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Glenn Cheater, Alberta Farmer editor

A warm welcome from a very hospitable community

The number of producers is declining, but the spirit of 
the farming community grows stronger and stronger


Reading Time: 3 minutes I was running seriously late and my pal Rick’s email directions for the community supper were “four miles north of Vauxhall — lots of signs.” Judging when you’re four miles from a place you’ve never been before is a little tough, but surely I couldn’t miss all those signs. I did. I spotted one marking […] Read more

cattle grazing

Pasture the focus at conference

"Going Beyond Sustainability” will be held at the Radisson Hotel from Dec. 9-11

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Western Canadian Grazing Conference “Going Beyond Sustainability” will be held Dec. 9-11 at the Radisson Hotel, Edmonton South. This event is designed as a forum to discuss leading-edge grazing and forage techniques and theories for producers across Western Canada. Keynote speakers include Judith Schwartz who will speak on “Cows Save the Planet,” and Diane […] Read more


group of students

Trio of La Crete projects to split prize in UFA contest

The fast-growing northern community wanted to finish off Jubilee Park, 
give a boost to an arena project, and help the fall fair

Reading Time: 2 minutes La Crete is the first winner in this year’s edition of UFA’s Get ’n’ Give contest. The community will use the $50,000 prize for finishing Jubilee Park, supporting the fall fair, and contributing to the fundraising for construction of a riding arena. “We are tickled pink,” said project spokesperson Susan Siemens. “This is going to […] Read more

floor of an agricultural trade show

Big farm trade shows offer a chance to reconnect

Every year, Alberta’s farm shows attract hundreds of thousands of visitors — 
and socializing remains the major draw

Reading Time: 3 minutes Before there were smartphones, Twitter and Facebook, farmers perfected the art of social networking the good old-fashioned way — face to face at meetings, trade shows, and conferences during the busy winter season. And that’s still what keeps ’em coming back for Alberta’s two biggest farm shows. “For agricultural folk, whenever they gather, networking is […] Read more