and decision to close facilities, along with the investments in the business, address unprecedented competitor consolidation and a changing market in the feed sector,” Co-op […] Read more

On barn tours, like this one at Glen Park Holsteins near Leduc last August, 
visitors can learn about things such as what cows are fed.

Breakfast on the Dairy Farm serves up another helping

Three more farms are hosting the popular event this year, which remains driven by volunteers

The idea was born — fittingly enough — around a kitchen table. And seven years on, the popularity of Breakfast on the Dairy Farm just keeps on growing. The first edition of the event, an idea hatched by some members of East Olds Dairy Farmers group during a kitchen conversation in 2012, attracted 348 people. […] Read more


Cattle producers, feeders crafting industry plan

Alberta Beef Producers says it’s working with the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association on a “joint advocacy plan” for the province’s cattle sector that it will be putting forward to the new provincial government. “We will be seeking support for a globally competitive beef industry operating in a strong rural economy to provide sustainable food production, […] Read more

Japan beef buyers ease back a bit on purchases

After surging in January, beef sales to Japan slipped a little in February as buyers adjust to the new Trans-Pacific trade deal, says the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. An initial tariff cut (to about 27 per cent from 38.5 per cent) in the new year saw beef sales more than triple in January to 3,545 tonnes […] Read more


Feds provide funding for rail crossing upgrades

Fifteen crossings will get upgrades such as lights, gates, and improved warning systems

The federal government has announced a new $16.5-million Rail Safety Improvement Program for 136 projects across the country, including 33 in Alberta. More than a third of the Alberta projects are for grade crossing closures (13 in Calgary and one at Mile 104.12 of the Maple Creek Subdivision). Fifteen others will see improvements such as adding flashing lights […] Read more

Wheat acres in Alberta for 2019 are expected to increase by 128,000 acres.

Cereal crops to grab more Alberta real estate

Alberta farmers are at the head of the pack in reducing canola acres, according to Statistics Canada’s latest survey. Canola acres are forecast to drop 6.6 per cent nationally, but producers here plan to cut seedings by 10.6 per cent (to 6.09 million acres versus 6.81 million a year ago), says StatsCan. While total wheat […] Read more