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“I’d suggest the farmers have to go and immediately buy more land and get bigger tractors,” President Donald Trump quipped after meeting China’s Vice-Premier Liu He on Oct. 11 and announcing Beijing was going to buy upwards of $50 billion of U.S. ag commodities and products. Although the deal hasn’t been confirmed and may not live up to its billing, it’s still a bitter blow for Canadian farmers, says a China expert.

Canada forgotten as U.S. president strikes trade deal with Beijing

Canola and pork producers suffer another blow as politics and president’s deal making rule the day

A new trade agreement with China that President Donald Trump is touting as “the biggest deal ever made” for the American ag sector is another blow for Canadian farmers. And it’s a hard one to take since China slammed the door on Canadian canola seed and pork after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on […] Read more

The government plans to cut its overall spending by $1.3 billion over four years.

First UCP provincial budget cuts agriculture spending

Government forecasts $34-million drop in ag research funding over four years

Government-led agricultural research will face cuts under the United Conservatives’ new provincial budget. The budget, released Oct. 24, will slash spending in the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry by $88 million, dropping the department’s budget from $987 million in 2018-19 to $879 million in 2019-20. Within the department, the primary agriculture division — which manages research […] Read more


Class 1 truck exemptions not permanent

The Alberta government won’t permanently exempt farmers and their employees who recently got their Class 1 licence from mandatory entry-level training (MELT). Those who had acquired their licence between Oct. 11, 2018 and Feb. 28, 2019 had been sent letters giving them an extension in taking the training if they maintained a clean driving record. […] Read more

Alberta producers battle for harvest progress

Alberta Crop Report: Conditions as of October 29

One more week of harvesting between weather events, and another blast of winter this past weekend brought snow or rain to many areas in the west and north halting operations yet again. The strong winds that accompanied the cold front have scattered canola swaths and blown snow into and over top of swaths still left […] Read more


Farmfair runs from Nov. 6-10 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.

What’s new in 2019 at Farmfair International

Big-eared bunnies, a honey show, craft market, and learn-in-a-hurry presentations are part of this year’s lineup

Every year, Farmfair International is offering new events and programs to keep the long-running ag show fresh for attendees. This is especially important this year as Northlands — the organizers of Farmfair — strive to attract guests who may not ordinarily attend an agricultural event. This year’s show is being held Nov. 6-10 at the […] Read more

The Extreme Cowboys competition, an obstacle course that tests horsemanship skills, calls itself “the fastest-growing equine sport.” It’s making its Farmfair debut this year.

Northlands strikes a balance for Farmfair 2019

Farmfair organizers attempt to boost urban visitors while staying true to the show’s roots

With a new focus on attracting urban audiences, Farmfair International’s organizers are offering new kinds of programming while keeping old fans happy. The first step was thinking beyond cattle. Farmfair 2019, which runs Nov. 6-10 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, features programming dedicated to smaller critters such as bees, rabbits and urban chickens — not […] Read more



Kicking tires on shiny new iron is a favourite pastime at Agri-Trade.

Less is proving to be more at Agri-Trade Equipment Expo

The change to a three-day format proved to be a success as the show continues to hit the high notes

It was a major change, but Agri-Trade’s switch to a three-day format proved to be a success. “That was a real positive move,” said Dave Fiddler, manager of the Red Deer ag equipment expo. The move to a three-day format (from four previously) was exhibitor driven, with most wanting to be away from home for […] Read more


A HydraGEN unit reduces carbon emissions from diesel engines while boosting fuel efficiency, says its maker.

The heat is on for innovation award contestants at Agri-Trade

The Red Deer show is using a ‘Dragons’ Den’ approach to pick the winner of its Ag Innovation award

Showcasing agriculture innovations has long been one of Agri-Trade’s priorities. But this year, it’s upping its game — and making the contenders for its Ag Innovation award do the same. Organizers of the Red Deer ag equipment expo will give $20,000 to a company that not only has a creative product or service that benefits […] Read more

Albertan wins prestigious 4-H L.E.A.D. scholarship

Albertan Courtney Taylor is one of four winners of 4-H Canada’s top scholarships, the Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.). The highly sought-after scholarship recognizes four outstanding 4-H members who demonstrate personal development, community impact, and leadership excellence in each of 4-H Canada’s four leadership development Pillars. They honour youth who have become exceptional leaders […] Read more


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