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Remembering Phil Thomas

Mr. Canola was also just a very nice person

I am sorry to report this morning on the sudden passing yesterday of Phil Thomas who was known not only in Alberta, but across Western Canada and many parts of the world as Mr. Canola. Thomas, who devoted more than 50 years of his professional career to agricultural research and extension services, for the majority […] Read more

No details yet on beef set aside program

Producers waiting for details on how to access funds

Beef producers across Western Canada wanting to access funds from a federal/provincial set aside program intended to help with feed costs and loss of in come due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will have to wait a little longer. Alberta premier Jason Kenney got the ball rolling May 8, announcing that Alberta was joining the federal […] Read more


Funds announced for beef set-aside program

Saskatchewan encourages direct-sales directory for consumers

  A $17 million contribution from the Alberta Government Thursday is seen as the first step of creating a set-aside program for Western Canadian beef producers forced to hold back finished and feeder cattle due to the slow downs in beef processing capacity. The $17 million is the 40 per cent component of a $40 […] Read more

This is no time for the Feds to get tight with the purse strings

Cash and commitments needed for livestock and crop sectors

 While livestock and crop producers were disappointed with the May 5 announcement from the federal government that the industry was receiving only $252 million in pandemic assistance, other sectors appreciated the help. McCain Foods for example was glad to hear that about $50 million of that $252 million would be used to support a surplus […] Read more


Canadian farmers hanging on by their fingertips

COVID-19 is sucking the life out of the Canadian agriculture industry and there aren’t that many weeks left before farm operations across the country will be among the casualties of the pandemic —  victims of the so-called financial assistance from the federal government that was truly too little, too late. It was a sombre panel […] Read more

The door swings both ways at meat processing plants

I am somewhat alarmed that the mainstream media in Calgary/Alberta is relying on UFCW union local president Thomas Hesse and provincial NDP opposition leader Rachel Notely for the “facts” of what is happening at the Cargill meat packing plant at High River, AB. In my books, in this instance, these two would be the poster […] Read more


Beef and crop information updates for May 1st

The Beef Cattle Research Council posted a blog today, which provides beef producers links to about three dozen different websites offering relevant and useful information on everything from feeding to farm management to mental health. Check it out at: http://www.beefresearch.ca/blog/resources-for-beef-producers-during-market-disruptions/ Recognizing there is certainly nothing NORMAL with all the life changes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, […] Read more



Ag Canada closes door on field research for 2020

You have to wonder what the heck is wrong with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada that they won’t even try to operate some version of normal field research activities for 2020 almost forgetting they are one of the key players in an industry deemed an essential service. Reportedly, the word from Chris Forbes, AAFC assistant deputy […] Read more

Beef industry urgently needs federal government assistance.

Canadian beef producers – primarily cattle feeders – could be hit with as much as a half-billion-dollars in losses over the next few weeks if the federal government doesn’t soon step up with some desperately needed assistance to help the industry weather the COVID19 pandemic storm. The pressure mounts as processing capacity is dramatically reduced […] Read more