Alta. takes steps to improve disaster response

Gov’t proposes to identify responsibilities and improve co-ordination between municipalities and first responders

The Alberta government hopes new regulatory changes will help municipalities better respond to fires, flooding or other natural disasters. The proposed changes were introduced in the legislature April 3. In an early draft, the province proposes that it develop a plan with various communities to set out who is responsible for what, as well as […] Read more

VIDEO: Alta. research takes aim at reducing feed costs

A lab test would make it easy for northern Alta. ranchers to see which animals give them more bang for their buck

Vermilion, Alta. — Ranchers in northeastern Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan may find new ways to reduce feed costs, thanks to new research in the region. The research, partly spearheaded by Obioha Durunna of Lakeland College, aims to figure out which particular cattle in his trial herd get the best gains for the amount of feed […] Read more

Lakeland College upgrades veterinary health teaching space

Vermilion, Alta. — Students entering the veterinary health sector will soon have a new and much larger space in which to learn and practicing skills that will prepare them for the future. The upgraded space, called the Animal Health Clinic, is scheduled to open at Lakeland College this fall. It will feature new equipment and […] Read more

Risks low, but flooding possible in southern Alta.

Parts of southern Alberta could face flooding this spring, depending on how the weather plays out in the next few weeks. As of April 13, a spring runoff advisory was in place for the region, given that temperatures are slated to rise and that snowpack has been higher than normal. The advisory said ponding in […] Read more

Alta. aims to bolster local food sector

New provincial legislation will create a local food council and local food week and change organic certification

As demand for food grown and made in Alberta continues to surge, the province is hoping a slight boost to the sector will help it expand further. The province tabled the Supporting Alberta’s Local Food Sector Act in the legislature last week. Once passed, it will allow for the establishment of a local food council, […] Read more

Local food demand soars in Alberta

Consumers continue to clamour for food produced in the province, but the increased demand come with its challenges

Demand for food grown and made in Alberta continues to be on the upswing, according to a recent provincial survey. The survey, released last September by Alberta Agriculture, shows that the market value for farmers markets reached $924 million in 2016, which is nearly quadruple what the value was in 2004. As well, the report […] Read more

Sheep carcasses found in ditch

RCMP are investigating after a north-central Alberta couple stumbled upon 15 sheep carcasses on a rural road near their community. Scott and Toni-Michelle Benteau found the sheep March 23 in Lamont County. Toni-Michelle said they were strewn across the side of Range Road 182 off Highway 16, about 65 kilometres east of Edmonton. RCMP are […] Read more

Old canola may have clubroot fighting powers

Research suggests that some resistance genes for the disease failed to transfer to new varieties during breeding

In an effort to improve clubroot resistance, new research suggests breeders tap into an old cultivar with fighting powers many commercial canola crops are likely without. The cultivar, called ECD 04, contains clubroot-resistant genes likely lost when breeders created new canola varieties, suggests research from Alberta Agriculture. They found that when breeders used ECD 04 […] Read more