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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

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

“It’s up to the industry as to how we want to continue funding. Do we see value in Cigi and is there enough value to keep funding it or is there some other model?

Sylvan Lake farmer joins Cigi board at a critical time

Kevin Bender’s new role will involve sorting out funding and trade issues

UPDATED: Aug. 3, 2016 – Governance, trace residues, and falling gluten strength. Those are among the issues Kevin Bender wants to tackle in his latest off-farm role. The grain grower from the Sylvan Lake/Bentley area — already vice-chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission and its representative on Cereals Canada — joined the board of the […] Read more


Kevin Ziola used ALUS funding to create year-round watering systems he uses to help conserve 
the creek/wetlands on his operation near Sylvan Lake.

Doing the right thing — and getting paid for it

ALUS program shares 
cost of stewardship projects with farmers

Like most farmers, Kevin Ziola wants to be a good steward of the land — but it’s been tough for the third-generation farmer to balance his conservation efforts with his bottom line. “As a cattle farmer, I believe it’s important to work with nature, not against it,” said Ziola, who runs 200 head of cattle […] Read more



Allison and Mike Ammeter, pictured on their Sylvan Lake farm, are likely the first Canadian farm couple to each chair a provincial crop commission.

It’s a family affair: Two commission chairs in one household

Allison Ammeter is the new chair of Alberta Pulse Growers and her husband Mike 
fills the same role for the Alberta Barley Commission

They don’t keep records on these sorts of things, but Allison and Mike Ammeter are likely the first Canadian farm couple to each chair a provincial crop commission. Allison became chair of Alberta Pulse Growers at the organization’s annual general meeting at FarmTech, six weeks after Mike became chair of the Alberta Barley Commission. The […] Read more

The 116 flags flying along Highway 11 outside of Sylvan Lake are in remembrance of 116,000 Canadian war dead from 1900 to 2014.

Flags of Remembrance fly in central Alberta

A tribute to Canada’s war dead 
gains national attention

In the brisk October air of early morning on a dark highway in central Alberta, a quiet group of men and women stood sentinel alongside 116 Canadian flags waving in the breeze. And as the clock struck 8 on Oct. 29 — exactly one week after the tragic shooting of a soldier in our nation’s […] Read more


Hundreds of people paraded through Sylvan Lake as part of the Kraft Hockeyville festivities.

Community pride the true legacy of Hockeyville win

Reporter's Notebook

Well, that doesn’t suck.” With that, Jared Waldo wryly summed up the feelings of more than a thousand screaming Sylvan Lake supporters as they celebrated the town being named 2014’s Kraft Hockeyville. When the roof of the town’s arena collapsed this winter, Waldo and friend Kevin Putnam nominated their hometown for the contest and the […] Read more

Sylvan Lake town councillors flash the ‘we’re No. 1’ sign. From (l to r): Dale Plante, Matt Prete, Megan Chernoff, Mayor Sean McIntyre, Graham Parsons, Chris Lust, and Jas Payne.

Sylvan Lake one step closer to Hockeyville title

Alberta town received 1.5 million votes in the penultimate round of 
voting and has already earned $100,000 in prize money

Nearly 800 raucous hockey fans crowded into Sylvan Lake’s community centre on March 22 to learn if their efforts to vote the central Alberta town into the Kraft Hockeyville finals had paid off. They weren’t disappointed. “When the announcement (that Sylvan was in the final two) was made, it was pretty loud,” said Jared Waldo, […] Read more


Sylvan Lake’s arena following a roof collapse on January 20. 


Sylvan Lake aiming for Hockeyville crown

Roof collapse of old arena has sparked an outpouring 
of support for community’s Hockeyville drive

When heavy snow collapsed the roof of Sylvan Lake’s 40-year-old arena this winter, Jared Waldo and Kevin Putnam saw it as a “timely” sign to enter the town in Kraft’s annual Hockeyville contest. “It’s something that a lot of people in Sylvan have talked about for a few years,” said Waldo. “But if ever there […] Read more