Eco-friendly tech helps farms offset carbon and costs

An Alberta pork producer is taking a large environmentally sustainable leap, thanks to a new heat recovery unit that will help improve operational profitability and self-reliance. The new unit adds to the producer’s existing suite of carbon-neutralizing tools, which includes conservation cropping to earn “tillage credits.” Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), is the…

Open Farm Days returns for seventh year

Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbors to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. Now in its seventh year, Alberta Open Farm Days returns on August 17-18, 2019 as an important ag-tourism event…

Alberta “competitor” archetype highest across Canada

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity’s (CCFI) 2018 Public Trust Research report tracked consumer behaviours, identifying beliefs, values, fears and motivations using an innovative approach called digital ethnography, which is the adaptation of traditional ethnographic study methods to online media. This approach led to the identification of five consumer archetypes and their prevalence in Canadian…

Biosecurity is an ongoing, timeless challenge

Since the beginning of time, humans have faced security challenges related to protecting themselves, their families and their property. Be it security against other humans, animals or the environment, each problem is mirrored by an opportunity to proactively prevent threats. The hog industry is no stranger to this phenomenon. For us, one of the subtler…

PED town hall details investigation progress

Alberta Pork and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry hosted a town hall teleconference on May 14 for over 70 producers and industry partners, related to ongoing investigation of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in our province, including progress to date. Alberta Pork continues to work closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to prevent the disease from spreading…

Hot Chefs Cool Beats takes over Edmonton food scene

In support of the High School Culinary Challenge (HSCC), Hot Chefs Cool Beats—a unique celebration of local food, drink and art—attracted a lot of attention to the Mosaic Centre in south Edmonton on April 25. The HSCC is an annual competition for Edmonton-and-area high school culinary students—the up-and-coming faces of the local food scene. The…