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Cattle price insurance premiums up from last year

Cattle price insurance premiums up from last year

Increased volatility in the CME cattle futures market makes it more expensive to protect prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cattle price insurance for the 2016 calf crop is now available from Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) until May 31, 2016 at a little higher cost than the same time last year. Bruce Viney, risk management specialist at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says the higher premiums directly reflect a higher level of risk and volatility. […] Read more

Family donates $100,000 for heavy equipment bay

Reading Time: < 1 minute A family-owned and -operated farming and custom harvesting business has given $100,000 to establish a heavy equipment bay at Lethbridge College. Taylor Harvesting Ltd. has operated out of southern Alberta for 30 years. “My son, Darren and I are both alumni of the college and agree that Lethbridge College provides hands-on training, teaches business skills, […] Read more


cattle grazing

Help for managing risk in cattle operations

Modules will range from financial literacy and market cycles to currency and market dynamics


Reading Time: 1 minute Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association has partnered with Lethbridge College to develop a business-risk management curriculum. The programming, available in class, online or in a blended format, will start in fall 2015 as part of the Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Program. “Developing this important curriculum with ACFA and other producer groups will ensure that we are […] Read more

Lethbridge College to set up farm BRM curriculum

One of the first initiatives to be set up in Lethbridge College’s new agribusiness program will be a business risk management curriculum, drafted in a new partnership with the province’s cattle feeders association. The college and Alberta Cattle Feeders Association announced Wednesday they’ll jointly develop programming to be “offered in a variety of delivery modes […] Read more


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Record gift boosts irrigation program at Lethbridge College

Gift of $3.1 million from the estate of Lloyd and Dorothy Mueller to fund irrigation program and research chair

Reading Time: 2 minutes Agricultural programming at Lethbridge College will benefit from a record-setting $3.1-million gift from a family whose Alberta roots go back to the province’s earliest days. The gift from the estate of Lloyd and Dorothy Mueller will be supplemented with $1.9 million from the college to establish the Mueller Program in Irrigation and the Mueller Applied […] Read more

Cor Van Raay

Multimillion-dollar gift for ag-business program

Reading Time: < 1 minute One of southern Alberta’s most prominent farm entrepreneurs has donated $5 million to establish an agribusiness program at the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Cor Van Raay and his late wife, Christine, settled in the Iron Springs area of southern Alberta in the early 1960s, purchasing a half section of cropland and later adding […] Read more