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Albertans honoured with Order of Excellence

Three Albertans who have made a significant contribution to the agriculture industry have been honoured by being named recipients of the province’s highest award —  The Alberta Order of Excellence. The husband and wife team of Merle and Barbara Olson of Calgary, veterinarians and researchers and principals of the Solvet company, along with the late […] Read more


Producers see benefits of new beef research position

Southern Alberta rancher Craig Lehr is hoping a new research position at the University of Alberta will help make existing and future beef industry research more relevant and more applicable to all segments of the beef industry production chain. Lehr who along with family members operates Short Grass Ranches near Medicine Hat, says a recently […] Read more

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Management can boost pasture production by 80 per cent

Any time you can increase pasture productivity and stocking rate by anywhere even close to 80 per cent, that has to be a management practice delivering value to livestock producers. But that’s the kind of benefit research shows can be achieved by doing a better job of controlling weeds and brush on pasture, according to […] Read more


How dry is it out there?

I’m not sure if this is one of those “canary in the coal mine” stories, but Reuters news service had an interesting article today on the impact a long-running drought across southern parts of the U.S. is having on the country’s largest reservoir. Lake Mead, east of Las Vegas — a giant reservoir behind the Hoover […] Read more

Mouse plague terrorizes part of Australia

Difficult to win a battle on a pest that reproduces every 21 days (Editor’s Note: I don’t think anything would force me to abandon a farming operation quicker than a mouse plague, but the reality is for producers in parts of south-eastern Australia running away isn’t an option. After three years of drought (dry conditions […] Read more


Another canola crushing project planned for the Prairies

Ceres plans new canola crush plant near its Northgate, SK grain handling terminal.

Two years is long enough, but boy the canola tide has sure turned since early 2019. In May 2019 the Canadian canola industry — canola growers, buyers and processors — was wringing its hands trying to figure out where to market the Canadian canola crop after China put a freeze on imports that affected about […] Read more

News and events for Western Canada livestock producers

Get a new APP, prepare for coming AGM, book dates for fall conference

NEW APP FROM ALBERTA BEEF PRODUCERS The Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Daily app is now available to download for Apple and Android devices. Top three reasons to download the app: Stay up-to-date: With direct access to ABP Daily, it’s easy to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in the beef industry. Keep an eye on the markets:The latest cattle […] Read more


Good message about potentially dry growing season

A borrowed quote: “It will rain again and when it does we will be glad to get it”. 

((Editor’s Note: Heading into the 2021 grazing season, here are some wise words from Larry Wegner, chair of the Manitoba Forage and Grazing Association.)  On-Farm Thoughts:  Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) Chair Larry Wegner farms near Virden, Manitoba with wife Rosemary and sons Max and Herbert. The Wegner family has been advocates of regenerative […] Read more

Great take-home messages from forage specialists

Ideas for getting the most out of pasture and hay land this season

It might very well be the crop covering the most acres on your farm — so treat it with respect. No we’re not talking wheat, barley or canola, but good old, often over looked and under valued forages. That was one of the key messages, this week, during an hour-long AGvisorPRO webinar featuring four specialists connected […] Read more