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Champions crowned at Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo

Reading Time: 2 minutes It was a weekend of rodeo competition Morgan Burgermeister will remember for the rest of her life. The 15-year-old from Hanna emerged from the 19th annual Calgary Stampede 4-H Rodeo with one of the much coveted championship belt buckles, the Reserve High Point title, and a lot of great memories. “It’s hard to pick just […] Read more


(Dave Bedard photo)

PotashCorp, Agrium make engagement official

The boards of two of the heaviest hitters in Canada’s fertilizer sector have formally agreed to a $47 billion “merger of equals” deal under a new, yet-to-be-named parent company. PotashCorp, the world’s biggest fertilizer company by capacity, and rival Agrium, which is also the world’s biggest crop input retail chain, announced an agreement Monday in […] Read more

Big data on Tactical Farming conference agenda

Conference runs Feb. 10-11 in Calgary

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farm data will be in the spotlight at the Tactical Farming conference in Calgary on Feb. 10-11. The conference will have presentations on “climate smart” precision ag (Raj Khosla), on-farm research data (Peter Kyveryga), variable-rate nitrogen for canola (Alan Moulin), using aerial imagery (Patrick Reeg), and transforming data into knowledge (Farming Smarter). The conference is […] Read more


Alberta beef ambassador honoured

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Calgary baker makes pita bread a hit with Albertans

Calgary baker makes pita bread a hit with Albertans

People had ‘no idea’ what to do with pitas 40 years ago, but Byblos Bakery now makes 1.8 million a week

Reading Time: 2 minutes Calgary’s Byblos Bakery has found the sweet spot: consumer-pleasing quality, a diverse product line, efficient production, and rigorous food safety. The bakery produces 18,000 pita bread per hour, 20 hours per day, five days a week. But things were much different in 1975, when George Daklala first introduced Albertans to pita bread. “When we first […] Read more


(Nufarm.com)

Nufarm to shut Calgary herbicide plant

Crop chemical manufacturer Nufarm plans to make its North American business more “cost-effective” by shutting its plant in Calgary and shipping the production work to Chicago. The “rationalization” in Calgary, expected to be complete by next fall, “will allow us to increase flexibility, reduce complexity and more efficiently utilize our facilities,” Nufarm manufacturing group executive Elbert […] Read more

horse and rider at a rodeo

Will rodeo’s top showcase leave town?

Northlands’ contract for the Canadian Finals Rodeo is up in 2017 
and there’s a chance the rodeo could saddle up and mosey on

Reading Time: 2 minutes Will Edmonton still be the host of Canada’s top rodeo in 2017? The Canadian Finals Rodeo has been held in conjunction with Farmfair International, owned by Northlands, for 42 years, but the contract for the rodeo showcase is up for renewal. The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association plans to issue a request for proposals, and that […] Read more


There are lots of jobs out there for aspiring veterinarians — particularly in rural Alberta, says Alistair Cribb, dean of U of C’s faculty of veterinary medicine.

Love rural Alberta and want to be a vet? Call U of Calgary

There’s a huge demand for livestock and equine veterinarians — 
and vet school wants to train more rural practitioners

Reading Time: 2 minutes The University of Calgary has just one message for aspiring veterinarians: There’s plenty of jobs out there — especially in rural Alberta. “We have areas in rural Alberta where I still get a phone call after a class has graduated that they have a job and need a veterinarian,” said Dr. Alistair Cribb, dean of […] Read more

It could be Dawson City or Cheyenne or any Old West town. In fact, the movie set located on the sprawling CL Ranch west of Calgary has been all of those places over the past two decades.

There’s no business like show business for Calgary-area rancher

CL Ranch has played host to dozens of movies and TV shows — 
and it’s made its farm business more sustainable

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rancher Cherie Copithorne-Barnes wasn’t dreaming about being in show business when she got a strange phone call in the early 1990s. “They asked if they could come out and bring us to a spot on our land,” said Copithorne-Barnes, CEO of CL Ranch just west of Calgary. “We stood up on the hill, and they […] Read more