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VIDEO: Parks receive failing grade in education

The former superintendent of Banff National Park says national, provincial and municipal parks protect nature to some extent but generally fail in the more important goal of educating and connecting people with the natural world around them. A park boundary is not a halo, said Kevin Van Tighem. “We’re doing parks wrong in many cases. […] Read more


VIDEO: Crowd-funding helps greenhouse adopt hydroponics

BRUDERHEIM, Alta. — An Alberta ornamental plant greenhouse operator has received crowd funding of almost $30,000 to help diversify into vegetables. Nadine Stielow, owner of Thiel’s Greenhouses in Bruderheim, Alta., raised the money through the Alberta Treasury Branch’s BoostR program, a platform that encourages the public to fund ideas developed by local entrepreneurs. Stielow said […] Read more


VIDEO: Alberta ag minister focuses on innovation

Oneil Carlier talks about further tapping into food processing sector as well as new farm safety rules

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier sees greater use of green technologies and boosting the food processing sector as important factors in the future success of the agricultural sector. Carlier spoke with The Western Producer about his vision and what producers can expect in 2018, during a recent year-end interview. He said Alberta saw big investments […] Read more



VIDEO: Alberta family getting out of cattle

DONNELLY, Alta. — Frank Cote will miss his cattle once he sells the herd, but he finds solace in the change too. It maintains a long-held philosophy of moving in a direction that’s right for the family. For Cote, the sale means he can take it easier as he grows older. His feedlot isn’t large […] Read more


VIDEO: In-ground steel continues to evolve

FARGO, N.D. — Within the overall realm of cultivation and seed and fertilizer placement equipment, the in-ground working tool is the one singular component that continues to evolve rapidly. Every farm show seems to feature new soil-working steel. Money is a chief reason for the on-going focus on developing new soil-working tools. When dealing with […] Read more



VIDEO: Plant breeding charts future

CALGARY — Biotech pioneer Rob Fraley feels the biggest benefits to agriculture from genetic tools haven’t come from inserting genes or building custom chemical compounds to support plants, but in plant breeding. “And Canadian farmers have benefited greatly from this technology,” he said. The head of Monsanto’s global research program said the current success and […] Read more


VIDEO: Cereals Canada urges Canadian trade action against Italy

The top executive with Cereals Canada says it’s time for Ottawa to launch a formal trade challenge against Italy over its treatment of Canadian durum wheat. Cam Dahl, executive director with Cereals Canada, said Ottawa has raised concerns in Europe and Italy regarding an Italian policy that requires country-of-origin labels to be attached to pasta […] Read more


VIDEO: Print your own parts?

Sourcing parts for older farm machinery can be a hair-pulling experience. Farmers often find parts are no longer available or the price is unreasonable. But there may soon be another option for replacement parts. A 3D printing centre called Create Cafe has opened in Saskatoon, where anyone can walk in, talk to a designer, and […] Read more



VIDEO: Go narrow or go home

FARGO, N.D. — The split nitrogen trend sent Unverfirth back to the drawing board for a new applicator specifically for split application. While there, they made it the narrowest applicator in the industry. “The NutriMax is definitely a split application machine. That’s what our engineers had in mind when they started with a fresh sheet […] Read more


VIDEO: Speed and quality outrank size

LANGHAM, Sask. — The vertical tillage equipment introduced to Western Canada a decade ago evolved into the latest generation of high-speed compact cultivators. But the story doesn’t stop there. Lemken has been at the forefront of these changes since 2006, but it says terms like vertical tillage don’t apply to its way of thinking about […] Read more