Tom Thompson and father Ron took their operation to a new level after Tom had a lightbulb moment during a presentation on intensive grazing in 2003.

The award is nice, but the payoff even better for rancher

The winner of ABP’s Environmental Stewardship Award grows more grass 
and captures more rain by working with nature


Everything changed for Tom Thompson of Winding Creek Ranch when he attended the West Central Forage Association’s AGM in 2003. That was when the Mayerthorpe-area rancher learned about grazing principles that led to him winning Alberta Beef Producers’ 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award. “Kit Pharo (an American rancher who spoke at the meeting) was the one […] Read more




Grande Prairie emergency medical responder Kayle Riddell-Poole wants more people to know about Automated External Defibrillators and how to use them.

‘Save A Life’ contest promotes awareness of defibrillators

Grande Prairie resident Kayle Riddell-Poole is one of two winners in a national contest put on by St. John Ambulance to raise awareness about Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The #savealifeselfie contest encouraged Canadians to take selfies of themselves at places in their community where AEDs are located — which St. John Ambulance says are often […] Read more




Clayton Schafers, Laura Gadowsky (deputy president of the Royal Agricultural Society), Heather Shewchuk of Northlands, and Laura Bodell in Singapore.

Singapore trip offers Albertan a new global view on agriculture

Laura Bodell got a chance to see agriculture from a new perspective when she won a scholarship to attend the Commonwealth Agriculture Conference in Singapore this fall. “I had a particular interest in attending this conference since I’m chair of the International Agricultural Business Centre during Farmfair,” said Bodell. The Sherwood Park resident, who has […] Read more



Doug Wray

Forage champion Doug Wray receives national award

Irricana rancher and long-term forage advocate Doug Wray is the winner of the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association’s 2016 Leadership Award. “Wray is committed to continued education about grassland and forages,” the association said in a news release. “He travels extensively locally and abroad to observe grassland, forage and livestock management; and frequently shares his […] Read more


Reno and Corine Welsch wanted to preserve their land 
for future generations.

Couple protects picturesque Porcupine Hills ranch

Reno and Corine Welsch have ensured their 3,034-acre ranch in the Porcupine Hills won’t be turned into a subdivision or see its native cropland put to the plow. The couple recently finalized a conservation agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “This conservation agreement gives me the freedom to run the ranch the way I […] Read more



“I believe that the desire to look after your own land is almost universal. ALUS helps you take that concern and put it into action.” – Gerry Taillieu

Environmental stewardship program gets funding boost

ALUS Canada also recognizes Parkland County rancher Gerry Taillieu with producer innovation award

An organization that supports farmers and ranchers who provide ecosystem services has received $5 million in funding from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. ALUS Canada has also awarded Alberta rancher Gerry Taillieu its inaugural Producer Innovation Award. The $5 million in funding will allow expansion of the ALUS (short for Alternative Land Use Services) program […] Read more


Pizza Night at Rowley’s Sam’s Saloon can attract up to 150 people in the town that has 
only eight permanent residents.

Ghosts get elbowed aside on Pizza Night in Rowley

Whenever Rowley has faced oblivion, locals have always come up with a plan — sometimes mischievous ones — to save their dusty locale on the central Alberta prairie. The hamlet, located 38 kilometres north of Drumheller, was fading away in the mid-1970s, when a group of men staged the now famous break-and-enter party into a […] Read more