Sydney Hampshire takes a photo of a barn for her book project, Heritage Barns of Flagstaff: Volume 1.  |  Photo submitted by Sydney Hampshire

Barn book uncovers unique stories

Sydney Hampshire has spent the last two summers documenting the history of old barns in Alberta’s Flagstaff County

When Sydney Hampshire spots an old barn along the side of a highway, she doesn’t only see a relic of the past. She sees a story, an untold history. That’s why she’s made it her mission to document the buildings. She’s made a book, Heritage Barns of Flagstaff: Volume 1, dedicated to barns in Alberta’s […] Read more

B.C. Farmers’ Advocacy Office up for review

The office has been in the province for more than five years, helping rural landowners deal with oil and gas activity

The Farmers’ Advocacy Office in British Columbia is up for review as officials determine whether the service is still warranted or if it should change. The Peace River Regional District board voted in late August for the third-party review of the service. It’s expected to be complete before the beginning of March. “What we’re looking […] Read more



InnoTech Alberta works with chemical companies that want their new herbicide products tested.  |  File photo

Herbicide trials provide pre-market insights

InnoTech Alberta researchers collect data to see what products and tank mixes work best before they go to market

VEGREVILLE, Alta. — Researchers with InnoTech Alberta are deliberately creating weedy messes to figure out what herbicides and tank mixes are doing the best job. The program, located in Vegreville, is a necessary step before new products are approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Lots of data is compiled to ensure herbicides meet requirements. […] Read more

Gary Guichon, left, chats with Alberta RCMP livestock investigator Cpl. Lindsey Anderson about rustled cattle in the area.  |  Geoff Morrison photo

Documentary shows farm crime is no joke

The series profiles victims of crime in rural Canada, including stolen cattle, blueberries, bees, pigeons and oysters

Herds of rustled cattle, millions of stolen bees and a flock of pinched pigeons are only a handful of farm crimes that film producer Geoff Morrison displays in his new documentary series. The series, titled Farm Crime, tells the stories of farmers across the country who have been victims of crime. The documentary sets a […] Read more


A group of commercial Suffolk ewe lambs went up for sale at the Genetic Impact sale in Westlock in mid-August.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Ewe sales remain strong at Alberta sheep sale

Organizers of Genetic Impact Ram and Ewe Sale in Westlock say above average prices show the industry is doing well

WESTLOCK, Alta. — Organizers of an annual sheep sale in northern Alberta say sales for ewe lambs and yearlings were well above average, remaining steadily high due to strong demand. At the Genetic Impact Ram and Ewe Sale in Westlock in mid-August, gross sales were up by 21 percent compared to last year, according to […] Read more

Semi-trucks are commonplace on prairie roads, including this busy stretch of Highway 2 just outside of Edmonton, but governments are starting to pay more attention to safety concerns.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Danger on the highway

The commercial trucking industry is in for an overhaul on the Prairies. Cases of bad drivers, inadequate training schools and, in Alberta, a flawed road-test system have all contributed to unsafe conditions on public highways, sources say. Governments have put the issue of trucking safety at the forefront due to recent high-profile collisions involving semi-tractor […] Read more

Peter Fehr stands with his new irrigation system on his farm near La Crete, Alta. | Photo supplied by Peter Fehr

Alberta Farmer’s irrigation dreams come true

For almost all the 38 years Peter Fehr has farmed, he’s dreamed of having an irrigation system. He has been dealing with dry conditions up in the northern Peace area of La Crete, Alta., and would love to see a boost in yield. “I’ve always had irrigation in the back of my mind,” said Fehr, […] Read more


Alta. dairy producers get slight quota hike

Alberta dairy farmers will be allowed to slightly increase milk production this fall due to an expected uptick in demand. The one percent quota increase, approved by the Alberta Milk board last week, comes in time for back-to-school and the holiday season. The increase takes effect Sept. 1. “Kids will be needing more milk in […] Read more

Alberta dairy farmers will be allowed to slightly increase milk production this fall due to an expected uptick in demand. | File photo

Alberta dairy farmers get slight quota increase for fall

Alberta dairy farmers will be allowed to slightly increase milk production this fall due to an expected uptick in demand. The one percent quota increase, approved by the Alberta Milk board last week, comes in time for back-to-school and the holiday season. The increase takes effect Sept. 1. “Kids will be needing more milk in […] Read more