Seneca Valley Virus growing problem in U.S.

Seneca Valley Virus, an illness in pigs, is on the rise in parts of the United States, and that should put Canadian hog producers on alert. Dr. Julia Keenliside, veterinary epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture, said the U.S. reported 200 cases of SVV in 2015, but in 2017 there were 300 cases reported in Wisconsin alone. […] Read more

Sheep researchers ask for deer poop

Do deer defecate in the woods? Yes, and they also do it on other parts of the landscape. When they do, researchers want some of the material. A study underway at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine is aimed at learning about gastro-intestinal parasite diversity in Alberta’s deer. Researchers intend to compare parasite […] Read more

Alta.’s United Conservative Party names ag critic

The new leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, Jason Kenney, has wasted no time since winning the job Oct. 28 with 61 percent of the membership vote Oct. 28. Kenney today announced the list of critics “who will hold the Notley NDP government to account, and stand up for Albertans under attack from the Trudeau […] Read more

Ranch operations hit by TB likely to see added tax deferrals

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Alberta and Saskatchewan ranchers affected by the discovery and investigation of bovine tuberculosis last year are likely to see an improved set of income tax deferrals. About 11,500 cattle were destroyed as part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s investigation and control measures and owners of those cattle received compensation. About […] Read more

Wind storm, wildfire aftermath in Alberta

Some evacuation orders remain in place at Coleman, Alta., where a wildfire continues to burn west of the Crowsnest Pass municipality and is still under a state of local emergency. Three other Alberta municipalities – Wheatland County, Medicine Hat and Acadia – ended their emergency declarations last night after high winds abated and wildfires had […] Read more

Minimum wage rises in Alberta

Alberta’s minimum wage rose to $13.60 from $12.20 per hour Oct. 1, the latest incremental increase as the provincial government moves toward a $15 per hour minimum wage by Oct. 1, 2018. Alberta now has the highest minimum wage in Canada. “All hard-working people deserve to earn enough money to support themselves and their families,” […] Read more

Work starts on Lethbridge potato plant

The sod was officially turned Sept. 18 on the $360 million Cavendish Farms potato processing plant in Lethbridge. Initially announced in December 2016, the plant represents the largest private investment in the city’s history. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley joined Cavendish Farms President Robert K. Irving to hold shovels signifying construction start, accompanied by Agriculture Minister […] Read more

Bison Hump Day declared in U.S.

BIG SKY, Mont. — There’s meatless Monday and taco Tuesday, and now Wednesday has its own promotion. Bison Hump Day was announced here today during the International Bison Conference in front of more than 575 bison producers. Dave Carter, executive director for the National Bison Association, said the declaration is a way to further promote […] Read more

Alta.’s conservative parties to try a merger

Alberta’s Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties have inked plans to form one party, at this point called the United Conservative Party with the goal of defeating the NDP government in the next provincial election. At a news conference yesterday, Wildrose leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney signed an agreement in principal to […] Read more

Alberta announces solar project for Lethbridge

St. Patrick’s day, with its signature colour of green, is an ideal time to make an announcement about greener energy, quipped Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman. He was on hand March 17 to hear Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips announce plans to erect solar panels at the Farm Stewardship Centre, which is a government building. The […] Read more