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Innovative agricultural societies recognized with award

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bezanson Agricultural Society, Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society and the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society are the inaugural recipients of the Alberta Agricultural Society Innovation Award.  The award was created to find a way to recognize the innovation and resilience shown by Alberta’s agricultural societies during COVID-19.  Bezanson’s Ag Society was commended for […] Read more

Funding available for community projects

Reading Time: < 1 minute The UFA Rural Communities Foundation is once again offering $100,000 in grants for community projects in Alberta.  “We know this has been a tough year for community groups,” board chair Harvey Hagman said in a news release. “We have seen the difference our grants have made to the communities and their projects. We made the […] Read more

Canada is now producing some of the world’s best craft beer — but having a bear on the label or a little maple syrup in the recipe doesn’t hurt either, say Jeff Orr (left) and Don Tse of Far Out Exporters.

Calgary beer lovers create business to bring craft beer to the world

Along with great malt and fresh water, brewers here have quickly become elite at their craft

Reading Time: 3 minutes Alberta has seen its craft beer industry boom in the last 10 years — and now a trio of three entrepreneurs want the world to know what provincial craft brewers have to offer. “Canada has a global reputation for its clear skies and clean water,” said Don Tse, a beer writer and consultant who operates […] Read more

Firefighters trained in grain rescue

Firefighters trained in grain rescue

Reading Time: < 1 minute Funding from the Alberta Wheat Commission is helping to provide grain rescue training for firefighters and boost awareness of its BeGrainSafe program, says the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.  The program is focused on dangers of grain entrapment and includes a website ( and training materials. But it also has a training course that prepares firefighters […] Read more

Regina scores another business win with pulp mill project

Regina scores another business win with pulp mill project

Reading Time: < 1 minute Red Leaf Pulp says it will build “Canada’s first non-wood pulp mill” in Regina by turning wheat straw into compostable cellulose pulp for use in packaging, tissue and other paper products. Construction of the $350-million facility is slated to begin next year. Red Leaf says the fibre produced by the facility can be used as […] Read more

On-farm slaughter licences diversify the food system, put more money in the pockets of producers, and have strong support from many consumers, says Blake Hall of Prairie Gold Pastured Meats (seen here) and Ian Griebel of Redtail Farms.

Demand for on-farm slaughter licences soars after rule change

Consumers, and the pandemic, have been key factors with more than 170 licences issued

Reading Time: 5 minutes Demand for on-farm slaughter licences in Alberta has exploded since last summer when a rule change allowed consumers to buy individual animals and have them processed on the farm. “The day that the regulation changed, my phone just blew up, and it was largely our customers calling because they were so thrilled,” said Blake Hall […] Read more

One-stop cattle tag shopping

One-stop cattle tag shopping

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is reminding producers its tag store offers “competitive prices and all approved tag brands and breed-specific beef tags… and ordering directly allows CCIA to increase data integrity and traceability information chains.”  However, the agency’s database (the Canadian Livestock Tracking System) and its tag webstore are run independently, and so an […] Read more

Canola was the star, but grains and pulses also propelled farm incomes on the Prairies last year.

A great year for the bottom line of grain farmers

Farm income rose by half a billion in Alberta last year — although our neighbour did even better

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farm income in Alberta took a hefty jump last year, but nothing compared to our next-door neighbour. Net cash income rose by 15 per cent in Alberta to $3.9 billion, which is a $447-million increase from 2019. But in Saskatchewan, net cash income skyrocketed to $6.4 billion — a whopping 78 per cent increase of […] Read more

First-year veterinary students from the University of Calgary tour W.A. Ranches in 2019. A new program funded by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation aims to bring more young people, including those with no exposure to agriculture and farming, to the working ranch.

W.A. Ranches hoping to reel in youth

U of Calgary’s working cattle ranch viewed as an ideal setting to showcase farming to young people

Reading Time: 3 minutes [UPDATED: June 22, 2021] Get them when they’re young. That’s the new strategy from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation and the University of Calgary’s W.A. Ranches when it comes to attracting youth to the beef industry. And there’s no better way to get people interested in the beef industry than letting them get onto a ranch, […] Read more

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