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Warning issued about coyote parasite

Reading Time: < 1 minute A disease expert is warning rural Albertans to take precautions in order to avoid a parasite commonly carried by coyotes, reports the e-newsletter from Alberta Beef Producers.  The tapeworm doesn’t seem to affect coyotes but its feces contain the parasite’s eggs and when rodents ingest some of the droppings, they develop a growth on their […] Read more



It’s way more profitable to ship containers back to China empty, says the vice-president of WTC Group, which has two West Coast container
terminals, including this one in Delta, B.C.

Backhaul gets the heave-ho in red-hot shipping container market

Container shipping in a mess, not expected to restore itself at least until 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes The shipping container mess created by the pandemic will likely last until at least 2022, says the vice-president of a West Coast container transloading company. “Steamship lines across the globe are all playing catch-up with the import movements from across Asia and North America,” said Jordan Atkins, vice-president of WTC Group in New Westminster, B.C. […] Read more

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It’s been anything but business as usual for pulse sector this year

It’s not just the drought hitting production — global demand is up, shipping disrupted and processing plants coming online

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s definitely unusual times for the Prairie pulse sector, and save for a lucky few, it’s a year most will be glad to see the back of. “It’s rare to see such a large cross-section of the industry impacted by drought, but that is very much the case here,” said Pulse Canada president Greg Cherewyk. […] Read more


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Boom times: Green diesel plant could light a fire under canola

New renewable diesel facility expected to soak up a lot of canola oil, and fuel major production increases

Reading Time: 5 minutes Alberta farmers could see a huge new market for their canola right in their own backyard — the country’s largest renewable diesel facility. “It’s exciting news,” said Chris Vervaet, executive director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association. “Another market — and a potentially significant market — that drives demand is a boon for the canola […] Read more

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Is the long-predicted boom for the hemp sector nearly here?

Hemp is versatile and has lots of boosters, but it’s never been more than a niche crop on the Prairies

Reading Time: 4 minutes The hemp industry on the Prairies is slowly making strides and many believe — once again — that the sector is poised to boom. “We believe there’s a strong case for hemp in the world,” said Andrew Potter, CEO of Blue Sky Hemp Ventures, a company incorporated in Calgary but based in Saskatoon. Potter, whose […] Read more


Farmers asked for views on research

Reading Time: < 1 minute What kind of Alberta research should get funding? That’s a question the province’s independent research funding body is asking farmers. “Our vision is to see Alberta’s agriculture and food sectors reach their full potential — we are inviting you to help shape what that full potential looks like,” RDAR chief executive Mark Redmond said in […] Read more

There’s some green now, but pastures at their farm near Del Bonita — like virtually everywhere — have been hit extremely hard this year, says Sheila Hillmer, pictured with son Keeley.

Relief money is coming soon, but the pain will be long lasting

Producers here are to receive $340 million, but many say it won’t be enough

Reading Time: 3 minutes The first drought relief payment of $94 per head should be in the hands of cattle producers soon. Alberta Beef Producers has been working with the provincial crop insurer to get the drought relief money out as quickly as possible, said general manager Brad Dubeau. “We’re continuing to work with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation very, […] Read more


A classic scene from Alberta Open Farm Days

A classic scene from Alberta Open Farm Days

Reading Time: < 1 minute SherryAnn (on left in hat) and Kurtis Hoogland (on the tractor) transported visitors on a “tour trailer” to show off their operation in Lacombe County. The Hooglands produce grass-fed lamb and beef and raise pigs and poultry on pasture. The first-generation farm family was participating in Open Farm Days for the first time, one of […] Read more

Reducing nitrogen use is one of the goals of AgCanada’s On-Farm Climate Action Fund.

AgCanada rolling out $200-million initiative to cut agricultural emissions

Cover cropping, reducing nitrogen use, and rotational grazing to be promoted by new program

Reading Time: 2 minutes The federal government is looking for partners to help farmers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions — and is putting $200 million on the table for three “target areas.” The three areas are cover cropping, nitrogen management, and rotational grazing practices, the government said in a release issued a few days before the federal election call. […] Read more


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