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Do More Agriculture’s Lesley Kelly and husband Mathieu are sharing their mental health stories to create a stronger agriculture industry for their sons, Jennings and Copeland.

HEARTFELT: Couple opens up and sparks conversations across farm country

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lesley and Mathieu Kelly knew they were opening themselves up to a backlash when they shared a candid video about mental health problems they’ve faced as a young farm family. They spoke about the stress of farming, of Mathieu’s anxiety, of Lesley’s postpartum depression. And they were right. They were bullied. People online mocked them, […] Read more

A display at Banack's Homestead during Open Farm Days.

Alberta Open Farm Days hosts wanted

Registration deadline is May 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farmers and ranchers are invited to share stories, educate, and expand their markets as hosts for Alberta Open Farm Days, which takes place on Aug. 18-19. Alberta Open Farm Days is a province-wide, two-day event that showcases agriculture, local food, and ag-tourism by inviting the public to come out and directly experience the farm. Alberta […] Read more


The province’s agricultural societies have a rich and long history, but are firmly focused on the future, 
says Tim Carson, the association’s chief executive officer. Pictured here are members of the Lamont and 
District Ag Society accepting a century award at last month’s convention.

Ag societies gearing up for the summer — and beyond

Reading Time: 2 minutes Summer may seem like a long way off but across the province, tens of thousands of volunteers are gearing up for the annual frenzy of festivals and summer events. “All indications from our members are that they’re prepared, ready to go, and do what they normally do for their communities in 2018,” said Tim Carson, […] Read more

Misunderstood hand signals are a source of tension on the farm because they are often invented and not shared.

Temper tantrums: There’s way too much drama on some farms

A Facebook post on hand signals prompted an outpouring of comments 
from farm women subjected to angry tirades

Reading Time: 4 minutes This summer, a young female farmer posted the following message on Facebook: My husband is the worst ever at hand signals. Ten yrs. farming together and I still have no freaking clue what he is trying to signal to me. It would help if he actually used conventional signals and not his own secret signal […] Read more


Trevor Scherman and his father created their drop pan to quickly and easily determine how much grain was being lost out of the back of the combine.

Father-son farmers win Ag Innovation awards

One pair found a better way to unplug the combine, the other a quick way to measure harvest losses

Reading Time: 4 minutes The newest agriculture equipment, services, and technologies — not just in North America, but in the world — are set to hit Red Deer in November. One of the highlights of Agri-Trade is the Ag Innovation awards. “It is always difficult to get it down to three winners,” said Rod Bradshaw, an Innisfail-area crop and […] Read more

Social media, texts, and emails are great but can’t take the place of talking with people face to face, 
says pedigreed seed producer Sarah Hoffmann.

All the iron is still there, but Agri-Trade has a new dimension

There’s still acres of farm equipment to be seen, but also an opportunity to upgrade your personal skill set

Reading Time: 4 minutes When you think of a farm equipment show, a motivational speaker talking about personal development might not spring to mind. But it’s exactly what women who attend Agri-Trade said they wanted to see at the popular Red Deer event. “Attendee surveys brought a strong message that there were a lot of women in agriculture who […] Read more


Prairie grain growers have a big stake in NAFTA talks

Trade deal has produced great benefits and can be made even better

Reading Time: 3 minutes The North American Free Trade Agreement has been a boon for Canadian agricultural producers, facilitating cross-border trade and commerce, and fuelling the economic performance and growth of this highly export-driven sector. It has achieved this mainly through the continued reduction of tariffs on agricultural goods, but also through measures addressing non-tariff trade barriers, sanitary and […] Read more