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Two projects funded in part by the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley are among a number studying the use of airborne disease spore collection devices—generally known as biosensors.

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Commonly used for decades across North America, the analog Dole 400 Moisture Tester was a mainstay for farmers well after digital units featuring touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity took over.

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Outfitted with picnic table seating, and supplied with coffee, snacks and a catered lunch, the tasting room at Origin Malting & Brewing in Strathmore served as the donated venue for a mental health first aid course held Feb. 25, 2019. The group of 20 was comprised of farmers from several communities, ag industry professionals and others with close ties to farming. Everyone in the room raised their hand when asked if they know someone who has experienced a mental health issue.

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In early January, ahead of the March 19 writ drop for the upcoming April 16 Alberta election, we talked with Duane Bratt, political commentator and chair of the Mount Royal University department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies.

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