Members of the Livingstone Landowners Group worry that a new 20-year forest management arrangement with a private company will result in clear cutting on the Eastern Slopes and threaten rivers. | DAVID MCINTYRE PHOTO

Forest management arrangement alarms Alta. landowners

Cattle producers worry that a new agreement affecting crown land will damage the rivers that flow through their land

Ranchers already fighting potential open-pit coal mines in the Eastern Slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are now viewing a new forest management agreement with alarm. They fear such deals will result in the clear cutting of timber, harming the headwaters of rivers relied on by everyone from farmers to communities across much of Western Canada, […] Read more

Improved broadband service is seen as integral to a variety of rural issues, including crime prevention, health care, rural development and smart agriculture. | GETTY IMAGE

Funding to boost Alta. rural internet service

Provincial government says the new initiative is part of its recovery plan to promote economic growth and job creation

The provincial government plans to spend up to $150 million to upgrade and expand access to broadband internet in rural Alberta, improving access to services for thousands of households. “I am so excited on behalf of all the people I represent because this does fight crime,” said Paul McLauchlin, president of the Rural Municipalities of […] Read more

Terry Coleman, a public safety consultant who was once a deputy minister of corrections, policing and public safety in Saskatchewan and a police chief in Moose Jaw, Sask., told a recent town hall on rural crime that the RCMP model for rural policing is “very dated.” | DOUG FERGUSON PHOTOS

Provincial police force idea draws questions

Alberta government says proposal would provide better rural protection, but municipal leaders wonder about the cost

Creating a provincial police force to replace the RCMP will help fill in gaps in service for farmers and other rural residents, better protecting them against criminals, says Alberta Justice Minister Kaycee Madu. “The goal for us is community policing,” he told a recent town hall meeting on rural crime held in Claresholm, Alta. “The […] Read more


Alberta government proposes local food label

Provincial initiative is intended to make it easier for consumers who want to buy food ‘Made in Alberta, by Albertans’

What’s in a name? Producers, food processors and consumers in Alberta are about to find out due to a provincial government initiative. The proposed Made in Alberta, by Albertans label will help shoppers quickly identify food made in our province when choosing an item at their local farmers’ market or grocery store, said a provincial […] Read more

Alta. municipalities declare states of emergency

As an ongoing drought tightens its grip on much of Alberta, an increasing number of rural municipalities are declaring an agricultural state of disaster to try to help stricken farmers and ranchers face the crisis. “I think a lot of municipalities are wanting to make sure they’re providing some assistance and support to our members […] Read more


Funding to boost Alta. rural internet service

Provincial government says the new initiative is part of its recovery plan to promote economic growth and job creation

The provincial government plans to spend up to $150 million to upgrade and expand access to broadband internet in rural Alberta, improving access to services for thousands of households. “I am so excited on behalf of all the people I represent because this does fight crime,” said Paul McLauchlin, president of the Rural Municipalities of […] Read more

Interest in reviving the 2002 campaign that brought in much-needed feed supplies from Eastern Canada has been prompted by this year’s drought. | File photo

Prairie producers explore revived Hay West initiative

Alberta farmers seek options for help as searing heat and shortage of rain take their toll on crops and pastures


Western Canadian producers scrambling to find ways to feed their cattle due to drought and prolonged high temperatures could potentially get hay from farmers in Eastern Canada. The idea was raised by Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, at a recent meeting of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. He said a precedent […] Read more

Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley listens as Mikhail Ivanchikov, 
president of Dandelion Renewables, talks about how producers 
can convert farm buildings to net-zero energy. The event took 
place in front of the 112-year-old former Stewart livery stable in 
inner-city Inglewood in Calgary. | Photo supllied by Alberta NDP

Alberta NDP proposes net-zero farm buildings

A proposal by Alberta’s opposition NDP aims to help the province’s farmers and ranchers turn a symbol of their past into an emblem of their future. NDP agriculture critic Heather Sweet said the provincial government needs to provide $15 million in capital grants to help producers retrofit buildings such as barns. She said the money […] Read more


Alberta farmers currently grow 40,000 acres of hemp, which the Alberta Hemp Alliance would like to see increase in the next 10 years. | File photo

Hemp alliance aims to increase acres in Alta.

Group says recent grant will help it become a one-stop shop for information about the crop and develop export markets

Plans to create a billion-dollar hemp industry in Alberta have taken a step closer to reality thanks to a grant of more than $300,000, says an advocate. Many farmers prefer to grow crops such as canola because they are paid more money for them. Manny Deol, executive director of the Alberta Hemp Alliance, which received […] Read more

The hail storm that hit southern Alberta July 5 passed by Glenwood, Alta., about 8:15 p.m. menacing crops and leaving the town of Cardston beaten and dented.  |  Steve Connelly photo

Hailstorm hammers southern Alberta

Crops damaged as hail and heavy rain wreaks havoc on the town of Cardston and farms as far south as the U.S. border

An intense storm of rain and hail ranging in size from peas to quarters caused flooding in Cardston, Alta., and destroyed crops as far south as the U.S. border. “There’s lots of farmers that have lost their crop — hay crop or grain crop — anywhere the hail hit,” said LeNark Duce, public works foreman […] Read more