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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

A rising consumer interest in meat alternatives is being seen in Western Canada as a number of pea processing plants are under construction or already operational.  |  File photo

Plant-based protein becomes more popular

Researchers link a projected decline in meat prices to reduced demand as Canadians look to lower meat consumption

Canadians are showing more interest in reducing meat consumption while increasing their purchases of plant-based proteins, according to data compiled in the latest Food Price Report from the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University. Overall, the report predicted a 1.5 to 3.5 percent increase in the average Canadian food bill in 2019. At the high […] Read more

Remove the wishbone before carving the turkey. It will be easier to make nice cuts off the breast.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

These tips can help make Christmas dinner a success

The countdown is on. Although Christmas dinner is usually a set menu, it is nice to change things up from time to time. If it is your first time hosting, then here are some tried and true tips for success. The best mashed potatoes Starchy potatoes such as Yukon gold or russets are the best […] Read more


Ty Shelton feeds his cattle some potatoes on his farm near Lac La Biche.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Soil health key for northern Alberta farm

On the Farm: The Sheltons have made significant improvements to their potato yields by properly managing their soil

LAC LA BICHE, Alta. — The Shelton family has managed to turn their once sandy soils into something rich and fertile, a testament to their ongoing commitment to improve the land. The proof can be seen in the food they grow on their Sand Springs Ranch.  Their potatoes, once yielding 10 tonnes to the acre, […] Read more

Lucy Collin, in green, from New Zealand, fits cattle with Katie and Andre Steppler of Miami, Man., during Canadian Western Agribition. | Karen Briere photo

Agribition offers chance to learn

Lucy Collin was five days into a new job, in a new country, and appeared to be having the time of her life in the Charolais barn at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina. Collin is from Rauriki Charolais in Central Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. She came to Canada for the first time in July as […] Read more


Confidants are important for sharing sensitive news

Q: My sister-in-law phoned last week just before we were to spend the night with her at their place and said, “you can’t stay here; we are having a problem with our family.” She was so upset on the telephone that I could not help but press her a bit to find out what was […] Read more

This morning, McDonald's released a new policy on antibiotics that will affect cattle producers in North America, Europe, Brazil and Australia. | File photo

McDonald’s takes aim at antibiotic use in cattle

This morning, McDonald’s released a new policy on antibiotics that will affect cattle producers in North America, Europe, Brazil and Australia. The fast food chain has set a goal of reducing the use of antibiotics, important to human health, which will affect 85 percent of its beef supply chain. “McDonald’s believes antibiotic resistance is a […] 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


Riley Cote battles for a rebound while playing with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008. Cote says he started using cannabidiol oil in 2014 to “mitigate some of the long-term damage from getting punched in the face for eight years.” |  REUTERS/Tim Shaffer photo

NHLer credits CBD for recovery

Riley Cote, who played as a forward for the Philadelphia Flyers, now sells hemp extracts and related health products 


In 2010, Riley Cote was living the dream. He was a forward with the Philadelphia Flyers, was cashing a huge paycheck and had fulfilled his childhood dream of playing in the NHL. One problem — he was miserable. “This represents the lowest point of my individual life,” Cote said while pointing to a photo of […] Read more

Ellen and Andries Boersma prepare the goats for the day’s second milking at 5 p.m., which takes about three hours. Andries built the milking parlour with the help of family and friends. Because the couple did so much of the hands-on work of converting the cow dairy barns to be suitable for goats, they are confident they’ll be able to do a lot of any necessary fixing. | Maria Johnson photo

Empty cow barns filled with milking goats

On the Farm: Buying dairy goats proved to be much more affordable than dairy cows for this young Alberta couple

MORNINGSIDE, Alta. — When Andries and Ellen Boersma direct newcomers to Boersma Goat Dairy, they are sure to tell them to turn into the laneway with the Holstein cow painted on the sign. People have been known to drive on by, which is an understandable mistake. The Holstein sign was painted by Ellen’s father, Cor […] Read more