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Alberta Ag Retrospective

Created January 15, 2021 | Category: Government

by Kristi Cox for Farming Smarter Alberta Ag has existed in some form since the inception of the Province in 1905. While Alberta Ag changed over time to meet the evolving needs of producers, it remained a critical piece of the success of agriculture in the province. Various programs, initiatives, offices and individuals ensured producers had all the tools they needed to get the most productivity out of the land.  […]

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Alberta Ag Research Now What?

Created January 6, 2021 | Category: Government

By Madeleine Baerg  March 30, 2020, after months of consultation with farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry announced that farmers will direct the managment of Alberta ag research funds.  Specifically, Minister Dreeshen announced the creation of Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), an arms-length non-profit to establish Alberta ag research priorities, evaluating funding applications, and allocating the Alberta […]

Agri-News June 24, 2019

Created June 25, 2019 | Category: Government

Agri-News Jan. 21, 2019

Created January 21, 2019 | Category: Government


Farmers’ Advocate Office Undertakes Surface Rights Mapping Project

Created August 11, 2015 | Category: Business

Farmers Advocate Office of Alberta Ag wants help with an initiative called Surface rights, land and energy: pricing transparency mapping project. They ask landowners to supply them with pipeline right-of-way and seismic agreements (back to 2011) and surface lease and transmission line agreements (back to 2010). hope to create four interactive maps with information on […] Newsletter for July 2015

Created July 12, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  WELCOME TO THE ALBERTABARLEY.COM NEWSLETTER HERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO ALBERTA BARLEY’S LATEST NEWS RELEASES, BARLEY COUNTRY BLOGS & EVENT LISTINGS THANKS FOR READING!   Spotlight on Policy: Inclusion of agriculture in the occupation health and safety act Samantha Trudel is Alberta Barley’s government relations and policy intern. In this “Spotlight on Policy,” […]

Cutworms in Southern Alberta

Created May 22, 2015 | Category: Government

From the May 21, 2015 Broadcast of Call of the Land Agri-NewsThis Week      Call of the Land Home         With over half of the crop in the ground we turn some of our attention to how those crops are growing. To find out if there are any insect issues yet, we’re speaking […]


Canola growers want province to push biodiesel

Created May 11, 2015 | Category: Government

Original post: Alberta Farm Express The new provincial government needs to walk the walk — not just talk the talk — on climate change, starting with better support for renewable energy sources, says the general manager of Alberta Canola Producers Commission. “In their election platforms, almost all political parties talk about climate change and greenhouse […]


CCC: Federal budget supports ag trade and investment

Created April 23, 2015 | Category: Government

Canola Council of Canada Original article on CCC – Link Federal budget supports ag trade and investment  April 22, 2015 – The canola industry is pleased with the renewed commitment to market access and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations included in yesterday’s federal budget. The budget, tabled by Finance Minister Joe Oliver, included an $18.1 million […]

Report Highlights Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector’s Strength

Created April 15, 2015 | Category: Business

Report Highlights Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector’s Strength  OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 13, 2015) – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Article from Digital Journal The latest data shows that the agriculture and agri-food sector continues to generate significant economic benefits for Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) today released the annual Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and […]


ARD SADD Branch Statistical Publications – Feb. 20, 2015 Releases

Created March 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

2015 Alberta Average Farm Input Prices Agriculture Farm Input Charts and Graphs Since 1976, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Statistics and Data Development Branch has carried out a monthly survey of prices for selected Alberta farm inputs. The prices are collected by the Alberta Federation of Agriculture in partnership with the Statistics and Data Development […]


Alberta government moves to cancel funds created by Redford

Created December 9, 2014 | Category: Government

MATT DYKSTRA | QMI AGENCY EDMONTON ─ The Alberta government is moving to kill three funds created within Alberta’s Heritage Savings Trust Fund that were started by former premier Alison Redford this spring. On Wednesday, the government announced it would table legislation to repeal the Savings Management Act and eliminate the Alberta Future Fund, the […]


China mission secures $1 billion trade deal for Canadian canola oil

Created November 13, 2014 | Category: Government

China mission secures $1 billion trade deal for Canadian canola oil November 13, 2014 – The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) commends the Government’s very successful trade mission to China to increase agricultural trade ties. The mission included participation in the Canada-China Business Forum, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz witnessed […]


Alberta Weed Spotter iPhone App launched!

