A variety of producer groups in Alberta have been urging the province to change how grazing leases are managed.  |  File photo

Renewed grazing lease plan hits roadblock

Political will for updating the framework wanes as province enters election cycle, says Alberta Beef Producers chair

IRON RIVER, Alta. — Producer organizations pushing to rejig Alberta’s grazing lease framework say it has reached a roadblock, though the issue could regain traction after next year’s provincial election. Following an Alberta Beef Producers meeting in Iron River in late October, board chair Charlie Christie said the window of opportunity for updating the grazing […] Read more

Provincial officials say veterinarians might be able to work with sheep even though they know only a little about the animals, but producers remain skeptical.  |  File photo

New antibiotic regulations challenge lamb producers

LEDUC, Alta. — Many Alberta lamb producers are raising concerns over upcoming changes to antibiotic rules, arguing the potential lack of veterinarians willing to work on sheep could make business more challenging. While solutions have been offered to try and ease concerns, farmers are still worried the changes could mean added costs. As well, some […] Read more

Kenney proposes Peace land auction

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney says he is seriously looking at the idea of auctioning off more crown land in Alberta’s north Peace country for farming if he were to become premier. Following a question and answer period at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta fall convention in Edmonton Nov. 21, Kenney said the idea […] Read more


Alta. to fund recycling program for ag plastic

The Alberta government is moving forward on a plan to help producers recycle farm plastics. Though details are slim, the plan is expected to come in the form of a three-year pilot project at a cost of $700,000. “We have all this agriculture plastic waste out there on the landscape and Alberta doesn’t have a […] Read more

Alberta launches renewable energy program

The Alberta government is anticipating a new $200 million subsidy program will help rural groups or co-operatives develop renewable energy projects for their communities. Projects up for consideration must be smaller in scale, in the five-to-25 megawatt range, and funds will come in the form of 20-year contracts, said Shannon Phillips, the minister in charge […] Read more


Portuguese farmers visit Farmfair

Delegates from Portugal came to Edmonton’s Farmfair for the first time this year, checking out Angus genetics suitable for them to take home. Claudia Cortes and Fermelinda Pombo Carvalho say Angus is a relatively new breed for their country. They see opportunity to hopefully expand it by launching their own breeding programs. “We’re trying to […] Read more

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is planning to buy two new train units to move an additional 120,000 barrels of oil per day as it continues to get hit by steep oil price discounts. | William DeKay photo

Alta. to buy trains to move more oil

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is planning to buy two new train units to move an additional 120,000 barrels of oil per day as it continues to get hit by steep oil price discounts. Speaking at the Canadian Club of Ottawa today, Notley said the province has already been engaged with a third […] Read more

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Nov. 23 a new park proposal for an area known as Bighorn Country.  |  Government of Alberta photo

Alta. grazers safe in proposed Bighorn Country park plan

The Alberta government is looking to get feedback on a proposed park plan for an area known as Bighorn Country, a massive piece of land in the southwestern and west-central part of the foothills and Rockies. The proposal, which primarily affects Clearwater and Brazeau counties, includes establishing Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park and creating three new […] Read more


The Alberta government is anticipating a new $200 million subsidy program will help rural groups or co-operatives develop renewable energy projects for their communities. | File photo

Alta. launches $200 million renewable energy program

The Alberta government is anticipating a new $200 million subsidy program will help rural groups or co-operatives develop renewable energy projects for their communities. Projects up for consideration must be smaller in scale, in the five-to-25 megawatt range, and funds will come in the form of 20-year contracts, said Shannon Phillips, the minister in charge […] Read more

Some of the 6,300 acres for sale for $33.5 million in Alberta. | Photo supplied by Darren Sander

Two big land packages for sale on Prairies

A landowner in Alta. is asking $33.5 million for 6,300 acres, while 14,000 acres are listed at $29.2 million in Man.

Two hefty packages of land are up for sale on the Prairies, an indication that values continue to remain strong for farmers exiting the business. One of the land packages is located in north-central Alberta, and the other is near The Pas, Man. The land in Alberta is listed at $33.5 million for 6,300 acres. […] Read more