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Brandt to buy Deere dealership chain Cervus

Regina firm to pay $302 million in all-cash deal

The world’s biggest privately-owned chain of Deere construction and forestry equipment dealerships is set to expand its reach into Deere farm equipment in a major way. Brandt Tractor, the equipment sales arm of the Regina-based Brandt Group, on Monday announced an agreement to buy all of publicly-traded Cervus Equipment Corp. for $19.50 a share, valuing […] Read more

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Brandt buys GeoShack’s Ontario business

Deal makes equipment firm the exclusive Topcon dealer for Canada

Farm, forestry and construction equipment maker Brandt is about to buy itself a lock on the market for Topcon GPS equipment in Canada. The Regina-based Brandt Group announced Wednesday it has reached a deal to buy the assets of GeoShack Canada Co. and the Canadian assets of Inteq Distributors, both owned by Dallas-based Ultara Holdings. […] Read more


Elm pruning ban over until March

Elm pruning ban over until March

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s now time “to start taking the dead wood out of your elm trees,” says Janet Feddes-Calpas, executive director, Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED). The only time it is legal to prune elms in Alberta is between Oct. 1 and March 31. “This is when the elm bark beetles, responsible for spreading the […] Read more

Will Vohs has sawmilled timbers as large as 12x12 inch from his woodlot. Rather than converting all his land to pasture, he kept a half section as a woodlot, and is now reaping the benefits of an extra income by sawing custom wood products.

Timber is a winner for Caroline cattle producer

Custom milling trees from his woodlot pays better than just selling raw logs, says Will Vohs

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cruise the countryside in certain parts of Alberta, and there are bright-yellow signs stapled to power poles advertising that someone is ‘Looking For Wood.’ After reading what Caroline-area farmer Will Vohs has discovered, landowners may want to think twice before signing over their woodlots too quickly. That’s because Vohs says he can manufacture a 12-inch […] Read more


Time to get the dead wood out

Reading Time: < 1 minute The annual elm-pruning ban is over until March 31, so it’s time to remove dead wood that can attract elm bark beetles, says the Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED). The beetles breed and overwinter in dead and dying elms but trees can’t be pruned between April 1 and Sept. 30 because the pests […] Read more

Many of the wooden corrals, gateposts, and log homes in the foothills west of Calgary were supplied by 
Brooks Sawmill near Cochrane. The family business has been in operation for nearly 100 years.

Family sawmill a link to the pioneer days of Alberta

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s well known that the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Revenant” was filmed in southern Alberta. What’s not is that a lot of building materials used to create the West of 1820s came from the Brooks Sawmill near Cochrane. The film is one of several westerns the sawmill has supplied among its highly eclectic client list. […] Read more


For some woodlot owners, turning logs into boards is a hobby. Those seeking a winter source of income should invest in more expensive sawmills needed for higher volumes of production.

Thinking of buying a sawmill?

Kerf, daily production, and whether you want to saw lumber at the harvesting site are some of the key factors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Woodlot and acreage owners wanting some lumber cut can either pay someone to custom mill their trees or buy a sawmill and do it themselves. “If it’s the latter, there are several things to consider before buying,” said provincial bioenergy/agroforestry specialist Toso Bozic. “These include the size of your operation, the sawmill type you buy, […] Read more

There are a lot more choices of trees for your farmyard than you might think, says provincial agroforestry expert Toso Bozic.

Expert offers some tips for planting trees in the fall

Take a look in town for different species that can survive Alberta winters

Reading Time: 2 minutes You can plant trees in spring, but fall planting has its advantages because there is more moisture in the soil and higher humidity. “This gives the root system a better chance to get established so it can be ready to get growing earlier in spring,” said provincial agroforestry specialist Toso Bozic. In early spring, the […] Read more


Oneil Carlier, shown here in an NDP video posted May 5 on YouTube, is Alberta’s new minister for agriculture, forestry and rural development. (YouTube.com)

Alberta NDP taps ex-AAFC staffer as ag minister

A former technician with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been named as the Alberta New Democrats’ first minister of agriculture, forestry and rural development. Premier Rachel Notley on Sunday named Whitecourt-Ste. Anne MLA Oneil Carlier to the now-expanded portfolio, which takes over responsibility for forestry from the department of environment and sustainable resource development. Including Notley […] Read more

Alan McIsaac, shown here last month visiting Charlottetown’s St. Jean Elementary School in his role as minister of education and early childhood development, now leads a reorganized ministry of agriculture and fisheries. (Brian Simpson photo courtesy Government of P.E.I.)

P.E.I. farms and fisheries ministries merge

A reorganization of Prince Edward Island’s government departments will see agriculture split from forestry and instead paired with fisheries. Having returned to office in the May 4 election, Premier Wade MacLauchlan on Wednesday announced his new cabinet, appointing former education and transportation minister Alan McIsaac as minister of agriculture and fisheries. As the agriculture and […] Read more