Egg Farmers of Alberta Farm Tour – v. Foodie

Before I begin, I must disclose that I work for the Egg Farmers of Alberta. While inherently biased towards modern agriculture, I am a strong believer in food choice. Some consumers dislike all caged systems, citing welfare concerns. That’s okay – we work with all producers caring for more than 300 laying hens, and this includes […]

Frankenchicken?! Not Quite. Not At All.

When we think about genetic engineering, we think about plants – corn, soybean, cotton, and a few others. We rarely consider that livestock are candidates for genetic engineering, and while this may seem frightening, it holds a great deal of potential in combatting diseases in the livestock industry. This isn’t your average “Frankenchicken.” Earlier this […]

The Great Clam Boil

The people you work with are critical to your job satisfaction, no matter the position. If you love your job, but you work with a band of trolls, you will go home dissatisfied. Fortunately, I work with a great group of people – passionate, intelligent, and dedicated to the producers we serve. There is no shortage […]

Barbecue Pulled Venison

Every year, around this time, my partner starts applying for hunting draws, hoping that he’ll get lucky and score a rare opportunity for the upcoming season. It’s a game, and each year, he gets closer to a coveted draw – for a specific species or a specific region. He pores over maps of the province, speculating the […]

Eating and Stampeding

The Calgary Stampede dubs itself as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. For ten days, Calgary is transformed into a haven for cowboys and cowgirls. Stetsons and Wranglers become appropriate business attire, country and pop music stars grace the city with their presence, and rodeo champions compete for belt buckles in one of the largest […]

Poultry, Poop, and Greenhouse Gases

Chicken poop can save the world. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but chicken manure may hold the key in helping greenhouse gas emitters better scrub their emissions before they hit the atmosphere, making our manufacturing industries more environmentally-friendly and providing a new income stream for poultry farmers across the country. Scientists in Maryland, alongside HY-TEK Bio, […]

Classic Pancakes

Pancakes. They’re perfect for brunch on a lazy Sunday morning, over cups of coffee and a favoured blog or crossword puzzle. They’re known to improve a sad demeanor caused by reckless abandon and a headache-y hangover. And, in Calgary, they’re THE breakfast food of the Calgary Stampede. Community associations, non-profit organizations, and politicians hold pancake […]

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

In my never-ending journey to eat and live healthy, I’m always on the prowl for clean-eating recipes. I know, eating clean sounds a bit insane (no sugar, no processed foods, etc.) and demoralizing, but once you get the hang of it, it’s difficult to revert to pre-packaged meals. There is added motivation to eating healthy and […]

Testing Egg Shell Quality

At the Egg Farmers of Alberta, we hold regional producer meetings,so we can share news about the industry, whether it’s from consumer groups, our colleagues at the Egg Farmers of Canada, or information about upcoming programs and events. These meetings are held in January and June, and this week, we held our June regional meetings […]