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Alta. to rev up rural transportation

The lack of rural transit in the province has been a long-standing issue, but now the government is taking action

The tide is changing for rural transportation in Alberta. More communities are set to offer new or improved regional transit systems, a service badly needed for people requiring medical care or others who don’t drive. The province is expected to announce a program in the next few months that will help fund municipalities to either […] Read more


Limousin breeders build sound reputation

Kelly and Jeff Yorga won big recently at a major livestock show, but they say their commercial success is what counts

FLINTOFT, Sask. — Success in the show ring is great, but success in the sale ring and ultimately calves on the ground are what drive Limousin breeders Kelly and Jeff Yorga. The father and son team’s most recent experience with the first came at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January with their […] Read more


Winter means time to turn to comfort foods

As we gently slide through our Canadian winter, tune in to your food cravings. Many of us adapt to the temperatures we are living in, and right now we want warm comfort food with lots of flavour and spice. Bacon pickle fries An interesting “face cringing” appetizer. 12 pickle spears 12 12 strips of bacon […] Read more



Alberta family makes environmental land donation

Nancy Ferrier left the 1,467 acre property in her will to the Nature Conservancy of Canada; her family had owned it since 1904

A 1,467-acre property along Gough Lake in central Alberta is now a conservation site under the auspices of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The property was donated by the late Agnes Isabelle Ferrier, known as Nancy, who passed away in 2015 and willed it to the NCC. The donation was officially announced Feb. 2, coinciding […] Read more




Meat price main issue for buyers

SASKATOON — If a consumer panel at the recent provincial beef conference is truly representative, meat buyers look at cost above anything else when deciding what to buy. The panel of six, four women and two men, all said they had cut back on meat purchases in the last couple of years. When asked when, […] Read more


Women moving onto ag boards

The Alberta Wheat Commission elected its first female director at the FarmTech conference in Edmonton last week, a change that suggests the needle has moved slightly to get more women on ag boards. The topic of diversifying boards was raised multiple times at the annual conference held Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. There was a […] Read more


Sask. ranch learns from adversity

CORONACH, Sask. — The Elders’ purebred Charolais have garnered their share of slaps and banners in the show ring. “This year at (Canadian Western) Agribition in 2017, we won the Charolais barn and then the president’s classic, which is an all-breed bull calf show,” said Mike Elder. “We were fortunate to be slapped champion. That […] Read more



Snow creates winter playground for farm kids

The farm gives lots of space for kids to play, and my childhood was no different. For my brother and me, our farmyard was one giant playground of bush, junkyard, tall trees to climb, water to get soaked in, and of course, a barn and bale stack to re-explore. Each new season had its characteristic […] Read more


Implementing farm safety rules not hard: consultant

Some farmers in Alberta are concerned they don’t have enough resources and say they need help to implement programs

As Alberta farmers and ranchers gear up for new safety rules, consultants hope to ease their concerns by providing solutions they say will make the new guidelines workable. For one, a binder on a shelf just isn’t going to cut it, according to Reg Steward, a ranch safety consultant with AgSafe B.C. Instead, he recommends […] Read more