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Alberta hog farmers to get set-aside via AgriRecovery

Producers get funds for feeding held-back market hogs

An AgriRecovery plan announced Friday is set to pay eligible Alberta farmers 95 cents per day per market-ready hog toward the animals’ upkeep during the shutdown of the province’s biggest hog slaughter plant. Olymel, the meat packing arm of Sollio Co-operative, reopened its plant at Red Deer this week after announcing Feb. 15 it would […] Read more

Spring road bans coming into effect across Prairies

MarketsFarm — Warming temperatures and melting snow across Western Canada may cause some disruptions to grain and livestock movement over the next few weeks as seasonal spring road restrictions come into effect across the Prairies. The annual spring road restrictions set axle weight limits for vehicles moving on certain roads in an effort to reduce […] Read more



The TireGrabber is designed to attach to any front-end loader or skid steer.

TireGrabber adds “Reversible” model

Tire-handling tool introduced with expanded size capabilities

In 2018, Grainews met up with Darcy Goossen, an Alberta producer, at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina. Goossen was then in the early stages of introducing his new invention, the TireGrabber, to the ag market. And it was clear then that it could be used in construction and other industrial settings as well. The […] Read more


Wet or dry spring ahead? Depends on where in Canada

MarketsFarm — There will be increased in risk of flooding this spring in British Columbia, western Alberta and parts of Eastern Canada, according to a report Friday from AccuWeather. Meanwhile, dry conditions are expected to continue across the Prairies. AccuWeather’s report forecasts below-normal temperatures for B.C. and western Alberta going into spring. That could delay […] Read more

Risk of human spread of H5N8 bird flu deemed low

Seven people infected but asymptomatic, WHO says

Geneva | Reuters — The risk of human-to-human spread of the H5N8 strain of bird flu appears low after it was identified for the first time worldwide in farm workers in Russia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. A separate influenza strain, H1N1, that emerged from pigs and spread rapidly worldwide among humans […] Read more





Ford recalling older-model Rangers over airbag inflators

Deaths, injuries linked to faulty inflators

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 153,000 older trucks that may have had obsolete Takata air bag modules installed in collision and theft repairs after the Takata recall was completed, the automaker said on Thursday. The second-largest U.S. automaker identified about 8,800 Ford Ranger 2004-06 trucks in Canada and 144,340 in the […] Read more

CASA welcomes new chief executive officer

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Lear as its new chief executive officer. With a long history of not-for-profit experience, Lear joins CASA after working as the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association’s executive director. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her years of working in financial services. […] Read more