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Six new sites in the province where grain bags and/or used twine can be dropped off for recycling means there are now 26 collection sites participating in the Alberta Ag-Plastic Recycle It! pilot program.

Six more collection sites for recycling of grain bags and twine

Farms in the province generate tonnes of both types of plastic each year

There are six new drop-off locations in Alberta for recycling grain bags and/or used baler twine. That means there are now 26 collection sites in the province but since not all of them accept both bags and twine, producers should first check the list of collection sites at cleanfarms.ca (click on the Programs by Province […] Read more

Beef deal with Japanese distributor hailed

Alberta Beef Producers is hailing a new partnership between JBS Foods Canada and Kanematsu, “a well-respected and leading food-service/distribution company based in Japan.” JBS Foods Canada said the arrangement will see Kanematsu distribute products such as the premium beef Northern Gold brand and the Canadian Diamond Black Angus brand. The partnership is exciting and reflects […] Read more


A new Public and Stakeholder Engagement program is designed to reach out to consumers proactively, rather than just responding to attacks on the beef sector.

Change, change and more change coming to Alberta Beef Producers

A long-planned major revamp is taking place at a time when producers simply can’t get together

It might be easier to tally up what isn’t new as Alberta Beef Producers heads towards the conclusion of a year that has seen unprecedented change. The pandemic has, of course, been the big one, but the province’s largest cattle organization is also implementing a major revamp of its entire governance structure at a time […] Read more

New slimmed-down Alberta Beef Producers readies for launch

Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 15

Election time is drawing near for Alberta Beef Producers. It’s been nearly a year since it approved a re-org that cuts its number of zones by nearly half and reduces the number of delegates by one-third. The organization is now accepting nominations for delegates (seven each) in its new five zones (northwest, northeast, central, southwest […] Read more


Species-specific webinars on livestock transport regs

A presentation from this spring’s Livestock Care Conference has led to a new webinar series on transport regulations, to be offered by Alberta Farm Animal Care with technical expertise provided by the CFIA. The conference presentation on humane transport by CFIA meat hygiene inspector Nancy Simmons prompted questions that “highlighted the great demand producers have […] Read more



Know a great steward of the land?

Nomination deadline is July 15

If you’re quick, you can still nominate someone for Alberta Beef Producers’ 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award. Each year, ABP recognizes a cattle operation that demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship — one that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability. The award has been given out since 1992 and the recognition of the winners […] Read more

The cattle sector is threatened and needs quick action from government to help it deal with the fallout from the pandemic, says Alberta Beef Producers.

Cattle ranchers urged to lobby their MLAs for quick action

Reduced slaughter means cattle sector needs immediate changes to support programs, says ABP

Alberta Beef Producers is urging its members to write their MLA and ask that they strongly push for additional assistance for the cattle sector following the temporary shutdown of Cargill’s High River beef plant. A form letter prepared by the organization states that “with time, this closure will also impact Canadian’s access to beef and […] Read more


The 47,000-acre Deer Creek Livestock ranch is this year’s winner of Alberta Beef Producers’ environmental stewardship award.

Making environmental stewardship pay in many different ways

Environmental stewardship award honours southern Alberta ranchers who pride themselves on conservation

Deer Creek Livestock Co.’s land has changed a lot in the past nine years as the grassland has improved, the wildlife has increased, and the stocking rates have gone up. It’s the combination of improving both productivity and the environment in tandem that earned the operation the 2020 Environmental Stewardship award from the Alberta Beef […] Read more

“We’ve got some great young people who want to go to work, and they’ve got some great ideas.” – Kelly Smith-Fraser.

Alberta Beef Producers revamps, elects first female chair

Kelly Smith-Fraser will lead the implementation of major changes for the 50-year-old cattle group

Alberta Beef Producers is entering a new decade with a brand new look. Along with a major overhaul of its structure — shrinking its board, roster of delegates and number of meetings — the organization is being led by a woman for the first time in its 50-year history. New chair Kelly Smith-Fraser paid tribute […] Read more