The hail storm that hit southern Alberta July 5 passed by Glenwood, Alta., about 8:15 p.m. menacing crops and leaving the town of Cardston beaten and dented.  |  Steve Connelly photo

Intense storm floods Alta., town, destroys crops

An intense storm of rain and hail ranging in size from peas to quarters caused flooding in Cardston, Alta., and destroyed crops as far south as the U.S. border. “There’s lots of farmers that have lost their crop — hay crop or grain crop — anywhere the hail hit,” said LeNark Duce, public works foreman […] Read more

The change means 4-H in Alberta will be managed by one organization with one common chief executive officer, as well as with a board of directors and a board of trustees. The new name will be 4-H Alberta. | File photo

4-H overhauled in Alberta as new funding committed

Alberta’s 4-H organizations are set to go under a major overhaul, moving toward a model that members say will ensure its viability. The change means 4-H in Alberta will be managed by one organization with one common chief executive officer, as well as with a board of directors and a board of trustees. The new […] Read more

The Efficient Grain Dryer Program is designed to help cover costs for improvements to grain dryers with an eye on energy efficiency. The program is retroactive to April 1, 2018, and $2 million has been earmarked for farmers. Program funding will be 50 percent of eligible expenses. | File photo

More details available on Alta. grain dryer program

Alberta farmers seeking to make grain dryer improvements will have access to funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Efficient Grain Dryer Program is designed to help cover costs for improvements to grain dryers with an eye on energy efficiency. The program is retroactive to April 1, 2018, and $2 million has been earmarked for […] Read more


Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. | File photo

Alberta tour focuses on rural crime concerns

The government says it will use feedback from the meetings as a way to inform it on how to best resolve the issue

The Alberta government is touring the province to hear concerns about rural crime and to learn how to best resolve the issues. Despite efforts to reduce rural crime over the past couple of years, issues of property theft and break-and-enters continue to alarm small communities. “We want to see crime rates go down,” Doug Schweitzer, […] Read more

Alberta trade minister Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta trade mission planned for Japan, South Korea

Alberta’s trade minister will soon be off to Japan and South Korea to promote the province’s agriculture and forestry industry, aiming to expand market access and diversification. Tanya Fir will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from June 5-11. She is travelling on behalf of Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen. The province said in a news release […] Read more


Those involved in renewable energy programs in Alberta are awaiting signals from the new United Conservative Party government about future support and direction.
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Renewable sector on hold in Alberta

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Those involved in renewable energy programs in Alberta are awaiting signals from the new United Conservative Party government about future support and direction. “There’s a lot of uncertainty right now on what programs might be rolled back, what incentives might be rolled back, so that creates not a great environment for […] Read more


Opposition leads Alta. gov’t as election looms

Opposition leads Alta. gov’t as election looms

The polling results become narrower when voters are asked for their impressions of the NDP and UCP leaders

The Alberta election has not yet been called but political watchers agree the campaign is already well under way. The vote must take place sometime between March 1 and May 31. Zack Ziolkowski, Alberta counsel with the legal and lobby firm that represents Alberta agricultural groups to government, predicted an April 15 election when he […] Read more


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