At least 100 farming operations plan to open their gates to visitors, with more expected to register by the June 30 deadline. | Screencap via albertafarmdays.ca

Alta. Open Farm Days ready to launch

Many events have been cancelled this summer because of COVID-19. Not Alberta’s Open Farm Days. Barring a second wave of the illness and restrictions it could cause, the event showcasing Alberta’s farms and agricultural industry will proceed on Aug. 15 and 16. At least 100 farming operations plan to open their gates to visitors. Alberta […] Read more

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a complicated disorder

Q:Dear Mr. Andrews. A few years ago, our niece and her husband adopted a young baby. The child has always been a bit slower than other children his age appear, but no one thought much about it until (recently, just before schools were closed up) when his Grade 1 teacher sent a note home to […] Read more

The government noted that calls to the province's Farm Stress Line doubled in 2018-19 compared to the year before, and COVID-19 is placing new stressors on people. | Getty Images

App offers mental health support

A province-wide Innovation Challenge this spring in Saskatchewan has led to an app to help farmers with their mental health. Bridges Health in Saskatoon was chosen from among technology companies that offered solutions to farmers and ranchers. The app, called Avail, will link people to supports they need anywhere and any time. The government noted […] Read more


Survey shows more positive view of gender equality in agriculture

Agriculture continues to make strides as an equal opportunity employer, according to one human resources expert. “We want to make sure people are aware that there are vast opportunities in agriculture and that they’re a fit for anyone that wants to put in the time and effort to be a successful candidate,” said Erika Osmundson […] Read more

Twelve different salad products, all distributed nationally to retail outlets, are affected by the recall. Depending on type, they bear best before dates of July 8, July 11 and July 12. | Screencap via freshexpress.com

Multiple salad products recalled due to potential contamination

UPDATE: The food recall warning issued on June 28, 2020 has been amended to correctly identify the affected products. The corrections for these products are marked by an asterisk (*) on the list available via the link below. The Fresh Express brand of chopped salad is being recalled due to possible cyclospora contamination. Cyclospora is […] Read more


The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan conducted the survey between May 2019 and January 2020. More than 500 responses from across the province indicated that 75 percent of them were dissatisfied with service levels in rural areas. | Twitter/@AgProducersSK  image

Rural internet, cellphone coverage lax: survey

A Saskatchewan survey backs up what many rural residents have said for years: cellphone and internet service isn’t good enough. The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan conducted the survey between May 2019 and January 2020. More than 500 responses from across the province indicated that 75 percent of them were dissatisfied with service levels in […] Read more

At least 100 farming operations plan to open their gates to visitors, with more expected to register by the June 30 deadline. | Screencap via albertafarmdays.ca

Open Farm Days ready to go

Many events have been cancelled this summer because of COVID-19. Not Alberta’s Open Farm Days. Barring a second wave of the illness and restrictions it could cause, the event showcasing Alberta’s farms and agricultural industry will proceed on Aug. 15 and 16. At least 100 farming operations plan to open their gates to visitors, with […] Read more

Werner Zacharias’s unwavering dedication to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank was said to be the key to the organization’s growth and popularity in west-central Saskatchewan.  |  Photo courtesy of Peter Janze

‘What a great way to give back’

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank remembers long-time benefactor who donated 190 acres of farmland to the organization

Hard working, devout, determined and beholden. Those are a few of the words that could be used to describe the late Werner Zacharias, who farmed, preached the gospel and raised a family of five children near Fiske, Sask., along with his wife, Elsie. Generous is another, said Rick Block. “In late 2017, I was made […] Read more


Pre-cook the lentils and chop the vegetable ahead of time to help make these Asian lentil lettuce wraps a quickly prepared light lunch.  |  Betty Ann Deobald photo

Adding pulses can make summer meals more enjoyable

Chickpeas, lentils, dry peas and beans, collectively known as pulses, are low in fat and an excellent source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. With the pandemic isolation, many people stocked their pantries with nonperishable foods, including pulses. Using these pulses in summer meals is a good way to up the nutrient content, add variety […] Read more

Kevin Lefsrud, who farms near Viking, Alta., started distilling honey as a way to find a creative outlet after retiring from the CFL because of concussions. | Section 35 photo

Producer finds fun outlet making honey liquor

On the Farm: Kevin Lefsrud needed a creative pastime after retiring from the Canadian Football League because of multiple concussions

VIKING, Alta. — When Kevin Lefsrud began coping with his concussion, he realized he needed a creative outlet to improve his mental health. He decided to distill honey, creating an array of uniquely flavoured alcohols through his company, Section 35. “Concussions are a very nasty thing,” he said, speaking in a telephone interview from his […] Read more