Farmers at Aggie Days concerned about global food sustainability

Aggie Days hosted at the Nutrien Events Centre this past weekend, is an event for agriculture organizations to display their farming skills to Calgarians. Farmers from all around Alberta, traveled to Calgary to give city folk an idea of the life of a farmer. Not only did the farmers talk about their day-to-day routine, but they talked about the future of the agriculture industry. With the world’s population growing every single day, a farmer now faces a heavier workload than ever before. According to the Canadian Animal Health Institute, a farmer living in the 1900’s produced only enough food for ten people. Today, each farmer is expected to produce enough food for 120 people. By 2050, the agriculture industry is expected to produce enough food to support nearly ten billion people.

“So we’re focused on the science behind it of trying to find new and better varieties that will produce more food,”

Thomas McDade, Agricultural Director of Potato Growers of Alberta says his organization plans to tackle the issue of feeding the growing population by finding strains of crops that will survive pests and diseases.

“So we’re focused on the science behind it of trying to find new and better varieties that will produce more food,” he explains. “[seeds that] will produce higher yielding crops [and] will use nutrients whether it’s fertilizer or water.” he further explains.

Many agricultural organizations still fear that finding disease-resistant, higher yielding crops still isn’t enough to feed the world. Mark Jensen, Operation and Maintenance Superintendent of Raymond Irrigation believes irrigation is key to world food security. He says irrigation waters crops that otherwise would be wasted during times of drought.

“I believe that irrigation will be a big part of feeding all these extra mouths that are going to come or at least we’ve been told will come.” Jensen said.

Each organization at Aggie Days had a different approach on achieving global food sustainability. Despite the huge responsibility of feeding the world in an environmentally-friendly manner, the agricultural organizations at Aggie Days still felt determined in finding ways to feed society for generations to come.

Charlye Caldwell

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Aggie Days, bringing the farm to the city.

untitledAlberta has one of the world’s most productive farming industry’s and is Canada’s second largest agricultural producer. The Calgary Stampede is putting on it’s 34 annual Aggie Days on April 6 and 7 at the Nutrien Western Events Centre. The event showcases everything from interactive activities such as cow milking and sheep shearing, to learning about where our food comes from.

It’s often sought that agriculture is just about the animals, but it also ranges to things like canola, pollination and forestry. Canola is one of Alberta’s most valuable crop and the demand for it continues to grow as the world learns more about it’s advantages to human health and as a source of high-quality feed.

It’s a very healthy, versatile oil”

Michelle Chunyua, the communications coordinator for Alberta Canola was one of the many representor’s at the event. She says “the industry employs about 45,000 farmers, so it’s really big. A lot of farmers depend on this (canola).”

Aggie Days put on by The Calgary Stampede invites Calgarians to come learn a little bit more about the industry. The event is dedicated to showcasing the importance of agriculture in our province.

 

Hannah Lepine

Calgary Car and Truck Show brings in new age technology

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Calgary held it’s 39th annual Car and Truck Show in BMO centre where some of the latest technology in vehicles were showcased.

With this event bringing in more than 83,000 visitors it was a great chance for people to see what different car manufacturers are working on.

Many new cars were laid out for people to observe but there were other booths that showed more than just cars.

One booth in particular was meant to be used by new drivers to teach them the ways of the road using virtual reality, this showed them not only how to control the vehicle on the inside but also makes them more comfortable sitting in a vehicle before even driving one.

New age technology is making it easier to come up with new techniques to help people drive and be more aware of the road are continuously coming out.

“Technology is growing more and more everyday and people are asking for more…”

Some booths at the event think people should focus more on gas mileage in a vehicle and not the technology inside, so how important is it to have up to date technology in new vehicles?

Multiple studies recently came out showing that when customers are looking to buy a new car the technology that comes with it is what they seek the most.

“Technology is growing more and more everyday and people are asking for more… some vehicles even have WiFi in them so Bluetooth was just a starter.” said Shawn Kisling the general manager at Mitsubishi.

With Bluetooth being in almost all new vehicles companies are trying to push the same with different in vehicle controls such as WiFi, GPS, and now even Auto-Pilot.

Auto-Pilot has been discussed a lot through car manufacturers and it is finally starting to surface, certain certified people are currently allowed to drive such vehicles but soon they say it will be available to all drivers in all vehicles. This is still a work in progress but different Car companies are racing to be the first ones to make it public.

