The Canadian Crop Hail Association released its hail summary November 1, noting lack of moisture in many areas this summer resulted in fewer storms than average. However, severity in terms of crop damage was high in the few storms that did gather. | File photo

Severe hailstorms drive up claims

Every cloud has a silver lining, as the saying goes, but for the prairie growing season of 2018, the silver lining came without many clouds — hail clouds in particular. The Canadian Crop Hail Association released its hail summary Nov. 1, noting lack of moisture in many areas this summer resulted in fewer storms than […] Read more

International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr spent a snowy lunch with leaders of Manitoba’s farming and agriculture communities in downtown Winnipeg Nov. 2 just before heading to China.  |  Ed White photo

Trade mission to China reflects new optimism

Three federal cabinet ministers will visit China this week as Canada focuses its trade gaze on the Asian country

Snow was falling and servers were shivering, but the mood was warm and sunny as leaders of Canada and Manitoba’s farming industries mingled with government representatives to celebrate agricultural trade. It was easy to understand why they were so happy. A few months earlier, the North American Free Trade Agreement was in doubt, the Comprehensive […] Read more

Lisa Peters talks about her honey business almost as though it’s philosophy, discussing her love of the creatures and her detailed knowledge of the workings of the bee world. | File photo

Beekeeper hopes to help boost population

Saskatchewan farmer also began raising bees as a way to reduce the amount of white sugar that her family consumed

Autumn in the country is a season that can stir emotions. Getting the crop in is a sure sign of progress, sending children off to school is a welcome task and taking up winter work blends together in a fall routine for many farmers and ranchers at this time of year. Lisa Peters from Burnham […] Read more


Harold Hathaway was the first Hathaway brother to enlist in the First World War.  |  Hathaway family photo

When the Hathaways went to war

Surviving letters from one of two prairie brothers shed light on the tragic experiences of Canadian soldiers in the First World War

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement, which ended the First World War on Nov. 11, 1918. When it began in 1914, most thought it would be a brief skirmish. “I’ll be home by Christmas” was the phrase used often by volunteers. On their homesteads west of Lloydminster, two […] Read more

Amber Fletcher told the House of Commons agriculture committee that rising input costs, driven by the corporate need for profit, are reducing the ability for farmers to profit.  |  Getty Images

Higher incomes not alleviating farm stress

Despite a rising trend in farm income over the last 10 years, farmers are experiencing significant uncertainty and stress, says a University of Regina researcher. Dr. Amber Fletcher, speaking to the House of Commons agriculture committee during its study of mental health, said her analysis of farm income between 1981 and 2017 “shows that since […] Read more


Iron Ox says its indoor farm can produce 30 times more food per acre than a traditional farm, thanks to its artificial intelligence software, hydroponics and increased efficiency.  |  Iron Ox photo

Fully automated indoor farm launches in California

CORRECTION – 1135 CST – November 9, 2018 – the original version of this story incorrectly referred to Iron Ox’s indoor farm as a greenhouse. The first fully automated robotic farm has started operations in the United States, hoping to help address the labour shortage problem facing many operations. Iron Ox, based in California, said […] Read more

Deborah Dobbin points out an archival photo of her grandfather working on a threshing crew. The photo was part of a display about the award-winning documentary film that Dobbins helped create, documenting black settlers in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  |  Barb Glen photo

New documentary focuses on black settlers

African American homesteaders who arrived early in the last century make up a little known chapter in prairie history

They came, enticed by early 20th century advertisements about “the last best west” in Canada, where a quarter of land could be had for $10. The welcome mat was out. But when more than 1,500 African Americans arrived at the Canadian border, they were not welcomed. It became obvious that white people were preferred. In […] Read more

DeVar Dahl recently led a tour of habitat that supports northern leopard frogs. No frogs were heard or seen Oct. 18 in Magrath, Alta., but the group got a look at prime habitat for the animals.  |  Barb Glen photo

VIDEO: Have leopard frogs changed their spots?

Frogs are a litmus test for the health of riparian areas and efforts are underway to increase populations in Alberta after years of decline

MAGRATH, Alta. — As a youth, DeVar Dahl used to chase and capture northern leopard frogs in ponds in and around his southern Alberta hometown of Magrath, Alta. Later, as a young teacher, he would capture frogs for use in teaching biology classes. But when he revisited those ponds to share the fun of frog […] Read more


Companies that make breakfast cereal have been working to revive old brands, introduce new products and build new markets, but it’s tough slogging.  | REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni photo

Cereal makers not giving up on breakfast food

Cereals continue to suck the wind from the sails of breakfast food makers’ stocks, but one is doubling down on the category to try to reverse the slumping demand. “We could have lifted our foot off the gas pedal on our expansion of single-serve on-the-go items … but we chose not to do so,” Kellogg […] Read more

Veggie burgers and other meat substitutes are becoming madly popular. | Screencap via aw.ca

Meat losing out to plant protein

There’s bad news for livestock producers but good news for plant protein providers in a new joint study from Dalhousie and Guelph universities. Not only are growing numbers of young people eschewing and resisting meat consumption, but many aging baby boomers are avoiding meat most days. “It really points to a challenge the sector has,” […] Read more