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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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FARM LIFESTYLE CONNECTS LAND AND LOVED ONES

Brian Sewell’s first entrepreneurial venture was anything but what you’d expect from a teen who’d decided from day one to take up the family business. But for Army of Darkness Skateboards (AOD for short), Brian’s mobile skate shop and manufacturing company, it rolled straight out of his farming experience.

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HANDLING HOT TOPICS

Hot topics are typically inflammatory because they demand action. And there has perhaps been no hotter topic of discussion within the farm community over the last couple of years than rural crime.

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REDEFINING THE NATION’S SUDS

With the support of Beer Canada and provincial brewer associations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be amending the beer compositional standards section of the Food and Drug Regulations—referred to as the Beer Standard—to clarify beer rules and support innovations in the brewing industry. 

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THE HEAT IS ON

GrainsWest first spoke to Hames in mid-October when wet weather and record early snowfall had disrupted harvest across the province. It was clear then that a high percentage of Prairie grain would need to be dried. This got farmers talking about fair pricing for custom drying. 

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