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‘For years, I have written every minister of agriculture, education, and health — asking them to make farm safety education part of the elementary health and safety curriculum. Not one has shown any interest.’ – Marion Leithead

Opinion: An open letter to Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen

To be effective, farm safety education must be part of the regular curriculum in elementary schools

Following your appointment as Alberta’s agriculture minister, you were praised for being “smart, grounded, and ‘a stand-up guy.’” Let’s hope everything I’ve read about you will prove true. But based on past experience, I am somewhat cynical, as I have asked your predecessors to take action on embedding effective farm safety within the elementary curricula… […] Read more

Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation scholarships awarded

Emily Gross of Bow Island is one of six recipients of this year’s $2,500 Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to students entering or currently pursuing an agricultural or agri-food-related program at a Canadian college, university or technical institution. They are awarded based on a combination of leadership attributes, and an essay […] Read more





4-H scholarships open until May 31

There are a number of 4-H Canada scholarships available and applications are being accepted until May 31. The Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction is open to senior youth members who have “outstanding accomplishments” in leadership. The scholarships, sponsored by CN Rail, are worth $20,000 over four years. There are 15 John Deere Canada scholarships, for […] Read more



New post-diploma program for agriculture technology

Applications open in fall 2019

The province has approved Olds College to offer a new post-diploma certificate in Agriculture Technology Integration. Designed for students who already hold a diploma or degree, the new certificate will provide them with an understanding of how related technologies and components interact to provide accurate information and real-time monitoring and controls to the agriculture producer. […] Read more

Scholarships for students pursuing an ag education

Application deadline is April 30

Applications are now open for scholarships offered by the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation. There are seven Pathways to Agri-Food Scholarships awarded across the country, including one in Alberta. They are given to students entering or currently pursuing an agricultural or agri-food-related program at a Canadian college, university, or technical institution. The scholarships are worth $2,500 […] Read more


Hemp-growing course offered online

Thinking about farming hemp for the first time or growing a small test plot? Norquest College is now offering an online Hemp Farming Course for both conventional or organic production with a special emphasis on harvesting methods, which are determined by what hemp product market is being targeted. The course has five modules and takes […] Read more

Joy Agnew is the new director of applied research at Olds College.

A new age of ag education is underway, says Olds College research director

Joy Agnew says ‘digital ag’ is revolutionizing how students are being trained in agriculture

Joy Agnew says her first few days at her new job were totally overwhelming — in a good way. After a nearly 10-year stint at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, Agnew began her new job as director of applied research at Olds College in early January and hit the ground running. “The shift to digital […] Read more