Protesters left behind one of the signs they held during a Sept. 2 protest at the Fort Macleod turkey operation.  |  Barb Glen file photo

No charges yet in turkey farm invasion

An RCMP investigation continues and no charges had been laid as of Sept. 12 against animal activists who entered the Jumbo Valley Hutterite Colony turkey farm Sept. 2. Sergeant Bryan Mucha of the Fort Macleod RCMP said the detachment has had discussions with the crown prosecutor and work on the case is underway. On Labour […] Read more

Protesters left behind one of the signs they held during a Sept. 2 protest at the Fort Macleod turkey operation.  |  Barb Glen file photo

Protesters’ goal is to end animal agriculture

Angel Chen was horrified at what she saw as a participant in a Sept. 2 protest at the Jumbo Valley turkey operation near Fort Macleod, Alta. She was among 30 animal rights activists who entered a turkey barn to observe conditions and promote transparency about the treatment of livestock. “Even though it was a free […] Read more

Turkey operation manager Frank Hofer said other farmers encouraged the Jumbo Lake Hutterite Colony to press charges against the protesters for the Sept. 2 trespass in their barns.  |  Barb Glen photo

Barn invasion shakes farmers’ sense of security

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — A worker at the Jumbo Valley Colony turkey farm was going about his business Sept. 2, checking each of the nine barns for adequate feed and water to supply some 30,000 turkeys. He opened the door to one barn and found about 30 people seated along the walls holding signs and […] Read more


Jordana Slingerland, right, checks her surroundings while her brother and sister, Denver and Kadence, watch as combines harvest a crop for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Aug. 29.   |  Barb Glen photo

Alberta foodgrains project brings in the barley

Canadian Foodgrains Bank project grows barley so it can cater to the region’s feedlots, dairies and poultry producers

COALDALE, Alta. — Barley dust was among the condiments sprinkled on burgers and hotdogs Aug. 29 when the Coaldale Lethbridge Community Growing Project harvested a quarter section of crop. A lunch sponsored by local businesses is one attraction for the event, but so is the sight of the many combines and trucks involved in threshing […] Read more

Adequate protein and energy are key to keeping cows healthy, which producers must keep in mind when considering alternative feed this year.  |  Paula Larson photo

Producers eye feed options

Drought, hail and other adverse weather conditions this year have affected the quality and quantity of feed in Western Canada. That means cattle producers may have to seek alternative feeds to ensure livestock health throughout the coming fall and winter. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist with Alberta Agriculture, outlined some of those alternatives in […] Read more


The incident prompted veterinarian Zachary Johnson to remind producers about the importance and effectiveness of vaccination against the fatal illness.
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Blackleg cases grim reminder

Several animals died of blackleg on a farm in the Melville, Sask., area in mid-August. The incident prompted veterinarian Zachary Johnson to remind producers about the importance and effectiveness of vaccination against the fatal illness. “That producer in particular hadn’t vaccinated within the last five years for blackleg,” said Johnson about the case. “So we […] Read more

Blackleg is caused by a soil-borne pathogen called clostridium chauvoei, which is ingested by cattle when they graze. Spring, when grass is short, and fall, when the tastiest grass can also be short or scarce, are the most common times for a blackleg occurrence. | File photo

Blackleg incidents prompt vaccination reminders

Several animals died of blackleg on a farm in the Melville, Sask., area in mid-August. The incident prompted veterinarian Zachary Johnson to remind producers about the importance and effectiveness of vaccination against the fatal illness. “That producer in particular hadn’t vaccinated within the last five years for blackleg,” said Johnson about the case. “So we […] Read more

Sticky notes bear comments from farmers, ranchers and others in the agricultural industry who participated in an Aug. 21 meeting organized by Alberta Agriculture to get input into new farm safety legislation.  |  Barb Glen photo

Input sought on farm safety law

A wall filled with sticky notes, each bearing comments from farmers, ranchers and agriculture businesspeople, decorated the meeting. They represent input into the Alberta government’s Farm Freedom and Safety Act, which it expects to develop, table and pass in the next legislative session. The new act will replace the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch […] Read more


Alberta Law Reform Institute has made preliminary recommendations to abolish the law and has opened a six-question online survey, available until Oct. 1, to gather further input. | Screencap via alri.ualberta.ca

Squatter’s rights take new hit

The basic elements of adverse possession are:


Alberta may see the end of adverse possession, also known as squatter’s rights, if the government accepts recent recommendations from the Alberta Law Reform Institute. The law of adverse possession allows a person to potentially claim ownership of another’s land if that person has occupied it for at least 10 years. As the institute describes […] Read more

Charity begins in the field

About 100 
businesses and 
farm operations in the Taber, Alta., region donated time and materials this year to the district’s most recent Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing project. Proceeds from the sale of the wheat crop and straw are donated to the foodgrains bank for use to help ease hunger elsewhere in the world. | Barb Glen photos