Garden series speaker discusses benefits of hügelkultur

By Rob VogtHügelkultur, the use of raised beds, was one of the topics at the first night of a gardening information series at the Claresholm Social Centre Monday night.A total of 14 people attended the May 6 event, which featured a presentation by Steve Redmond, an agricultural consultant.He grew up on a farm in Ontario, and earned a degree in … Read more

Province to take agriculture first approach to renewable energy

By Rob VogtThe provincial government has announced changes to the rules governing the development of renewable energy, and its says it will take an agriculture-first approach.On Feb. 28, the province announced the following changes:Agricultural lands• The Alberta Utilities Commission will take an “agriculture first” approach when evaluating the best use of agricultural lands proposed for renewables development.• Alberta will no … Read more

Help available for ranchers affected by drought, increased hay prices

2/14/24By: Emily Plihal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Ranchers in areas of Alberta that have been affected by the drought and increased hay prices may qualify for an assistance program created to offset costs associated with breeding herds. “Both the provincial and federal governments saw the challenges ranchers were facing with the drought,” says AFSC Livestock Price Insurance Product owner Brenda … Read more

Feds, province extend deadline for drought livestock assistance

By Rob VogtThe federal and provincial governments have announced they are extending the deadline to Feb. 22 to apply for drought livestock assistance to help producers maintain breeding herds.A Jan. 25 news release states the 2023 Canada-Alberta Drought Livestock Assistance initiative is extending the application deadline, as well as expanding eligibility to 23 new regions. Funding for this joint AgriRecovery … Read more

4-H District honours Chinook Junior Stock Show

By Rob VogtThe Chinook Junior Stock Show is held at the Claresholm Agriplex each Spring, allowing 4-H members as well as other youth, an opportunity to exhibit their livestock, handling techniques, and showmanship skills at their individual skill levels.On Saturday, Oct. 28, The Chinook Junior Stock Show was named by the Willow Creek 4-H District as this year’s business or … Read more