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Critical thinking and mutual respect are the bedrock of successful, free societies. We don’t have to agree all the time, just understand when we can, and ways to get around when we can’t.

Level-headed thinking — not unbridled anger — builds prosperity

The U.S. situation is a lesson on what happens when people can no longer see other points of view

Reading Time: 2 minutes Our closest, most important social and economic neighbour is having a rough time right now. As Canadians and members of the agriculture sector, we need to pay closer attention to it. That doesn’t mean speculating on how we might be economically impacted either. We need to watch the United States and learn what happens when […] Read more

The rollback of the minor wage increase deservedly given to grocery store staff during the pandemic is only a recent example of ongoing cultural destruction.

Temper tantrums aren’t just someone having a bad day

It may seem like someone has a short fuse but there’s 
usually a long list of reasons behind a blowup

Reading Time: 3 minutes A conflict in itself is often not the root of the problem. I waited in a return line as the person in front of me argued about her bill. The staff person was unable to respond in a way that was satisfactory and the customer started shouting. Management was called and the young staff member […] Read more


There was barely room on the access road to Western Tractor’s Taber location for all of the vehicles lined up for the Fry Day fundraiser.

Want a great big show of community spirit with that?

‘Fry Day’ fundraiser keeps medevac service in the air — and gives community a chance to show its generous spirit


Reading Time: 4 minutes They figured their fundraising goal was hugely ambitious — but boy were they wrong. “As I pulled into the dealership at 7:30, there were cars lined up already, and we weren’t starting until 9,” said Steven Dyck, president of Western Tractor. “It was literally to the point where they were lined up down the highways. […] Read more

Something special is created when we choose to share our lives with animals.

Our animals give us such a precious gift

We have something very special when we share our lives with companion and food animals

Reading Time: 3 minutes I was visiting with a friend who has had a rough life. His mother and dad worked hard to provide, but they did not know how to love each other or their children. Babies were not rocked or held, and little ones were on their own. There was never a goodnight kiss, a story, a […] Read more


'When I felt alone, it was because I did not know how to let the fellowship and love of others in so that I could feel profound joy.' – Brenda Schoepp

Getting past the walls that we build around ourselves

Our lives change in profound ways when we reach out to others — and let them reach out to us

Reading Time: 3 minutes I am flipping through the photos of this past year. It has been an amazing time for me. Blessed at every juncture, I have been filled with light and love and pure joy. Despite huge and heartbreaking challenges, each day was worthy of this page, each moment a cherished memory. It was a lovely meshing […] Read more

Brenda Schoepp (l) and Jennifer Blair each took home an award at the recent Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference.

Double win for Alberta Farmer writers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Farmer columnist Brenda Schoepp and reporter Jennifer Blair have been honoured at the country’s premier agricultural journalism awards program. Schoepp won silver in the Press Column category for Temper Tantrums: There’s way too much drama on some farms, which ran in the Nov. 6, 2017 edition of the paper. Blair, a multiple past winner, […] Read more


Everything is under a blanket of snow right now, but gardeners are already dreaming of spring.

Hoe, hoe, hoe — guess what gardeners want from Santa?

Here are some gift ideas for folks with green thumbs

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s a long way off to gardening season, but Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has several publications that might be a perfect fit for the gardener on your Christmas list. Alberta Yards and Gardens ($15): unbiased information on selecting ornamental trees and shrubs, lawns, small fruits and berries, flowers, vegetables, herbs and even water plants. The […] Read more

An act of kindness fills the human spirit and ripples outward

They often come out of nowhere and when they are most needed — and their power to uplift is deep and strong

Reading Time: 3 minutes It was the usual day. Get up early, study the markets, check on the cattle, fix fence, make a sandwich, and then go out and do it all again. Going to town or taking time to do things in the home were privileges, stretched out on the horizon and always seemingly days or months away. […] Read more



A letter to a mother from a very grateful daughter

In ways great and small, we learn to live, laugh, and persevere through the example of those who inspire us

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dear Mom, I am so proud to say that my strength of character comes from you. It must have been so overwhelming to lose your own mother at an early age. I know you worked hard at university, only to leave your profession once you married a farmer. From the city you moved to rural […] Read more