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Stephen Hughes of Chinook Ranch in Longview is Canada’s first flagship farmer.

‘A humble guy’ chosen as Canada’s first ‘flagship farmer’

In many ways, Stephen Hughes has become the face of the sustainable beef movement in Canada. He’s spoken at conferences, given numerous interviews, and appeared in videos and commercials for McDonald’s sustainable beef initiative. Now the fast-food giant has named the Longview rancher the first “flagship farmer” in Canada. But while he’s willing to stand […] Read more





Blake Reid (second from left) with fellow Alberta songwriters Joni Delaurier, Duane Steele, Dustin Farr, and Troy Kokol.

Fundraising tour a timely show of generosity during a tough time for farmers

Three Chords and The Roots music tour hits all the right notes

Country singer Blake Reid saw how this year’s harvest was impacting farmers in his family and his community. Determined to do something to help out, he created a country and roots music tour called Three Chords and The Roots, with 100 per cent of all proceeds raised going to the Do More Ag Foundation, an […] Read more




Harvest is underway for Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects across the province, including this recent one nearRosemary.

Foodgrains Bank feels effects of up-and-down summer

Poor growing conditions here at home could have far-reaching impacts around the world, as Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects struggle to get their crops off. “Most of the southern projects are done, but farther north, there’s almost nothing done,” said Terence Barg, northern Alberta regional representative for the Foodgrains Bank. “If the yields aren’t good […] Read more


Although she didn’t win the $100,000 grand prize, being named the most promising startup in a nationwide contest for small business owners was a huge boost for her business — and herself, says Farmbucks founder Lynn Dargis.

National small business contest gives boost to enterprising Alberta producer

Tool aggregates offers and shows real-time prices from multiple grain buyers

A fledgling Alberta ag enterprise has been named the most promising startup in a nationwide contest for small business owners. “I was so excited,” said Farmbucks founder Lynn Dargis, who took home the award for her grain-pricing app from TELUS Pitch in July. “It just solidifies that we’re onto something really good here. It’s given […] Read more

Redtail Farms is part of the Prairie Farm Project, which hosted The Long Table Dinner at Lazy T Farms as part of last month’s Alberta Open Farm Days.

A very modern farm based on old ways of collaborating

Change is an interesting thing. It takes time but with momentum can happen quickly,” said Ian Griebel of Redtail Farms as he reflected on the last few years since he and wife Dana Blume took over his parents’ operation. Kathleen Charpentier and Richard Griebel started marketing directly from the farm, near Castor, in the mid-’90s […] Read more