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Alberta feedlot vet wins animal welfare award

Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed is the winner of an award from the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) for her leadership in improving the welfare of feedlot animals. The Coaldale veterinarian was instrumental in the development of the Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment tool for auditing animal welfare, the first certified audit […] Read more

Alberta beef ambassador honoured

Alberta Beef Producers congratulates its longtime ambassador, Chuck Groeneveld, on winning a 2015 Western Legacy Award from the Calgary Stampede in the Sustained Contribution – Individual category. Chuck and Lorraine Groeneveld have spent many years travelling and promoting Alberta Beef Producers and the Alberta beef industry at parades, fairs and shows across the province. They […] Read more


Jennifer Blair (l) and Alexis Kienlen.

Alberta Farmer reporters win prestigious journalism award

FBC writers score big in annual awards competition

For the first time since its founding in 2007, Alberta Farmer has won top honours in the country’s premier agricultural journalism awards program. Jennifer Blair and Alexis Kienlen won gold in the Weekly Press Reporting category for a July 2014 story entitled Drenched Again, which examined flooding in the south of the province after torrential […] Read more

Travel the world and advance Canadian agriculture

The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for its 2016 program. Three scholarships of $15,000 each will be awarded to enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share their findings with others. Applicants should be in mid-career, and be between the […] Read more


Takota Coen (pictured) and parents Michael and Laura have been honoured for their creating pollinator habitats on their farm near Ferintosh.

Alberta farm receives national pollinator award

Grass Roots Family Farm near Ferintosh has diversified into agroforestry

Grass Roots Family Farm is the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Award, which recognizes the contributions farmers make towards protecting pollinators and pollinator habitats. The 250-acre farm near Ferintosh, south of Camrose, is operated by Michael, Laura and Takota Coen. The Coens have been practising sustainable farming since the late 1980s, with son […] Read more