Non-alcoholic beers have not been known for their deliciousness, but the market for these beverages is experiencing rapid growth. Alberta craft brewers are developing innovative brewing processes to produce a new generation of tastier low- and no-alcohol beer. And in the process, they’re moving more malt.
In the “Super friends,” episode of The GrainsWest Podcast, we talk to Prairie researchers working to establish the economic value of the beneficial insects that patrol farm fields. We also hear from an Australian farmer who successfully uses them to control pests on commodity crops.
The 2019/20 crop year has been heartbreaking. Early snow has stranded crops in the field, creating stress and uncertainty to farmers. In the follow-up to “Reaching out,” the first episode of the GrainsWest Podcast, we present “Coping with the Harvest from Hell.” In it, we examine how and why farmers suffering from the mental health issues in this stressful time can get help and assist others in doing likewise.
This episode of The GrainsWest Podcast is titled “Drones and data.” In it, we join three experts for a high-flying view of on-farm drone applications. To find out how new drone flight regulations have affected farm users and where drone technologies and usage are headed, we’ll talk to Markus Webber of LandView Drones, Melissa Silvernagel of AgraCity and Chris Healy of InFlight Data.
In the latest episode of The GrainsWest Podcast “Barley Buy-In”, we join the Made in Canada Crop Tour where we hear highlights from the event as well as discuss new malting barley varieties and how they impact everyone in the barley value chain.
In the run-up to the 2019 Alberta election on April 16, we examine the issues affecting the province’s farming sector. We talk to political commentator Duane Bratt and political advisor Jenelle Saskiw as well as Team Alberta and crop group representatives who dissect the defining campaign issues and lay out their expectations and advice for whichever party wins.
A recent study found Canadian farmers experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression but have traditionally been reluctant to seek help. Farmers, ag industry professionals and rural communities are now actively dealing with this pressing problem and breaking the stigma attached to mental health issues. We spoke with our guests about taking the Mental Health First Aid program to rural communities in Alberta and across the country.