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Family Meats Ltd. in Ponoka, Alta., was destroyed by fire earlier this week.  | Ponoka County Protective Services photo

Fire destroys Alberta slaughterhouse

PONOKA, Alta. — A sheet of ice covered the parking lot and yard site of the charred remains of Family Meats Ltd. in Ponoka earlier this week, and an insurance adjuster arrived Tuesday to start the investigation. The ice formed from the run-off of thousands of gallons of water sprayed to extinguish a fire that […] Read more

A RCMP officer examines a rural property in the St. Paul, Alta. area.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta adding 500 RCMP to fight rural crime

The Alberta government plans on adding 500 more RCMP positions in the province, though it will be requiring small communities to shoulder the majority of the new costs. The province announced Dec. 4 that it’s implementing a new police funding model that will see communities and the federal government inject an additional $286 million over […] Read more

Neil Townsend (left) of FarmLink and Jason Newton (right) of Nutrien discussed farm consolidation at the Grain World Conference in Saskatoon, Sask. on Nov. 28. (Glen Hallick, MarketsFarm)

Farm consolidation key to increasing yields

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – Consolidating farms – going from numerous small operations to fewer, but much larger farms -is central to improving crop yields, according to the grain industry’s Neil Townsend and Jason Newton. Townsend is the chief market analyst for FarmLink Marketing Solutions, while Newton is the chief economist and head of marketing research for […] Read more


Animal rights protesters make their opinions known during the Dec. 4 court appearance of three people accused of breaking into an Alberta turkey farm in September. | Fort Macleod Gazette/Frank McTighe photo

Turkey barn accused appear in court

Three people accused of breaking into a southern Alberta turkey farm appeared in Fort Macleod, Alta., provincial court Dec. 4 and had their cases adjourned to Jan. 8. Claire Buchanan, 28, of Calgary, Maxwell Ming Mah, 46, of Edmonton and Kennadi Rae Herbert, 24, of Pincher Creek, Alta., were each charged with breaking and entering […] Read more



Coleslaw recalled | Photo from Canadian Food Inspection Agency

PC coleslaw recalled across western Canada

President’s Choice brand coleslaw, distributed by Loblaw companies, is the subject of a recall across western Canada due to risk of contamination with salmonella bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the recall Dec. 3. It pertains to 397-gram packages of coleslaw with best before dates of Dec. 4. No illnesses have been reported in […] Read more

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Canadians to spend more on food in 2020: report

Winnipeg, (MarketsFarm) – Canadians will spend two to four per cent more on food in 2020, according to the latest Canada Food Price Report from researchers at Dalhousie University’s Agri-Food Analytics Lab and the University of Guelph. The average family in the country will see their total food bill for groceries and restaurant meals rise […] Read more



Watershed year for AGT

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – This year has been a watershed year for AGT Food and Ingredients, according to the company’s president and CEO Murad Al-Katib, who spoke at the recent Grain World Conference in Saskatoon, Sask. Earlier in 2019, AGT was delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange, as Al-Katib moved to take the company private after […] Read more

Great opportunities exist for Canadian pulses, says AGT president

WINNIPEG, (MarketsFarm) – To Murad Al-Katib the opportunities for Canadian pulse exports to India are amazing, provided one correctly understands the context of India’s tariffs on pulses. Also, he said those Canadian exporters must realize they need to switch from being solely dependent on commodities to adding value by shipping food and ingredients. “We need […] Read more