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4-H leadership awards gala coming up

Event to be held in Saskatoon on Jan. 31

4-H Canada will hold its second annual leadership awards in Saskatoon on Jan. 31. The leadership awards recognize outstanding 4-H members, leaders, and alumni who are contributing to 4-H in Canada and their communities. The event is 4-H Canada’s premier annual fundraising event, and the organization is looking for travel vouchers, event tickets, unique experiences, […] Read more

Get an up-close look at cutting-edge ag tech

AgSmart runs next summer at Olds College, Aug. 13-14

Farmers will have an opportunity to get an up-close look at cutting-edge ag technology and latest innovations at a new event next summer. AgSmart, which will take place Aug. 13-14 at Olds College, is a partnership between the college and Agri-Trade. “AgSmart isn’t just a trade show, it’s a hands-on demonstration and education exposition focused […] Read more


The Heritage Ranch Rodeo will be held in the evening for the first time in many years. This event features ranchers demonstrating practical skills such as wild cow milking, team sorting, and stray gathering.

Things to know and things to do at Farmfair 2018

The show offers something new or different every year

[UPDATED: Nov. 2, 2018] The 45th Farmfair International — an agricultural show focused on showing and selling top-quality livestock — is set to go at the Edmonton EXPO Centre Nov. 7-11. Every year Farmfair organizers add new events or change the focus of existing ones to better meet the needs of the show’s audience. Here […] Read more

Northern Strands' fall protection system.

‘The ideas keep getting better’ for Agri-Trade’s innovations program

This year’s trio of winners keep you safe, protect your fuel tanks, and prevent spoilage in the bin

One of the highlights of Agri-Trade is the trio of innovative new products chosen by a panel of farmers and business people. “It is always difficult to get it down to three winners — however, this year we reached new heights with the largest amount of applications received for this program since its inception,” said […] Read more


Questions from visitors make “you realize the other things you should be talking about and explaining,” says Andria Carlyon of Triple Lyoness Farm. From left are Briana Carlyon, Derrick Rimmer, Andria, Rod, Janet, and Jessica Carlyon.

Open Farm Days has quickly become an Alberta institution

The event’s popularity has soared, with a twentyfold increase in visitors since its inception six years ago

Farmers are stepping up to the plate to satisfy the growing appetite of Albertans who want to experience agriculture first hand. More than 100 rural operations are on the hosting list for this year’s Alberta Open Farm Days on the Aug. 18-19 weekend. Even those involved in agriculture may be amazed at the variety of […] Read more

Win a trip to national farm business conference

Submit your entry by Oct. 19

Young farmers interested in attending the Agricultural Excellence Conference in November can win an all-expenses-paid trip by entering the ‘Y We Farm’ video contest. Entrants must produce a video, one minute or less, based on the theme, ‘If you could tell a consumer one thing, what would it be?’ Those entering the contest must be […] Read more


CFIA says a proposed new program would adopt a risk-based approach by targeting horses when/if they commingle.

Proposed EIA testing policy yields mixed views

Some fear mandatory testing for equine infectious anemia will be too costly for smaller equine events

New federal rules on horse movement and testing for equine infectious anemia could be challenging for some horse shows. “At that point, we can no longer feasibly budget a show at any kind of venue that would hold a larger group of horses,” said Cain Quam, owner and trainer at Quam Performance Horses in Kendal, Sask. […] Read more



Farmers encouraged to make Agriculture Day meme-able

Canada’s farmers are being urged to make closer connections with the country’s non-farming consumers, in both the real world and cyberspace, as Canada’s Agriculture Day nears. Spearheaded by the year-round industry-backed initiative Agriculture More Than Ever, Canada’s Agriculture Day is set this year for Tuesday (Feb. 13). “It’s a time to showcase all of the […] Read more

New chair Renn Breitkreuz addresses the annual general meeting of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission at FarmTech. The Onoway producer succeeds Greg Sears (shown on the screen in background) while Westlock grower John Guelly steps into vice-chair role. The organization also welcomed two new directors: Andre Harpe of Valhalla Centre replaces Sears in Region 2, while Airdrie producer Ian Chitwood succeeds Steve Marshman in Region 8.

PHOTOS: Scenes from FarmTech

FarmTech may have wrapped up on January 31, but here’s a few things that took place and some faces we thought you might like to see.