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The first-born is soon joined by its sisters and brothers (see further down), all with impressively large claws.

A bird’s-eye view of majestic raptors

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’re on the internet and looking around for something to interest the kids, why not check out Alberta Conservation Association’s ferruginous hawk cam? The ferruginous hawks, which live on nesting platforms in the Milk River area, have been on camera since 2018 and viewers have seen some cool things, such as parents feeding the […] Read more



Air ambulance plan gets a boost

Air ambulance plan gets a boost

Reading Time: < 1 minute Cargill is giving $400,000 to STARS, the not-for-profit air ambulance organization. The organization is seeking to buy nine new, medically equipped Airbus H145 helicopters, at a cost of $13 million each, for use in Western Canada. STARS has been flying missions in the new H145 aircraft from two of its bases since mid-2019, thanks to […] Read more

People can buy flowers anywhere but the experience of visiting Birchwood Meadows and picking their own is something special, says Cory Christopher.

New enterprise blooms on former grain farm and tree nursery

Reading Time: 3 minutes After grain farming and tree farming, Ron and Debbie Cherdarchuk and son Cory Christopher turned to flower farming. And guess how popular you are these days when you have a landscape full of flowers that you’re willing to share? “The internet, and in particular Pinterest, have created digital envy,” said Cory (who uses Christopher for […] Read more


A city girl, Katelyn Duban jokes she had to ‘work her way up’ from the ride-on lawn mower to the tractor. And it was in the tractor that she got the idea for her podcast, which has now been downloaded more than 200,000 times around the world.

Alberta farmer’s podcast on women in ag attracts a global audience

“It’s been crazy to think that in two years, it has reached so many people and so many countries. For some reason, I am quite popular in Zimbabwe.” – Katelyn Duban.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Katelyn Duban started her podcast after looking for, but not finding, a farm-related podcast for millennial women that she might enjoy listening to. Today, that search is easier — there’s about 100 episodes of “The Rural Woman” podcast available for downloading. And people have found it, with more than 200,000 downloads by listeners in more […] Read more

Members of Soderglen Ranches team at their annual bull sale in February, which is held at the operation’s ranch near Airdrie.

Soderglen Ranches recognized for its innovation

Reading Time: < 1 minute Soderglen Ranches is a 2021 recipient of the Mark of Excellence Award given out by AgSights, a not-for-profit co-operative specializing in data capture in the food chain. The award is presented periodically to recognize exemplary contributions to livestock improvement and is named after progressive beef producer Mark Warren. Soderglen Ranches’ “commitment to excellence through innovation […] Read more