We should embrace the lowly dandelion

Few other plants have attracted so much devotion to its mental and physical well-being

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Real ag platform AWOL in Alberta election

None of the political parties is willing to understand agriculture and rural concerns

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Calgary mayor taking a kick at city’s cowboy heritage

Naheed Nenshi is trying to block a cattle-processing plant just north of the city limits from re-opening

Calgary mayor taking a kick at city’s cowboy heritagePurchase Calgary mayor taking a kick at city’s cowboy heritage CALGARY, AB April 1, 2015 /Troy Media/ - It’s hard to believe, but Naheed Nenshi, mayor of “Cowtown,” is exasperating the very industry that established his city – the cattle business. This is the same city that brashly exploits its cowboy heritage with its Calgary…

Low oil prices mostly bad for rural Alberta

A disaster bordering on a catastrophe

Low oil prices mostly bad for rural AlbertaPurchase Low oil prices mostly bad for rural Alberta CALGARY, AB, Feb 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Consumers, including those involved in crop production agriculture, are welcoming lower energy prices, particularly for gas and diesel. Large-scale commercial producers foresee saving tens of thousands of dollars in fuel costs at seeding and harvest times. To a…

2014 a year to remember in agriculture

Agriculture yet again had to confront a number of controversies, from rail shipments to trade agreements

2014 a year to remember in agriculturePurchase 2014 a year to remember in agriculture CALGARY, AB, Jan 29, 2015/ Troy Media/ - There is never a shortage of issues, events and controversies confronting the agriculture industry each year – and 2014 was no exception. But no matter how dire, what affects agriculture rarely makes it into the consciousness of city folks…

Farmers Union sponsors event bashing agriculture

Taking part in such events serves only to question the relevancy of the NFU in today’s modern agriculture industry

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Food prices to stay steady to lower – mostly

Corn and soybean bumper crops are in sight

Food prices to stay steady to lower – mostlyCALGARY, AB, Jul 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If current crop yield projections and favourable harvest conditions occur as expected in the U.S. Midwest, consumers can expect most of their food costs to remain steady for the next year or so. That’s because that area of North America grows most of the world’s corn and…

BC’s hypocritical land use policy

It seems preserving bear habitat is sexier than preserving farmland

BC’s hypocritical land use policyCALGARY, AB, Jun 23, 2014/ Troy Media/ - In the fickle world of current events where one issue quickly trumps another, there is one topic that never goes away. That issue is land-use policy and it affects almost every economic sector, but none more so than agricultural production. Without arable land the sector cannot exist,…

Meat prices need to stay high

Cheap food is not an inherent right of consumers in North America, it is a fortunate privilege

Meat prices need to stay highCALGARY, AB, Jun 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It may be aggravating to meat consumers in North America, but recent increases in beef and pork prices are fair, realistic and long overdue. Those price increases have worked their way down the supply chain to the benefit of hog growers, cattle ranchers and feedlot operators who…

Some provinces well-placed to benefit from legalized marijuana bonanza

Industrial hemp growing has created a pool of experienced growers who could grow medical marijuana

Some provinces well-placed to benefit from legalized marijuana bonanzaCALGARY, AB, Apr 26, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If a recent trend in prescription writing by Doctors is any indication, the potential of medical marijuana as a new agricultural opportunity is literally growing by leaps and bounds. There are now 450,000 patients using the product, up from 100 patients just 13 years ago. Either the…