Officials say more education needed about emergency livestock trailers

STANDARD, Alta. — Efforts are underway to close a knowledge gap that cost the lives of hundreds of weaner pigs when the semi-truck hauling them rolled near Standard earlier this year. Swine production manager Alastair Bratton was on a business trip to Calgary in mid-spring when he was asked to assist at the scene, a […] Read more

Metal worker Ron Armstrong used Railway spikes, slices of rail and cultivator springs to build a herd of longhorn cattle. | Brenda Kossowan photo

If it’s metal, it’s ripe for makeover

LINDEN, Alta. — Compelling evidence of a retired rancher’s powerful addiction is creeping across his yard. It all started innocently enough. About 17 years ago, realizing that their children had no interest in taking over, Ron and Karin Arm-strong sold their family ranch near Youngstown, Alta., and moved to a quarter section north of Linden. […] Read more

Durrer’s recent work commemorates Canada’s 150th anniverary. Her designs draw on her love of nature and the outdoors with a dose of history mixed in.  |  Debra Durrer photo

Have your art and eat off it, too

DIDSBURY, Alta. — A well-known potter working from a rural studio near Vegreville, Alta., is debunking an old saying that suggests that you can never really go home. Yes, you can, says Debra Durrer, creative force behind Artables tableware and great-granddaughter of Nicholas Cherniawsky, a Ukrainian immigrant who fled Josef Stalin’s bloodstained regime in 1917. […] Read more


Ria and Ken Holgerson built a barn on their Alberta farm in 2015 to host weddings and special events and are now booked into 2019. | Brenda Kossowan photo

Couples falling in love with Willow Lane Wedding Barn

Once the dream of owning a cattle farm came true, the couple invested some of their profit into a building and planning project

OLDS, Alta. — Retired businessperson Fred Huizing feared his daughter and her husband were about to lose their farm. “He thought we were crazy,” Ken Holgerson says, describing his father-in-law and former employer’s reaction to his and Ria’s new plan. They were setting up financing to build Willow Lane Barn, a special-event building in which […] Read more

Gravel pit clears hurdle

RED DEER, Alta. — Rural neigh-bours are reeling after losing a major battle in their 25-year war against gravel mining on a 122-acre parcel site in Red Deer County. “This is going to be the death knell for a small farm,” said Dale Christian, debriefing with neighbours on April 25 after council passed a land-use […] Read more


Adele McKechnie, left, John McKechnie and Dale Christian stand at the corner of a field where owners plan to mine gravel. Survey stakes show where a gas line is planned to service the site.
|  Brenda Kossowan photo

Red Deer farmers fight gravel pit

SPRUCE VIEW, Alta. — Rural neighbours of a proposed project in Red Deer County to convert 122 acres of cropland into a gravel pit continue to voice opposition. On April 25, the county council will entertain second and third reading of a land-use bylaw that would allow gravel mining as a permitted use on the […] Read more

Chef Samarath Rajapaksa, centre, checks on crew members Craig Holloway and Will Medin as they prepare beef canapes for the appetizer course for a Canada Ag Day mixer at Willow Lane Barn, east of Olds, Alta.
|  Brenda Kossowan photo

Take a seat at our table

Event brings urban millennials and young farmers together to learn about agriculture, food marketing and catering to demands of this growing sector

OLDS, Alta. — Marketing specialist Michaela Brownlee wants to know that the people who grow her food use the same high standards as she does when she buys and prepares it. She got a chance to meet the people who grew and raised the food on her plate and the beverage in her glass during […] Read more

Chinook winds blow while catering crew member Michelle Krill pours a sample of Fallen Timber’s hopped mead for 150 dinner guests.  |  Brenda Kossowan photo

Craft breweries cheer new rules

OLDS, Alta. — Few pleasures match that of sipping a fresh and lively ale made with malt from your own barley, says an Alberta grain grower. Wade McAllister, fifth-generation producer on a farm established east of Olds, Alta., in 1915, says the dramatic growth in craft breweries over the last two years has stimulated new […] Read more


Ag show manager bids farewell

Agri-Trade | Patrick Kennedy moves on

RED DEER — The agricultural trade show that has continually pushed expansion at Westerner Park in Red Deer bade farewell this year to its founding manager. Patrick Kennedy had been a sales representative with Morris Industries and had worked with Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina when he pitched the idea for a farm equipment […] Read more

Wheat project gets $25M funding

Research money | Federal cash infusion designed to boost wheat breeding, attract expertise and improve communication

RED DEER, Alta. — New funding for wheat breeders will help attract expertise and open communication between research centres, says a producer from Alberta’s Lacombe County. Terry Young, research and development chair for the Alberta Wheat Commission, joined federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz Nov. 7 to announce creation of a new wheat breeding cluster, funded […] Read more