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Ag hall of fame seeks nominations of outstanding leaders

Nominations for the Agriculture Hall of Fame are now open. The award honours those who have significantly contributed to agriculture, the agri-food industry and rural life in Alberta. “Every two years, Alberta’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes up to three individuals whose outstanding leadership, innovation and business practices have advanced Alberta’s agriculture and food industry […] Read more

Three livestock care champions receive awards

Three champions of farm animal care in Alberta were recognized with Awards of Distinction at the recent Livestock Care Conference. The awards, given by Alberta Farm Animal Care, recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare. The recipients were Barbara Duckworth (communications), Rich Vesta (industry leadership), and Gateway […] Read more


Ag dean receives dairy award of merit

Lakeland College’s dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences is this year’s winner of the John J Kennelly Western Canadian Dairy Seminar Award of Merit. The award was presented to Josie Van Lent at the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar last month. The award recognizes those who have made a substantial contribution to the western Canadian […] Read more

Riley Mappin was the junior winner in the Alberta Young Speakers for Agriculture competition this past fall. He was recently awarded junior champion at the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition.

Alberta youth awarded at agricultural speaking competition

Two Albertans took home top honours at the recent Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Ellie Stauffer from the Pincher Creek 4-H Club and a 4-H Alberta ambassador won senior champions honours while Ryley Mappin was named junior champion. (Mappin’s presentation for the provincial contest on how […] Read more


Dawn Trautman (l) and Andrew Rosychuk.

Two Albertans awarded prestigious Nuffield scholarships

The learning initiative is aimed at bringing innovative ideas to Canadian agriculture and developing leaders

A pair of Edmontonians — one a welder turned haskap berry grower and the other an expert in smart agriculture — are two of the four people selected as the 2020 Nuffield Canada Scholars. Nuffield scholarships, which originated in the U.K. more than six decades ago, allow people involved in agriculture and is mid-career to […] Read more

Nominations open for Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

Do you know a deserving individual who has made an important impact on Canadian agriculture? Every year, the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association honours and celebrates Canadians who have made notable, lifelong contributions to the agriculture and food industry. Nominees are evaluated on vocational endeavours, leadership, and vision. May 1 is the deadline for […] Read more


Brenda Schoepp (l) and Jennifer Blair each took home an award at the recent Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference.

Double win for Alberta Farmer writers

Alberta Farmer columnist Brenda Schoepp and reporter Jennifer Blair have been honoured at the country’s premier agricultural journalism awards program. Schoepp won silver in the Press Column category for Temper Tantrums: There’s way too much drama on some farms, which ran in the Nov. 6, 2017 edition of the paper. Blair, a multiple past winner, […] Read more

This photo captures two of the 11 projects offered by the Golden Prairie 4-H Club — busking and photography. In this busking performance at a local church last year, club members use glow Hula Hoops for a poi performance. (Poi is an art form created by the Maori people of New Zealand and involves making rhythmical and geometric patterns by swinging tethered weights). The performance was captured by members of the club’s photography project.

Alberta 4-H leader stands out in a very big crowd

There are nearly 7,400 volunteers working to support 4-H clubs across the country — and so standing out isn’t easy. But that’s just what Caroline Boddy of the Golden Prairie 4-H Club has managed to do. The Forestburg resident was recently chosen as the 2016 National Volunteer Leader of the Year. The award recognizes the […] Read more



Ag students can win $1,500 award

Application deadline is May 5

Applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students. There are three awards (first place is worth $1,500) for the best responses to this question: Certain segments of the general public question the way food is produced, and have misgivings about the use of new technology. What concrete steps would you, as […] Read more