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The Ag-Info Centre, with its familiar toll-free number, has long pitched itself as the go-to resource for farmers and ranchers. But the province now says it
will refer producers “to organizations that are better positioned to answer” their questions.

Staff laid off at the Ag-Info Centre

Livestock and crop specialists have lost their jobs but province says farmers will be able to get the info they need

Eight specialists at the Ag-Info Centre in Stettler have been laid off in the latest round of staff cuts at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. But the provincial government says farmers won’t be affected. There was no public announcement of the layoffs, but the province did send letters to crop and livestock associations as well as […] Read more

Learn how to think lean, improve productivity

Workshop scheduled for Airdrie on Nov. 2

The province is hosting a ‘Productivity Improvement 101’ workshop in Airdrie on Nov. 2 on “lean thinking concepts for growers and small-scale processors marketing food direct to consumers.” The workshop will help businesses to apply lean thinking to add value, reduce waste, and improve profits. It will include information on change processes to increase efficiency; […] Read more


Province offers training to new farmers

Information session to be held Oct. 18 in Airdrie

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is hosting the Getting into Farming information session on Oct. 18 in Airdrie. “The session is aimed at those thinking about getting into a farming business and making it their primary source of income,” said new-venture specialist Kathy Bosse. “It’ll provide information about farming at a pretty high level to give a […] Read more

Provincial farmers’ markets off to a busy start

Farmers' markets throughout the province are already seeing high customer traffic

Farmers’ markets are off to a promising start. “Early reports I’ve had from different markets out there say that there is a lot of customer traffic early in the season, which is good considering the economy,” said Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Early in the year, you’re never sure how […] Read more


Lots of knowledge on tap at Agronomy Update 2016

Conference in Red Deer runs Jan. 19-20

New clubroot strains and ways to reduce fusarium damage are two of the topics featured at Agronomy Update 2016 in Red Deer on Jan. 19-20. The annual conference will also feature presentations on phosphorus and potassium decline; new wheat classes; marketing peas and fababeans; plant growth regulators; adding diversity to crop rotations; updates on wireworms […] Read more

Learn the ins and outs of direct marketing

Marketing Made Easy workshop in Calgary on Nov. 5

The Marketing Made Easy workshop takes place Nov. 5 in Calgary and Jan. 20 in Fort Saskatchewan. “This workshop examines selling products at Alberta-approved farmers’ markets and beyond,” said Delores Serafin of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “You will learn strategies for creating a lasting first impression, clearly identifying your target clients, and how to make […] Read more


Ag-Info Centre marks major milestone

The centre opened in Stettler 13 years ago and is staffed by agrologists

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Ag-Info Centre has hit a major milestone — 500,000 calls. Located in Stettler, the centre opened in April 2002 and is staffed by crop, beef, forage, and business development specialists, as well as agriculture resource agents. The specialists are all agrologists, many with graduate degrees and all with extensive practical experience. […] Read more



Greg Berscht, whose lentil fields are pictured here, said lentils offer a number of benefits in the rotation.

Lentils getting lots of notice

The price is nice, but don’t forget their ability to fix 
nitrogen, reduce disease pressure, and improve soil 


Producers chasing the market are looking into lentils — but they pay off in other ways. Two are reduced disease and insect pressure, said Neil Whatley, crop specialist at the Ag-Info Centre in Stettler. “If you’ve got canola/wheat (rotation), you can put something like a lentil or a field pea or a forage in there,” […] Read more