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The BASF Safety Scouts kit includes a variety of activities to teach children about safety on the farm. | BASF photo

Kit teaches kids about farm safety

BASF and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association used to offer programs through schools that taught children about safety on the farm. But with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing children home, it became even more pivotal to teach children about safety on the farm. As a result, BASF and CASA joined forces to create the Kid’s Safety […] Read more

The five inductees for this year — Gordon Bacon, Don Buckingham, Stan Eby, Johanne Ross, and Phil Williams - contributed to agriculture in Canada in different ways. Gordon Bacon (pictured above) was the chief executive officer of Pulse Canada for more than 20 years, starting in 1997. | File photo

Agricultural hall of fame welcomes five new members

Five agricultural leaders are being inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame this year. The ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Winnipeg. “This year’s inductees have all had a major impact on Canadian agriculture,” said Trish Jordan, president of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. Gordon Bacon received the award for his work […] Read more

Smashed cucumber salad may become your summer favourite. It’s cool and crisp and either makes a good side dish or can be served on rice 
vermicelli for a main course. | Sarah Galvin photo

Keep summer vegetables at the centre of meals this year

It’s peak of the season at farmers markets and home gardens across the country but what do you do with the armfuls of fresh vegetables? Are you tired of the same old recipes? Want to try something new? I have spent the past couple of weeks testing recipes and looking for new ways to use […] Read more



 Parker and Quinton Weiss work at the carousel for the afternoon milking at Hatview Dairy. | Alex McCuaig photo

Hatview Dairy makes it work in southern Alta.

On the Farm: Three generations of Weisses have operated their successful dairy just outside Medicine Hat for 70 years

The Prairies are best known for growing breadbasket crops and hosting the largest cattle herds in the nation. However, when it comes to dairy, Alberta doesn’t come top of mind. It may even be surprising to some that the province has the country’s third highest number of dairy farms — at slightly more than 500 […] Read more


Todd and Jack Rennebohm look at the book Todd wrote to help children cope when their parents deal with mental health challenges. | Christalee Froese photo

Despair turns into kids’ book about mental health

After hitting rock bottom, including a suicide attempt, Sask. man writes book to help children with mentally ill parents

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — It was a very dark night that eventually led Todd Rennebohm out into the light. In the middle of a drinking and smoking binge in his garage, Rennebohm began thinking about how his kids, then aged 10 and 12, viewed his emotional struggles. Rock bottom had come after many challenges with […] Read more

Denise Stilling, a researcher at the University of Regina, conducts an experiment as part of her research with decomposable straws. | Denise Stilling photo

Crop residue may be turned into decomposable straws

Researcher receives $150,000 grant for work on pulping flax straw and turning it into drinking straws that can decompose


When Denise Stilling grew up on a farm, she saw what it meant to reuse materials in a way that isn’t done anywhere else. “I remember as a kid, we reused that plastic twine and that hemp twine and we’d make hammocks for us to play on,” Stilling said. “So I kind of grew up […] Read more

Corb Lund might not be an obvious choice as a campaigner against fossil fuel expansion. But the music star has taken on an unexpected new role, as a leader of efforts to stop new open pit coal mines in western Canada's iconic Rocky Mountains. | Supplied photo

Country music star spurs unlikely coalition against coal

TORONTO, July 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With hits like the “Roughest Neck Around” that celebrate oil workers, Canadian country rocker Corb Lund might not be an obvious choice as a campaigner against fossil fuel expansion. But the music star has taken on an unexpected new role, as a leader of efforts to stop new […] Read more


The winding road of infertility was difficult and painful for Leah and Justin Bridgeman of Binscarth, Man., but ended happily, first with the IVF conception of Adalie, who was born in 2018, and then the natural conception of Kolt, who was born in 2020. | Submitted photo

Couple’s IVF story has happy ending

In vitro fertilization treatments are an expensive and emotionally exhausting option for those struggling with infertility

Many couples cope with the heartbreak and stress of infertility. For those living in rural areas, where access to specialists is limited, treatment options can often be less accessible and more costly than they are for urban residents. On top of the actual treatments, some of which are not covered by provincial health-care plans, rural […] Read more

Place cooked burgers in a flavourful barbecue sauce to keep them hot, juicy and ready to serve to hungry swimmers or fishermen at the cabin. | Betty Ann Deobald photo

Easy meal ideas put more fun into summer at the lake

On the back deck or at the cabin, easy to prepare meals and treats are always welcome. Reader Alice Eagle of Lloydminster was looking for a barbecue sauce that can be put in a crockpot to keep a quantity of barbecued burgers hot and ready to serve. The following recipe is ideal. Bickleigh BBQ Burger […] Read more