In a May 1 news release, the agency said the system of Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) is an option it can use to address federal violations and

Food safety penalties now in force

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency can now assess penalties of up to $15,000 to food businesses if they violate rules to protect food safety and market access of Canadian goods. In a May 1 news release, the agency said the system of Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) is an option it can use to address federal […] Read more

Alberta's annual highway cleanup is scheduled this Saturday, May 4, and the provincial government has asked drivers to use extra caution. | File photo

Alberta plans highway cleanup

Alberta’s annual highway cleanup is scheduled this Saturday, May 4, and the provincial government has asked drivers to use extra caution. Volunteer groups, among them 4-H clubs, scouts, girl guides, church groups and service clubs, all participate in the annual event as a way to raise funds while also removing litter. People will be cleaning […] Read more

Alberta dairy farms are being sought to take part in a study on dairy cow longevity conducted by the University of Calgary, faculty of veterinary medicine. | File photo

Cow longevity study needs dairy farms

Alberta dairy farms are being sought to take part in a study on dairy cow longevity conducted by the University of Calgary, faculty of veterinary medicine. In a news release issued April 22, Alberta Milk said the study is designed to investigate which cow factors, such as production, reproduction and health, are key to determining […] Read more


An update to the 2003 code of practice for the care and handling of goats in Canada was announced April 11 by the National Farm Animal Care Council. | File photo

Goat code of practice to be updated

An update to the 2003 code of practice for the care and handling of goats in Canada was announced April 11 by the National Farm Animal Care Council. The update was initiated by the Canadian National Goat Federation and will use the NFACC’s process for developing and updating livestock codes of practice. A survey to […] Read more

Ralph Thrall III, owner of the McIntyre Ranch in southern Alberta, will be recognized at the Dhillon School of Business event, which each year selects a member of the community for special recognition. | Screencap via www.uleth.ca

University of Lethbridge honours Alta. rancher

The University of Lethbridge will honour a well-known rancher on Friday at its annual business scholarship dinner. Ralph Thrall III, owner of the McIntyre Ranch in southern Alberta, will be recognized at the Dhillon School of Business event, which each year selects a member of the community for special recognition. Thrall is president, chief executive […] Read more


Pasteurization increases the shelf life of milk and has “little impact on the nutrition of milk, including little impact on milk fat, protein, enzymes, vitamins or minerals,” said the International Dairy Federation based in Brussels, Belgium.



Pasteurized milk keeps its nutrition: study

Milk that is pasteurized retains its nutrition, according to a recent bulletin from the International Dairy Federation based in Brussels, Belgium. The bulletin is based on “an evaluation of the best available science” and confirms the health advantages of drinking pasteurized milk. “We are pleased to present this new publication on pasteurization, a process that […] Read more

A survey to learn about animal welfare concerns related to livestock in transport has been launched by the National Farm Animal Care Council. | File photo

Survey seeks input on livestock transport code

A survey to learn about animal welfare concerns related to livestock in transport has been launched by the National Farm Animal Care Council. The council is in the process of updating the code of practice for the care and handling of farm animals related to transport and has opened the survey to anyone wishing to […] Read more

The Compliments brand of chicken nuggets is subject to recall due to possible salmonella contamination. | CFIA photo

CFIA issues recall for chicken nuggets

The Compliments brand of chicken nuggets is subject to recall due to possible salmonella contamination. The product has been distributed throughout Canada, excluding Quebec. The warning issued today by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is an extension to another warning issued Jan. 25. People have reported illness as a result of eating the product. At […] Read more


A $750,000 grant from Alberta Agriculture will fund a recycling program for agricultural plastics in the province. | File photo

Recycling program for ag plastics funded in Alta.

A $750,000 grant from Alberta Agriculture will fund a recycling program for agricultural plastics in the province. The three-year program will be co-ordinated by Alberta Beef Producers on behalf of the Agricultural Plastics Recycling group, which comprises 20 commodity associations, rural municipalities and retailers. In a news release issued Jan. 21, Alberta Agriculture said the […] Read more

The federal government has provided funds to help determine the best practices for recruiting and retaining international workers for the agriculture sector. | File photo

Federal funding to help hire foreign farm workers

The federal government has provided funds to help determine the best practices for recruiting and retaining international workers for the agriculture sector. Announced Jan. 24, an investment up to $279,223 goes to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) to develop and deliver communications and training products for employers, “including guides, website content, webinar and […] Read more