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There are lots of learning opportunities being offered online but chatting with other farmers is also key, says Steve Kenyon.

Stuck on the farm doesn’t mean getting stuck in a rut

Online conferences definitely have drawbacks, but farmers still need to ‘stay ahead of the game’

Reading Time: 5 minutes Most every winter, Alberta farmers find themselves hitting the highways to get the latest and greatest in learning at farm conferences and meetings. This year, though, they’re covering that ground on the information superhighway instead. “Normally as a farmer, I’m attending events in the summer and wintertime, and this year, I didn’t get to experience […] Read more

Alberta Beef Industry Conference cancelled

Alberta Beef Industry Conference cancelled

Reading Time: < 1 minute Organizers of the Alberta Beef Industry Conference have “made the difficult decision to postpone its annual in-person event until March 2022 given the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has created.” The 17-year-old event is one of the country’s largest beef conventions and trade shows. The decision to cancel it “did not come lightly” but the safety […] Read more


Online voting is just one of the changes Alberta’s crop commissions have made to their yearly regional meetings and annual general meetings.

We’ll meet again — but not likely in person for a while

This year’s round of meetings will be mostly virtual but commissions hope producers stay involved

Reading Time: 3 minutes The fall meeting season hasn’t fallen by the wayside, but it will be very different. “We haven’t done any in-person events since the pandemic started, and we will not be doing any in-person events until at least February or March 2021,” said Rick Taillieu, manager of grower relations and extension for Alberta Canola. “Along the […] Read more

Agri-Trade organizers cancel event for this year

Agri-Trade organizers cancel event for this year

Reading Time: < 1 minute In the end, holding Agri-Trade this year was just too steep a hill to climb. Organizers of the Red Deer equipment expo say even though they felt they could meet provincial guidelines for holding the Nov. 11-13 event they “felt had no choice but to cancel the show.” The deciding factor was policies restricting travel […] Read more



Lots on offer at agronomy update in New Year

Lots on offer at agronomy update in New Year

Reading Time: < 1 minute Registration is now open for Agronomy Update 2020, which runs from Jan. 7-8 in Red Deer. True to its name, the conference features a host of presentations — most 20 to 30 minutes long — on a wide range of agronomy issues. While the speaker lineup is still being confirmed, presentations will cover diseases in […] Read more


Kicking tires on shiny new iron is a favourite pastime at Agri-Trade.

Less is proving to be more at Agri-Trade Equipment Expo

The change to a three-day format proved to be a success as the show continues to hit the high notes

Reading Time: 3 minutes It was a major change, but Agri-Trade’s switch to a three-day format proved to be a success. “That was a real positive move,” said Dave Fiddler, manager of the Red Deer ag equipment expo. The move to a three-day format (from four previously) was exhibitor driven, with most wanting to be away from home for […] Read more

A HydraGEN unit reduces carbon emissions from diesel engines while boosting fuel efficiency, says its maker.

The heat is on for innovation award contestants at Agri-Trade

The Red Deer show is using a ‘Dragons’ Den’ approach to pick the winner of its Ag Innovation award

Reading Time: 4 minutes Showcasing agriculture innovations has long been one of Agri-Trade’s priorities. But this year, it’s upping its game — and making the contenders for its Ag Innovation award do the same. Organizers of the Red Deer ag equipment expo will give $20,000 to a company that not only has a creative product or service that benefits […] Read more


Prairie cereals summit coming in December

Prairie cereals summit coming in December

Event takes place Dec. 11-12

Reading Time: < 1 minute The second annual Prairie Cereals Summit will take place Dec. 11-12, 2019 at the Banff Springs Hotel. The event, put on by Alberta Barley and Alberta Wheat, will feature a presentation on international trade by former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day. As well, former CropLife CEO Ted Menzies will discuss the creation of an agricultural […] Read more

Ag in Motion attendees take in the popular demonstration area at Ag in Motion 2019.  Photo: Greg Berg

Ag in Motion continues to grow in fifth anniversary year

In its fifth anniversary year, Ag in Motion welcomed 30,474 attendees through the gates and featured 552 exhibitors. Wednesday, July 17 was the biggest day on record for the show in its five-year history, with attendance reaching 12,660. “The show just continues to grow,” says Show Director Rob O’Connor. “We’re up to 552 exhibitors – […] Read more