Whether dairy or beef, a resolution to the former NAFTA trade agreement will be welcomed by producers on both side of the border. Last week a boy was minding his family’s show cattle at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.  |  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Trade deal likely to go through after delay

The fate of the United States-Canada-Mexico free trade agreement is in the hands of politicians, says the past-president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Kevin Kester is confident the U.S. will not ratify the agreement before congress takes its summer recess but it will be signed probably before the Christmas break. “Keep in mind whether […] Read more

Janine and Amelia van Farn gather coriander to add to their community shared agriculture boxes at the Tsawwasen farm school. The school earns an income by supplying produce to local community shared agriculture program members.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Agricultural education in B.C. lower-mainland blossoms

TSAWWASSEN, B.C. — After years working clerical jobs, Janine van Farn is approaching her dream of becoming a farmer. She completed agriculture studies in 2017 at the Tsawwassen Farm School through Kwantlen Polytechnic University and joined a business incubator program onsite to practice what she learned during the eight-month-long course. Working with two partners on […] Read more

Yuko Suda grows about 60 varieties of mostly Asian vegetables. She examines a Japanese eggplant which is smaller and more tender than the traditional varieties.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Engineering success with Asian vegetables

SURREY, B.C. — There are more people who want to farm than there is farmland available in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Yuko Suda considers herself to be one of the lucky ones because she was able to secure a five year lease on a patch of land at Surrey. Working with the Young […] Read more


David Kuebler harvests feed with a self-designed silage cutter along roadside ditches to feed his herd of 200 cattle located in Parkland, Alta. It takes him about 10 days to cut silage in ditches along rural roads from Claresholm north to Nanton.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Consumer demand keeps cattle strong

Solid beef demand is turning into a good news story for the North American beef industry, says the senior analyst with Canfax. Some volatility and risks remain but that can be managed, said Brian Perillat, senior market analyst with Canfax at the Canadian beef industry conference held in Calgary Aug. 13-16. The futures markets have […] Read more

There could be some market impacts with the loss of the Tyson Meats plant at Holcomb that handled 5,500-6,000 head per day. | Twitter/@ShrimplinPhoto

Tyson Foods fire in Kansas has wide-reaching effects

A fire at a beef packing plant in Kansas is having a major impact on an industry already working at full capacity. There could be some market impacts with the loss of the Tyson Meats plant at Holcomb that handled 5,500-6,000 head per day. “We have to figure out how can we harvest the 30,000 […] Read more


The right amount of manure in a field is a good thing. Too much can create issues for a crop.  |  William DeKay photo

Manure applications not always a good thing

More is not always better when it comes to manure applications. Healthy soil with good levels of organic matter and structure are not likely to benefit by adding more manure, said research scientist Jim Miller of Agriculture Canada at Lethbridge. “If you apply manure to agricultural land that is already productive, those soils usually have […] Read more

The box can hold up to 50 chicks and should prevent dead-on-arrivals.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Ambitious 4-H inventor solves problem of chick shipping

Boxes for chicks needed redesigning and a 14 year old Canadian creates a solution, applies for patent

LANGLEY, B.C. — It all started with a 4-H project for 14-year-old Mac Dykeman. A member of a 4-H poultry club at Langley, B.C., she was often dismayed when her orders from the United States arrived with dead birds in the shipment. “I would receive them and open the box and many times find them […] Read more



Triticale starch accumulation is slower than barley, and delaying harvest until there is 30 to 40 percent dry matter will make more starch and digestible fibre available.  |  File photo

Triticale attributes make for sound feed option

Crop can be planted from early spring to early June and still be swathed for grazing in September without yield loss

LETHBRIDGE — Perennial forage acres are declining across Western Canada and because of the expense of replacing them, farmers leave them in longer and the stands become less productive over time. “Those have to be replaced with something and that provides opportunity for an annual forage like triticale or barley or corn,” said forage specialist […] Read more

Those who support developing a food market for triticale face research funding hurdles.  |  File photo

Food market offers opportunity, hurdle for triticale

Researchers around the world lobby governments and universities to fund efforts to develop varieties for use as food

LETHBRIDGE — Triticale is considered a good livestock feed but if growers want to expand the grain’s reach, it needs to join the human food market. “The next logical place for triticale is into food,” said Ron Kershen, a consultant with Watley Seeds in the United States. “It is extremely expensive to develop a new […] Read more