Feds must act on red tape

A new report urges the federal government to de-tangle its regulations on the country’s agri-food industry, hoping streamlined measures will increase the sector’s competitiveness. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce report, titled Cultivating Competitiveness, discusses the history of regulations on the industry and sets out clear actions the government must take to improve it. In summary, […] Read more

Rural crime issues have significant effects in Western Canada because of its larger rural area and base of population.  |  File photo

Conservatives want action on rural crime

Members of the federal Conservative party are urging Ottawa to take rural crime more seriously, arguing that the Liberal government is failing to offer concrete solutions. Speaking in Edmonton May 23, Lakeland MP Shannon Stubbs said rural crime is not a priority of the federal Liberals, pointing to a recent Public Safety Committee report that […] Read more

Lakeland restructures livestock program

Lakeland College is restructuring its animal science technology program, introducing a new equine major for students looking to get into the horse business. The program also includes majors in beef, dairy and livestock, but the changes will allow students to go more in-depth so they can enhance their studies in an industry of their choice. […] Read more


Alberta’s main crop commissions will soon launch a study to assess grain-drying costs, using its findings to potentially help farmers save dollars on energy consumption. 
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Alta. commissions study grain drying

Alberta’s main crop commissions will soon launch a study to assess grain-drying costs, using its findings to potentially help farmers save dollars on energy consumption. The three-year study is expected to begin this summer with experts monitoring participants’ grain-drying and conditioning systems. “We want to provide farmers information on some of the best practices, as […] Read more

Premier Jason Kenney said the repeal will free up a tax burden of nearly $1.4 billion, as well as create 6,000 jobs, saving the average small business $4,500 per year and the average family $1,150 annually. | File photo

Alberta carbon tax to end May 30

The new Alberta UCP government introduced legislation today to kill the contentious carbon tax, eliminating extra costs for home heating and fuel. The government says the tax will officially be scrapped on May 30 at 12:01 a.m. Premier Jason Kenney said the repeal will free up a tax burden of nearly $1.4 billion, as well […] Read more


The measures, outlined May 22 in the provincial throne speech, will be introduced this fall and tabled as the Farm Freedom and Safety Act. | File photo

Farm safety and tax reforms part of Alta. throne speech

Alberta farmers can expect the new UCP government to move on reducing tax burdens and reforming safety legislation as part of its mandate this year. The measures, outlined May 22 in the provincial throne speech, will be introduced this fall and tabled as the Farm Freedom and Safety Act. The act will rollback the previous […] Read more

Scope of rural homelessness revealed

An Alberta survey could help communities gain access to more resources to help people find stable housing

STONY PLAIN, Alta. — Sharida Csillag recalls an incident during a volunteer park cleanup in Stony Plain when a child found a duffel bag in a forested area. Csillag said she instructed the child to return the bag — it wasn’t garbage; it was someone’s home. “I told them the bag was full of clothes […] Read more

More than 3,000 orphan wells are awaiting remediation in the province, but the Alberta Energy Regulator hopes the 4,400 gas wells that Trident Exploration Corp. recently walked away from don’t have to go that route.  |  File photo

Licensed wells abandoned

Alberta gas company Trident Exploration Corp. has walked away from more than 4,400 licensed wells, leaving the province’s energy regulator in the lurch over finding a new operator for the sites. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) said it had been working with Trident to address concerns about the company’s ability to continue operating, looking to […] Read more


Janelle Herbert holds a strawberry plant in a basket in Riverbend Gardens’ greenhouse.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Market vegetable farm thrives in Alberta

On the Farm: Riverbend Gardens grows roughly 45 acres of vegetables with close access to urban consumers

Janelle and Aaron Herbert have what they call the perfect storm for growing vegetables in Alberta. Their farm, Riverbend Gardens, is situated in an agricultural zone within City of Edmonton limits, giving them close access to urban consumers who demand local products. They are also lower in altitude, right beside the North Saskatchewan River, allowing […] Read more

A research project that used CRISPR technology to make cassava resistant to mosaic virus instead allowed the virus to mutate and be passed down to the next generation. This photo compares diseased cassava, left, with healthy plants.  |  Hervé Vanderschuren photo

CRISPR gene editing can backfire

Biologists warn others to be careful when using the new technology because of what happened in a recent research project

A team of biologists is warning other researchers to be careful when using CRISPR gene editing, after finding the technology could backfire. According to a newly released scientific paper, the biologists used CRISPR on the cassava plant, hoping the technology would make it resistant to the mosaic virus. However, the method, which lets researchers precisely […] Read more