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The load of meth taken off a produce truck on Christmas Day 2020 weighed in at just over 500 lbs., border officials said. (Photo courtesy CBSA)

Truckload of northbound produce breaks bad at border

Canadian agents find record-level meth haul at Christmas

A produce truck entering Alberta from Montana on Christmas Day turned out to be carrying way more than just essential goods, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA on Wednesday said charges have now been laid against a 38-year-old Calgary resident after a semi-truckload of produce was referred for further inspection on Dec. 25, […] Read more

Even though they’re staying at home these days, life on the Taylor farm is pretty busy. Far left is William (holding Fetchy LaRue), Mark (with Meeps, a bottle-fed baby goat), Elias, Nathan (with Finn), Jacob, and Tamara (with Allen and Gilbert).

Yes, it’s different — but rural Albertans are making the best of it

Reading Time: 10 minutes Making the best of it Music fills the cul-de-sac, a familiar Christmas carol that draws the neighbourhood children outside and their parents right behind them, hastily throwing on coats and boots and gloves against the December cold. The night is a cacophony of noise — cheering, yelling, singing, screaming — and the noise grows only […] Read more


Gary Porttin, alongside son Ryker, fells a Christmas tree at R Family Tree Farm near Sylvan Lake.

Tree farmers growing magic and memories this holiday season

Demand is up for fresh-cut Christmas trees this year — and getting them can be half the fun

Reading Time: 4 minutes A little holiday cheer is in high demand at Christmas tree farms this year. “There’s a big demand for our trees this season,” said Peter Kappeler, owner of Fir Ever Green Tree Farm near Falun. “It’s become a big thing to take the whole family out to the farm and get a fresh Christmas tree.” […] Read more



(Gloria Solano-Aguilar photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

U.S. livestock: CME hogs ease from 10-month top on lower cash prices

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday slid from a 10-month high, weakened by profit-taking and less money paid by packers for slaughter-ready, or cash, hogs, said analysts. February closed 0.5 cent lower at 71.025 cents (all figures US$). April ended down 0.1 cent, at 75.275 cents. Processors need fewer animals […] Read more

Everything is under a blanket of snow right now, but gardeners are already dreaming of spring.

Hoe, hoe, hoe — guess what gardeners want from Santa?

Here are some gift ideas for folks with green thumbs

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s a long way off to gardening season, but Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has several publications that might be a perfect fit for the gardener on your Christmas list. Alberta Yards and Gardens ($15): unbiased information on selecting ornamental trees and shrubs, lawns, small fruits and berries, flowers, vegetables, herbs and even water plants. The […] Read more


(Keith Weller photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

U.S. grains: Soybeans at three-month low

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures fell to a three-month low on Thursday, the sixth straight session of declines, on pressure from easing vegetable oil prices and improving crop weather in South America. Wheat and corn futures both were the highest in more than a week, with prices notching narrow gains on better-than-expected U.S. […] Read more



A book on raising bees is one of Alberta Agriculture’s suggestions for a stocking stuffer this Christmas.

Christmas gift suggestions for green thumbs (and bee lovers)

A comprehensive how-to guide might be an ideal gift for someone keen on gardening, beekeeping, or starting a sideline enterprise

Reading Time: < 1 minute Know someone interested in commercial production? These Alberta Agriculture and Forestry books might be a perfect gift. Commercial Vegetable Production on the Prairies ($20 plus GST): A comprehensive 300-page resource and reference tool suitable for new and experienced vegetable growers at all scales of commercial production. Key topics included planning for vegetable production, seeding, transplanting, […] Read more

This map shows the total amount of precipitation that fell across agricultural Alberta during November compared to long-term averages.  Overall, it was a relatively dry month with most areas seeing moderately low to very low amounts of precipitation.  The one exception is the area between the central and northern region which saw average to moderately high amounts.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, says our weather expert

Being snowed in at Christmas has many advantages, argues Daniel Bezte, 
but big Yuletide snowstorms are relatively rare

Reading Time: 3 minutes The holiday season is about traditions, and so it’s time once again to do my traditional look at Christmas weather across the Prairies. In particular, a look back to see what the warmest and coldest Christmases were, and if there have ever been big Christmas snowstorms. I’ve shared this with you before, but at this […] Read more