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Big support seen for 2019 food bank campaign

Enough food was donated during Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger campaign to provide more than 16 million meals for rural food banks. During the campaign, held in October and now in its 16th year, FCC teams drive tractors through various communities to collect food and donations. “The annual food drive goes a long way […] Read more

The new Team Alberta website gives producers, government officials and media a quick and easy way to find out the shared policy positions of the four groups.

Speaking with one voice is a win for farmers, says Team Alberta

New joint website is the latest effort by four main crop commissions to ‘amplify’ their shared policy positions

The province’s four main crop commissions have taken another step towards speaking with one voice. The quartet — which collectively has 20,000 members — came together four years ago to form Team Alberta when the urban-centric NDP came to power. “We found it easier to talk to the new people who wanted information on agriculture […] Read more


Alberta harvest continues, 11 per cent of crops remain

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of November 5

Following a cooler than normal growing season, September brought several wet spells, interspersed by two major dry spells, each lasting less than two weeks. In October, wet spells occurred more frequently, with the northern half of the province blanketed with a few cloudy days. Over the past month, all areas in the province experienced below […] Read more

Bill Grimmer, a dog trainer from New Brunswick, walks with Adi while the Goldendoodle sniffs out clubroot in a canola field.

Sniffing out trouble — canines trained to detect clubroot in the field

Josie and Adi blaze new path for quickly determining if a field is infected with the devastating canola disease

Any dog lover knows that dogs can do amazing things. Add to that list the ability to detect clubroot in canola. “The idea behind using dogs as detectors has been around for quite a long time. Using them to detect crop diseases has been around for the last five years or so,” said Michael Harding, […] Read more


Using aeration for drying can take 200 to 400 hours to drop moisture one to three per cent.

Timely tips for safe grain storage

Aeration is a slow process when drying grain, moisture circulation is tricky, and green seed poses additional problem

It has been a difficult and stuttering harvest this year with short periods of combining between showers and cool temperatures. “You might breathe a sigh of relief when harvesting is complete, but it really isn’t done until the grain ends up at the buyer’s and is paid for,” said crop specialist Harry Brook. “Maintain vigilance […] Read more

How do you get your agronomy info?

How do you stay up to date with the latest advances in growing wheat? What sources of information do you consider the most trustworthy? Those are two things, among others, that the Wheat Initiative’s Agronomy Expert Working Group wants to know. Alberta Agriculture research scientist Sheri Strydhorst is one of three international “champions” investigating how […] Read more


Antimicrobials are often used to treat bovine respiratory disease in feedlots. But there’s little hard data, which makes it difficult to know how practices such as low-stress weaning might lower use.

Feedlots to be put to the test — and that’s what they want

Thwarting resistance and reassuring consumers behind antimicrobial monitoring

A new pilot project will give Canada’s cattle industry some long-overdue and much-needed data about antimicrobial use and resistance on Canadian beef farms. “Antibiotic resistance is a really, really big deal, both for human and animal health,” said Reynold Bergen, science director for the Beef Cattle Research Council. “If bugs get resistant to antibiotics, the […] Read more

Alternative feeds could offer big savings this winter, but supplies vary by region and feed testing is a must.

Harvest woes increase supply of alternative feeds

Prices are down and depending on the region, availability is up — but you need to do the math

Hay costs vary significantly this year, with prices in some areas with short supplies nearly double those in areas with adequate supplies. On the other hand, there could be numerous options for alternate winter feeds this year as some crops originally intended for grain are being harvested as feed. Alberta feed barley prices have dropped […] Read more


New general manager for Alberta Milk

Freda Molenkamp-Oudman will be the new general manager of Alberta Milk. On Dec. 1, the former assistant deputy minister with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will take over from Mike Southwood, who is retiring after 19 years with the organization. Molenkamp-Oudman has also been the general manager of the Alberta Agriculture Products Marketing Council, the oversight […] Read more

A co-ordinated effort by beef groups to address concerns and communicate directly with consumers was a key goal of the strategy.

Having a national strategy is working, say beef leaders

Sustainable beef effort, more funding, and greater industry co-operation cited as examples of progress

Having a national beef strategy has paid dividends and that’s why the sector has revised and updated it, say beef leaders. “This is an ongoing plan for the industry,” said Anne Wasko, chair of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, one of seven groups behind the strategy. “The vision of the national beef strategy is […] Read more


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