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A DOT (now OmniPower) autonomous unit at work on the Olds College Smart Farm. (Olds College video screengrab via YouTube)

College farms, GFM Discovery Farm to get smarter together

Two Alberta colleges sign on for new CAAIN-backed network

A pair of Alberta college farms and Glacier FarmMedia’s Saskatchewan farm are the first to plug into a national network of “smart farms” to improve the ag sector’s smart technology experience. The Olds College Smart Farm will lead the Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network, which will also include Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm at Langham, Sask. and […] Read more

Students at Lakeland College have hands-on learning in beef production.

Lakeland College offers technology degree

Alberta college also expands its beef and applied crop research roles

There were two important developments at Alberta’s Lakeland College in January as the 108-year-old agricultural school headquartered at Vermilion announced it will offer Canada’s first degree in agriculture technology starting this fall. And in a second announcement, the college has received nearly $2 million in a grant to expand applied research in pulse crop agronomy […] Read more


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Alberta’s Lakeland to offer ag tech degree

College to launch first-in-Canada program in September

East-central Alberta’s Lakeland College is set to offer what’s billed as Canada’s first degree program in agriculture technology, as a two-year post-credential program, starting in September. The program, announced Wednesday, will consist of full-time studies at Lakeland’s campus at Vermilion, about 180 km east of Edmonton, plus “experiential learning practicums” off campus, en route to […] Read more

Rural landscape with wheat field on sunset

Slowing growth to prevent lodging

Should you invest in a plant growth regulator for your cereal crops this season?

Where there’s enough moisture and high fertility levels, lodging can still be a major yield constraint. In cereal crops, plant growth regulators (PGRs) have been shown to produce shorter stems to reduce lodging and maintain grain yields. Researchers in Alberta are trying to optimize PGR use to prevent lodging and improve standability and harvestability in […] Read more


Devon and his wife Pamela have three young children. When Devon saw an opportunity to grow the farm and make a living, he returned to the farm full time.

Meet your farming neighbours: Devon Walker

Devon Walker left an off-farm job to go all in on his fourth-generation family farm

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, Prairie farmers are […] Read more

Teresa Mann, general manager for Lakeland College’s purebred herd, grooming a heifer at Canadian Western Agribition.

Young cattle producers talk industry future

They are really just beginning their careers, but they're ready for the challenges ahead

As a fifth-generation producer, Chad Hollinger faces some of the same challenges as his great-great grandparents, plus a few new ones. Hollinger, who is in his late 20s, farms with his father and grandfather near Neudorf, Saskatchewan, cropping about 3,700 acres of grain land and running 250 head of commercial and purebred Angus. “Our land […] Read more


Richard and Nicole Brousseau with Ethan, Cassie and Emery

New barn grows dairy

Alberta: Moo-Lait Farms makes plans for future growth


Nicole Brousseau figures her husband Richard walked their dairy herd through every corner of their new northeast Alberta dairy barn at least 1,000 times (in his head) before they even began construction of the barn, which was completed and put into service in March. The 72’x160′ loose housing structure that connects to a double seven […] Read more