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

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 coordinated 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


Five new Alberta wind-generated energy projects have $1.2 billion behind them, earmarked by the provincial government and announced Dec. 17. | File photo

Wind energy projects funded in Alberta

Five new Alberta wind-generated energy projects have $1.2 billion behind them, earmarked by the provincial government and announced Dec. 17. The projects include: • A 207-megawatt project southwest of Fort Macleod, called Windrise, involving TransAlta Corp. • A 202-megawatt project near Medicine Hat, called Cypress Wind Power, involving EDF Renewables Canada in partnership with Kainai […] Read more

The federal government has earmarked $8.7 million to help Alberta communities mitigate disasters such as flooding and drought resilience. | File photo by Mike Sturk

Alberta funds disaster mitigation projects

The federal government has earmarked $8.7 million to help Alberta communities mitigate disasters such as flooding and drought resilience. In a news release issued by the Alberta government Dec. 17, funds were announced through the National Disaster Mitigation Program and will be used for 18 projects. Some of them are new initiatives and others replace […] Read more


Bob Blackshaw, the recently retired senior researcher at Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge, was presented with the Orville Yanke award Dec. 13 at the Farming Smarter conference in Lethbridge. | Barb Glen photo

Weed expert receives soil conservation award

The go-to guy for questions about weed management is the 2018 recipient of the Orville Yanke award. Bob Blackshaw, the recently retired senior researcher at Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge, was presented with the award Dec. 13 at the Farming Smarter conference in Lethbridge. Blackshaw has published more than 250 research papers in his career, focusing […] Read more

The new rules will not apply to youngsters under the age of 13 who work on farms, nor to those doing casual work such as babysitting or snow shoveling. | File photo

Farms exempt from new Alta. minimum employment age

Alberta will raise the minimum employment age to 13 years old, effective Jan. 1, but young people employed on farms will not be affected. In a news release issued today, the government said the change “will help ensure youth are protected and align the province more closely with international standards.” The new rules will not […] Read more

A kale salad mix is the subject of a food recall due to potential contamination with listeria. | CFIA photo

Salad mixes recalled

A kale salad mix is the subject of a food recall due to potential contamination with listeria. The Eat Smart brand of Salad Shake Ups- Sweet Kale, in the 156 gram package, was distributed nationally and is being recalled. Affected packages have best before dates of Dec. 3. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Dec. […] Read more


The Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers saw a 2.5 percent increase in gross wool sales in the last fiscal year, selling almost $10.4 million worth of product. | File photo

Wool sales up for co-op

The Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers saw a 2.5 percent increase in gross wool sales in the last fiscal year, selling almost $10.4 million worth of product. In a news release issued after its Oct. 18-20 annual meeting, it said there was net income of $425,599 from all business operations. “Difficult wool marketing conditions for broader […] Read more

Plant pathologist Ronald Howard has worked to support growth and development of crops for more than 40 years. He is one of three new inductees to the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. | File photo

Alberta’s Ag Hall of Fame inducts new members

The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame has three new inductees: agribusiness leader Garnet Altwasser, plant pathologist Ronald Howard and horticulture specialist Dietrich Kuhlmann. The three men were inducted Oct. 26 in a ceremony at Leduc. Altwasser is well known in the cattle industry, having served for 30 years as president and chief executive officer of […] Read more