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Canada’s soils still degrading, albeit more slowly

The rate of degradation of soils in Canada has slowed, but it still is happening at a significant rate and there is still a lot to learn. There are no soil-perfect systems yet for crop production, attendees at the Summit on Canadian Soil Health held recently in Guelph heard repeatedly. No-till farming has declined in […] Read more

FBC editorial chief wins major international awards

Laura Rance, editorial director of Farm Business Communications and editor of the Manitoba Co-operator, has won two major international awards for her work on African agriculture. Rance won the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize for ‘Africa’s Hunger Games,’ published in the Winnipeg Free Press in April 2015. The same piece was awarded […] Read more


Odette Menard, an agricultural engineer and soil conservation expert with Quebec’s Ministry of Agriculture, speaks to a packed house during the Western Canada Conference on Soil Health.  

International Year of Soils ends with a bang in Alberta

Attendees at sold-out conference say it was a thrill to gather with people who ‘get’ soil health

If the International Year of Soils didn’t seem like a big deal — then you weren’t at the Western Canada Conference On Soil Health earlier this month. That is, if you could get in. “We originally planned for 250 people, and we had room for 300,” said conference co-chair Tom Fromme. “The facility was able […] Read more

Alberta visionaries inducted into Agriculture Hall of Fame

Gordon Hilton, Mohyuddin Mirza, and Curtis Clark honoured for their contributions to soil conservation, greenhouse innovations, and dairy breeding

The three newest members of the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame have more than a century of experience between them in the grain, greenhouse, and dairy sectors. Gordon Hilton, Mohyuddin Mirza, and Curtis Clark (posthumously) were recognized earlier this month at an event in Edmonton. “We owe a debt of gratitude to these three exceptional […] Read more


Looking below the surface for sustainable agriculture

Increasing world food production means having healthy 
soil able to effectively deliver water and nutrients

Some of the world’s top soil scientists and conservation agriculture exponents convened for the sixth World Congress on Conservation Agriculture in Winnipeg last month. The message from speakers was on one hand sobering, if not frightening — massive soil erosion continues around the world, and in both developed and undeveloped countries. The good news is […] Read more