The trucking industry has indicated a shortage of Class 1 truck drivers for years but the cost of training at $6,000 to $10,000 is a barrier for many. | Screencap via alberta.ca

Alberta funds training costs for truck drivers

Another 500 Albertans can receive partial government funding to obtain a Class 1 commercial truck driver’s licence this year. The provincial government has earmarked $5 million to cover up to 90 percent of mandatory entry-level training costs for eligible unemployed Alberta residents. The trucking industry has indicated a shortage of Class 1 truck drivers for […] Read more

Activities over the next two years will involve direct work with landowners to undertake habitat assessment and then develop habitat management strategies to benefit critical grouse habitat. | File photo

Grouse conservation efforts receive funding

Activities to support habitat for greater sage grouse received a $1.27 million funding boost March 17 from the federal environment and climate change department. The money will fund initiatives through the Species At Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL), which is part of the national conservation plan. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association announced the funding, saying […] Read more

A total of 29,803 acres of beets were planted in southern Alberta last year, all under contract with Lantic Sugar. | File photo

Top beet growers named

Gouw Quality Onions, a southern Alberta farming operation that grows more than onions, was the top sugar beet grower of 2020 based on adjusted tonnes per acre. Gouw recorded 38.44 tonnes, considerably above the 2019 top tonnage of 35.64. Jim and Jane Bettcher hold second spot at 38.26 tonnes, followed by Muller Ventures with 36.08. […] Read more


Vet awards presented

The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association recently announced recipients of its service awards that were presented via a virtual ceremony Feb. 27. They are: Dr. Nick Nation – 2020 Meritorious Service Award Dr. Leighton Coma – 2020 Veterinarian of the Year Award Jessica Benoit, RVT — 2020 ABVMA Veterinary Technologist of the Year Award Dr. Jessica […] Read more

Alta. bison sale totals $160,875

The March 6 Wildrose bison sale saw 32 animals sell for a total of $160,875, to average $5,027 per head. Derek Shankowski of Big Country Bison in Pelly, Sask., bought the high seller, a 2018 bull for $12,000. It was consigned by Justin Dorey of Irish Creek Bison in Vermilion, Alta. The high-selling animal was […] Read more


The trucking industry has indicated a shortage of Class 1 truck drivers for years but the cost of training at $6,000 to $10,000 is a barrier for many. | Screencap via alberta.ca

Alberta funds trucker training costs

Another 500 Albertans can receive partial government funding to obtain a Class 1 commercial truck driver’s licence this year. The provincial government has earmarked $5 million to cover up to 90 percent of mandatory entry-level training costs for eligible unemployed Alberta residents. The trucking industry has indicated a shortage of Class 1 truck drivers for […] Read more

The U of A program focuses on hard red and high-yield spring wheat varieties

U of A receives WGRF funding

The University of Alberta’s wheat breeding program has received $288,550 through the Western Grains Research Foundation. The funds are earmarked to buy a research plot seeder and a combine, according to a Feb. 24 news release announcing the funds. The U of A program focuses on hard red and high-yield spring wheat varieties “and also […] Read more

Activities over the next two years will involve direct work with landowners to undertake habitat assessment and then develop habitat management strategies to benefit critical grouse habitat. | File photo

Feds fund greater sage grouse conservation efforts

Activities to support habitat for greater sage grouse received a $1.27 million funding boost March 17 from the federal environment and climate change department. The money will fund initiatives through the Species At Risk Partnership on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL), which is part of the national conservation plan. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association announced the funding, saying […] Read more


A total of 29,803 acres of beets were planted in southern Alberta last year, all under contract with Lantic Sugar. | File photo

Top beet growers named in southern Alberta

Gouw Quality Onions, a southern Alberta farming operation that grows more than onions, was the top sugar beet grower of 2020 based on adjusted tonnes per acre. Gouw recorded 38.44 tonnes, considerably above the 2019 top tonnage of 35.64. Jim and Jane Bettcher hold second spot at 38.26 tonnes, followed by Muller Ventures with 36.08. […] Read more

The wildfire hazard is highest in spring when trees and grass contain little moisture after snow has melted and regrowth isn’t well underway. | File photo

Alta. farmers now require fire permits

Alberta farmers who want to burn agricultural debris this spring will require a permit now that the wildfire season has begun. Permits will also be required for residential and industrial burning. Fire permits can be obtained from the municipality where the burning will occur. The wildfire hazard is highest in spring when trees and grass […] Read more