The church that beef built

Cattle sale fundraisers were the backbone 
of Airdrie United Church — one reason it registered its own cattle brand

It’s a church built upon Alberta beef. And that’s why it’s also a church that once had a registered cattle brand, the simple AUC registered for the left rib. Airdrie United Church celebrates its 115th anniversary April 28-30 and while preparing display material for the festivities, Reverend Karen Holmes came across the notice of renewal […] Read more

Red Deer farmers fight gravel pit

SPRUCE VIEW, Alta. — Rural neighbours of a proposed project in Red Deer County to convert 122 acres of cropland into a gravel pit continue to voice opposition. On April 25, the county council will entertain second and third reading of a land-use bylaw that would allow gravel mining as a permitted use on the […] Read more

Preventing farmland from development comes with a price

COCHRANE, Alta. — Farmland is still being paved over as urban development continues between Edmonton and Calgary. The result is fragmentation and soaring land values as more people want to be close to a highway and the amenities of a large city, said Brent Swallow of the University of Alberta. His research found 3,127 sq. […] Read more

Ranchers fear park grazing in jeopardy

Ranchers in southwestern Alberta say they want details on the future of grazing in the new Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park, an area where grazing leases have been held for a century in some cases. The Alberta government finalized the boundaries of the two parks Jan. 20 at an announcement in Pincher […] Read more

Open Farm Days ‘bigger and better’ for Canada’s 150th

Alberta’s Open Farm Days, which were held last Aug. 20-21, have been deemed a record-breaking success by the Alberta government. The event offers the general public an opportunity to visit participating farms and ranches. The province reported that last year’s event drew 18,000 visits to 92 farms and ranches. On-farm sales during the two days […] Read more

Bovine TB investigation continues in Alberta

The investigation into bovine tuberculosis continues in southeastern Alberta. Cows from quarantined herds that did not react to TB tests are being processed at Cargill Foods in High River, Alta., and JBS Meats in Brooks, Alta. The beef is safe for human consumption. Animals that tested positive and calves are being handled at a federal […] Read more

Alta. farmers wrap up sugar beet harvest

Southern Alberta’s sugar beet harvest is complete, comprising more than 820,000 tonnes of beets and an average yield of 28.67 tonnes per acre. Processing of all those beets continues at the Roger’s Sugar factory in Taber, Alta., and trucking beets from the outlying piling stations is under way, said Alberta Sugar Beet Growers executive director […] Read more

Alta. plans mandatory helmets on off-highway vehicles

Wearing a helmet when riding an off-highway vehicle (OHV) on Alberta public land may become mandatory pending government amendments to the Traffic Safety Act. Transportation Minister Brian Mason announced the plan Nov. 28, which would affect those who ride all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, dirt bikes and similar recreational vehicles. Mason said the move is designed to […] Read more

VIDEO: Alta. growers see near record-setting sugar beet harvest

TABER, Alta. — The 28,000-acre southern Alberta sugar beet harvest is nearing completion with the possibility of record-breaking yields. Arnie Bergen-Henengouwen, president of Alberta Sugar Beet Growers, said growing conditions favoured sugar beets this year. “There was a little bit of hail in the area that affected some of the acres, but overall they’re expecting […] Read more

Industry ‘head tax’ adds strain to feedlots

In the wake of the pending closure of Western Feedlots, one of the largest such operations in Alberta, a group of southern Alberta feedlot owners says a new municipal tax puts even more pressure on their ability to operate. Lethbridge County has imposed a $3 per animal unit tax on livestock producers as a way […] Read more