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The surge of counterfeit honey into global honey supplies has been devastating for Canadian beekeepers. | WP graphic

Faking it – the great honey robbery

The great honey robbery | Canadian producers are forced to react as the burgeoning trade in counterfeit honey threatens to upend their industry. | BY ROBIN BOOKER

ROBLIN, Man. — The surge of counterfeit honey into global honey supplies has been devastating for Canadian beekeepers. “It’s been twisting my hand because I can’t stay here,” said Tim Wendell of Wendell Honey. “I don’t know if the price is coming back or how long it’s going to take. It always has come back, […] Read more

Analysts see no end in sight for high diesel prices.  | File photo

Diesel prices expected to stay high

As supply tightens, farmers should consider stocking up on diesel before it’s too late, according to an analyst. “We think the market’s getting kind of overdone down here and this might be your best chance,” said Phil Flynn of the Price Futures Group in Chicago. “If we do get a cold winter, I think we’ll […] Read more

University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well.
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USMCA receives good grade

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been praised and pilloried for her negotiation of the new North American Free Trade Agreement, now dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Which does she deserve? University of Lethbridge political science professor Chris Kukucha thinks that Freeland and Canada’s negotiators did reasonably well. “Ultimately what happened here is we get an […] Read more


The Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce

Canada joins support for global gene editing

A statement on agricultural applications of precision biotechnology signed by 13 countries includes gene editing

The federal government has come out in favour of gene editing. Or, more accurately, the Government of Canada believes gene edited crops can help farmers produce “safe and affordable food, feed, fibres, and energy in the 21st century.” The quote comes from a statement released in early November and was delivered during a World Trade […] Read more

 John Ellenberger wipes the morning condensation from a mural he’s working on in the open air at his acreage home. He’s redoing a memorial mural honouring soldiers who fought during the First World War and Second World War that he painted in the early 1990s. The mural will be installed at the Royal Canadian Legion in Iriquois, Ont.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Artist about town: retelling history in murals

This Alberta painter has worked in a variety of mediums, but it’s the larger-than-life murals that keep him the most busy

RED DEER —John Ellenberger of Little John’s Custom Painting is a sign painter by trade, a mural artist by request and a teacher by default. Many of his murals portray history in larger-than-life colour — a lesson in from where and how far we’ve come. “Everyone wants to show the history of their town,” says […] Read more


This map shows the plan for development of the Prentice Wildlife Corridor in the Crowsnest Pass.  |  Barb Glen photo

Southwestern Alberta gets wildlife corridor

COLEMAN, Alta. — Bloody smears on Highway 3 between Lundbreck and the British Columbia border are commonplace. They are evidence of vehicle collisions with wildlife on that ever-busier stretch of road. Deer, elk, cougars, wolverines and bears are struck, killing the animals and causing damage and injury to the travelling public. Oct. 26 brought signs […] Read more

Eric Johnson of the University of Saskatchewan’s agriculture college speaking at the Organic Connections Conference and Trade Show held in Saskatoon Nov. 1-3.
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Organic weed war uses ‘many little hammers’

Researchers identify three mechanical control practices for organic farming, but none of them work well on their own

Organic crop researchers are now focused on developing a larger, more diverse tool kit to control weeds. “The research has kind of evolved to the point where we’ve looked at things in isolation and now we’re looking at integrating a number of different factors,” Eric Johnson of the University of Saskatchewan’s agriculture college said during […] Read more

Most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October.
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Harvest 2018 almost a wrap across the Prairies

The harvest window has closed again after rain followed by sub-zero temperatures and snow swept the Prairies Nov. 4-5. However, most crops are now in the bin, thanks to a two-week window of warm, dry conditions opening up in October. After multiple weeks of delay, many producers were able to return to their fields and […] Read more


There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist from the University of California Davis: get rid of supply management and allow farmers to export chicken and dairy products to the world. | File photo

Has chicken industry lost out?

In late October the federal government created a couple of working groups with the goal of helping Canadian dairy and poultry farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist […] Read more

Alberta Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier, third from left, stands with the latest inductees to the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame: Ronald Howard, left, Dietrich Kuhlmann and Garnet Altwasser.  |  Government of Alberta photo

Ag Hall of Fame unveils inductees

The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame has three new inductees: agribusiness leader Garnet Altwasser, plant pathologist Ronald Howard and horticulture specialist Dietrich Kuhlmann. The three men were inducted Oct. 26 in a ceremony at Leduc. Altwasser is well known in the cattle industry, having served for 30 years as president and chief executive officer of […] Read more