Premier Rachel Notley said March 8 that the government and the RCMP have partnered to come up with plans on combating rural crime in the province. | Jeremy SImes photo

Alta. and RCMP partner to increase efforts on fighting rural crime

The Alberta government is planning to increase efforts on combating rural crime in the province. During the throne speech at the legislature Thursday, Alberta lieutenant governor Lois Mitchell announced new initiatives that both the province and the RCMP will undertake to address rural crime. She said the initiatives include investing in new tracking technology and […] Read more

Alberta’s oil sector is trying to recover and “make $50 oil work” but analyst Todd Hirsch says the slow growth may allow agriculture to expand with less competition for labourers.  |  Getty photo

Energy no longer Alberta’s engine, says economist

Southern Alberta’s focus on agriculture has cushioned it against the recession that devastated parts of the province where the energy sector was the economic engine. Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, told those at the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association water conference Nov. 21 that agriculture has created a more consistent economic base in the […] Read more

A resolution was defeated at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties convention asking to lobby government for off-highway vehicle licensing.  |  File photo

Alberta councillors reject OHV registration

Sixty percent of rural delegates opposed the resolution for licensing, saying the fee would hurt rural residents and involve more government red tape

Alberta’s rural leaders won’t be lobbying the provincial government to institute a licensing system for off-highway vehicles anytime soon. The decision came about following much debate during the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMD&C) annual convention on Nov. 15. Rod Shaigec, the mayor of Parkland County, brought forward the resolution to lobby the […] Read more

Alta. provides tax relief for abandoned wells

The Alberta government is set to provide rural communities with tax relief after officials announced today they’re launching a new program that deals with defunct oil and gas properties. The program, called called the Provincial Education Requisition Credit (PERC), will have funding of up to $10 million annually for municipal districts and counties to access.  […] Read more

Beef producers in Alberta may be approaching an agreement on how to handle a $3 levy collected on every animal sold. | File photo

Beef check-off truce likely

INNISFAIL, Alta. — Beef producers in Alberta may be approaching an agreement on how to handle a $3 levy collected on every animal sold. Nothing is official but a plebiscite may be proposed to create a beef industry development fund and an agreed upon division of money among industry groups. “The biggest hitch is, where […] Read more

The visitor's centre just outside the town has been burned to the ground, but the scenic Prince of Wales Hotel, an iconic structure that is a symbol of Waterton park, was reportedly intact as of noon today. | Photo via Twitter/Mark Dewsbery

Fire damages ranches in southwestern Alberta

Damage has been reported to farms and ranches on the perimeter of Waterton Lakes National Park as a wildfire continues to burn in southwestern Alberta. Residents in the region east and north of the park were evacuated last night and the area under mandatory evacuation was expanded twice as the fire doubled in size, fed […] Read more

Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council of Canada, shows producers how to spot blackleg during harvest. | Jeremy Simes photo

Tis the season for disease scouting

With harvest underway, canola growers are reminded to look for signs of blackleg, clubroot and sclerotinia

Lacombe, Alta. — Canola growers ready to swath should watch for abnormalities in the field — diseases like blackleg, clubroot or sclerotinia could be rampant, say agronomists. In fact, now is the best time to be on the lookout, according to Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council of Canada. “Swathing is your prime […] Read more

Neil Whatley of Alberta Agriculture talked about growing lentils in Alberta’s semi-arid regions during a field day sponsored by the Chinook Applied Research Association in Oyen.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo 

New pea, lentil varieties fare well in southeastern Alta.

OYEN, Alta. — The brown soil zones present challenges to producers, but modern farming techniques make it possible to grow a wider range of crops. “It is a drier area of the Canadian Prairies, but nonetheless we can grow a lot of crops in these regions,” said Neil Whatley of Alberta Agriculture. More peas, lentils […] Read more

Crop development for the week ending June 27 was rated average in south and central regions but slightly behind average in the northeast. | File photo

Alberta crop conditions above average, but declining

The overall crop condition rating in Alberta fell four percentage points from the previous week during the week ended June 27, with 78 percent now rated at good to excellent, according to the latest provincial crop report from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, released June 30. That compares to the five-year average of 73 percent for […] Read more