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FCC contributes to community projects Farm Credit Canada is giving $1.5 million through it FCC AgriSpirit Fund to 78 community groups to support rural capital projects. Between $5,000 and $25,000 is awarded for community improvement projects such as hospitals and medical centres, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, arenas, swimming pools, recreation areas and […] Read more


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Equipment Association gets new president Wally Butler from Mazergroup has been elected president of the board of directors at the Western Equipment Dealers Association for the next two years. Butler, who resides in Winnipeg, has more than 20 years of equipment dealer leadership experience, including years of serving on the inventory finance advisory board for […] Read more


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Angus association honours 50 years Don Mackenzie of Mackenzie Red Angus was recently honoured by the Canadian Angus Association for his 50 years of membership. Working with his four brothers: Ted, Mark, Kenny and Rodney, the family operation was the first to import Red Angus genetics including one herd sire, one cow/calf pair, and two […] Read more



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Searchable food policy planning tool developed The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia has developed a new food policy planning tool to help local governments and other interested stakeholders easily cross-reference existing policies on a wide variety of topics from urban farm business licences to agricultural zoning. Lack of […] Read more


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Nuffield Canada Scholars announced Nuffield Canada has selected four recipients for its 2018 program. Ellen Crane from Murray Siding, N.S., is general manager of the Maritime Beef Council. Her study topic will focus on which beef production attributes are most important to consumers, what consumers are willing to pay for and ways that producers can […] Read more



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Juice facility gets funding The federal government is investing up to $6.3 million to the Greenhouse Juice Company in Ontario to invest in cold pasteurization. It is expected to increase the shelf life of the company’s organic juices. The repayable loan will enable the company to expand into their Mississauga facility. As a result of […] Read more


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Animal health award Crystal Mackay, president of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, was recently presented with the Canadian Animal Health Institute Industry Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership, innovation and accomplishments in Canadian animal health. Mackay has led many initiatives including the Farm & Food Care and the new Canadian Centre for Food […] Read more


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Biochar study to target methane in cattle The University of Lethbridge will use $1.1 million in federal funds to see if biochar in beef cattle diets will reduce the amount of methane gas expelled. Biochar is charcoal produced from plant matter. The bulk of recent research on the material has focused on use in soil […] Read more



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New college chair Leona Staples has been appointed chair of the Olds College board of governors by of Alberta’s advanced education ministry. Staples was previously a member of the College Board of Governors for two terms. Her background includes areas of business, innovation and agriculture. She is an owner and operator of the Jungle Farm, […] Read more


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4-H Alberta presents Premier’s Award Alyssa Henderson from the Central Lacombe 4-H Beef Club received the 2017 4-H Alberta Premier’s Award. Henderson was chosen from among the province’s top 4-H members during the 60th annual 4-H Selections program at Olds College in Olds, Alta. She will represent 4-H Alberta at various regional 4-H and agricultural […] Read more