The Chuckegg Creek wildfire next to highway 58 west of High Level, Alberta on Saturday evening, May 25, 2019. |Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta

Northern Alberta fires affect producers

An out-of-control blaze is said to have destroyed a farmyard and has forced producers to evacuate livestock

The massive wildfire in northern Alberta is reported to have destroyed one farmyard site and forced some producers to move their livestock. Grant Smith, the agriculture fieldman for Mackenzie County, said the fire destroyed about four or five structures in a farmyard in an area known as Tompkins Landing, but added that conditions have since […] Read more

The recently announced Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) program would allow farms in jurisdictions without a provincial carbon tax to undertake energy efficiency projects, but one group views the initiative as a bribe. 
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Climate fund receives mixed farmer reviews

The program, funded by federal carbon tax, aims to help farms cut energy consumption; one farm group calls it a bribe


Producer groups are expressing both interest and criticism for a new federal program that aims to reduce energy consumption on farms, given the initiative is funded by the contentious carbon tax. The recently announced Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) program would allow farms in jurisdictions without a provincial carbon tax to undertake energy efficiency projects, […] Read more

The head of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency says changes to traceability regulations could cost $1.5 million, causing the organization to look for ways to recoup those dollars.
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Traceability changes could be costly

LEDUC, Alta. — The head of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency says changes to traceability regulations could cost $1.5 million, causing the organization to look for ways to recoup those dollars. Speaking June 1 at the Livestock Markets Association of Canada (LMAC) convention in Leduc, CCIA general manager Anne Brunet-Burgess said the high figure is […] Read more


Alberta ag minister focuses on market access

Devin Dreeshen says energy efficiency programming, farm labour and research funding will also be on his agenda

Alberta’s new agriculture minister plans to put market access on the front burner for the next four years, pushing for more openness despite lingering trade concerns. Devin Dreeshen said in an interview last week that even though the current trade environment is troubling, Alberta can still play a role in easing tensions. “The best thing […] Read more

Alberta trade minister Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta trade mission planned for Japan, South Korea

Alberta’s trade minister will soon be off to Japan and South Korea to promote the province’s agriculture and forestry industry, aiming to expand market access and diversification. Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. She is travelling on behalf of Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen. The province said in a news release […] Read more


A firefighter extinguishes hot spots beside Highway 35 just south of the town of High Level May 25. Nearly 400 firefighters, 28 helicopters and eight air tankers continue to battle northwestern Alberta wildfires.  | Government of Alberta/Chris Schwarz photo

Northern Alta. wildfire forces livestock to be moved

The massive wildfire burning in northern Alberta has forced some producers to move their livestock, causing them to take precautions in case the blaze approaches. Fewer than 100 animals, mostly cattle, were moved Wednesday night from an area known as Tompkins Landing, according to Grant Smith, the agriculture fieldman for Mackenzie County. He said the […] Read more

Last day of filming at Howpark From Seed to Seed was filmed in Manitoba. Pictured is cinematographer Bryan Sanders (left), farmers Ian and Zach Grossart, and director Katharina Stieffenhofer. | Photo supplied by Katharina Stieffenhofer

Documentary focuses on ag and climate change

From Seed to Seed follows a group of organic and regenerative Manitoba farmers throughout the growing season

Documentarian Katharina Stieffenhofer hopes her new film will get consumers to question the origins of their food, encouraging them to source products from regenerative and local farms. Her documentary, titled From Seed to Seed, follows the lives of Manitoba farmers who grow organically and undertake regenerative practices as their way to make their farms sustainable […] Read more

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks about the throne speech on May 22. It was billed with the theme of renewal. | Jeremy Simes photo

Farm safety and tax reforms part of Alta. throne speech

The speech says the new UCP government will bring forward
the Farm Freedom and Safety Act this fall

Alberta farmers can expect the new United Conservative Party government to move on reducing tax burdens and reforming safety legislation as part of its mandate this year. The measures, outlined May 22 in the provincial throne speech, are expected to be introduced this fall and tabled as the Farm Freedom and Safety Act. The act […] Read more


Alberta’s carbon tax to wrap up May 30

The new United Conservative Party government in Alberta introduced legislation last week to kill the contentious carbon tax. The government says the tax will officially be scrapped on May 30 at 12:01 a.m. Premier Jason Kenney said the repeal will free up a tax burden of nearly $1.4 billion, as well as create 6,000 jobs, […] Read more

Feds must act on red tape

A new report urges the federal government to de-tangle its regulations on the country’s agri-food industry, hoping streamlined measures will increase the sector’s competitiveness. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce report, titled Cultivating Competitiveness, discusses the history of regulations on the industry and sets out clear actions the government must take to improve it. In summary, […] Read more