Alberta Ag Minister eases concerns over changes to new agency legislation

Alberta’s agriculture ministry is moving to ease worries that non-farmers might be appointed to hear agricultural nuisance disputes. The provincial government proposed new legislation Oct. 31 to dissolve the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) practice review committee and 13 other agencies. Official changes are currently being debated in the legislature. The AOPA committee used to […] Read more


UCP candidates stress fiscal management

The three men vying for leadership of Alberta’s nascent United Conservative Party squared off in their fifth and final debate Oct. 17 in Lethbridge. Brian Jean, Jason Kenney and Doug Schweitzer talked turkey to party members in the final push to the UCP membership vote scheduled for Oct. 28. There was no mention of agriculture […] Read more


Farm groups plan to have a say at climate change hearings

Agriculture can be part of the climate change solution, say Alberta farmers, and they want to tell their good news story during a provincial government consultation process. The government has appointed an advisory panel that will review the province’s climate change policy and consult with Albertans on how the government can play a role in […] Read more




Alberta election 2015 – survey results

Albertans will go to the polls May 5 to elect the next government. As part of the Western Producer’s provincial election coverage, we posed six questions to various farmers and ranchers. Take the survey Results will be posted below once moderated. Here are the results: (UPDATED: Tuesday May 5, 2015 – 1400 CST) Don Boles, […] Read more



RMs eager to be in public spotlight

EDMONTON — Albertans don’t need a crystal ball to predict an upcoming election, and rural councilors aren’t relying on soothsayers to ensure their message is relayed to politicians. Instead, the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties has launched a campaign to help rural councillors get their message to politicians during the expected provincial election. […] Read more