The National Farmers Union says farmers markets such as this one in Borden, Sask., should be declared essential. | File photo

NFU wants farmers markets declared essential

Worries about food supply chains in the face of COVID-19 virus effects and restrictions have prompted the National Farmers Union to demand that farmers markets be declared as essential services. There are more than 650 farmers markets operating in Canada, some of them year round and most only seasonally. The NFU believes the markets to […] Read more

Food survey to beef up Alberta consumer data

An Alberta specific survey through the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is in the works. John Jamieson, president and chief executive officer for the centre, told Alberta sugar beet growers that this year’s survey of the Canadian public would include a larger sample size in Alberta and at least 10 questions specific to agriculture in […] Read more

Alberta Ag turns over part of web service

One element of the former Ropin’ the Web internet site will soon be revived by the Alberta Forage Industry Network under a new name. Farming the Web is expected to serve as a replacement to the general store portion of Ropin’ the Web, which was shut down by Alberta Agriculture last summer. That move prompted […] Read more


The continually rising number of COVID-19 cases requires stronger actions to contain the spread, said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Among those measures is the closure of all provincial parks and public lands to recreational vehicle traffic. | File photo

Alta. takes further steps to contain COVID-19 spread

An additional 56 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta since yesterday, bringing the total to 542. Up to 42 of them are likely from community transfer and the continually rising number requires stronger actions to contain the spread, said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. The maximum size for group gatherings has been lowered to […] Read more

The event typically attracts about 300 people, putting it well beyond the restrictions on large gatherings that have been imposed by health authorities in efforts to contain viral spread. | Screencap via cattlemen.bc.ca

B.C. cattle group cancels annual meeting

The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association has cancelled the 2020 annual meeting slated for May 28-30 because of concerns and restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is certainly not alone in having to cancel a major event, said BCCA vice-president Renee Ardill. “We felt we’d better do it sooner than later,” she said last week. […] Read more


In today's update, Hinshaw praised health care professionals for their response to the pandemic, as well as first responders, community leaders and custodians, among others. | File photo

Alta. reports 67 more COVID-19 cases

Another 67 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Alberta within the past 24 hours. Twenty-eight have been hospitalized and 11 are in intensive care. Two people have died in the province from the virus. Of the total number, 27 have recovered from the illness, said chief medical health officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw. The Calgary health […] Read more

As many as 33 of the 419 confirmed cases may have been community transmitted as opposed to spreading from international travellers, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief provincial medical officer. | Screencap via Alberta.ca

Alta. introduces fines for COVID violations

Alberta confirmed 61 new cases of COVID-19 in the province within the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 419. The continuing rise in cases has led the government to impose fines on violators of certain health protection requirements. As many as 33 of the 419 confirmed cases may have been community transmitted as opposed […] Read more

COVID-19 claims second life in Alberta; 57 new cases

A second Albertan has died from COVID-19. A woman in her 80s who was a resident of the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre in Calgary died yesterday of the illness. As well, the province confirmed 57 new cases yesterday, bringing the provincial total to 358, said provincial chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw. “This news […] Read more


The NFU believes farmers' markets to be an essential component of local food systems but they could be under threat due to provincial and municipal health directives that result in business closure or restrictions on crowd size and distance protocols. | File photo

Case argued that farmers markets be declared essential

Worries about food supply chains in the face of COVID-19 virus effects and restrictions have prompted the National Farmers Union to demand that farmers markets be declared as essential services. There are more than 650 farmers markets operating in Canada, some of them year round and most only seasonally. The NFU believes the markets to […] Read more

Wayne Gretzky, Rona Ambrose and Paul Brandt are among celebrities from sports, politics and music who provide a simple message in the Alberta-based video. | Youtube.com/YourAlberta screencap

Alberta taps celebrities to send clear message on COVID-19

Alberta has 259 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of March 22, the provincial health department reported. Thirty-three cases were confirmed Sunday. Calgary leads in the number of cases at 164, followed by Edmonton with 60. There are 18 cases in the north zone, 10 in central and seven in the south. Among all cases, 18 […] Read more