The Lindenbachs say the larger barn’s ventilation system helps prevent heat stress in the cattle. | MELISSA BEZAN PHOTO

Dairy farm family not satisfied standing still

On the Farm: After farming for more than 100 years, the Lindenbachs’ latest step forward was to build a robotic barn

Down a gravel road just north of Balgonie, Sask., is a building fondly referred to as the “big green barn.” It’s a landmark, of sorts. And inside that big green barn is a large dairy operation. Kenton Lindenbach operates Robella Holsteins with his family. In the yard, three houses surround the big green barn, showing […] Read more

A horseback trip into the wilds of Banff National Park offers an attractive alternative to lugging a heavy backpack and being self-sufficient for camping. | ROBIN AND ARLENE KARPAN PHOTOS

Backcountry adventure reveals another side of Banff

It didn’t take long before we entered a completely different world. As we rode away from the Banff Trail Riders stables on the outskirts of Banff, Alta., we passed the last of the hikers and cyclists. We were headed to Sundance Lodge in the Banff wilderness, and until we returned two days later, we saw […] Read more

New map tracks fusarium spread in Alberta

The fusarium infection surveillance project has put the province’s growers in a better place than they were a few years ago

Alberta Seed Processors has developed a new map and report to help producers and pedigreed seed growers control the spread of fusarium graminearum. Earlier this month, the group released a report and map that shows which areas of Alberta were most heavily impacted by fusarium graminearum, the pathogen that causes fusarium headblight in wheat and […] Read more


Lentils, Warner County, Alberta | photo by Adam Vossepoel (@voss_ag)

Drought 2021

Historic drought challenges farmers

These are trying times for many Prairie producers, with withered crops and parched pastures across wide swaths of the growing region. To help keep you informed about the issue this page will be continually updated with the latest drought-related news and solutions you can use produced by The Western Producer’s team of professional reporters and […] Read more

Curtis McRae shows federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau drought-hit crops on his farm north of Winnipeg last week during the minister’s visit to Manitoba. | ED WHITE PHOTO

Bibeau’s visit highlights widespread scope of drought

ST ANDREWS, Man. — It was crunchy and dusty in Curtis McRae’s wheat field as he showed Marie-Claude Bibeau his stunted crops. But despite grasshoppers rocketing away in all directions during the federal agriculture minister’s visit, the sight of deep cracks in the soil between skinny crop rows and other evidence of the severe hit […] Read more


Labour dispute hits border services

Staff at Canada Border Services Agency take a strike vote and farmers ponder the ramifications

Farmers are used to worrying about labour disputes at Vancouver and Montreal. But what about a dispute along the giant Canada-United States border, as well as airports, ports and other import-export centres? It isn’t what those connected to Canada’s export-focused agricultural industry want to think about, but it’s a possibility now that Canada’s border staff […] Read more

Alberta government proposes local food label

Provincial initiative is intended to make it easier for consumers who want to buy food ‘Made in Alberta, by Albertans’

What’s in a name? Producers, food processors and consumers in Alberta are about to find out due to a provincial government initiative. The proposed Made in Alberta, by Albertans label will help shoppers quickly identify food made in our province when choosing an item at their local farmers’ market or grocery store, said a provincial […] Read more

Alta. municipalities declare states of emergency

As an ongoing drought tightens its grip on much of Alberta, an increasing number of rural municipalities are declaring an agricultural state of disaster to try to help stricken farmers and ranchers face the crisis. “I think a lot of municipalities are wanting to make sure they’re providing some assistance and support to our members […] Read more


Drought aid includes tax deferral, AgriRecovery

Ottawa also trying to adjust the AgriInsurance program so that drought-damaged crops can be made available for feed

As the federal government looks to manage impacts of ongoing drought conditions, livestock producers in regions of five provinces are now eligible for a tax deferral program. Minister of Agriculture Marie Claude Bibeau announced last week that producers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario would be eligible for support. “At times like this […] Read more

Greenfeed, silage needed in Man.

A coalition of farm groups is asking Manitoba producers to consider all options before harvesting a drought-damaged crop this summer. “Successive droughts in some regions of the province have taxed livestock producers’ ability to secure feed, so being able to source alternative feed and roughage sources is critical,” said Manitoba Beef Producers president Tyler Fulton. […] Read more