JBS funds communities it operates in. Brooks, Alta., to get $2 million towards development.  |  Mike Raine photo

JBS contributes $2 million to Brooks

JBS Foods Canada, which operates the beef processing facility in Brooks, Alta., is providing $2 million to that community, the company announced Oct. 22. The funds are part of the company’s Hometown Strong initiative that has earmarked $50 million for use in communities within Canada and the United States where it has facilities. The money […] Read more

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, provides an update March 30.
Source: Alberta.ca

COVID-19 claims 5 Albertans in one day

Five Albertans died from COVID-19 in what was the most deadly and devastating day since the first cases appeared in the province. The death toll now lies at eight for Alberta. One woman in her 70s and another in her 50s died in Calgary. In Edmonton, two males in their 80s died. The fifth person […] Read more

Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Annual Report 2018-19.

Specialists let go from Alta. Ag-Info Centre

Service changes at the Alberta Agriculture Ag-Info Centre, based in Stettler, Alta., were made earlier this week with no formal announcement from the department. Nine or 10 non-union specialists in crop production, beef and forage production, farm management and special crops production are reported to have been given notice. Alberta Agriculture did not confirm the […] Read more

There are 52 registered hemp varieties in Canada, but only 12 are regularly used.  |  Michael Raine photo

Hemp research delves into new varieties for new uses

Research trials underway across Canada are designed to learn more about hemp agronomy, varieties and production. Mike Gretzinger, research manager at Farming Smarter in Lethbridge, said various research groups are focusing on different aspects of the versatile crop, which can be used for seed, fibre, cannabinoid production and potentially livestock feed. Plots in Lethbridge include […] Read more

Alberta Ag budget cut; gas prices to rise

Albertans were warned to expect a big red deficit number in the April 14 provincial budget. That number is $10.4 billion in 2016-17, the largest in Alberta history. Finance minister Joe Ceci gave the details on the deficit, revenue and financial plans in the legislature this afternoon, calling the NDP government’s first budget “the Alberta […] Read more