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Province funds watershed protection

Province funds watershed protection

Reading Time: < 1 minute In the midst of the outcry over coal mining and its impact on water, the provincial government is giving $1 million to Cows and Fish for “projects and initiatives that protect creeks and streams along Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.” The organization, formally called the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, will work with other groups on specific […] Read more

Jason Kenney, who made scrapping the carbon tax a centrepiece of his election campaign, allied with Ontario Premier Doug Ford (who came to a rally in Calgary in the fall of 2018) in a court challenge to the levy. Now that the Supreme Court has sided with Ottawa, Kenney said he is considering “all options” for a made-in-Alberta levy.

Made-in-Alberta carbon tax poised to return, but no details yet

Farm groups want carbon capture payments, premier says ‘all options’ on the table

Reading Time: 3 minutes Premier Jason Kenney isn’t saying what’s next after losing a court battle to declare the carbon tax unconstitutional — but his options appear to be limited. “There are better ways to help the environment than by punishing people for living ordinary lives, for heating their homes and driving to work,” Kenney said following the Supreme […] Read more


AFSC closing five one-person offices

Reading Time: < 1 minute Agriculture Financial Services Corporation is closing five one-person offices and amalgamating them with larger neighbouring offices. “These one-employee offices provided limited services to a small numbers of clients,” AFSC said in a release. The five offices to be closed are in High Prairie, High River, Rimbey, Smoky Lake and Spirit River. “These are very difficult […] Read more

Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen cites funding for the Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc as a key part of his government’s efforts to bring plant protein processing to Alberta. But the opposition NDP says the government has to do what other provinces have done and put money into new processing facilities.

‘Actively trying’ to attract value-added processing, says minister

Government says more processing is a priority, but opposition says other provinces pulling ahead

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta is lagging behind the other Prairie provinces when it comes to plant protein processing — but the provincial government is working on it, says the agriculture minister. “Whether it’s canola processing, plant proteins, greenhouses, agri-technology, hemp — there are numerous types of commodities that we’re trying to attract value-added investment domestically and internationally to […] Read more


RDAR hires chief executive

Reading Time: < 1 minute Mark Redmond is the new CEO of Results Driven Agriculture Research, the new body funding ag research in the province. He was most recently the director of incubation service at PEI BioAlliance and was previously associate dean at NAIT’s School of Health (from 2016-18) and an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta (2011-17) and […] Read more

Government pledges funds for agricultural societies

Reading Time: < 1 minute The provincial government says it’s changing the grant formula to help agricultural societies, which have been hit hard by the pandemic. Part of the funding for ag societies is based on events they hold. “As a result of COVID-19, most of these events did not happen, which is why Agriculture and Forestry changed the 2021-22 […] Read more


There was a time when having its own research operations was a point of pride for the Alberta government. But changing times, tighter budgets, and a move towards “farmer-led” research means the end of that era. Seen here is a photo from a Lacombe Field Day event in 2018.

Government exits the agricultural research game but questions abound

New publicly funded body launches drive for ‘farmer-led’ research but details still aren’t known

Reading Time: 7 minutes With a flurry of announcements — and a leaked layoff plan — the UCP government has made it clear that it’s largely exiting ag research. But what comes next is still up in the air. In mid-October, the province shifted several research programs to universities and colleges while also informing the union representing agriculture employees […] Read more

Universities and colleges to take over key provincial research programs

Schools will get transition grants to take on former government programs and researchers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The provincial government is transferring several research programs to universities and colleges. They are: University of Alberta Will receive $3.7 million for taking on four programs and their lead researchers. They are Sheri Strydhorst (cereal agronomy), John Basarab (beef genomics and feed efficiency), Marcos Colazo (reproductive management in beef and dairy cattle), and Valerie Carney […] Read more


One-hundred and thirty five positions in the Primary Agriculture division will be cut with an attempt at attrition when possible.

The axe comes down at Alberta’s Agriculture Ministry

Notification letter to union opens window 
on upcoming loss of 190 positions

Reading Time: 2 minutes The province is cutting 247 jobs at Agriculture and Forestry, according to a letter sent to — and then publicly released by — the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. The letter provides some specifics of the “phased workforce transformation,” but also notes that its plans haven’t been completely finalized. It also says cuts will be […] Read more

Kelly-Smith Fraser, Kristine Smith and Aubrey Smith Fraser (front) of Nuhaven Cattle Co. with Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen.

Alberta agriculture shines ‘during these tough times’

Government touts record crop production, rebound in cattle sector, and food processing

Reading Time: < 1 minute The provincial governments says “record crops and strengthened cattle prices are leading Alberta’s economic recovery.” “Crop yields are estimated to hit a new record high in Alberta with farmers harvesting more than seven per cent above what is normal,” the government said in a news release. “Livestock market sales are estimated to also reach a […] Read more