Water review alarms ranchers

Sixteen years is a long time in which to resolve a licence application, even by government standards. But it was the government, specifically Alberta Environment and Parks, that told southern Alberta rancher Aaron Brower in late December that water licence applications filed by Brower Ranching Co. Ltd. in 2001 were now being reviewed and at […] Read more


First Nations seek free-roaming bison herds

Efforts are underway to increase the number of free-ranging bison in Western Canada and Montana. Signatories to the 2014 bison treaty, which includes numerous First Nations, are working to establish regions where bison can roam and where native connections with the iconic species can be re-established. Leroy Little Bear, a scholar integral to formation of […] Read more


Plentiful mountain snowpack bodes well for Alta. irrigators

Snow accumulation along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains appears to bode well for runoff and the coming irrigation season, Alberta Environment reports. The mountain runoff forecast as of Feb. 7, posted by the department, indicates above average levels in the Oldman River Basin near Lethbridge and Brocket, as well as in the Bow […] 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


Food safety rules crucial for farmers markets

Vendors in Alta. are required to take and pass a home study course and post the certificate at their booths

There are newcomers every year to Alberta farmers markets, and for many, it is their first experience with food product sales. That’s where the regulations governing farmers markets come into play. A true farmers market is one that is approved by Alberta Agriculture and has been issued a food handling permit by Alberta Health Services. […] Read more



Sugar beet tonnage sets record in southern Alta.

Ideal weather, improved varieties and production management get the credit for stellar yields last year

A “wow” year is how Alberta Sugar Beet Growers president Arnie Bergen Henengouwen summarized 2017. “The combination of glorious southern Alberta sun, water, soil, improved seed varieties and producer management has resulted in sugar beet yields this past year that no one ever thought possible in the great white north,” he told those at the […] Read more


Sugar beet sector decides on ground rules for next contract

There’s no need for anyone to get beat up — or beet up — in contract negotiations between Alberta sugar beet growers and Lantic, the company that contracts beet acres and processes the crop. With that acknowledgement, beet growers and Lantic have signed a memorandum of understanding designed to avoid the vitriol spewed during the […] Read more


Sugar beet growers keep eye on NAFTA

Current talks surrounding renegotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement are lacking sweetness. So far as the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers know, sugar and Canada’s access to the U.S. market have not come up at all in the talks. At first blush, that might be considered a good thing, given the quixotic nature of […] Read more



Hog farms make extra effort to keep employees

The Keirsey Sorter defines people as being one of four general types: artisan, guardian, idealist and rational. Here are some of the traits displayed by each:


BANFF, Alta. — Large agricultural operations are putting more emphasis on human resources in efforts to find and keep employees amid a country-wide shortage of farm labour. Among those is Sunterra Farms, and Trish Hyshka, human resources manager in the company’s Acme and Trochu hog operations, said it remains difficult to find enough people to […] Read more


Water-efficient Israel has lessons for Canada

The country, which is 60 percent desert, can grow 85 percent of its food on 555,6000 acres of irrigated land

If Canadians had to pay the full cost of water — its collection, sanitation, delivery and recycling — what would that mean? Big bills, certainly, but it might also mean they would use less than the 300 cubic metres per person that they now average. Terrence Lazarus, general manager of the St. Mary River Irrigation […] Read more