Many landowners have been aware of attempts to reduce lease payments for months. The drastic downturn in oil and gas rates have put many energy companies into financial difficulty and some have gone into receivership or bankruptcy. | File photo

Farmers warned about attempts to lower well compensation payments

Three Alberta energy companies are seeking lease payment reductions from landowners or have unilaterally reduced paid amounts and the Alberta Farmers’ Advocate Office has issued warnings to farmers and ranchers about these attempts. Ember Resources Inc., AlphaBow Energy Ltd. And Lynx Energy ULC are reviewing their annual compensation payments to landowners and seeking reductions in […] Read more

The government has set aside $50 million to help those who are self-isolating, or who are sole caregivers for someone in isolation, who have no other source of income. | Screencap via YouTube/Government of Alberta

Alta. pledges $50 million for COVID-19 isolation assistance

Albertans who are self-isolating or who are sole caregivers for someone in isolation can apply for financial support from the province. The government has set aside $50 million to help those in the above situation who have no other source of income. To be eligible, applicants must have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or be caring […] Read more

Sales are the main source of income for many producers so the Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association have distributed a list of recommendations. | File photo

Tips for hosting, attending bull sales during COVID-19

Bull sales are scheduled across the Prairies in coming weeks and months amid the threat of COVID-19 spread. Sales are the main source of income for many producers so the Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association have distributed a list of recommendations. Those hosting sales should: • […] Read more


Davin Johnson, an environmental scientist with a background in the oil and gas, academic, government and agricultural sectors, will staff the new site, which is the fourth Cleanfarms location in Canada. The others are in Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan. | Screencap via cleanfarms.ca

Ag plastic collector opens Alta. office

Cleanfarms, the organization involved in collecting agricultural plastics for recycling, has opened an office in Lethbridge, its first one in Alberta. Davin Johnson, an environmental scientist with a background in the oil and gas, academic, government and agricultural sectors, will staff the new site, which is the fourth Cleanfarms location in Canada. The others are […] Read more

For insurance, producers may choose one, two or three weather stations to best represent conditions on their farm and within proximity of their land base.  |  Michael Raine photo

Alberta changes perennial forage insurance

Changes to perennial forage insurance for 2020 have been implemented by Alberta’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. In response to industry feedback, AFSC has recalculated historical pasture normal yields for 2020, resulting in increased coverage. It has also updated methods of determining price options “to better reflect feed replacement cost in the event of a loss”, […] Read more


The Fresh Express brand of a chopped sunflower salad mix is being recalled on suspicion of contamination with E. coli 0157:H7. It may be connected with illnesses reported in the United States from romaine lettuce.

Salad mix recalled

The Fresh Express brand of a chopped sunflower salad mix is being recalled on suspicion of contamination with E. coli 0157:H7. It may be connected with illnesses reported in the United States from romaine lettuce. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the updated recall Dec. 12. The product may have been distributed nationally, but is […] Read more

Coleslaw recalled | Photo from Canadian Food Inspection Agency

PC coleslaw recalled across western Canada

President’s Choice brand coleslaw, distributed by Loblaw companies, is the subject of a recall across western Canada due to risk of contamination with salmonella bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the recall Dec. 3. It pertains to 397-gram packages of coleslaw with best before dates of Dec. 4. No illnesses have been reported in […] Read more

Implants must be used properly to get full performance and product quality.  |  File photo

Proper use urged for growth implants

Implants reduce the labour and carbon footprint per serving of beef, but it’s important to use them correctly

Carcass quality and thus the quality of beef can be affected by use of growth implants — for better and for worse, depending on how they are used. Robbi Pritchard, ruminant nutritionist with South Dakota State University, gave that message at a recent Feeding Quality Forum in Amarillo, Texas, and supplemented the message at the […] Read more


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said yesterday that the product was distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, and possibly nationally. | CFIA photo

Bacon recalled

The Nossack brand of European style back bacon is subject to recall due to potential contamination with listeria bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said yesterday that the product was distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, and possibly nationally. No illnesses have been reported in connection with consuming the […] Read more

Forty-one different Mann's Organic products including broccoli coleslaw, kale-beet blends, cauliflower, corn, broccoli, green beans, and veggie trays are subject to recall, all bearing best before dates up to and including Nov. 16. | Screencap via veggiesmadeeasy.com

Numerous veggie products recalled due to listeria risk

Numerous fresh-cut vegetable products were added Nov. 3 to a recall list by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to possible contamination with listeria bacteria. Forty-one different Mann’s Organic products including broccoli coleslaw, kale-beet blends, cauliflower, corn, broccoli, green beans, and veggie trays are subject to recall, all bearing best before dates up to and […] Read more