Neil Simpson, a 26-year-old farmer near Fort Vermilion, sprays over a recently welded spray boom.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Young farmers flourish in northern Alberta

The average age of Mackenzie County farmers is 46.8, making it the youngest farmer population in Western Canada

FORT VERMILION, Alta. — Neil Simpson takes a break from welding a spray boom in the shop, deciding he’ll check on his horses and his small herd of cattle on nearby land. The 26-year-old farmer has his own home and two quarters of land near his parents in Fort Vermilion, and he plans to grow […] Read more

Telus acquires Farm at Hand company

Telecommunications giant Telus has acquired Farm at Hand, a management software company. Farm at Hand announced the change in ownership on Aug. 13, saying there will be no changes to the management tool for now and that Telus is committed to ensuring farmer privacy and data transparency. “One of the things we love about Telus […] Read more

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly 11,000 dairy farmers.
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$1.75B for Canadian dairy

The federal government has announced it will make $1.75 billion available to Canada’s dairy farmers, compensating producers for losses in domestic market access due to new trade agreements. Unveiling the compensation package last week in Compton, Que., Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly […] Read more


Part of the solution, according to Don Voaklander, a professor and the director of the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta, is having more producers adopt guidelines that outline age-appropriate farm tasks for children, which expose them to the farm life without hazards.
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Will Ont. farm death verdict lead to safer practices?

A recent court case that saw an Ontario farmer convicted of criminal negligence in the death of his son could encourage more farmers to improve safety, according to experts. In the history-making case, Justice Julia Morneau of the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 8 sentenced farmer Emanuel Bauman with a 10-year driving prohibition and […] Read more

Unveiling the compensation package today in Compton, Que., agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country's nearly 11,000 dairy farmers. | File photo

Feds to compensate dairy sector

The federal government has announced it will make $1.75 billion available to Canada’s dairy farmers, compensating producers for losses in domestic market access due to new trade agreements. Unveiling the compensation package today in Compton, Que., agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the dollars will be doled out over eight years to the country’s nearly 11,000 […] Read more


Kyle Koshalek, a research co-ordinator associate with the National Farm Medicine Center, shows new online tools that can help farmers reduce hazards on their farms.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Online tools help analyze hazards

The programs were developed in the U.S. with help from firefighters, who are usually first on the scene of an accident

DES MOINES, Iowa — Firefighters and first responders have been partnering with farmers in the United States to bolster safety, releasing a slate of new programs that can address hazards. The online tools, which can also be accessed in Canada, include a checklist and a pre-plan map in case farmers find themselves in emergency situations. […] Read more

Bison were introduced onto a 37,000 acre ranch in Cecil Lake, B.C.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

B.C. ranch finds bison transition a challenge

CECIL LAKE, B.C. — Introducing bison to the ranch has so far been a challenging endeavour for Leanne and Clifford Wiebe. The animals were introduced last fall to fetch better market prices, but Leanne said they just aren’t the same as cattle. “It’s an adjustment,” said Leanne, showing the animals on the 37,000-acre ranch near […] Read more

Feds take aim at food fraud

The federal government is launching a new program to crack down on food fraud, upping its investigative tools to help ensure products are indeed real. The $24.4 million initiative, announced July 11 in Edmonton, will allow the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to increase its inspections and improve its technology to detect imported products suspected of […] Read more


The company was granted creditor protection at the Supreme Court of British Columbia, stating in a letter to vendors and suppliers that the move is necessary to restructure operations and secure additional financing. | Screencap via iltagrain.com

Ilta Grain granted creditor protection

Many western Canadian farmers will likely see delays in payment and might not be paid in full for their grain as a significant pulse exporting company enters financial trouble. Ilta Grain was granted creditor protection July 8 at the Supreme Court of British Columbia, stating in a letter to vendors and suppliers that the move […] Read more

Alan Lee, a graduate student at the University of Alberta, is researching a project with the Peace Country Beef and Forage Association that looks to see if intercropping improves yield.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Research studies benefits of mixing things up

Farmers in Alberta’s Peace region are interested in intercropping but need to know the practice works before they try it

FAIRVIEW, Alta. — Researchers in Alberta’s Peace region hope to show that intercropping improves yield, potentially providing farmers in the area with an alternative rotation. The new project, taking place near Fairview at the Peace Country Beef and Forage Association plots, is mixing oats with peas, peas with canola, canola with oats and one with […] Read more