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Cannabis 2.0: Could craft cannabis be southern Alberta’s newest cash crop?

Cannabis 2.0: Could craft cannabis be southern Alberta’s newest cash crop?

A new 60-acre business incubator in Taber aims to create a complete supply chain for craft cannabis and hemp products

Reading Time: 6 minutes Cannabis 2.0 is coming soon to Canada — and one Alberta business hopes to be on the ground floor of this growing industry. “We’re trying to reduce the risk and eliminate the barriers of entry that many people are having trying to get into the cannabis business,” said Lindsay Blackett, CEO of the Grasslands Taber […] Read more

Trade deal hailed by Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

Trade deal hailed by Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association is hailing the completion of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement and encouraging its swift ratification. “The experience of the North American beef cattle industries under NAFTA is testament to the value of trade agreements,” it said. “Access to global markets, including the North American market, means that on average that each animal […] Read more


If a proposed merger results in one national seed organization with regulating authority, then companies selling seed to farmers will have greater control.

Opinion: When it comes to rules, it matters who writes them

Reading Time: 4 minutes I recently read The Myth of Capitalism where author Jonathan Tepper argues that if competition is a key tenet of capitalism, then it’s a myth to say the 21st-century economy is capitalistic. Many industries lack true competition and are dominated by monopolies and oligopolies, allowing them to charge higher prices and pay lower wages. One […] Read more

Certificate needed to avoid carbon tax on fuel

Certificate needed to avoid carbon tax on fuel

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Beef Producers is urging farmers to fill out a fuel charge exemption form before Jan. 1, when the federal carbon tax kicks in for the province. The carbon tax (officially called the Federal Fuel Charge) isn’t levied on gasoline and light fuel oil for farm machinery “for the purpose of farming or travelling from […] Read more


Finance and succession help for younger farmers

Finance and succession help for younger farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farm Credit Canada is putting on a series of events for younger farmers so they can learn how “to take control of their business journey.” Eight “young farmer summits” for producers under the age of 40 are being held across the country, including two in Alberta. “The future of Canadian agriculture depends on attracting the […] Read more

AFSC offers help for farmer clients

Reading Time: < 1 minute Agriculture Financial Services Corporation says there are “a number of options available to help clients with cash flow challenges” because of the poor growing season and dismal harvest. “This year, eligible clients can take advantage of a Post-Harvest Advance or a Preliminary Payment, and receive a portion of their estimated claim as an early payment, […] Read more


Much lower canola exports to China have resulted in Canada’s canola producers holding significant inventory.

Consider carrying costs when marketing canola

The current futures market is in a strong carrying charge situation, says analyst

Reading Time: 3 minutes With a large canola carry-over and the uncertain China situation, producers need to consider carrying costs when marketing the crop, says a provincial crop market analyst Given the large inventory and currently restricted demand, the canola futures market is in a strong carrying charge situation, said Neil Blue. The futures market is priced significantly higher […] Read more

What keeps you awake at night? A recent survey of farmers found things such as marketing and working capital rank up there with production concerns.

Modern farming produces a bumper crop of worries

More than 1,300 farmers were asked about their top concerns — and it’s a long list

Reading Time: 2 minutes What’s your biggest worry? Weather? Yield? Disease or pests? It’s actually selling what you produce, according to a recent Farm Credit Canada survey. The survey asked 1,363 producers about their major concerns and 67 per cent had marketing on their worry list — topping both production (60 per cent) and financial (53 per cent) risks. […] Read more


Farm lender to help financially stressed farmers

Farm lender to help financially stressed farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farm Credit Canada (FCC) says it wants to help farm customers “who are facing financial setbacks due to circumstances beyond their control.” Michael Hoffort, the ag lender’s president and CEO, said FCC “will work with our customers to find solutions to any short-term financial pressure that might be weighing them down.” Many producers were unable […] Read more

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen, seen here talking to farmers at Agri-Trade, says cuts to his department will be found through efficiencies and not by cutting programs that impact producers.

Farm leaders say they understand the need for spending restraint

Province’s Ag Ministry will see deep cuts but Devin Dreeshen says the money can be found by finding efficiencies

Reading Time: 5 minutes It is the biggest cut in government spending since the days of Ralph Klein — but Alberta’s agriculture minister calls it ‘trimming’ and farm groups are not raising a hue and cry. “We’ve trimmed our spending this year by nine per cent by going through every program that we’ve had within the ministry to find […] Read more