Erin Moskalyk’s flock is made up of a variety of duck breeds, including acona, rowen and cayuga. | Mary MacArthur photo

Life is ducky on northern Alta. farm

Learning curve is steep as family searches for information about raising ducks while convincing consumers to switch eggs

FAIRVIEW, Alta. — Erin Moskalyk isn’t afraid to jump into the deep end with new farm projects. When she and her husband, Darren, got the opportunity to buy 200 ducks about to start laying eggs, they didn’t hesitate. “We had never had a bird in our life, but we thought this had potential,” said Erin […] Read more

John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote created Black Fox Farm and Distillery in 2010, which has become one of the country’s 
largest craft distilleries. They turn the grain, flowers and fruit grown on their farm into high-end gin, whiskey and liqueurs and 
ship the spirits around the world and some provinces. | William DeKay photo

Rebuilding for success

When John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote sold their Saskatchewan grain farm 11 years ago they were on the top of their game. They were fifth generation farmers, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers alumni, had studied and consulted around the world, Barb was a Nuffield Scholar and together they farmed 5,000 acres of owned and rented land. […] Read more

Brenda Schoepp may be best known for a quote that captured the world’s imagination: “Once in your life you need a doctor, lawyer, policeman, or preacher, but every day — three times a day — you need a farmer.”  |  Supplied photo

Retired feedlot manager never stops learning

Brenda Schoepp embraced education during her career and went on 
to receive a masters’ of arts degree in global leadership at age 60

CAMROSE, Alta. — Brenda Schoepp doesn’t have a job title any more, but she has lots of jobs in her retirement, including writing a book based on research from the master’s degree she obtained after leaving the farm. “There is life after the farm. It is a great one, and the soil and the space […] Read more

It took former hog farmer Colin Millang 27 years, but he eventually received his master’s of divinity and became a full-time Lutheran pastor. His latest parish is Mount Olivet in Sherwood Park, Alta.  |  Mary Macarthur photo

Ex-farmer took hard road to the pulpit

Former Alberta hog producer and now Lutheran pastor struggled for years with an unwillingness to let go of the farm

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — It took Colin Millang 27 years to earn his master’s of divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary to become a pastor. Along the way, he farmed, lost his farm, recognized his depression, beat his depression and finally embraced his new life as a pastor. “There is life after the farm and it […] Read more

Don Gregorich watches the Bow River flow through Calgary with the Peace Bridge and downtown condo towers in the background. He says moving to the city has brought new opportunities. | DOUG FERGUSON PHOTO

Big city life appeals to retired farmer

Former farm leader and municipal politician enjoys giving up past responsibilities: ‘for once, I am in control of the day’

CALGARY — The move from an acreage near the tiny hamlet of Kelsey in central Alberta with a population of 12 to the sprawling city of Calgary with more than a million people has brought big change, but a good change, says former farmer and municipal councillor Don Gregorwich. “In Calgary, there are a lot […] Read more

Ardelle and Roger Kerr turned a corner of their Quilting From the Heart store in Camrose, Alta., fabric store into a studio to teach classes online after COVID-19 changed the way businesses are run. The studio’s backdrop is a series of quilts that the couple made. | MARY MACARTHUR PHOTOS

Dairy producers transition to quilts

Alberta couple says their new business shares many similarities with the farm where they once ran a dairy operation

CAMROSE, Alta. — Running a quilting store and a dairy farm have plenty in common, according to Roger and Ardelle Kerr. A store ties you down, just like a dairy. It’s hard work that can be as never-ending as you want, it’s a large investment and both places encourage families to work together, they said. […] Read more

Farmers across the Prairies face significant yield losses this year because of heat waves and lack of rain. Now they may not be able to fill earlier-signed production contracts. | Randy Vanderveen photo

Contract squeeze worries farmers

CAMROSE, Alta — As heat and drought burn up crops across the Prairies, many farmers wonder if they will have enough crop to fill what they thought were modest production contracts. “I worry about my barley because my barley is 70 percent priced and my canola is at 50 percent priced. A lot of farmers […] Read more

Most crops emerged well in Alberta’s Peace River country this spring but have stalled this summer due to lack of rain. | Randy Vanderveen photo

Extreme heat wave takes toll on Peace country crops

What started as a promising spring with good crop emergence is now looking like it may be one of the worst crops ever in Alberta’s Peace River country. “It is the hottest, driest, without-rain year we have ever seen,” said Rycroft farmer Bryan Woronuk. “Without rain at this point we will suffer large yield losses.” […] Read more

The Resistant Wild Oat Action Committee has rented a Kuhn 152 plow as part of its efforts to find new ways to deal with herbicide resistance, especially in wild oats. | Supplied photo

Will resistant wild oats bend to the plow?

The Resistant Wild Oat Action Committee uses an inversion plow as it seeks answers to a growing problem on the Prairies

CAMROSE, Alta. — Tackling herbicide resistance in wild oats may require a look back to farming methods long ago discarded, including plowing. “It takes a while to wrap your head around plowing when you have not tilled for 35 years,” said Nathan Eshpeter, project manager for the Resistant Wild Oat Action Committee, a subcommittee of […] Read more

 Neil Kimmy of Millet, Alta., holds a bundle of Canadian lynx furs. He said the money he earned from trapping made a down payment on his farm. | Mary MacArthur photo

Alta. farmer spends winters on the trapline

Neil Kimmy says the money earned from trapping isn’t what it used to be; now the incentive is spending time in the bush

MILLET, Alta. — Neil Kimmy loves the land and loves the bush. For nine months of the year Kimmy farms with his family near Millet. But from November to January he works on his traplines near Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta. His passion for trapping started early, and it didn’t take long for […] Read more