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The Fort Saskatchewan sheep project allows people of all ages to interact with the sheep.

Shepherds (really) wanted

Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. is seeking shepherds' services for its unique tourist attraction

Fort Saskatchewan is looking for some new shepherds, as Kathy and Ralph Playton are hanging up their shepherd’s crooks. The Alberta city inadvertently created its very popular tourist attraction nearly three decades ago. “In 1992, the railroad moved out of town and it left a huge space of land that was very difficult to mow […] Read more

U.S. trader Lansing takes bigger stake in Providence

Prairie grain handler Providence Grain Group is set to add some merchandising bench strength as its silent partner takes a bigger stake. Kansas-based Lansing Trade Group, which maintains grain trading desks in Western Canada, announced in late March it will increase its stake in Alberta-based Providence Grain to 38 per cent, up from about 12 […] Read more


Cargill’s new facility near Camrose, which opened this summer, is the province’s newest canola-crushing plant. But more could be on the way.

A golden future? Trade deal could see more canola crushing here

Canola producers who farm close to crush plants can get premiums, 
but it can mean more trucking costs

Canadian canola producers are poised to crush the Asian canola oil market if the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is implemented. “The immediate benefit in the next five years is going to be that the tariffs on canola oil going into Japan are going to drop from 15 per cent to zero,” said Ward Toma, general […] Read more

Kathy Playdon, a shepherd from near Stony Plain, has been grazing her sheep in Fort Saskatchewan since 1992.

Not a baa-d idea: Sheep to replace lawn mowers in Edmonton cemetery

Lawn-munching sheep have become an institution — and tourist attraction — in Fort Saskatchewan

If Brian McDonald’s vision comes to fruition this year, St. Stephen’s Cemetery in north Edmonton will be maintained by four-legged, woolly grass eaters instead of lawn mowers. McDonald, sales manager for the cemetery, wants to use sheep to graze part of the 40-acre burial ground. “We have to do quite a bit of maintenance on […] Read more