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Alberta student researchers win prestigious scholarships

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two Albertans are the recipients of the Karl C. Ivarson Agricultural Scholarships for 2020. Jessica Sperber, a PhD student in ruminant nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was awarded the $17,000 scholarship for PhD students. Her research focuses on feedlot sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions, utilizing biochar and measuring its impact on methane production when […] Read more

Alberta pulse pioneer honoured

Reading Time: < 1 minute Craig Shaw is the recipient of the seventh annual Alberta Pulse Industry Innovator Award. The fourth-generation Lacombe-area producer, who retired from farming in 2016, was the inaugural vice-president of Alberta Pulse Growers Commission in 1989, becoming the group’s president a year later. He began growing peas in 1984 (to feed his brother’s hogs) and became […] Read more


Just call it LPI for short

Reading Time: < 1 minute The price insurance program has adopted a shorter handle as part of an effort to “expand awareness and enrolment.” Formerly called the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program, it is now just called Livestock Price Insurance and has a revamped website. Despite the name change, the program is only for producers in Western Canada. Last year, […] Read more

Both CP Rail and CN Rail continue to set records for grain movement and that’s earning praise from farm groups that had long been at odds with the railways.

Record-setting performance earns kudos for railways

Farm group offers its congratulations but says improved grain movement needs to ‘stay that way’

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s something that would have seemed unimaginable even a few years ago — a major grain group issuing a news release just to praise the performance of the two big railways. “The Western Canadian Wheat Growers offers congratulations to both CN Rail and CP for the record volume of grain and grain products moved in […] Read more


Beef checkoff dollars fund 29 projects

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Beef Cattle Research Council has awarded $2.9 million to 29 projects in the latest round of funding paid for by checkoff dollars. Priority areas are animal health and welfare, feed production and utilization, food safety and environmental stewardship. Knowledge transfer is also a priority, said vice-chair Craig Lehr, a cow-calf producer and feedlot operator […] Read more

FCC: Cattle feeders and backgrounders to struggle

Reading Time: < 1 minute Not bad for some, not good for others sums up Farm Credit Canada’s outlook for the livestock sector this year. “Farrow-to-finish operations will continue to witness pressures on margins, while isowean/ weanling operators will see a turnaround in profits,” states the FCC forecast. “Cow-calf margins should be strong while feedlot operators and backgrounders may struggle […] Read more


“We have a chance to diversify our markets and sell canola to the size of the Japan market right in our backyard.” – Chris Vervaet.

Will the future be electric or driven by canola?

New fuel standard will give canola a major boost, but electric vehicles are a rival

Reading Time: 4 minutes Biofuels aren’t the only clean energy game in town, and a hoped-for boost for canola as a biofuel feedstock might be tempered by a surge in demand for electric vehicles. In December, the federal government released details of its Clean Fuel Standard, which ups the amount of biofuel in diesel. That prompted predictions it could […] Read more



A growing number of farmers are frustrated by not having access to diagnostic tools when an error code flashes on the monitor on a combine.

Do farmers have the right to repair their own equipment?

Interest groups debate the ‘right to repair’ versus ‘right to modify’ with producers stuck in the middle

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s a story that’s becoming more and more common. You’re smack dab in the middle of harvest and an error code appears on your combine’s monitor. A call to the dealership results in a long wait for a technician to come out, with anxiety rising with every passing hour because priceless harvesting time is being […] Read more

Remote diagnostics blocked by poor internet on farms

Reading Time: < 1 minute Waiting for a dealership tech or mechanic to come to your farm to fix a problem is frustrating for farmers — but also for those who work on equipment. As with home computers or computer-controlled industrial machines, technicians can remotely access the onboard computers on farm equipment. But only if there’s broadband internet. “So on […] Read more


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