On November 2, 2022, Alberta farmers who submit a levy to the Alberta Wheat Commission and the Alberta Barley Commission voted in favour of amalgamating the commissions. Tara Sawyer, chair of Alberta Barley, was at the commissions’ annual event, Prairie Cereals Summit, held at Banff, Alta., where she discussed the path going forward which, as… Read More

Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers and the Alberta Wheat Commission have announced a new farmer-focused event set to take place at the Edmonton Convention Centre on January 24 and 25, 2023. The four organizations have previously been involved in hosting the FarmTech conference. The Alberta Seed Growers are the one Farmtech partner that will… Read More

Team Alberta Crops has added four new farmer organizations to the collaboration that engages in policy analysis, development, and advocacy to benefit Alberta’s farm and crop sector. After several years of successfully advocating for farmers provincially and federally, the collaboration of Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers, and the Alberta Wheat Commission, has recently… Read More

Following Alberta Barley’s annual general meeting (AGM), the commission is announcing their new executive lineup. Tara Sawyer, of Acme, Alta., will be serving as the new chair, and enters into her second year as director-at-large on the board of directors. Wade McAllister, of Innisfail, Alta., is entering his third year on the board and second… Read More

Protesters standing in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s protest of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project have set up blockades in three provinces — Ontario, B.C., and now Manitoba — significantly impacting rail movement and precipitating CN Rail to cancel hundreds of train movements. Many in the agriculture industry are nervous about what this means for… Read More

It appears the Government of Alberta has listened to Team Alberta’s concerns over the timing of the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for new Class 1 drivers announced last month. Transportation Minister Brian Mason has announced agricultural workers may apply for a one-year exemption from the training, recognizing the quick turn-around to implement MELT would be incredibly tight… Read More

A three-year pilot project aimed at reducing plastic waste within Alberta agriculture will soon roll out. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry have approved $750,000 in funding for the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group’s (APRG) pilot program to recycle grain bags and twine. “Making agriculture more efficient and environmentally sustainable is a win for everyone,” says Oneil Carlier, Minister of… Read More

Farm groups in Alberta are applauding the provincial government’s effort to advance oil pipelines, thereby taking pressure off the rail freight system. “Team Alberta” sent a letter to Premier Rachel Notley this week expressing support for the Trans Mountain pipeline and other crude oil pipelines. The Trans Mountain line was approved by the federal government… Read More

With declining youth participation in agriculture, farm groups across the country are looking for more ways to engage millennials in this important industry. The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley launched the AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program in order to inspire future farm leaders through a leadership and mentorship experience. “The AdvancingAg Future Leaders Program is… Read More

Alberta’s crop commissions have joined forces in urging the provincial government to delay the implementation of its new farm safety and labour legislation to further consult with farmers. “The current government process is causing fear and uncertainty to grasp the industry. Farmers can provide good input and are the subject matter experts on what will… Read More

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