GFM Network News


No Prairie farm fuel shortages expected in pandemic

Continuity plans in place to keep fuel moving

Prairie farmers shouldn’t see a disruption to their farm fuel distribution as a result of COVID-19 safety measures. “Our members are committed to minimizing disruptions to the Canadian fuel supply as a result of the pandemic response,” Canadian Fuels Association spokesperson Jason Vaillant said in an email. “Our members are working tirelessly to maintain operations […] Read more

Celebrate Farmer’s Day on June 8

At one time Alberta children got to stay home from school on the second Friday in June to celebrate Farmer’s Day. Kevin Hoppins, chairman of the UFA board, remembers those days fondly, but often wondered, “Why my urban classmates also got the day off school as this was Farmer’s Day?” “On our farm, having a […] Read more


CHS sells stake in Bridgeland input venture to UFA

On the heels of its move to sell its wholly-owned crop input stores in Alberta and Saskatchewan, U.S. ag co-operative CHS is selling its remaining Alberta ag retail asset. Alberta farmer co-op UFA (United Farmers of Alberta) announced Tuesday it’s buying CHS’s interest in the two firms’ joint ag retail venture, Bridgeland Limited Partnership, for […] Read more

UFA to shut down outdoor outfitter business

Alberta farmers’ co-operative UFA is set to get out of an “increasingly competitive” space in the retail sector by closing its outdoor supply chain Wholesale Sports. The co-operative, which bought what was then a seven-store chain in 2008, announced Thursday it would start inventory liquidation sales Friday at all 12 of its remaining Wholesale Sports […] Read more


Two new members on UFA board

Cattle producers Patricia Henderson and Cindy Bjorklund have been elected to the board of UFA. Henderson helped operate her family’s purebred cattle operation in central Alberta and had a small cow herd near Cochrane with her husband. Bjorklund is a lifelong cattle producer and has been a small business owner. Jim Laverick and James Bettcher […] Read more

Alta., U.S. ag co-ops partner on fertilizer plant

The Canadian arm of U.S. farm, fuel and agrifood co-op CHS is moving to expand its stake in Alberta’s ag input retail market, this time partnering with one of Canada’s top ag co-ops. CHS Canada and Alberta’s UFA announced a partnership deal Wednesday for a seed and crop input retail operation, plus agronomic and advisory […] Read more