The changes mean some sites will be entirely off limits to the public, while others will see specific campgrounds or facilities closed.
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Alberta to fully or partially close 20 parks

The Alberta government is fully or partially closing 20 provincial parks this year, saying it can no longer afford to operate them. The changes mean some sites will be entirely off limits to the public, while others will see specific campgrounds or facilities closed. As well, some campgrounds will experience later opening dates and earlier […] Read more


The report, released March 3, said even though the value-added sector has garnered a trade surplus, it isn’t slated to reach its export share target of 5.2 percent by 2027. | capi-icpa.ca photo

More investment needed in value-added ag: CAPI

A new report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute says Canada needs more investment in the value-added sector if it wants to achieve export growth targets, as well as be resilient during trade disruptions. The report, released March 3, said even though the value-added sector has garnered a trade surplus, it isn’t slated to reach […] Read more


Stamp Seeds in Enchant, Alta., holds regular safety meetings to assess hazards.  |  Stamp Seeds photo

Alta. family advocates for farm safety

The Stamp family takes farm safety seriously. They hold safety meetings with employees every month to discuss potential hazards and opportunities for improvement and have adopted a number of practices to avoid incidents. “With our meetings, we bring things up in a formal setting, but it has shown to actually get things done,” said Nathan […] Read more

Michael Taschuk, Ph.D., P. Eng, chief technology officer and founder of G2V, with Ryan Tucker, chief executive officer, talk at the G2V production facility.  |  G2V Optics photo

G2V Optics shows power of light with new ag technology

The company planned to attend the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in 
San Francisco to present its perihelion light systems, used by indoor vertical farms

A quickly growing Alberta tech company is set to expand its agricultural platform, using the power of light to help the industry diversify. G2V Optics is launching perihelion light systems, and planned to present it at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco on March 17-18, though that might be affected by pandemic virus […] Read more


Canadian National Railway says it was unable to ship the equivalent of 10,000 carloads, or roughly one million tonnes of grain, because of recent rail delays.  |  File photo

CN begins recovery plan following railway blockades

Canadian National Railway says it will call back most of its workers to get recovery efforts started in Eastern Canada

Canadian National Railway has started its recovery plan after weeks of backlogs. The company said in a news release March 4 that it is calling back most of its temporarily laid-off employees to implement a recovery plan in Eastern Canada, noting the process will take several weeks to complete. In Western Canada, it said, CN […] Read more

Ponoka Right to Farm Society members John Hulsman, left, Daniel Krijger, Harry Makkinga and Karen Pierik were in Wetaskiwin provincial court Feb. 20 to fight against a new law that restricts new confined feeding operations from establishing in some areas of the county.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Farmers fight for right to farm

WETASKIWIN, Alta. — A fight has been brewing in a central Alberta county over a new law that farmers say restricts their right to farm. The county recently adopted an area structure plan that stops new confined feeding operations from establishing on certain sections of land, a change that producers say will harm the next […] Read more

The change means 4-H in Alberta will be managed by one organization with one common chief executive officer, as well as with a board of directors and a board of trustees. The new name will be 4-H Alberta. | File photo

4-H overhauled in Alberta as new funding committed

Alberta’s 4-H organizations are set to go under a major overhaul, moving toward a model that members say will ensure its viability. The change means 4-H in Alberta will be managed by one organization with one common chief executive officer, as well as with a board of directors and a board of trustees. The new […] Read more


It’s estimated that grain shipments to Canadian ports have dropped by roughly 1.3 million tonnes, with most of the losses occurring over the past month.  |  File photo

Blockades only part of grain movement backlog

Canadian agriculture supply chains have remained largely paralyzed, despite efforts to ease blockades across the country. Latest figures from the grain monitoring organization Quorum show grain shipments to Canadian ports have dropped by roughly 1.3 million tonnes, with the majority of the losses occurring over the past month. The backlog stems from numerous transportation issues, […] Read more

The funds, provided through the government’s Reaching Home program, were awarded to 11 rural communities in Alberta. Each community will use the money to best fit the needs of their citizens, Dee Ann Benard, executive director of the Alberta Rural Development Network, said in a news release. | Getty Images

Rural homelessness tackled in Alberta

The federal government commits $3.7 million to help remote communities gain access to services for those facing unstable housing

The federal government is providing $3.7 million in funds to help rural communities in Alberta address homelessness. The funds, provided through the government’s Reaching Home program, were awarded to 11 rural communities in Alberta. Each community will use the money to best fit the needs of their citizens, Dee Ann Benard, executive director of the […] Read more