A coalition of Alberta farm groups formed in response to the province’s new farm labour legislation is getting itself organized. The Alberta Agriculture Farm and Ranch Safety Coalition, or the “AgCoalition” as it’s known, announced a formalized governance structure, communications protocol and plans for involvement in provincial consultations today. The group’s mandate is to “unify… Read More

Bryan Walton, CEO of the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, and general manager of the National Cattle Feeders’ Association, joins us for an update on cattle feeder news, including: the Alberta Beef Industry Conference, the agriculture coalition in Alberta, and a new feedlot assessment tool. Alberta Beef Industry Conference The Alberta Beef Industry Conference kicked off… Read More

We have more than covered the negative side and controversy of the Bill 6 legislation in Alberta. The biggest benefit of the bill is not the protection of workers, a safer farm workplace or compensation for injured or disabled workers. Much of this is either already happening or is not truly enabled by the bill…. Read More

Alberta’s Crop Sector Working Group (CSWG) is encouraging farmers, ranchers and their employees to participate in an online survey surrounding Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.  “The survey is designed to acquire productive, on-farm feedback relating to Bill 6,” said Kent Erickson, chairman of the Alberta Wheat Commission, in a release. “Sufficient… Read More

Despite large protests calling on the province to delay or drop the legislation, the Alberta government passed Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, on Thursday. The legislation passed third reading with 44-29 vote after government house leader Brian Mason invoked closure to limit debate. With mixed messages coming from government… Read More

The debate whether Alberta farmers and ranchers need Bill 6 is being discussed in full at the town halls, the rallies,  in all social media channels and on RealAgriculture.com. We thought it would be interesting to look at Bill 6 through a different lens — through the lens of an experienced political expert.  What about… Read More

As the Bill 6 debate continues in Alberta, Real Agriculture is taking a look at how other provinces regulate farm labour, health and safety. Are there lessons to be learned from how other provincial legislation was developed and how it’s constructed? Let’s take a look at Ontario. In June 2006, Ontario agriculture was brought under… Read More

The Alberta government’s omnibus Bill 6 would impact farms and ranches by making Workers Compensation Board coverage mandatory, providing Occupational Health & Safety regulation in agriculture, implementing new labor laws and giving farm workers the ability to unionize. While the bill would affect agriculture, some of the complications in the communication of Bill 6 details are due to the… Read More