Fears over delays stem from the province’s plan to move 120,000 barrels of oil a day by 2020, purchasing as many as 7,000 tanker cars and 80 locomotives.
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Alta. politicians debate oil car plan

Grain movement might be the big issue on producers’ minds as Alberta heads into an election this spring. Worries about potential backlogs were heavily discussed during an MLA and candidate panel at FarmTech Jan. 29 with representatives from the political left and right offering their thoughts on the issue. “Transportation is a large concern of […] Read more

Recent surveys show neonicotinoids have been detected in Alberta water bodies, though their risk of impacting aquatic invertebrates is considered low.
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Low neonic levels found in Alta. water bodies

Survey data comes as the Pest Management Regulatory Agency studies the possibility of banning neonic use in Canada

Recent surveys show neonicotinoids have been detected in Alberta water bodies, though their risk of impacting aquatic invertebrates is considered low. The data, shared by Alberta Agriculture during FarmTech on Jan. 29, found neonics ranged in concentrations of 2.5 nanograms per litre to 125.9 nanograms per litre at 61 of the 102 sample sites in […] Read more

Alta. ag societies receive grants

The Alberta government is providing $10 million for agricultural societies to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Ag society members say the grant is needed, given many of their buildings are nearly 50 years old and guzzling energy. “Most of the facilities were built in the 1970s, so obviously it’s time for upgrades,” said […] Read more


More Alberta farm groups ask for trucker training delay

More producer groups are urging the Alberta government to hit pause on implementing mandatory training for new Class 1 and 2 trucker licenses. Team Alberta, representing the province’s canola, wheat, barley and pulse commissions, said Feb. 7 that it wants the government to extend the March 1 training deadline, arguing it could hinder farmers’ abilities […] Read more

Alta. RCMP launch new rural crime initiative

Project Lock Up will target property crime by adding more patrols and enhancing support for repeat victims

Rural landowners affected by crime will now have access to more resources to help protect their property. The Alberta government and RCMP announced Feb. 5 that they’re launching a initiative called Project Lock Up, an effort that combines the forces of RCMP and citizen-led groups to better respond to crime and to give victims access […] Read more


Some members of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission want the province to hit pause on implementing mandatory truck driver training for new drivers, arguing the change could negatively affect farmers. | File photo

Alta. farmers wary of new trucker licence rules

Some members of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission want the province to hit pause on implementing mandatory truck driver training for new drivers, arguing the change could negatively affect farmers. During the organization’s annual general meeting at FarmTech Jan. 29, delegates passed a resolution to push the government to extend the March 1 rule deadline […] Read more

U of A receives boost for ag research

About $9 million in new funding is going into agriculture research at the University of Alberta, an investment that growers say will be a much-needed boost for the sector. The funds, announced during FarmTech, which was held Jan. 29-31 in Edmonton, will be for three new research chairs, which will each specialize in cropping systems, […] Read more

Alta. barley, wheat commissions talk merger

Discussions over fully amalgamating the Alberta wheat and barley commissions are now underway after members voted last week to explore a potential merger. Speaking at the wheat commission’s annual general meeting during FarmTech Jan. 30 in Edmonton, delegate Kevin Auch said the merger would allow money to be used more wisely while also serving both […] Read more


Alberta’s barley and wheat commissions to talk merger

Discussions over fully amalgamating the Alberta wheat and barley commissions are now underway after members voted last week to explore a potential merger. Speaking at the wheat commission’s annual general meeting during FarmTech Jan. 30 in Edmonton, delegate Kevin Auch said the merger would allow money to be used more wisely while also serving both […] Read more

More producer groups are now urging the Alberta government to hit pause on implementing mandatory training for new Class 1 and 2 trucker licenses. | File photo

More Alta. farm groups urge trucker training delay

More producer groups are now urging the Alberta government to hit pause on implementing mandatory training for new Class 1 and 2 trucker licenses. Team Alberta, representing the province’s canola, wheat, barley and pulse commissions, said today that it wants the government to extend the March 1 training deadline, arguing it could hinder farmers’ abilities […] Read more