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Dave Chalack, board chair of ALMA, praised the agency’s staff and efforts at the agency’s last FutureFare.

ALMA reaches the end of the road

The agency’s eight-year legacy was celebrated, and future plans outlined at its last FutureFare conference

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency held a final meeting cum celebration before its dissolution at the end of October. “It’s been a heck of a ride. This is emotional,” ALMA board chair Dave Chalack said to an audience of about 260 industry partners, board directors, and staff at the agency’s last FutureFare conference. The […] Read more

Is scrapping ALMA a mistake?

The dissolution of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency in last month’s provincial budget may be a step backward for Alberta’s agri-food processing industry. “I know ALMA was able to move fairly quickly in terms of responding to both opportunities and concerns and really apply resources in a very forthright fashion because of the way […] Read more


ALMA a casualty of provincial government cuts

Agency has proved 
its worth, industry leaders say

The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency is being dissolved — and its demise is being mourned by many in the industry. “We were surprised and disappointed,” said Dave Chalack, a rancher and veterinarian who is chair of ALMA’s board. “I know we had a great organization and one that has evolved in a significant and […] Read more

Alberta to shut livestock, grain agencies in budget

Alberta’s farmers will be spared the new fuel levy planned for next year in the province’s latest budget, but can expect a number of farm agencies to close in the meantime as the province moves to curb spending. Provincial Finance Minister Joe Ceci on Thursday announced a 2016-17 budget with projected revenue of $41.38 billion, […] Read more


T4 bacteriophages immobilized onto 
E. coli biosensor surface.

U of A research could detect Johne’s disease

Currently no reliable test to detect the frequent problem in dairy herds


Johne’s disease is a challenge for the dairy industry. One of the main issues associated with identifying Johne’s is that the calf gets infected at a young age, but symptoms may not show in the animal for years. Johne’s disease is difficult to diagnose and when present, can cause animal mortality, decreased milk production and […] Read more

Beef advocacy program launches

Two courses help farmers and the public become advocates for the beef industry

CCA Beef advocacy Canada launched its live advocacy and education program at the recent Canadian Cattlemen’s association (CCA) annual general meeting. Canada Beef and the CCA, along with funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat association (ALMA), have brought together industry partners to develop a comprehensive program that will walk future beef advocates through the entire […] Read more