Albertans fear budget 2020 means hundreds of layoffs in agriculture and research

Thursday’s provincial budget includes big changes for the agriculture industry, which has some Albertans concerned about how cuts will be made and whether current research will be impacted. The budget indicates that 277 people in permanent positions with Alberta Agriculture…

Rail blockades cause concern for Alberta grain farmer who worries about delivery delays

Alberta grain farmer Kevin Auch is keeping a close eye on how grain is moving at major ports in Canada as delays from rail blockades backlog grain shipments across Canada. “We are becoming an unreliable supplier, which means bad things…

$2M grain dryer program launched to help farmers affected by terrible harvest

From drought one year to not enough sun and too much rain the next — not to mention early snowfalls before fields are harvested — many Alberta farmers have a rough go of it in recent years. Now, a new…

Canada’s maple syrup production reaches record high while honey output drops

Production of two natural Canadian sweeteners moved in opposite directions last season, with maple syrup output reaching a record high and honey volume dropping to its lowest level in several years. Statistics Canada says the maple syrup harvest rose by…

Kenney government overhauls workplace rules for Alberta farms, small operations to be exempt

The majority of Alberta farm operations would no longer have to follow employment standards rules or have workplace insurance under a bill introduced in the legislature. The bill also states that farm workers would no longer have the right to…