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


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