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BY IAN DOIG • PHOTO BY ROB MCMORRIS In early January, ahead of the March 19 writ drop for the upcoming April 16 Alberta election, GrainsWesttalked with Duane Bratt, political commentator and chair of the Mount Royal University department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies. Bratt gave his assessment of the lengthy unofficial election race that was […]

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OVERCOMING SAFETY HURDLES

Farms and ranches that employ one or more waged, non-family worker face the challenge of upgrading equipment and training to meet Occupational Health and Safety Code industry standards that came into effect Dec. 1, 2018.

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WEED SEED WOES

In June of 2018, Vietnam’s Protection Department (PPD) notified the Canadian government that consignments of Canadian wheat and peas were found to be in non-compliance with the country’s phytosanitary requirements.

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TAKING ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

For years, Alberta Barley region four director Neil Gorda has trucked used baling twine and other agricultural plastics to his local landfill. Now he hopes a new pilot project will give Alberta farmers the opportunity to recycle spent plastics.

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DRYING AND BUYING

During last fall’s harvest, when thick, wet snow fell early over a good portion of Alberta’s cropland, the situation appeared dire. Once the white stuff melted sufficiently, the combines rolled with a sense of urgency.

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