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The research will use wild wheat relatives and industry-leading genomics to better understand wheat’s genetic potential.

Wild wheat research gets funding

Alberta Wheat and its Prairie counterparts are putting more than $1.9 million into development of higher-yielding, stress-resistant wheat varieties. The funding is part of a $11.2-million investment from Genome Canada, Ag Canada, the Western Grains Research Foundation and industry partners. The research will utilize wild wheat relatives and elite germplasm along with industry-leading genomic techniques […] Read more

Cash advance website revamped

The Alberta Wheat Commission has launched a new online platform that it says makes applying for a cash advance simpler and easier. “We pinpointed areas that could be time consuming for applicants and came up with solutions that will speed up the application process,” said Syeda Khurram, Alberta Wheat’s chief financial officer and COO of […] Read more


Stanford, Konschuh new Alberta Wheat leaders

Magrath producer Gary Stanford is the new chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission and Hannah Konschuh is the new vice-chair. Stanford succeeds Kevin Bender who had served on the board since its inception in 2012 and has thus “termed out.” Region 3 director Terry Young also reached his term limit. He is being replaced by […] Read more

Research clusters fund host of projects

Alberta’s cereal commissions are helping to fund 30 research projects. Alberta Wheat is giving $2.6 million, part of a $25-million effort called the Canadian National Wheat Cluster. The initiative by Ottawa and several ag groups is funding 22 variety development, pathology, agronomy and pre-breeding projects. Among the recipients are three federal researchers working in Alberta: […] Read more


The federally funded cash advance program was launched in 1958 to help farmers with cash flow by offering low-interest cash advances on their crops.

Beat your cash flow woes with the cash advance program

The only cheaper money is a forgivable loan from the bank of Mom and Dad, says administrator

Not too many hands shoot up when Dave Gallant asks a room full of farmers if they’ve used the federal cash advance program before. “For those who aren’t using the cash advance program, I want you to ask yourselves why you’re not taking advantage of this program,” the Canadian Canola Growers Association official said at […] Read more

The two proposed seed royalty models have come with many questions from producers.

Cereal seed royalty gets thumbs down at consultations

Government is asking farmers what they think about seed royalties — and the answer is ‘not much’

The idea of charging royalties on cereal seed didn’t go over well with many Alberta farmers who attended a federal government consultation on proposed royalties. “The overarching thing is that control would be imposed and that would be my concern,” Trochu farmer Kevin Niemi said in an interview. “A royalty is like a seed tax […] Read more


Six crop commission directors acclaimed

Some director spots are still open as well as positions for regional reps and delegates

Several directors and reps on Alberta crop commissions have been elected by acclamation. Denis Guindon of Falher (Region 3) and Kevin Serfas from Turin (Region 9) will both serve a second three-year term on the board of directors of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Wayne Schneider from Nisku was also acclaimed to the board, replacing […] Read more

Five Alberta Wheat positions open

Deadline for nominations is Oct. 31

Alberta Wheat is accepting nominations for one director and three regional reps in Region 3, as well as the director-at-large position, which represents all five of its regions. Elections for the Region 3 positions, if required, will take place at the Next Level Farming meeting at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Nov. 13. Voting for […] Read more


Alberta Wheat says its cash advance program will be different

Farm group says it will streamline the process, but competitor says it’s needless duplication

Alberta farmers now have another service provider when it comes to selecting a cash advance. Producers in the province can now choose from 11 organizations — five offering cash advances for grains and oilseeds — when seeking a low- or no-interest loan pledged against their crops, livestock, or other agricultural products. But the Alberta Wheat […] Read more

Crop Commissions to fund wheat research

The Alberta Wheat Commission and its Saskatchewan counterpart will spend $1.6 million over three years on seven wheat research projects. These include stripe rust surveillance to improve resistance in regional wheat varieties, developing a reliable method of gene editing in wheat to simplify the breeding process, and improving nitrogen use efficiency. Other research will look […] Read more