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The Working Well program has several videos and numerous fact sheets on caring for well water, but thousands of Albertans have attended one of its many workshops over the past decade.

Popular Working Well program launches new season

A new season of Working Well workshops gets underway this month. Since it was launched in 2008, there have been 254 workshops on how to properly care for water wells and protect groundwater resources. More than 6,900 people in 172 different communities have taken the workshops, which are put on by several provincial departments and […] Read more

Clubroot experts gather in Edmonton

A gathering of global clubroot experts will focus on creating a co-ordinated, cutting-edge approach to combating the soil-borne disease impacting canola growers. “With clubroot spreading across the Prairie provinces, varietal resistance breaking down and new pathotypes being identified, now is the time for a unified, collaborative approach to exchanging key insights and leading-edge ideas on […] Read more


Cherries and berries workshop

Workshop at Olds College, register by Feb. 14

Sour cherries and haskap are excellent fruit crops to grow in Alberta, with lots of potential markets for these tasty berries. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has organized a full-day workshop in Olds on all aspects of growing these crops, from planting to harvest. Participants will receive information on varietal selection, establishment, maintenance, and harvest of […] Read more

Workshops ask, are you really making money?

Selling at a farmers’ market or direct to customers is one thing, doing it profitably is another. To help producers with that challenge, Alberta Agriculture is hosting a pair of “Pricing Principles: Moving to Retail” workshops. The workshops will be held on Jan. 18 at the Agriculture Centre in Airdrie and on Jan. 30 at […] Read more


Workshop on strategic leadership

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is again offering a full-day Strategic Leadership Workshop with Brynn Winegard on Nov. 23, 2017, at the Agriculture Business Centre in Leduc. His presentation focuses on leadership and key issues facing leaders. Before the workshop, participants will receive an assignment to familiarize themselves with the framework and to get them thinking […] Read more

‘Build your cow herd’ workshops on tap

Workshops begin Oct. 23 and run to early November across Alberta

Wondering how to use genomics, deal with lower-quality feed, or about health issues faced by cattle producers in your area? Then you may want to attend one of 10 workshops being held across Alberta in late October and early November. The ‘Tools to build your cow herd’ workshops are being put on by Alberta Agriculture […] Read more


Why every business should have a story

Workshops to be held in Stony Plain, March 16 and Airdrie, April 19

Alberta Agriculture is hosting hands-on workshops called ‘Marketing Essentials: Telling Your Story’ to give participants strategies to drive sales, develop a unique brand and build customer loyalty. “Today’s business leaders use storytelling to engage staff and connect to their customers and suppliers,” said Cindy Cuthbert, a project co-ordinator with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Interesting stories […] Read more

Learn the ins and outs of shelf life

Workshops scheduled for Jan. 10 and April 11

The Troubleshooting Shelf Life workshop takes place Jan. 10 in Lacombe and April 11 in Airdrie. The workshop is aimed at producers who sell at farmers markets or directly to consumers and “who want to understand food quality issues and how to determine the shelf life of food products.” Topics include defining what food quality […] Read more


Learning how to get more done faster

Interested in learning how to save time and money while increasing productivity and profitability? If so, the Closing the Gap: Creating a More Profitable Business workshop may be what you need. Attendees get two full-day workshops (on topics such as how to incorporate the latest technology and create a culture of continuous improvement), a one-day […] Read more

Alberta beekeeping workshops set to begin

The province is putting on four beginner beekeeping workshops, two intermediate ones, and two on farm food safety and biosecurity workshops. “These workshops are designed for new entrants as well as experienced beekeepers by providing up-to-date information on better management practices from start to setup,” he says. Workshop speakers include provincial apiculturist Medhat Nasr, apiculture […] Read more