Created August 21, 2014 | Category: Government

Alberta Weed Spotter iPhone App launched!“Alberta Weed Spotter” app that was developed in partnership with the Athabasca University and co-funded by the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton.This free app features all 75 weed species currently regulated in the Alberta Weed Control Act, as well as look a likes, and has two main […]


Alberta Crop Conditions Report – Aug 5, 2014

Created August 11, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Following is the Alberta Crop Report (Abbreviated) release prepared by James Wright of AFSC, reporting conditions as of August 5, 2014.Note:  Full Crop Report is published every two weeks, while an abbreviated Crop Report is available during the week prior to the full Crop Report.  This is the first Abbreviated Crop Report of the 2014 […]

Obama urged to boot Canada from trade talks or gain concessions

Created August 6, 2014 | Category: Government

Article from the Globe and Mail Obama urged to boot Canada from trade talks or gain concessions A powerful group of U.S. members of Congress says the White House should cut Canada out of a major global trade deal unless it opens up its protected dairy and poultry markets. Without more significant concessions on agriculture, […]


Alberta Farmers Hope for Quieter Hail Season Following Record Hail Damage the Last Two Years

Created June 23, 2014 | Category: Government

Alberta Farmers Hope for Quieter Hail Season Following Record Hail Damage the Last Two Years AFSC Increases Hail Coverage Levels to Better Protect Crops With crops now seeded and starting to grow, farmers across the province are hoping for a quieter hail season this summer following record levels of hail damage over the past two […]

Western Canada Update: The Advancing Women in Ag Wrap Up, Work/Life Balance, Cucumber Water

Created May 15, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Western Canada Update   The Advancing Women in Ag Wrap Up: Work/Life Balance, Cucumber Water & Why Different is Good The very first Advancing Women – Leadership in Agriculture conference, held in late April in Calgary, was a career highlight for our editor Lyndsey Smith, and in this video, she’s joined by field editor Debra Murphy […]


Record Cattle Prices Spark Increased Demand For Livestock Price Insurance Program

Created April 21, 2014 | Category: Government

Record Cattle Prices Spark Increased Demand For Livestock Price Insurance ProgramHigher Prices Bring Higher Risk, Says Market Analyst As Alberta’s Livestock Price Insurance Program expands across Western Canada this month, demand for price insurance in Alberta is growing as cattle producers witness cattle prices that have been hitting record highs over the last few months. […]

Report Highlights Success of the Canadian Agriculture Sector in 2012

Created April 17, 2014 | Category: Government

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 15, 2014) – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada An Overview of the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food System 2014, a report released today by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), shows the strength of the agriculture and agri-food sector’s contribution to Canada’s economy. Using historical data up to 2012, the Overview shows that the farm and food […]

Closure of Cereal Research Centre part of Federal UPOV ’91 agenda

Created April 15, 2014 | Category: Government

Closure of Cereal Research Centre part of Federal UPOV ’91 agenda By Glenn Tait The Cereal Research Centre (CRC) is being closed this month, marking the end of nearly a century of public plant breeding in Winnipeg. It is another sorry landmark on the Harper government’s systematic path of destruction through Canada’s public agriculture institutions. […]

Alberta Farmers Reminded Of April 30 Crop Insurance Deadline As They Prepare For The Growing Season

Created April 8, 2014 | Category: Government

Alberta Farmers Reminded Of April 30 Crop Insurance Deadline As They Prepare For The Growing Season Farmers Face Some Challenges This Year Click here to view the release (PDF) As the April 30 crop insurance deadline approaches and Alberta farmers prepare to seed their crops, a provincial crop market analyst says grain growers will be facing some […]


Alberta 2013 Crop Season in Review

Created April 8, 2014 | Category: Government

Alberta 2013 Crop Season in Review This report presents a review of the crop season and an analysis of crop production statistics for 2013. This report is available on the internet at:$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/sdd14791

Putting Alberta’s growing savings to work for our future

Created March 5, 2014 | Category: Government

Bill 1 creates the largest social innovation endowment in Canada, supports agriculture innovation and apprentices, and saves for future strategic opportunities.   The Alberta government is creating two new endowments to provide funding for social and cultural innovation, and agricultural innovation. Bill 1 enhances the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund to support Alberta’s apprentices and also establishes […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week – Feb 18/14

Created February 18, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Top Items from Agronomy Update 2014 Over 30 presentations on a wide variety of topics related to crop production were made at the recent Agronomy Update conference. The presentations provided information on crop pests, weed control, soil fertility, new crop options, grain storage and marketing. Mark Cutts, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural […]


Agri-News – RTW this week – Jan 27/14

Created January 29, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea a Reportable Disease in Alberta Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, often referred to as PED, has killed more than a million young pigs in the United States. While one case has been confirmed in Ontario, there have been no cases of PED diagnosed in Alberta. As of January 20, 2014, PED is now areportable […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (Jan. 13/14)

Created January 13, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Points to Remember During Calving Season As calving draws closer, producers know that, as always, the season is a busy one. A little preparation and some advance management practices can go a long way in ensuring a successful calving season in 2014.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >     Barley and Cranberry Pork Stew […]

