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It won’t be a typical Open Farm Days this year, but visitors will still be able to experience the sights at participating operations.

Open Farm Days ready to rise to the challenge

Things will be much different this year but organizers are confident the event will be successful

As they say, ‘The show must go on.’ And that’s how the organizers of Alberta Open Farm Days feel. “As we got into Stage 2 (of pandemic reopening), we looked at the regulations to see whether it could go ahead. This wasn’t something we took lightly,” said Nicola Doherty, marketing co-ordinator with Alberta Open Farm […] Read more

Know a great steward of the land?

Nomination deadline is July 15

If you’re quick, you can still nominate someone for Alberta Beef Producers’ 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award. Each year, ABP recognizes a cattle operation that demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship — one that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability. The award has been given out since 1992 and the recognition of the winners […] Read more

Alberta young speakers event moves online

Deadline for video submissions is Aug. 15

The Alberta edition of the Young Speakers for Agriculture competition is going ahead despite the pandemic. Although the national edition of the event, held each November at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, has been cancelled, organizers here have opted for an online videotaped version. “By having all the participants submit their videos online, […] Read more

Campaign seeks public support for farmers

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and other groups have launched a new advocacy campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the support farmers require because of the pandemic. Called “Food for Thought,” the campaign focuses on the rising cost of food, the number of jobs that agriculture employs and how the […] Read more

Hot, dry weather is what’s needed now

While there’s been too much precipitation in many parts of the province, rainfall in June “is replenishing the low subsoil moisture reserves experienced in the South and parts of Central region this past year,” Alberta Agriculture said in its June 29 crop report. But most of the province needs a good stretch of hot, dry […] Read more

The Delia School Enhancement Society’s Green Spaces Project is one element of the $1.2-million Delia Community Hub initiative, which will provide community access to the field house, library and other spaces in the new school in the southern Alberta community.

Grants available for community projects

Applications are now being accepted for $100,000 in grants from the UFA Rural Communities Foundation. The foundation announced last year it would be giving away $500,000 over five years for educational, recreational and cultural facilities and programs in rural Alberta. The 2019 recipients were the Onoway and District Historical Guild ($50,000 for its Heritage Village […] Read more

Sales of his farm’s organic produce have risen during the pandemic, says Andrew Mans.

Organic sector sees strong demand even as pandemic batters consumers

COVID has challenged province’s organic growers but their customers have remained loyal

Demand for organic food hasn’t been slowed by the pandemic even though many consumers have struggled with job losses and reduced income. “The thing that’s been most surprising is seeing that the demand for organic continues, despite the income level people are at,” said Tia Loftsgard, executive director of the Canada Organic Trade Association. “Organic […] Read more

Lejjy Gafour (left), cellular biologist Matthew Anderson-Baron and, Jalene Anderson-Baron founded Future Fields, an Edmonton company that is working to make cultivated meat a reality.

Alberta company hoping to drive a lab-grown meat sector

Meat ‘cultured’ in a lab is hugely expensive, but an Edmonton company working to change that

You’ve been hearing about lab-grown meat for years, but an Edmonton-based company is one step closer to making cultivated meat a reality. Future Fields has been working to create food products grown from cells for three years. “Most people know this industry as lab-grown meat, but it’s now known as cellular agriculture or cultivated products,” […] Read more

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