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Alberta UCP’s trade critic named ag minister

Alberta’s new premier has tapped a not-quite-rookie MLA with experience in farming, farm policy and U.S. politics as his new minister of agriculture and forestry. Jason Kenney, sworn in Tuesday as premier, named Devin Dreeshen, the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake since last July, to handle the ag and forestry file. Dreeshen came to the UCP’s […] Read more

GrainsConnect Canada’s new elevator in Huxley will be similar to this one under construction in Maymont, Sask.

Global grain companies like what they see in central Alberta

GrainsConnect Canada is building a new $30-million elevator at Huxley 
while Agrocorp is expanding its Innisfail operation

The investment in Alberta grains sector continues. GrainsConnect Canada has announced its second elevator for the province while Agrocorp Processing is moving ahead with a $6.5-million expansion of its local grain- and pulse-handling facility. “What we are actually doing is building a new plant beside the old one,” said Colin Topham, Agrocorp’s managing director, adding […] Read more


By learning from other ‘agri-tainment’ operators, Leona and Blaine Staples have 
turned the family farm into a bustling and ever-expanding enterprise.

Harvesting good ideas from farmers across North America

During this busy summer’s growing season at The Jungle Farm, Blaine and Leona Staples also found themselves harvesting good ideas from a winter business trip. Their U-pick, greenhouse, strawberry patch, market garden, and ‘agri-tainment’ operation near Innisfail has been constantly expanding since the couple came back to her family’s farm in 1996. A half-acre of […] Read more

Agriculture and rodeo are a way of life for her family, says Rayel Daines, shown here with her go-to horse Rev.

The tradition continues for famous Innisfail rodeo family

20-year-old cowgirl credits father as her mentor, a former pro calf roper

Growing up with the last name Daines in the town of Innisfail leaves a person with big boots to fill. With legends like Jack, Ivan, and Duane Daines (just to name a few) on your family tree, there is little doubt that a passion for agriculture and rodeo should run in your blood. That’s certainly […] Read more


Australian soil scientist Christine Jones had some complex slides but a simple message — photosynthesis 
creates soil.

Scientist says plants — not soil — are the building blocks of life

Australian soil scientist Christine Jones challenges conventional thinking 
by arguing microbes and fungi are the key to soil health

Though many claim that soil is the building block of life, Christine Jones has a different approach. “It’s not the soil that is the building block of life. It’s the plants,” the internationally acclaimed soil scientist and agricultural consultant said at a sold-out appearance in Olds. The Australian also drew a large crowd in Rycroft, […] Read more