Minister says property crime down 11 percent since crime reduction units were established. |  Paul Yanko photo

Rural crime rate drops in Alberta, says gov’t

Cases of rural property crime have decreased in Alberta since the province partnered with the RCMP to establish new units to tackle the issue. Following her speech to rural representatives at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta fall convention, Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said property crime across rural Alberta has dropped by 11 […] Read more

More land in the Alberta Peace would be converted to farming production if Kenney forms the next Alberta government.  |  WP file photo

Kenney: auctioning north Peace land for farming

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 today, Kenney said the idea would […] Read more

Pushing for pipeline expansion and upgrading oil remain top priorities for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley as the province continues to be hammered by steep discounts to energy prices. | Jeremy Simes photo

Notley continues push for pipelines, oil upgrading as price discount takes a toll

Pushing for pipeline expansion and upgrading oil remain top priorities for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley as the province continues to be hammered by steep discounts to energy prices. Speaking to municipal officials today at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta fall convention in Edmonton, Notley again emphasized her support for pipeline expansion as the Canadian economy […] Read more

A Red Arrow bus prepares to depart from downtown Edmonton.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

New routes plug holes in bus service

British Columbia

A number of transportation services are beginning to take shape on the Prairies, filling the gap that Greyhound left behind when it disappeared from rural roads at the end of last month. The long-time motor coach operator is being replaced by a variety of providers, including government-subsidized services and the private sector. There are shuttles, […] Read more

Check-off plebiscite requested

LEDUC, Alta. —Alberta Lamb Producers is asking for a vote that will ultimately decide whether its checkoff will become non-refundable. On Nov. 3, members of the commission voted overwhelmingly in favour of a plebiscite that would ask if they want a non-refundable checkoff. It’s now up to the Agricultural Products Marketing Council, which oversees crop […] Read more

Possible options for predator control among Alberta’s sheep flocks could include night-vision scopes for dealing with coyotes hunting at night, better fences and more dogs.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Lamb producers plan to target predator control

LEDUC, Alta. — Controlling predators and getting more lamb into grocery stores are among the key issues that Alberta Lamb Producers plans to tackle next year. The commission recently developed a new mandate following its annual general meeting in Leduc Nov. 3. The mandate will help dictate the organization’s direction. Predator control was one of […] Read more

Ulf Herde uses horses for almost all of his cattle work.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Ranch uses tight rotations, little machinery

On the Farm: Ulf Herde runs about 400 head on his ranch near Ardmore, Alta., using corn for winter grazing

Ardmore, Alta. — All of Ulf Herde’s cattle are just about ready to return to the home pasture. He has already got one group here, grazing close to the yard, while the other groups forage on nearby land. Once it’s the middle of November, he will manage the animals as one bunch. Weaning will then […] Read more

Barry Hall shows his Simmental bull at the Stockade Roundup in Lloydminster.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Families ecstatic after Stockade wins

Black Angus and Simmental cattle from Alta. and Sask. win the supreme show at the Stockade Roundup in Lloydminster

LLOYDMINSTER — Two families from both sides of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border were awarded top prizes last week when a Simmental bull and a Black Angus female pair won the supreme show at the Stockade Roundup. The supreme grand champion bull title went to Hall’s Cattle Co. & Twisted Sisters Livestock, located near Craven, Sask. Barry […] Read more

Shane Kissel, owner of AgZone, partnered with the Lakeland Agricultural Research Association for a research project on silage bales.  |  Shane Kissel photo

Research studies high-moisture silage bales

FORT KENT, Alta. — Livestock and forage specialists in northeastern Alberta are hoping a relatively new baling technique will lessen woes over delays and feed quality. Farmers and ranchers in the region have been dealing with wetter-than-normal fall conditions over the last couple years. It’s resulted in delayed baling and quality issues, said Alyssa Krone, […] Read more