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FarmTech cancelled, Agri-Trade still a go

The foundation that puts on FarmTech is cancelling the popular event, which was slated to run in January. “The FarmTech Foundation looks forward to when we can safely reconvene for… Canada’s premier crop production and farm management conference,” said a statement from the foundation, which is comprised of the provincial wheat, barley, canola and pulse […] Read more

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen, seen here talking to farmers at Agri-Trade, says cuts to his department will be found through efficiencies and not by cutting programs that impact producers.

Farm leaders say they understand the need for spending restraint

Province’s Ag Ministry will see deep cuts but Devin Dreeshen says the money can be found by finding efficiencies

It is the biggest cut in government spending since the days of Ralph Klein — but Alberta’s agriculture minister calls it ‘trimming’ and farm groups are not raising a hue and cry. “We’ve trimmed our spending this year by nine per cent by going through every program that we’ve had within the ministry to find […] 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


Northern Strands' fall protection system.

‘The ideas keep getting better’ for Agri-Trade’s innovations program

This year’s trio of winners keep you safe, protect your fuel tanks, and prevent spoilage in the bin

One of the highlights of Agri-Trade is the trio of innovative new products chosen by a panel of farmers and business people. “It is always difficult to get it down to three winners — however, this year we reached new heights with the largest amount of applications received for this program since its inception,” said […] Read more

Trevor Scherman and his father created their drop pan to quickly and easily determine how much grain was being lost out of the back of the combine.

Father-son farmers win Ag Innovation awards

One pair found a better way to unplug the combine, the other a quick way to measure harvest losses

The newest agriculture equipment, services, and technologies — not just in North America, but in the world — are set to hit Red Deer in November. One of the highlights of Agri-Trade is the Ag Innovation awards. “It is always difficult to get it down to three winners,” said Rod Bradshaw, an Innisfail-area crop and […] Read more


How will federal tax changes affect you?

Alberta’s canola, wheat, barley, and pulse commissions are hosting a free breakfast at Agri-Trade on Nov. 9. at the Sheraton Hotel. Also on the menu will be a presentation on the federal Liberals’ proposed tax changes and the potential impact on farmers by Dean Gallimore, a retired partner from KPMG LLP in Lethbridge. Gallimore spent […] Read more

They’re not cheap, but this cordless fence stapler will make the job go at least five times faster, says its Canadian distributor.

A need for speed, making the farm safer, and less compaction

This year’s AgInnovation award winners bring three very different — but very valuable — things to the table

Innovation drives the agriculture industry and a lot of it is on display at Agri-Trade. “The technology is diversifying every year, and the ideas keep getting better,” said Rod Bradshaw, a vegetable and crop grower from Innisfail. He’s also chair of Agri-Trade’s ag innovations committee that chooses three products for its innovations awards. “We believe […] Read more


A device for remote positioning of the swing auger was one of the innovations that John Kowalchuk learned about at Agri-Trade.

Farm shows can boost your bottom line, says Agri-Trade attendee

John Kowalchuk can point to a host of innovations on his farm that 
began with something he saw or heard about at the Red Deer event

Twitter is the new coffee shop for farmers, but there’s nothing like talking face to face. Which is why John Kowalchuk is a faithful Agri-Trade attendee. “The fact you can network and talk to other people about their experiences, I think that’s a big part that makes Agri-Trade what it is,” said the Rumsey-area farmer. […] Read more

Airguard’s Blockage Prevention System takes the hydraulic oil in the tractor and recirculates it in a radiator to regulate air temperature and reduce relative humidity, preventing fertilizer dust from building up and plugging lines.

Agri-Trade awards showcase new and innovative technologies

Keeping spray consistent, reducing plugging in air drills, and a new field app garner Ag Innovation awards

Innovations drive the agriculture industry — and it’s at farm shows like Agri-Trade where producers get a front and centre look at what’s new and different. For the past eight years, the Red Deer show has highlighted that with its Ag Innovation awards program. This year’s winners — chosen by a panel of farmers — […] Read more