GFM Network News


New general manager for Alberta Milk

Freda Molenkamp-Oudman will be the new general manager of Alberta Milk. On Dec. 1, the former assistant deputy minister with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will take over from Mike Southwood, who is retiring after 19 years with the organization. Molenkamp-Oudman has also been the general manager of the Alberta Agriculture Products Marketing Council, the oversight […] Read more

The U-shaped Dot A-U1

Dot Technology creates Edmonton branch

Dot Technology Corp. has established an Alberta subsidiary in Edmonton. Dot Intelligence Inc. will focus on developing leading-edge technologies — such as computer vision, machine learning optimization, and intelligent navigation — and enhancing adoption of the Dot robotic system for use in autonomous farming. Saskatchewan-headquartered Dot, a sister company of SeedMaster, is the maker of […] Read more


How do your grain-drying costs compare? There are many factors to consider but provincial experts estimate the usual range is 10 to 16 cents per bushel per percentage point drop in moisture.

Digging into the cost of drying grain

Having enough drying capacity is critical in a year like this one, but it still helps to have a handle on the costs

There are a number of factors that determine the cost of drying grain. They include the type and size of the drying system, the amount of moisture to be removed, weather conditions during the drying period, and operating costs (fuel, electricity, repairs and maintenance, labour, shrinkage and hauling). “Knowing the costs of on-farm drying is […] Read more

Prairie cereals summit coming in December

Event takes place Dec. 11-12

The second annual Prairie Cereals Summit will take place Dec. 11-12, 2019 at the Banff Springs Hotel. The event, put on by Alberta Barley and Alberta Wheat, will feature a presentation on international trade by former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. As well, former CropLife CEO Ted Menzies will discuss the creation of an agricultural […] Read more


“Smart” ag school now accepting applications

A new school dedicated to agricultural tech is now open for business and accepting applications from students wanting to specialize in precision ag and other leading-edge technologies. “This is a historic day for Olds College,” said college president Stuart Cullum. “The launch of the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology is a profound statement of our […] Read more



GrainsConnect Canada’s Huxley grain terminal.

GrainsConnect Huxley grain terminal open for business

GrainsConnect Canada’s new grain terminal in Huxley is now open — the fourth new terminal built by the joint venture of Australia’s GrainCorp and Japan’s Zen-Noh Group. (Another is in Vegreville along with two in Saskatchewan.) At full operation, the terminal will load over 130 rail cars in under 14 hours. In a news release, […] Read more

Big is better — and faster is better yet — at Paterson Grain’s Foothills Terminal at Bowden. The facility recently loaded the single largest grain train ever seen in Alberta. The train had 147 new high-capacity hopper cars while the Bowden terminal is one of a growing number of facilities with new loop-track/power-on setups.

One mighty big grain train rolls out of Alberta

With nearly 15,000 tonnes of grain on board, this train was like nothing seen before

In the years ahead, you may find yourself stuck at a rail crossing a little longer as a grain train rumbles by. And you might want to use that extra time to say thanks for modern technology. Paterson Grain recently set a new record when it loaded 147 new high-capacity hopper cars with a whopping […] Read more


Alberta reps to help chart Cigi course

Kevin Bender’s term as board chair of the Canadian International Grains Institute has ended but Alberta Wheat vice-chair Hannah Konschuh has been elected to the executive as secretary. The organization (which provides market development and technical support for Canadian wheat and other crops) is at a critical juncture as it works on details for a […] Read more

A drop in agriculture’s contribution to the economy was largely attributed to poor weather.

Agriculture continues to boost Alberta economy

Primary agriculture along with food and beverage manufacturing pumped $8.5 billion into Alberta’s economy in 2018, but was little changed from a year earlier. The GDP for the province’s primary agriculture industry declined 3.3 per cent to $5.2 billion, while food and beverage manufacturing rose 3.3 per cent to $3.4 billion in 2018, said Jean […] Read more