Chicken Farmers of Canada introduced the phrase in 2013 in efforts to indicate the origin and standards for care, quality and freshness in the chicken they produce. | File photo

KFC ties brand to Canadian quality standards

The Colonel meets the farmer today, in a deal that will see “Raised by a Canadian Farmer” printed on KFC products. Chicken Farmers of Canada introduced the phrase in 2013 in efforts to indicate the origin and standards for care, quality and freshness in the chicken they produce. In a news release, KFC Canada said […] Read more

The federal government earlier this week announced that a ban on single-use plastics would take effect in 2021, raising questions about what types of materials would be included. | File photo

Ag unaffected by proposed plastic ban

A pending Canadian ban on single use plastics will not affect most agricultural plastics, at least in the short term, according to Cleanfarms, the national organization that runs recycling programs. Grain bags and plastic chemical and product containers are not on the list targeted for the bans, Cleanfarms said in a June 14 news release. […] Read more

Details of the case, dubbed the Big Claim by the Blood tribe, indicate the tribe was entitled to 710 sq. miles of land in southern Alberta but the current size of the reserve is 547.5 sq. miles. | Screencap via BloodTribe.org

Alta. First Nation wins land claim

A June 12 federal court has ruled that a land claim made by southern Alberta’s Blood Tribe is legitimate and that it is entitled to additional land under the terms of Treaty 7 signed in 1877. Details of the case, dubbed the Big Claim by the Blood tribe, indicate the tribe was entitled to 710 […] Read more


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said May 24 that an outbreak of human illness has been traced to the product and the distributor, Sofina Foods is recalling it. | CFIA photo

Chicken strips recalled

The Compliments brand of chicken strips, distributed across Canada, is the subject of a food recall due to potential salmonella contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said May 24 that an outbreak of human illness has been traced to the product and the distributor, Sofina Foods is recalling it. The recall affects the 907 gram […] Read more

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