Growing Forward 2

Created January 9, 2014 | Category: Farming Smarter

About Growing Forward 2 What is Growing Forward 2? Growing Forward 2 is a federal-provincial-territorial partnership with a mandate to drive an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. The five-year Growing Forward 2 policy framework, which comes into effect on April 2, 2013, focuses on three priorities: innovation, competitiveness and market development. […]


Agri-News – RTW this week (Jan. 6/14)

Created January 7, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Agriculture issues including Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) made up the agenda for the Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit held in Oklahoma on January 3 to 5, 2014. Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson provides some background on how COOL came to be in the first place.  Click to hear […]


Agri-News – RTW this week (December 23, 2013)

Created January 3, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Looking Back on 2013 with Alberta’s Agriculture Minister A look back on 2013 with Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson. Some of the highlights in 2013 include:   the bumper crop the importance of finding new markets for agricultural commodities value-added initiatives in 2013 successful new initiatives in 2013 Capitalizing on Learning Opportunities As the 2013/2014 […]


Agri Digest Online – January 2014

Created January 3, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Agri Digest Online – The pan-Canadian Journal of issues & events in agriculture – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q – How much does it cost to subscribe to Agri Digest Online?A – Agri Digest Online is absolutely free to anyone who wishes to read it, with or without signing up for new issue alerts. However, it helps […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (December 16, 2013)

Created December 17, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Agriculture Hall of Fame Call for Nominations The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame is accepting nominations to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry. Every two years, Alberta’s Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes up to three Albertans whose outstanding leadership, innovation and business practices have advanced Alberta’s agriculture […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (December 9, 2013)

Created December 10, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Oh, Christmas Tree The members of the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association are part of a thriving business. In 2011, there were 2,381 farms in Canada growing Christmas trees. When it comes to choosing and caring for a Christmas tree, there are a few tips to keep in mind.  Click here to read more […]


Agri-News – RTW this week (December 2, 2013)

Created December 4, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Marketing Nutrition Workbook — Healthy Eating Guidelines Now, more than ever, consumers are choosing food products with health benefits. It’s increasingly important for food processors to know which aspects of their food product they should promote. When it comes to the latest nutrition fads, many of which are featured on talk shows or […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (Nov. 25, 2013)

Created November 25, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Good Fences Make Good Neighbors As a response by the Government of Alberta to landowners’ needs, the Alberta Property Rights Advocate Office became operational in December 2012. “In their day-to-day work, the Office often deals with the question of what is meant by property rights. We like to use a practical, working definition of […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (November 18, 2013)

Created November 18, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Rancher’s Risk and Return — a New Economic Analysis Tool for Alberta Cattle Producers A new decision support tool to assist cattle producers in calculating their cost of production and risk exposure has been posted to Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s website. The new tool,Rancher’s Risk and Return is an excel spreadsheet calculator that […]


Agri-News – RTW this week (Nov. 12, 2013)

Created November 12, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Minister Olson on Country of Origin Labeling Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson has returned from Chicago where he was attending the North American Meat Association’s 2013 Outlook Conference to rally support to change U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling, COOL rules.  Hear the Call of the Land interview >   New Inductee to 4-H Alberta Hall […]


Minister Ritz Highlights Trade Opportunities at Agri-Trade 2013

Created November 9, 2013 | Category: Government

Minister Ritz Highlights Trade Opportunities at Agri-Trade 2013 RED DEER, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Nov. 7, 2013) – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz delivered remarks at Agri-Trade 2013’s first annual All Crops Breakfast and Market Outlook today to highlight current and upcoming opportunities for Canadian field crop producers. He was joined by representatives from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, […]

Harper Government Invests in Research to Strengthen Wheat Sector

Created November 9, 2013 | Category: Government

RED DEER, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Nov. 7, 2013) – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today on behalf of the Harper government the strengthening of Canada’s grain industry with support for a new wheat cluster under the Growing Forward 2 initiative. “With the end of the old Canadian Wheat Board monopoly, wheat is re-emerging as an economic driver across the […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week: November 4, 2013

Created November 5, 2013 | Category: Events

Features Alberta to Stand Up for Livestock Industry in Chicago Alberta’s Agriculture Minister will meet with American meat-packers to rally support to change U.S mandator Country of Origin Labelling rules. Verlyn Olson will attend the North American Meat Association’s 2013 Outlook Conference in Chicago, IL, Nov. 3-5.  Click here to read the Agri-News story >   […]


Agri-News RTW This Week (for Oct 28)

