The turkey board requested the number of off-quota birds farmers could see off the farm be reduced to 100 from 300. File photo

Small producers can keep their turkeys

Marketing council rejects request to reduce off-quota turkeys in Alberta to 100 from 300

The group that regulates Alberta’s crop and livestock commissions has rejected a proposal from the Alberta Turkey Producers to reduce the number of birds that some farmers are allowed to raise. The turkey board requested in May for the reduction of off-quota birds from 300 to 100. Off-quota turkeys aren’t part of the supply management […] Read more

Costs for the Site C dam continue to rise. The project could reach $12.5 billion.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

‘They can’t stop us’: farmers dig in on Site C

Landowners who are facing a loss of property promise to keep fighting a large dam project in northeastern British Columbia

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Known for being highly fertile, many acres of farmland in British Columbia’s Peace River Valley have now turned into weedy fields. More land will soon be swept away, no longer used for grazing cattle, producing crops or as a space for traditional hunting. Within the next few years, the land […] Read more

Greyhound pullout affects parts shipments

Company’s decision to end its service in Western Canada also leaves many rural residents in the lurch who can’t drive

Greyhound Canada’s plans to end almost all services in Western Canada not only affects rural residents who can’t drive, it has ramifications for dealers and farmers who need to ship parts. While many dealers say impacts will be minimal, some heavily rely on the service, particularly in British Columbia. “It’s going to have a reasonably […] Read more


Akim Omokanye, centre, speaks with producers about his research during a field tour near Wanham, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Bale grazing best at improving yield: research

WANHAM, Alta. — Ranchers aiming to improve their pastures should look to bale grazing, rotating cattle more often in tighter groups and applying manure in conjunction with deep tillage, suggests new research out of northern Alberta. The research, published last April and led by Akim Omokanye, looked at how producers could improve their land cost-effectively […] Read more

Jody Wacowich will soon be at the helm of Alberta’s new farm safety organization, spending much of her time easing concerns among producers who might still be at odds with incoming rule changes. | Screencap via agsafeab.ca

Safety organization hires first executive

Part of Jody Wacowich’s role at AgSafe Alberta will be to ease concerns some may have over the incoming rule changes


Jody Wacowich will soon be at the helm of Alberta’s new farm safety organization, spending much of her time easing concerns among producers who might still be at odds with incoming rule changes. Wacowich, who will be AgSafe Alberta’s new executive director starting in August, acknowledges that getting everyone comfortable with the new rules will […] Read more


Brian Tischler demonstrates how he’s able to drive his tractor autonomously using software on a laptop.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

VIDEO: Alta. farmer’s autonomous tractor working well

Brian Tischler, who demonstrated his technology at canolaPALOOZA in Lacombe in late June, says safety is crucial

LACOMBE, Alta. — Brian Tischler stands in front of a moving tractor. Nobody is in the driver’s seat, but the machine stops. It senses he’s there. He then decides to get out of the tractor’s way. The machine notices he’s no longer there and carries on with business, moving forward. “We went around this field […] Read more

Verticillium stripe will give canola stems a shredded appearance. | Jeremy Simes photo

Researchers target little-known canola disease

LACOMBE, Alta. — A new project that aims to better understand a little-known canola disease may soon be underway on the Prairies. Researchers behind the project, which is awaiting funding but likely going forward, hope they will be able determine whether verticillium stripe negatively affect yields, said Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council […] Read more

Alberta’s United Conservative Party is proposing recommendations it hopes will reduce rural crime in the province.
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Legal use of force called for in Alberta

Alberta’s United Conservative Party is proposing recommendations it hopes will reduce rural crime in the province. One of those includes a push to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to support the use of force as self-defence. The opposition party said in a report released last week that sections 34 and 35 of the Criminal […] Read more


Gary Sweetnam sells his females as breeding stock for other farmers looking to get into the business, while the males are used for pet food and for meat sold directly to consumers and restaurants.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alta. producer finds success raising bison

Madden, Alta. — Gary Sweetnam doesn’t beat around the bush when asked about why he got into raising bison. For him, it’s been a profitable venture. “There has been good money in it,” said Sweetnam, who owns Glengary Bison with his wife, Cynthia Austin, near Madden. The couple raise about 40 head on prairie grasses […] Read more

Jacob Marfo, manager and research co-ordinator with the Mackenzie Applied Research Association, looks at how his organic oat trials are doing in Fort Vermilion, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Northern organic farmers get help

Fort Vermilion, Alta. — A new organic program in northern Alberta hopes to help solve farmers’ woes when it comes to growing in the region. The recently launched Mackenize County Organic Success Program will see the hiring of an agronomist to help with issues relating to weeds, soil fertility, crop rotations, finances and marketing. As […] Read more