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New food distribution fact sheets available from AARD

Sheets contains practical tips for agricultural food producers and processors

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has four new fact sheets on distribution. “These fact sheets present innovative thinking and practical tips to help agricultural food producers and processors transport their goods to market,” said new venture specialist Kathy Bosse. The fact sheets are Distribution Partners: Working with Regional Carriers; Distribution Logistics: Getting Your Products to […] Read more

Livestock research now online at AARD

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s livestock research branch has launched its own website. “Ever wondered if you can feed faba beans to pigs?” asks website co-developer Miranda Smit. “Or camelina meal to poultry? Interested in using synchronization protocols to improve your dairy herd’s reproductive performance?” Those questions are answered on the website. Each research group […] Read more


Mexico trip generates sales

A market development mission to Mexico, focusing on food ingredients for human and animal consumption, is expected to generate $4 million in sales. Alberta Barley, the Alberta Food Processing Development Centre, and Cigi were among the participants in the recent five-day mission. It included informational and technical seminars on food ingredients and animal feed, and […] Read more



New hotline for reporting rats

Province says even calls left after hours 
or on weekends will 
be responded to 
within 24 hours


Albertans now have a new way to report rat sightings. “Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development has a new easily remembered phone number, 310-RATS (7287), for all Albertans to report possible rat sightings,” said rat inspector Bruce Hamblin. “It’s not a replacement for the current system of reporting rats, but it is an addition to it.” […] Read more

New forage resources available

Foragebeef.ca has added new fact sheets and a research paper. The fact sheets are: Oats, Triticale and Corn Winter Grazing Comparison — an update on winter grazing; Triticale Swath Grazing Demonstration Project; and a financial analysis entitled Will a hay shed pay? by Alberta Agriculture economist Dale Kaliel. Also available is a paper titled: Effect […] Read more


Want a can’t miss weather forecast for 2015? Then don’t look here

Five to Remember: Vagaries of weather forecasts prove there's no crystal ball involved

If you’re looking for a crystal ball to predict the weather for the coming year, steer clear of whatever brand Environment Canada is using. “In October or November, it does its forecast of what the winter’s going to be like, and for three years in a row now, it has been diametrically 180 degrees opposite […] Read more

Didsbury producers Sean and Holly LaBrie have seen big changes in pasture productivity thanks to bale grazing.

Bale grazing saves time and money, and boosts pasture productivity

Cattle producers can save more than 40 cents per cow per day – but the time savings and more lush pastures are the big benefits

An “old throwback” way of feeding cattle is gaining traction among producers who are looking to save a little time in their day-to-day chores — and a bit of money. “Bale grazing is an approach to feeding cattle in winter that tries to look at reducing costs,” said Grant Lastiwka, a forage specialist with Alberta […] Read more


Producers urged to participate in hort survey

The Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development are conducting an online horticulture survey. “This survey will update key information about the horticulture industry to enable sharing of current information on the industry and support industry strategic planning,” said Sharon Faye, a market analyst with Alberta Agriculture. “The horticulture industry is […] Read more

Province offering ‘how to be a farmer’ seminar

Want to be a farmer?

AARD release – “If you’re thinking of getting into farming but aren’t sure where to start, this session is ideal for you,” said Abby Verstraete, a farm business analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Getting into Farming – Information Session for the Aspiring Farmer will be held in Airdrie on Oct. 30. It will provide […] Read more