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Soil Biodiversity: What’s most important? features six characters who come to realize that all of their areas of study are key to a healthy soil ecosystem.

Soil scientists turned children’s authors win acclaim

Reading Time: 3 minutes Benjamin Ellert and Katelyn Lutes know a lot about soil, but knew nothing about writing children’s books. Until they wrote one. And now the two federal soil scientists can add ‘prize-winning children’s author’ to their resumés. The duo from Ag Canada’s Lethbridge research station recently won second prize in an international book contest run by […] Read more

New book details Canada’s Angus cattle history

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Breed, the Legends, the History — Canadian Angus History Book, 2019 Edition is now available for purchase. A volunteer committee spent more than 2-1/2 years gathering member histories (363 in all) and information, and then compiling the book. The 560-page full-colour book is the third history book published in the Canadian Angus Association’s 113-year […] Read more

Lloydminster-area author Billi J. Miller is celebrating the up-and-coming generation of farmwives in her new book, Farmwives 2.

There’s no right way to be a woman on the farm

Reading Time: 3 minutes Billi J. Miller has never been a traditional ‘farmwife’ — whatever that means anyway. And that’s just fine by her. “The term ‘farmwife’ has changed so much,” said the Lloydminster-area author. “I don’t fit into that box. And there’s comfort in knowing that there are other women like you.” In 2016, Miller published her first […] Read more

Province has a library of free books and cds

Province has a library of free books and cds

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s 2017-18 Agriculture Information Catalogue is now available. The catalogue has more than 600 free and priced books, DVDs, and CD-ROMs on a wide range of agricultural subjects, ranging from crop and livestock production to new ventures and agri-tourism. The catalogue also lists web-based materials, including decision-making tools, online videos, maps, and […] Read more

Is there a gardener on your Christmas shopping list?

Is there a gardener on your Christmas shopping list?

The provincial Ag Department has handbooks on gardening, growing native plants, saskatoons, and weeds

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here are some Alberta Agriculture and Forestry publications for the gardener on your shopping list. Alberta Yards and Gardens ($15 plus GST) — an unbiased look at what grows best in Alberta, including ornamental trees and shrubs, small fruits and berries, flowers, vegetables, herbs and even water plants. Weed Seedling Guide ($10 plus GST) — […] Read more

cover of a graphic novel

Canola the star in graphic novels for schoolkids

The 10th Chase Duffy book is about to hit the shelves 
and continue his adventures in learning about canola

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers at the recent Alberta Canola Producers Commission meeting were welcomed by an entourage of cartoon characters on the stage. These characters are from the Chase Duffy book series, which was launched in 2010 and is aimed at elementary students aged eight to 11. The main character in the books is Chase ‘Superman’ Duffy, a […] Read more

Man with camera in front of grain elevator.

Drumheller graphic artist aims to preserve the memory of Prairie sentinels

Jim Pearson preserving legacy of fast-disappearing Prairie icons

Reading Time: 2 minutes Jim Pearson was caught off guard when he heard the Pioneer country grain elevator in Kamsack, Sask., was demolished in July. He had photographed it three years earlier when it was still a vital service for area farmers. “This thing was barely 30 years old,” said Pearson, a graphic artist who has established himself over […] Read more