Green hypocrisy reaches new absurdity

Whenever it comes to light, the hypocrisy of some environmental-related government decisions is mind boggling. Even worse is when green...

Looking back, looking ahead … some bad, some good

At this time of the year opinion writers like to reflect on past events and hopes for the future. For the agriculture industry 2016...

Maple syrup here and there

As noted in a previous column, there is more to the story of maple syrup production. Maple trees are native to every province in Canada...

Maple syrup cartel fails to control

If you buy maple syrup you need to thank Quebec producers for stable low prices. Although the intention of that group was price stability...

Set the Minister of Agriculture free: speak freely to farmers and ranchers at agriculture events

Here is a request to Premier Notley – could you allow your Minister of Agriculture, Oneil Carlier, to actually speak freely to farmers...

Two separate ag production worlds: Will there be a tipping point?

One notes a recent news item that stated in 2016 the net world population expansion is expected to increase by 60 million.

TB outbreak reveals lack of government concern

Almost any cattle disease outbreak is met with fearful concern by the industry considering the past nightmare with BSE.

US election brings real concerns

AHEAD OF THE HEARD -- The election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency should cause the political braintrust of Canadian national....

Wallonia, Wallonia … . what do they want?

Recently Canadians were given a geography lesson about a small area called Wallonia. It's about the size of one of Alberta's larger...

Alberta makes job creation investment in China

In the wacky world of climate change dreams and schemes, government policy seems to drive ever more creative ways to spend taxpayer...

Cattle feeders face cost onslaught

In the segmented world of cattle production there is not always a lot of empathy between the various players.

Potatoes getting ready for storage.

Ensuring the safe harvest and storage of the bounty of previous season

Fall is a hectic time in the market garden; not only does the produce still need to be marketed and sold, but fall and early spring crops...

Potatoes getting ready for storage.
This farmer is one of the lucky ones

Weather and demand push crop prices down

A growing season that started off dry and then bogged down under merciless rains, hail and snow has softened crop markets in Canada.

This farmer is one of the lucky ones

Agriculture needs exemption from carbon tax

AHEAD OF THE HEARD -- It's a well-worn catchphrase but the words "what were they thinking" comes to mind when contemplating the...

Advances in technology exciting, overwhelming: Slingerland

In the 20-plus years Darryl Slingerland has worked with Alberta Agriculture's environmental services branch, he has seen plenty...

ALMA demise seemed inevitable

By the end of October the seven-year saga of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) will have ended.

Marketing of oranges has a long history

AHEAD OF THE HEARD -- Most consumers in Canada expect to see oranges in their grocery stores every day, but it wasn't always so.

Organic livestock feed may be new scandal

To your humble writer organic food production is the gift that just keeps on giving. New scandals and fraud involving organic...

Craft distilleries multiply

AHEAD OF THE HEARD -- A visit to a farmer's market in Invermere, B.C. brought to light how far we have come with the sale of alcohol.

Canola marketing crisis averted for now

There is some bemusement in watching Prime Minister Trudeau talking about Canola during his visit to China. It's unlikely big city boy...