LEFT: The Taber, Alta., district growing project for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank harvested 115 acres of spring wheat Aug. 31. It was the 25th year of growing projects for  participating Taber-area farmers. Organizer Jeremy Wind is hoping this year’s event will raise at least $100,000. Proceeds are used by the CFB to assuage hunger in countries  where help is needed. Wind estimated the irrigated crop would yield 80 to 85 bushels per acre, slightly lower than usual due to hot, dry conditions this summer. Local farmers  brought 10 combines to the site, along with trucks and grain carts. RIGHT: Ed Hendricks of Taber, Alta., observes harvest activity. Though he said he spent many hours in  combines during his farming career, his son has since taken over the farm and now he takes pleasure in watching the process. | Barb Glen photos

Growing project gets jump on Mother Nature

Organizers had to scramble to stay ahead of the rain as they prepared to harvest barley for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Months had passed in southern Alberta with no rain. Growing projects for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank throughout the region saw the crops ripen early amid relentless heat and smoky skies. But as luck would have it, rain was in the forecast on the very day the Coaldale-Lethbridge project planned to harvest its 180 acres of […] Read more

Low water levels in the St. Mary River below the St. Mary Dam, near Magrath, Alta., speak to the dry conditions in the region this summer. The dam and related irrigation works have allowed Southern Alberta crops served by the system to survive and thrive this season. | Barb Glen photo

Tour highlights importance of irrigation to southern Alta.

Two Canadian senators learned the importance of southern Alberta’s irrigation system Aug. 12 when they toured a portion of it in the company of various municipal officials. Doug Black from Alberta and Rob Black from Ontario flew in that day over fields greened by irrigation and fields browned by ongoing drought conditions where irrigation is […] Read more

Since April 1, fires have burned about 1.4 million acres in British Columbia. | Twitter/@BCGovFireInfo photo

Assistance needed for fire-affected B.C. ranchers

A fire has been burning for at least a month in the region where Ben Albietz ranches near Lillooet, B.C. It continues to destroy range for his cattle and he knows he has already lost about 20 percent of his herd. Without help to obtain feed and reseed burned grazing land, his outlook is as […] Read more


Livestock in general and cattle in particular are often targeted as a major emitter of greenhouse gases. | File photo

CCA prepares to push environmental plan

Bob Lowe, a cattle producer from Claresholm, Alta., was recently re-elected as president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Reg Schellenberg of Beechy, Sask., was re-elected as vice-president. Newly elected to the board are Linda Allison of British Columbia, George L’Heureux and Kelly Smith Fraser of Alberta and Matthew Atkinson of Manitoba. Departing board members include […] Read more

Pork group gets board

The Pork Promotion and Research Agency, a federal entity established in November, has now selected the 12 members who will represent Canadian pork producers, importers, retailers and the restaurant sector. The group’s first meeting, held March 15, identified the following slate of personnel: Terry Beck, Pork Nova Scotia Rick Bergmann, Manitoba Pork Council Olivier Bourbeau, […] Read more


ASBG president Gary Tokariuk said April 1 that the two-year agreement will see 28,000 acres of sugar beets planted in southern Alberta this year and next. | File photo

Sugar beet growers finalize contract

Alberta sugar beet growers have finalized a new contract with Lantic (Rogers) Sugar. ASBG president Gary Tokariuk said April 1 that the two-year agreement will see 28,000 acres of sugar beets planted in southern Alberta this year and next and there will be differences in how payment to growers is calculated. “We got more security […] Read more

Lethbridge and District Exhibition board chair Bev Lanz, left, chief operating officer Mike Warkentin and Alberta premier Jason Kenney participate in the March 31 sod-turning ceremony for the $70.5 million Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre, scheduled for completion in about 20 months. | Barb Glen photo

Lethbridge Ex starts expansion

A ceremonial sod turning March 31 marked the construction start of a Lethbridge and District Exhibition project 18 years in the making. The $70.5 million project involves building a 268,000 sq. foot building dubbed the Agri-food Hub and Trade Centre. It is expected to create about 400 construction jobs in the short term and 50 […] Read more

High winter bee losses and pandemic-related import challenges that prevent some beekeepers from obtaining new queens have revived interest in producing queens domestically. | University of Lethbridge photo

Alberta research project focuses on improving queen bee health

Shelley Hoover of the University of Lethbridge receives a grant 
to examine ways to re-queen hives and store locally produced queens

The queen bee is crucial to honeybee hive production, health and pollination activity. A funding grant of $496,513 from Alberta’s Results Driven Agricultural Research (RDAR) will allow bee researcher Shelley Hoover to undertake a four-year project on queen bees and their colonies. Hoover is a biological sciences researcher at the University of Lethbridge. Her project […] Read more


Rural politicians point to ‘nimble’ municipalities being able to ‘pivot’ to do what is needed for survival and mitigation. | Screencap via Twitter/@FCM_online

Ability to make decisions rapidly called rural strength

Rural politicians point to ‘nimble’ municipalities being able to ‘pivot’ to do what is needed for survival and mitigation

Necessity is the mother of invention, and rural Canada knows about both necessity and invention, a group of rural panelists agree. It has to be agile and innovative to get things done. “Rural municipalities have this great advantage and that is that we’re nimble,” said David Mitchell, mayor of Bridgewater, N.S. “We tend to be […] Read more

The award recognizes those who take an active role in communicating livestock issues and the farm animal care message in a factual and honest manner. | Screencap via chatsworthfarm.ca

Farm gets communications award

Chatsworth Farm of Vermilion, Alta., has won the communications award from the Alberta Farm Animal Care council. The award recognizes those who take an active role in communicating livestock issues and the farm animal care message in a factual and honest manner. “Chatsworth Farm has risen to the challenge of using digital media to promote […] Read more