Specialists ring alarm bells over nitrate levels in feed

Livestock producers are being warned after recent frosts put some feed at risk of having higher than normal levels


Beef and forage specialists are warning livestock producers to be on the alert about potentially high levels of nitrate in their feed. High levels of nitrate, which can cause death in animals, might be prevalent because of recent cold spells on the Prairies. Karin Lindquist, a beef and forage specialist with Alberta Agriculture, said the […] Read more

Gov’t employees to take over Alta. road tests

Province makes changes to how truck licences are issued following a couple of high profile semi-tractor trailer accidents

The Alberta government is going ahead with plans to hire road examiners as provincial employees, a move that will strengthen what it says is a flawed system. Starting March 1, all driver examinations will be conducted by government employees. Fees for tests will roughly be the same. Albertans will still go to registry agents to […] Read more

The owner of the Alberta trucking company that was involved in the Humboldt bus crash tragedy has been charged. | Global News photo

Owner of trucking company involved in Humboldt bus crash charged

The owner of the Alberta trucking company that was involved in the Humboldt bus crash tragedy has been charged. Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking has been charged with non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations. Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured when a semi-tractor trailer collided with […] Read more


New commercial truck drivers in Alberta must soon go through mandatory training before hitting the road, a change that the province says will make highways safer. | File photo

Alberta introduces mandatory training for commercial truckers

New commercial truck drivers in Alberta must soon go through mandatory training before hitting the road, a change that the province says will make highways safer. Starting March 1, all new drivers in Alberta seeking their Class 1 and 2 licenses will have to take a mandatory entry level training course. Class 1s deal with […] Read more

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Trochu, Alta., farmer. | Jeremy Simes photo

Young Alta. farmer gives back with Foodgrains Bank project

Mikaela Lemay is taking her farming skills to the next level, volunteering her time to help raise funds for people in need. With the help of others, Lemay is farming 42 acres near Trochu, Alta., donating proceeds from grain sales to charity. The project that was kickstarted by both the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Viterra. […] Read more


Beef specialists say cattle producers still have a number of options available to get their animals in condition before winter strikes. | File photo

Conditioning cows before winter important

Beef specialists say cattle producers still have a number of options available to get their animals in condition before winter strikes. Some cows might be thin this year, particularly in the southern parts of the Prairies, due to reduced pastures caused by dry conditions. To help get thinner cows back onto a good weight, farmers […] Read more

Grazing leases expire for the season Oct. 15. Getting a head start, Parker Armstrong leads cattle to a corral, where they will be loaded onto a truck and trailer then taken back to the Longson ranch southwest of High River, Alta.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Despite dryness, pastures could experience regrowth

While pastures across the Prairies remain largely dry, specialists say there is a glint of hope that some grasses could experience a bit of regrowth. The regrowth could occur in places that received lots of moisture in recent weeks. It all depends on how the weather shakes out this fall, said Karin Lindquist, a beef […] Read more

The Alberta government is going ahead with plans to hire road examiners as provincial employees, a move that will strengthen what it says is a flawed system. | Jeremy Simes photo

Road tests to be done by government employees: Alta.

The Alberta government is going ahead with plans to hire road examiners as provincial employees, a move that will strengthen what it says is a flawed system. Starting March 1, all driver examinations will be conducted by government employees. Fees for tests will roughly be the same. Albertans will still go to registry agents to […] Read more


 Takota Coen stands with his Jersey cow on his farm near Ferintosh, Alta.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Farm goes from conventional to regenerative

Young farmer and his parents work together using organic practices and directly marketing their products

FERINTOSH, Alta. — Takota Coen beckons his hogs to come out onto the green pasture. The animals follow him through a small opening in the fence and begin to forage. He approaches the pigs for a belly rub. Some are typically wary, but he manages to find one that lies down. He begins to rub […] Read more

Charges laid in barley field fire

Alberta RCMP have charged a 19-year-old man with mischief over $5,000 after he allegedly drove through a barley field, setting it on fire and startling the property owners. The incident occurred in Strathcona County near Edmonton on Sept. 7, near Highway 21 and Township Road 532 at around 1:40 a.m. Marina and Floyd Young were […] Read more