One motivation for keeping up to date with technology in vehicles is for peoples safety. Manufacturers think these new methods can do a lot of the dirty work when it comes to driving so people can be more aware of the road.

Companies are continuously keeping up to date with modern day technology to make it more appealing for customers, as well as make the roads easier and safer to drive on.

– Nathan Anderson

 

 

Aggie Days showcases the latest technology in farming

People from all over southern Alberta have the chance to experience the newest innovations in agriculture at Aggie Days in Stampede Parks Nutrien Western Events Center. From grain to cattle, there is lots to learn about the farming industry and how technology has advanced the way farmers produce and provide.

There are now technologies that have never been used before for this industry; helping farmers produce better and faster than generations before them. With GPS tracking cow tags; they are like any regular ear tag for cows except now farmers can check where their herds are without having to go outside and see. It especially helps when cows manage to find their way on the other side of the fence.

“Now they’ve made these tractors so all you do is push a button and put the tractor to work.”

Grain farmers have increasingly benefited from technology advancing in the past 100 years. It started out with real horses doing the work to hand steered open cab tractors, and now all the farmer has to do is press a button on a gigantic tractor and it goes to work on its own with no operator.

David James, Heavy Equipment Technician says “now they’ve made these tractors so all you do is push a button and put the tractor to work.” With the advances made on heavy machinery like this, the only things the operator has to do is sit at their computer and make sure everything is running fine in the field and go out to refill when the tractor runs out of crop materials.

With these advances in technology for farmers, it will make it easier to feed the forever growing population of the world. With technology forever changing for the better there is hope that farmers will be able to produce even faster and even more than today in the next 20 or 30 years.

Erika Rolling

Accelerating the tech industry

The annual AccelerateAB conference serves to enlighten attendees with the latest tech advancements of and predictions of where the industry is headed; however it holds a different purpose to some: networking entrepreneurs and startups with venture capitalists, angel investors and other connections.

I’m from a marketing background and this is a really great chance for me to find out what’s going on with the people that I care about.

Alberta’s tech industry is growing, according to attendees. AccelerateAB means to connect those hoping to innovate and put forward their ideas, but it isn’t just meant for them to benefit alone. The conference intends to help network between groups or startups with similar ideas, and to make that human connection in a digital age.

Mackenzie Bedford, Community Manager of Rainforest Alberta says that her organization intends to connect innovators and help break down barriers.

“I’m from a marketing background and this is a really great chance for me to find out what’s going on with the people that I care about,” said Bedford. “So for the entrepreneurs, the community that I am trying to manage, I want to be able to be on top of the trends that they are excited about and this is one of the best places for that I think.”

Dawson Enns

Calgarian man acquitted from second-degree murder charges

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Calgarian Fuad Ali was proven not guilty in the death of Mustafe Hussein.

Hussein and Ali were both homeless at the time that Hussein was attacked.

44 year old Hussein was stomped into a coma in 2015. He was in a coma for a month, before he was taken off life support.

Nearly four years later,  Ali has been acquitted of the crime.

Ali had presumed his innocence the whole time, denying that he was the man that was in the video surveillance footage of the attack.

Justice Keith Yamauchi ruled that that the surveillance footage, as well as the identification poster that was used by the police, were not able to resemble the suspect to Ali.

“I don’t think he will appreciate all of it until he’s released from remand.”

Defence lawyer, Adriano Lovinelli, said “I don’t think he will appreciate all of it until he’s released from remand.” when he spoke of Ali finally being a free man. Lovinelli also said that an acquittal like this is very rare, especially considering how long Ali had been in remand.

-Logan Stein

Election spending boosts Alberta’s economy

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The 2019 provincial election is having a ripple effect on the economy, as parties and their candidates rush to the printing press for campaign materials.

According to an Edmonton based printing company, Bannerz Canada, they have experienced an increase in patronage with parties contracting the company to produce lawn signs, banners, vehicle wraps and other election related literature.

“There are dozens of third-party interest groups that are all participating in raising and spending money in this campaign”

The owner of the business Karandeep Grewal said, they had been experiencing dull times before the election was announced but since campaigns began, their printers have been running nearly non-stop, 24-hours-a-day.

According to a political analyst Justin Archer, following the ban on donations from unions and corporations, and their replacement by third-party interest groups parties are able to get funding from different groups. This perhaps explains the flow of money in the system.

Archer says, “There are dozens of third-party interest groups that are all participating in raising and spending money in this campaign”

Chimezie Uguru