Farmers who are thinking about selling the farm should start by considering what they want to do with the money.  |  File photo

How to get the most out of a farmland sale

Selling farmland has changed along with the price. While demand is obviously higher, so are the opportunities to improve the sale price and shorten the period that land is on the market. In many cases, the value of grain land on the Canadian Prairies doubled in the five years after 2010 and has seen solid […] Read more


Marj and Ernest Swehla say retirement just means doing things differently.  |  Shirley Byers photo

Farming smarter can often mean farming later

A farm couple from Saskatchewan say they have no plans to retire, at least not in the way that it’s been traditionally done


They have worked hard for many years, they have overcome challenges and age-wise they might qualify; nevertheless, Marj and Ernest Swehla have no intention of retiring now — or ever. At least not in the conventional way. “Our retirement just means doing things differently,” says Ernest at their dining room table in their farm home […] Read more


Smart Sole is a shoe insert that has GPS tracking.

New gadgets help seniors stay at home longer

In Canada, more than 90 percent of people age 65 and older choose to stay in their homes and communities, according to Statistics Canada. Among seniors in their 90s, about half live in private households. If you or someone you love is among that number, there are many devices and gadgets that can make staying […] Read more

Fears over delays stem from the province’s plan to move 120,000 barrels of oil a day by 2020, purchasing as many as 7,000 tanker cars and 80 locomotives.
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Alta. politicians debate oil car plan

Grain movement might be the big issue on producers’ minds as Alberta heads into an election this spring. Worries about potential backlogs were heavily discussed during an MLA and candidate panel at FarmTech Jan. 29 with representatives from the political left and right offering their thoughts on the issue. “Transportation is a large concern of […] Read more


The grenade was found in Hong Kong in a shipment from France.  |  Hong Kong police photo

First World War hand grenade found in load of potatoes

Spare a thought for workers in a Hong Kong potato chip factory after they found an unexploded hand grenade in a shipment of potatoes just imported from France. The German grenade, thought to be from the First World War, was found in the potatoes while staff at the factory were unloading them. It is believed […] Read more

The 100 soil monoliths were collected in the 1950s and 1960s and housed at Agriculture Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre until they were moved to Lethbridge College last year.  |  Barb Glen photo

Unique collection tells story of Alberta soil

The 110 vertical samples now residing at Lethbridge College are considered priceless reminders of province’s soil legacy

Soil can tell tales. Its layers, colours and textures reveal events of yesterday, yesteryear and eons past. The 110 soil monoliths collected by Agriculture Canada researchers in the 1950s and 1960s are among those storytellers. The narrow columns of soil about one metre in length and 20 centimetres across are now on display at Lethbridge […] Read more

Recent surveys show neonicotinoids have been detected in Alberta water bodies, though their risk of impacting aquatic invertebrates is considered low.
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Low neonic levels found in Alta. water bodies

Survey data comes as the Pest Management Regulatory Agency studies the possibility of banning neonic use in Canada

Recent surveys show neonicotinoids have been detected in Alberta water bodies, though their risk of impacting aquatic invertebrates is considered low. The data, shared by Alberta Agriculture during FarmTech on Jan. 29, found neonics ranged in concentrations of 2.5 nanograms per litre to 125.9 nanograms per litre at 61 of the 102 sample sites in […] Read more


The agriculture department is looking at the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act’s advisory committee as a way to keep producers involved.  |  File photo

Feds consider changes to seed royalty proposal

Agriculture Canada officials say they have listened to concerns that the proposals give the seed industry a blank cheque

Nobody is comfortable with a blank cheque. Over the last few months, representatives of Agriculture Canada have met with farmers to discuss proposed changes to the plant breeders’ rights system, in which farmers would pay royalties on farm-saved seed. During the meetings, which were held in Western Canada, Ottawa and Prince Edward Island, farmers have […] Read more

Danish officials fear wild boar could spread African swine fever to the country’s hog barns with devasting effects. |  Ritzau Scanpix/Frank Cilius photo

Denmark builds fence to keep wild boar out of country

Denmark plans to build a fence along its border with Germany in a bid to keep out wild boar. Danish officials fear wild boar could spread African swine fever to the country’s hog barns with devasting effects. Denmark has about 3,000 pig farms with 12 million pigs. The industry is rated among the top in […] Read more