Alta. to rev up rural transportation

The lack of rural transit in the province has been a long-standing issue, but now the government is taking action

The tide is changing for rural transportation in Alberta. More communities are set to offer new or improved regional transit systems, a service badly needed for people requiring medical care or others who don’t drive. The province is expected to announce a program in the next few months that will help fund municipalities to either […] Read more

Women moving onto ag boards

The Alberta Wheat Commission elected its first female director at the FarmTech conference in Edmonton last week, a change that suggests the needle has moved slightly to get more women on ag boards. The topic of diversifying boards was raised multiple times at the annual conference held Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. There was a […] Read more

Implementing farm safety rules not hard: consultant

Some farmers in Alberta are concerned they don’t have enough resources and say they need help to implement programs

As Alberta farmers and ranchers gear up for new safety rules, consultants hope to ease their concerns by providing solutions they say will make the new guidelines workable. For one, a binder on a shelf just isn’t going to cut it, according to Reg Steward, a ranch safety consultant with AgSafe B.C. Instead, he recommends […] Read more

Alta. changes Carbon Offset Credit program

The big change is that farmers must now have an aggregator by May 1 to claim credits with the program

Alberta farmers have to change the way they claim carbon credits for fields they don’t till. The provincial government announced last week that farmers must now have an aggregator in place by May 1 to claim carbon credits with the Conservation Cropping program. If they don’t have an aggregator by that date, they won’t be […] Read more

Proposed elevator ruffling feathers

Some residents of a central Alberta community hope concerns over noise and dust are enough to prompt builders of a proposed grain elevator to relocate the project. The GrainsConnect terminal, which will have a storage capacity of 35,000 tonnes, is slated to be built just outside Huxley, Alta. It is expected to feature a rail […] Read more

Alberta ag minister talks trade in India

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier is heading to India to discuss looming trade and fumigation issues with that country. While he said changing India’s mind immediately might be tough to do, he’s confident the province and the federal government can make some progress. “I have no doubt India realizes the importance of the Canadian pulse […] Read more

New ag group focuses on mental health

Soon after Kim Keller found out that a farmer had died by suicide, she took to social media to call on the agriculture community to do more for mental health. The response from others who shared their personal struggles was huge, she said, and discussions on the topic have only grown since. “The entire industry […] Read more

Energy efficiency funding available in Alberta

The Alberta and federal governments announced $81 million in new funding as way to save costs and reduce emissions

Alberta farmers, ranchers and food processors will have access to $81 million over the next four years to make their operations more energy efficient, thanks to new funding from the provincial and federal governments. Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier announced Jan. 29 that the funds are available to producers who want to install solar panels, […] Read more

‘People are the heart of everything’

CAMROSE — At the Camrose Public Library, kids are eating a snack and playing downstairs, seniors upstairs are being tutored on a subject of their choosing, and a group of young teenagers are studying in a quiet nook. Every Wednesday afternoon, young people gather in what’s called the bunker, a safe space for LGBTQ (lesbian, […] Read more

Alta. wheat, barley commissions merge staff

Alberta’s main crop commissions are going to be doing a few things differently this year as they aim to make the best use of producers’ check-off dollars. They spelled out their plans during their annual general meetings at FarmTech in Edmonton last week. Up first was the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. The organization told members […] Read more