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Nationally, farm net cash income was $12.95 billion, up six per cent overall

Not the best of times, but farm income rose in 2019

After a big drop two years ago, net income rose last year — and cannabis became a major crop

Alberta farm income more than doubled last year. But it’s not as good as it sounds, even if you have been indulging in some of what is suddenly the province’s third-largest cash crop. Net farm income in Alberta in 2019 was just north of $671 million — which is well above the 2018 figure of […] Read more

High-profile ag committee to advise province

The UCP government has set up a number of advisory groups with high-profile members, including the Economic Recovery Council that includes former prime minister Stephen Harper among its members. The newest advisory panel is called the Champions of Agriculture. The group will provide “strategic advice and recommendations on emerging issues and priorities related to consumer […] Read more


Plant shutdowns because of COVID-19 have greatly reduced processing and threaten to leave producers with nowhere to sell their pigs.

Producers need $35 a hog immediately, says Alberta Pork

Sector facing losses of $675 million and ‘desperately needs a lifeline’ in the face of plunging prices

Alberta’s pork producers need government aid of $35 a head just to keep their heads above water in the short term, say industry officials. “The hog industry desperately needs a lifeline,” said Alberta Pork chair Brent Moen. “Our producers are drowning in a sea of red ink, and we have our federal and provincial bureaucrats […] Read more

The cattle sector is threatened and needs quick action from government to help it deal with the fallout from the pandemic, says Alberta Beef Producers.

Cattle ranchers urged to lobby their MLAs for quick action

Reduced slaughter means cattle sector needs immediate changes to support programs, says ABP

Alberta Beef Producers is urging its members to write their MLA and ask that they strongly push for additional assistance for the cattle sector following the temporary shutdown of Cargill’s High River beef plant. A form letter prepared by the organization states that “with time, this closure will also impact Canadian’s access to beef and […] Read more


The new agency’s mandate is to focus on research that produces direct benefits for farmers.

Province announces new ag research agency

The new Results Driven Agriculture Research will fund both pure and applied research for the crop and livestock sectors in Alberta

It’s back to the future for ag research in Alberta. After holding a series of consultations across the province as well as an online survey, the provincial government has created a new organization that “takes the best parts of previous research models.” That’s a reference to two former agencies — the Alberta Livestock and Meat […] Read more

Alberta agriculture minister Devin Dreeshen.

Make food supply chain an essential service, says Alberta’s ag minister

Things are working well and there is no need for hoarding or panic buying, says Devin Dreeshen

Alberta’s food supply chain is stable and is functioning — but it’s essential to keep goods flowing across the U.S. border,  says the province’s agriculture minister. “We have put in an official request to the federal government to deem the entire food supply chain as an essential service to ensure a safe and stable food […] Read more


The Ag-Info Centre, with its familiar toll-free number, has long pitched itself as the go-to resource for farmers and ranchers. But the province now says it
will refer producers “to organizations that are better positioned to answer” their questions.

Staff laid off at the Ag-Info Centre

Livestock and crop specialists have lost their jobs but province says farmers will be able to get the info they need

Eight specialists at the Ag-Info Centre in Stettler have been laid off in the latest round of staff cuts at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. But the provincial government says farmers won’t be affected. There was no public announcement of the layoffs, but the province did send letters to crop and livestock associations as well as […] Read more

The new provincial workplace safety law for farms is now in effect but even if you have just one paid, non-family employee, the Occupational Health and Safety Act still applies.

What does the new farm safety law mean on your farm?

There are more options under Farm Freedom and Safety Act but farm employers have the same basic obligations

The Farm Freedom and Safety Act doesn’t give producers freedom from making sure their employees make it home safe and sound at the end of every work day. That’s the gist of a new campaign by AgSafe Alberta, which is trying to correct a misconception that Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws don’t apply to […] Read more


Alberta farm groups propose new research model

A ‘white paper’ by crop and livestock groups calls for a new way of doing things

The provincial government should “play a role” but needs to work closely with the ag sector to develop a new research funding model, say Alberta farm groups. “Both Agriculture Minister (Devin) Dreeshen and Premier (Jason) Kenney have been vocal about the need to put research back in the hands of producers,” Alberta Wheat and Alberta […] Read more

Producers Christi Friesen (left) and Josefine Bartlett with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland (centre) at a meeting in Peace River on Jan. 8.

Peace River farmers host local girl — the deputy prime minister

Chrystia Freeland now lives in Toronto but agreed to meet with producers during a trip to visit family

A group of Peace Country farmers had a meeting with a special guest earlier this month — the so-called ‘minister for almost everything’ who has become Justin Trudeau’s top lieutenant in his minority government. But up in the Peace, many know Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland as Don’s daughter and that sparked the idea for […] Read more