The state of Colorado is similar to Alberta in many ways — beautiful vistas and mountains, and a rich history in the cattle business. Colorado holds a significant portion of the cattle market in the U.S., much like Alberta prides itself on being Canada’s beef capital. While Colorado Governor Jared Polis isn’t advocating for a… Read More

The effects of COVID-19 on agriculture were surprising, and some sectors of the industry were affected more than others — grain and oilseed operations fared much better than say, intensive horticulture crops, in terms of labour. For this RealAg LIVE! host Kara Oosterhuis is joined by Debra Hauer of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council… Read More

Rural and urban communities have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic differently. From gaps in healthcare, to transport challenges and through to isolation, the pandemic has brought to light some significant differences between city and rural dwellers. Dr. Gabe Woollam, a family physician based at Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and president of the Society… Read More

Beautiful British Columbia has a diverse agricultural landscape — everything from dairy to berries — but it has its fair share (and perhaps its own unique set) of farming issues to contend with, too. For today’s RealAg LIVE!, host Kara Oosterhuis is joined by Rudi Meier, dairy farmer from Abbotsford, B.C. and chair of B.C…. Read More

Canadians’ reliance on technology and systems for essential services, including in the agriculture sector, require constant innovation and vigilance in cyber security. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair has announced $500,000 over four years to the Community Safety Knowledge Alliance for their Cyber Security Capacity in Canadian Agriculture project. The funding is… Read More

Four more members have joined the Agriculture Carbon Alliance (ACA), which spans voices and commodities across Canada. The ACA is pleased to welcome the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association, the National Sheep Network, National Cattle Feeders’ Association, and Dairy Farmers of Canada to the alliance. The goal of ACA is to ensure farmers and ranchers… Read More

While there are people on social media trying to cast a shadow on the quality and safety of Canadian butter due to a perceived change in its melting point, industry experts say butter consistency, cheese texture, and the composition of milk change every year — and throughout the year — based on ration changes of the… Read More

One year in to navigating a global pandemic, it’s clear that the economic health of consumers is ailing, but it’s difficult to measure by how much; and until COVID-19 passes, any economic recovery in Canada is strained. “It’s interesting, when we think back to a year ago, just before the pandemic really began to bear… Read More

There are some aggressive targets for a reduction of fertilizer in the new climate plan proposal recently released by the federal government. At first glance, the support of the proposal by Fertilizer Canada doesn’t make a lot of sense. To explain, Clyde Graham, executive vice president of Fertilizer Canada, recently chatted with Shaun Haney on RealAg… Read More

There’s trouble brewing in the mountains and the foothills, as a recent policy change by Alberta’s government puts significant grazing land and water sources at risk, according to ranchers. In June, the Alberta government quietly rescinded a coal mining policy, shocking ranchers in southwestern Alberta. Laura Laing and John Smith, who own Plateau Cattle Co.,… Read More

 

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