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Scott and Elan Lees and their ranch managers have undertaken a host of stewardship efforts at Soderglen Ranches South.

Award-winning ranch builds conservation into its business plan

Soderglen Ranches South recognized for its environmental efforts with top stewardship award

Reading Time: 3 minutes Good stewardship is good business, say the winners of the 2021 Alberta Beef Producers Environmental Stewardship Award. "Environmental stewardship is simply a way of protecting the environment and our investment at the same time," Elan Lees, business manager of Soderglen Ranches South, said in an email interview. "If we do it right, we may be […] Read more

Wowk takes the helm of new Alberta Beef board

Reading Time: < 1 minute Melanie Wowk of Beauvallon is the new chair of the revamped board of Alberta Beef Producers, which has reduced the number of zones, delegates and directors. Jason Hale of Bassano takes over Wowk’s role as vice-chair, Brodie Haugan of Orion is the new finance chair, and Pine Lake producer Kelly Smith-Fraser is the past chair. […] Read more


A coal mine in a mountain area of Alberta.

Halt new coal policy and consult, says Alberta Beef

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Beef Producers says it is “frustrated with the limited public engagement” conducted by the provincial government regarding open-pit coal extraction in the province’s eastern slopes. ABP’s board has passed a resolution calling on the government to reinstate the former coal development policy (put in place in 1976 but quietly rescinded last summer) “until proper […] Read more

Alberta Beef Producers starts the new year with a smaller delegate body — 30 delegates were either elected or acclaimed in a recent election (with five delegate spots still open).

Slimmed-down Alberta Beef Producers announces election results

Cattle organization has reduced the number of delegates but five positions are still open

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta Beef Producers’ first election for its slimmed-down delegate body is over — but the group of producers’ representatives is a little smaller than hoped. Thirty producers — five shy of the allotted number — were either elected or acclaimed during recent elections (with members of the farm group either voting online or by mail-in […] Read more


On most days on most ranches in the province, things likely seemed pretty normal. But for the organization representing cattle producers, it has been a year of constant challenge and change.

Slimmed-down cattle organization looks forward to better days

During a dark year, there have been some silver linings, say officials with Alberta Beef Producers

Reading Time: 4 minutes Alberta Beef Producers is heading into the new year by celebrating some wins, and by proceeding with the slimming down of the organization’s governance model. The province has approved the governance changes, chair Kelly Smith-Fraser said at the organization’s virtual town hall, held at the end of November. “The geographical zones have been reduced from […] Read more

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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


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Beef deal with Japanese distributor hailed

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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