Agricultural News


Beekeepers to get $1 Million for Replacement Colonies

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In response to the recent challenges faced by Alberta’s beekeepers, the provincial Agriculture Ministry is introducing a new Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.The program will include up to $1 million to help beekeepers offset the costs of increased colony replacements due to COVID-19. The Read More...

Don’t Let Your Grain Dryer Become a Grain Fryer

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Every harvest — and especially in recent years — grain dryers across Alberta are put into action.But the busy season doesn’t leave time for the care and maintenance to reduce the risk of fire when these units are working flat out.Although it’s impossible to completely eliminate fire risk with Read More...

Plan for Fall Weed Control as Part of Your Post-Harvest Workload

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

It’s spring and, as usual, time is tight before seeding. Everyone knows how beneficial pre-seed applications can be for top-yielding crops by eliminating early weed competition and saving moisture and nutrients for vigorous seedling development. But, how can you benefit from early-spring weed Read More...

Alberta Deregulates Fusarium

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Alberta is moving to keep fusarium in check by means other than the “zero tolerance” policy it has in effect on agricultural pests such as rats, rabies and clubroot.Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen announced a ministerial order Wednesday to remove Fusarium graminearum from the list of pests Read More...

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch When it Comes to Crop Nutrition

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

When I worked as a plant pathologist for Alberta Agriculture in the 1970s, I was surprised to find only 10 per cent of Prairie farmers have ever had their soil tested for crop nutrients.How could they grow a cereal or canola crop without knowing what plant nutrients — nitrogen (N), phosphate (P), Read More...

AFAC Introduction to Backyards Chickens Virtual Series

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Are you interested in keeping backyard chickens? Do you want learn more about flock health, handling, cost, by-laws, breeds, coop design, diseases, and more? The Advanced Chicken Care Series will be running once a week for four weeks in July. Covering a variety of in-depth topics on chicken care, Read More...

Eight Ways to Boost Your Herbicide Resistance Prevention Strategy

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The number of herbicide groups that various weeds are resistant to continues to grow across the Prairies; however, farmers should take heart as there are things they can do to protect their fields. It’s about managing weeds to reduce reliance on, and enhance the efficacy of, herbicides as much as Read More...

Study Finds Link Between Mental Health and Business Management Practices

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

While a small percentage of producers surveyed use a business plan, the majority of those report less stress as a result.Using a farm business plan can decrease stress and support positive mental health, according to a recent study. Full Article Read More...

More Mental Health Awareness, Training Needed in Difficult Times

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Advocates of mental health awareness in agriculture discuss warning signs, the best way to help someone and the training that can make a difference in rural communities.With uncertain times going nowhere soon, mental health awareness within agriculture is more necessary than ever.Mental health Read More...

Carrying Capacity: You Got to Know If It Can Hold ’Em

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Struggling with finding the right amount of cattle to graze on a pasture or not sure how many cattle a new rented pasture will hold?The Beef Cattle Research Council now has a calculator to help you with that. Full Article Read More...

2020 Agricultural Tour Cancelled

Thursday, June 18, 2020

With public health and safety as the top priority, the County has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Rocky View County agricultural tour. Several scenarios were considered in deciding whether this year’s tour could proceed, and in the end the best decision was to cancel the event. This Read More...

UFA Rural Communities Foundation 2020 Grant

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Communities are encouraged to apply for a minimum of $10,000, up to a total of $100,000 for projects that support recreational, educational and cultural facilities and programs. Applications will be accepted from June 12 until August 31, 2020, with the winners announced in October during Read More...

This Grazing Season, Remember the Four Principles of Pasture Management

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pasture is a key component of beef cattle operations and one definitely worth managing. At first glance, grazing a pasture may appear as simple as placing cattle in a fenced area with a water source. However, practicing effective grazing management is an art and a science. Full Article Read More...

Talking Succession Planning with Annessa Good

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

As a young woman and the daughter of a well-known farm transition consultant, Good brings an interesting perspective to succession planning.Annessa Good refers to the transition process as a roller coaster ride and it is quite the ride, she says.If anyone should know, it is her. Not only is she a Read More...

Sourcing More Farm-fresh Local Food for Albertans

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Farmers can connect directly with food service and retail operations to get more farm-fresh food on Albertans’ tables through an enhanced online tool.Agriculture and Forestry provided $81,000 to the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA) through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to Read More...

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