Country stars speak out against coal mining

Canadian country musicians are opposing an Alberta decision easing the development of open-pit coal mines along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. “One of the things I’d like to point out is that people get kind of annoyed when some entertainers talk about current events, and I agree with them most of the time,” […] Read more

A provincial proposal to promote open-pit coal mining by helping such projects get water from the Oldman River basin is a step in the wrong direction for Alberta, said a legal expert. | File photo

Water allocation change proposed in Alberta

A provincial proposal to promote open-pit coal mining by helping such projects get water from the Oldman River basin is a step in the wrong direction for Alberta, said a legal expert. Such mines risk exposing irrigated farms in southern Alberta to pollutants such as selenium, said professor Nigel Bankes, Chair of Natural Resources Law […] Read more

A federally funded initiative in Alberta aims to develop new plant-based foods and products by helping about 100 small to medium-sized companies potentially bring up to 30 new products to market over the next four years.  | File photo

Alta. municipality anticipates pulse potential

Parkland County could attract businesses due to its proximity to logistics hubs such as Edmonton International Airport

An Alberta county is eyeing how it can benefit from Western Canada’s strengths as a world leader in pulse production. “All opportunities are by nature time limited,” said Robert Fernandez, director of economic diversification for Parkland County just west of Edmonton. Rural municipalities need to start thinking about how to best create or attract agri-businesses […] Read more


Benito Quesada, 51, was among more than 950 employees who became infected during an outbreak last year at the company's meat processing plant in High River, Alta. Two workers died, including Quesada. | Mike Sturk photo

Family files RCMP complaint over Cargill COVID death

The family of a Cargill worker who died of COVID-19 has filed a formal complaint with the RCMP. Benito Quesada, 51, was among more than 950 employees who became infected during an outbreak last year at the company’s meat processing plant in High River, Alta. Two workers died, including Quesada. “Health officials confirmed the outbreak […] Read more

The ranchers fear easing rules on development will not only harm their cattle operations near the headwaters of the Oldman River but also risk polluting water used downstream by farmers and communities, such as Lethbridge and as far east as Saskatchewan.
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Alberta ranchers resist plans to ease coal mining rules

Water contamination fears drive landowner demands for judicial review of government decision to lift roadblocks to future development

Several Alberta ranchers and First Nations have launched legal bids to put a halt to a provincial decision easing the development of open-pit coal mines on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The ranchers fear it will not only harm their cattle operations near the headwaters of the Oldman River but also risk polluting […] Read more


Bonuses ranging from about $500 to $1,000 were recently given to frontline employees in UFA's farm and ranch supply stores. | UFA photo

UFA pays front-line bonuses

One of Western Canada’s oldest agricultural co-operatives is not only giving its front-line employees a bonus for helping it weather the COVID-19 pandemic, it has donated more than $140,000 to help rural residents during the crisis. “We want to give back to the communities in which our members live and which we serve,” said president […] Read more

Ben and Stephanie Campbell of Grazed Right raise cattle on their Tullichewan Ranch near Black Diamond, Alta. They sold more beef in March and April than they normally do in a year amid supply fears.  | Ben Campbell photo

Supply-side worries send sales sky high

Food shortages at the outset of the pandemic sent consumers scrambling to fill their freezers and larders with local food

Consumers facing the growing uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis are seeking the security that comes from having a freezer full of locally-produced food, said an Alberta rancher. “Our sales have been just sky high,” said Ben Campbell, who sells directly to local customers from his Grazed Right business on the Tullichewan Ranch near Black Diamond, […] Read more

Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway set transportation records in October and November thanks to increased demands for grain and intermodal shipments.  | File photo

Ag not derailed during 2020

Abundant harvests that are setting new records for grain movement by railways show how Canada’s agriculture sector is helping the country get through the COVID-19 crisis, said an industry leader. “We know agriculture is a keystone of the Canadian economy,” said Jeff Nielsen, chair of the Grain Growers of Canada. “We’ll be there to pull […] Read more


New approaches needed to ensure food security

As much as it is a time of crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic is also a time for the agri-food sector to explore new opportunities, said an industry expert. This moment in history hasn’t simply been “problem after problem after problem,” said Marty Seymour, director of industry relations at Farm Credit Canada in Regina. The pandemic […] Read more

The fire started Dec. 13 in a 160 by 240 foot hay shed near Fincastle, Alta.  | James Johnson photo

Alta. fire destroys 6,000 hay bales

Officials are investigating the cause of a massive fire that destroyed nearly 6,000 bales of timothy hay near Taber, Alta., causing millions of dollars in damage. “Some of the things that were found by the fire investigator (are) a concern, but we’re just right at the beginning of the investigation,” said Const. Corinne Oliver of […] Read more