Inoculants wanted for lesser-grown legumes

The Alberta Forage Industry Network says developing inoculants for sainfoin and cicer milkvetch would help save on costs

LEDUC, Alta. — One of Alberta’s main forage groups will continue to push for the creation of inoculants for lesser-grown legumes, arguing it will help farmers reduce costs. Alberta Forage Industry Network chair Christine Fulkerth said farmers would need to buy less fertilizer if inoculants, which fix nitrates, became available for legumes such as sainfoin […] Read more

Alberta's United Conservative Party would bring in a series of property rights measures if elected this spring. | Jeremy Simes photo

UCP propose property rights measures

Alberta’s United Conservative Party would bring in a series of property rights measures if elected this spring. The party said March 11 the measures would restore public trust and strengthen the protection of property rights in the province. The eight-point commitment plan would give Albertans fair compensation when public projects require access or use of […] Read more

AFSC said the calf premiums under the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program (WLPIP) are significantly lower, falling 20 to 40 percent depending on the coverage length, though calf rates are subject to change because the market fluctuates throughout the sales season. | File photo

AFSC lowers crop insurance, calf premium rates for 2019

Alberta is lowering its crop insurance and cow-calf premium rates for this year because of what is says are good growing and stable market conditions. AFSC said in a news release March 11 that crop insurance premium rates will fall on average by nine percent this year, though the rate for each crop and region […] Read more


UCP leader Jason Kenney speaking on a farm near Rimbey about the party's agrculture platform. The opposing United Conservative Party and governing NDP are sparring over the UCP's plans to kill the new safety rules, a policy that aims to protect farm workers should accidents happen. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alta. UCP vows to kill farm safety legislation

RIMBEY, Alta. — The future of Alberta’s farm safety legislation is hanging in the balance as the province heads into an election this spring. The opposing United Conservative Party and governing NDP are sparring over the UCP’s plans to kill the new safety rules, a policy that aims to protect farm workers should accidents happen. […] Read more

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney speaks with a farm family after unveiling the party's agriculture platform March 12.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alta. UCP would kill farm safety legislation, launch new consultations

RIMBEY, Alta. — Alberta’s United Conservative Party will kill the province’s farm safety legislation if elected, launching new consultations over the issue with farmers. UCP leader Jason Kenney announced the repeal plan today on a farm near Ramey, as well as other components of the party’s agriculture platform. “The NDP’s ideologically driven agenda, including Bill […] Read more


Farm workers and farmers now won’t need new training requirements for Class 1 or Class 2 licenses until March 1, 2020.  |  File photo

Truck training deadline extended for farmers

Under pressure from farm groups, the Alberta government says it doesn’t want to disrupt seeding or harvesting

The Alberta government is extending the deadline for farmers to comply with new truck training rules, deciding it will accommodate demands of the upcoming growing season. After facing pressure from producer groups, the province decided Feb. 27 that farm workers and farmers won’t need new training requirements for Class 1 or Class 2 licenses until […] Read more

Irrigation specialists say new pipes and pivots through efficiency programs are helping southern Alberta producers lower costs and conserve more water. | File photo

Irrigation efficiency pays in Alta.

Irrigation specialists say new pipes and pivots through efficiency programs are helping southern Alberta producers lower costs and conserve more water. One of the newer initiatives, called the Irrigation Efficiency Program, has already been showing results, said Brad Calder, a soil and water technologist with Alberta Agriculture’s irrigation section. “We’ve had a fair number of […] Read more

Adding forages can benefit the farm

LLOYDMINSTER — Recent trials show some forages could help fix more nitrogen and possibly reduce animal methane emissions, while also increasing weight gain. The possible benefits largely depend on pasture management, soil type and weather, explained Bart Lardner, an animal and poultry science professor with the University of Saskatchewan, speaking at the Agri-Visions conference in […] Read more


Fears over delays stem from the province’s plan to move 120,000 barrels of oil a day by 2020, purchasing as many as 7,000 tanker cars and 80 locomotives.
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Oil tanker contracts renew grain delay debate

Despite concerns over Alberta’s $3.7 billion rail deal, the province and others believe it won’t affect grain movement

Debate is again surging over whether more oil by rail will affect grain movement, given the Alberta government plans to spend $3.7 billion to increase capacity by this summer. Some farm leaders worry the plan could cause logjams, while others, including the provincial government, believe there won’t be impacts. “Even with the additional crude on […] Read more

The ter Borghs recently installed a rotary milking system, which can milk 250 to 270 cows per hour.  |  Riekje ter Borgh photo

Alta. dairy farm innovates its way to success

On the Farm: The ter Borgh family believes in adopting new technology but says supply management is also crucial

CALMAR, Alta. — The ter Borgh family continues to evolve, adopting newer technologies on their dairy farm to make tasks easier. The family recently installed a rotary milking system, a merry-go-round-like structure that can milk 250 to 270 cows per hour. Without it, milking would’ve taken about six hours, said Johan ter Borgh. “There would […] Read more