Created November 1, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Alberta Government and Clear Hills County Partner to Improve Internet Access for Rural Residents Clear Hills County residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $240,600 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant.  Click to read the Agri-News story >  International Apiculture Congress An Alberta Agriculture apiculturist reports on Apimondia’s biannual International Apiculture Congress […]


Agri-News – RTW this week – Oct 21, 2013

Created October 22, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Post-Harvest Nutrient Management With the completion of harvest in many areas across the province, producers will already be thinking about the 2014 crop year. One aspect of next year’s crop production that can be considered this fall is nutrient management.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >   Ag for Life 2013 Harvest Gala The second […]


RTW this Week: Agri-News (September 16, 2013)

Created September 16, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features One Day – 1000 Young City Slickers The Multicultural Heritage Centre is once again hosting the City Slickers program in Stony Plain at the Stony Plain Heritage Park, on September 20, 2013. City Slickers is a powerful one-day event that introduces Grades 4 and 5 students to the many facets of agriculture. Children experience […]


RTW this Week – Agri-News (Sept 9, 2013)

Created September 11, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Harvest Safely — Harvest Safety Make a plan to ensure everyone gets home safely this harvest season! “The safety conversation around ‘no one gets hurt’ needs to be the first conversation, first action and first thought farm owners and workers have as they go to work each day,” says Kenda Lubeck, farm safety coordinator […]

CCC Media Release: Research Investment

Created September 5, 2013 | Category: Government

Historic investment in canola research September 5, 2013 The federal government announcement of new investment in canola disease research in collaboration with SaskCanola brings total government/industry investment in canola research to more than $25 million over the next five years. “This unprecedented investment in innovation demonstrates huge confidence in the canola industry,” says Canola Council […]

RTW this Week (from August 26, 2013)

Created September 3, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Moisture Situation Update as of August 20 Early in the morning of August 21, generally light frosts were recorded at several locations in a large area extending along the foothills from Grande Cache in the north, down to the M.D of Ranchlands (south of Calgary). This cold air brought freezing temperatures into some agricultural […]


RTW This Week – Agri-News:July 27 – August 2, 2013

Created July 30, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Agriculture Flood Relief It’s been over a month since the disastrous floods took place in Alberta. Although the flooding caused damage to the province’s agriculture sector, Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson says it could have been much worse.  Click to listen to the interview with Minister Olson. >  Federal, Provincial and Territorial Agriculture Ministers Discuss […]


RTW this Week – Agri-News (July 22, 2013)

Created July 23, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features RTW Agricultural Society and Province Partner to Promote Agriculture The Government of Alberta is stepping up with funding for the Olds Agricultural Society to support rural youth development and facility upgrades. “The Olds Agricultural Society is part of the heart of this community and does a tremendous job organizing events that help make Olds […]

Federal Research Investment will Drive Canola Industry Growth

Created July 22, 2013 | Category: Government

  July 22, 2013  Winnipeg – The federal government’s newly-announced $15-million investment in canola research will help drive the industry to new heights, says Canola Council of Canada (CCC) president Patti Miller. “This is a great day for the canola industry,” said Miller, speaking at the news conference where Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz announced […]

Harper Government Invests in Barley Industry Growth

Created July 15, 2013 | Category: Government

Harper Government Invests in Barley Industry Growth LACOMBE, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – July 9, 2013) – Barley farmers will benefit from key investments in science and innovation that will improve the competitiveness of the barley sector, with the support of the Harper Government. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today an investment for the Alberta Barley Commission (ABC) […]

Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created July 9, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Redford Government and Lac Ste. Anne County Partner to Improve Internet Access for Rural Residents Lac Ste. Anne County residents will have greater access to high-speed Internet as the result of a $500,000 Final Mile Rural Community Program grant. “The Internet is a powerful tool that puts a wealth of information at our […]

AAFC launches new online tool to report agroclimate impacts

Created July 4, 2013 | Category: Government

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has created a new application that Canadians can access over the Internet to report on how weather and climate conditions are affecting their farm operations. The Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR) is an online tool for the collection, integration and display of agroclimate impact information across the country. This information will […]


Alberta RTW this week Agri-News

Created June 26, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Alberta Agriculture Working with Producers on Flooding Situation Alberta Agriculture is currently working with producers to assess the impact of flooding in southern Alberta and will also be helping with recovery. The latest information on the flooding situation can be found at Additional agricultural information related to flooding is available on Alberta Agriculture’s homepage, Alberta […]

Alberta RTW this Week Agri-News

Created June 19, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Click here for the full version Features Appointments to the Alberta Grains Council Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson has appointed two new members to the Alberta Grains Council.  Read the story here >  Classroom Garden Program Plants Seeds in New Communities Through its commitment to enhancing agriculture education and awareness efforts in the province of Alberta, […]

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