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Irrigation generates $3.2 billion for the Alberta economy and has expansion potential, says a report from the  Alberta Land Institute.

Report looks at the benefits of irrigation expansion

Study says irrigating dryland would produce big economic benefits but would need government support

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent report from the Alberta Land Institute highlights the economic benefits of expanding Alberta’s irrigation system and offers improved forecasting of agricultural and irrigation needs. The report, entitled Systems modelling for sustainable land and water policy in Alberta’s irrigation sector, was prepared by Evan Davies, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at the University […] Read more

Alberta’s big cities have an insatiable appetite for nearby farmland.

Do more to save farmland, say two new reports

U of A study says hundreds of thousands of acres have been lost while Senate committee calls for help for young farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes A pair of new reports are urging government to do more to save good farmland from being lost to agriculture. And there’s a lot that has been lost already, according to researchers at the University of Alberta. “Analysis of satellite imagery shows that between 1984 and 2013, the amount of land in urban uses in […] Read more

overhead map of a watershed

What’s it worth? New project aims to nail down the value of wetlands

Innovative new project features a reverse auction in which producers ‘bid’ on the compensation they’d want for giving up acres

Reading Time: 4 minutes Wetlands often present a difficult choice for producers — keep them for their environmental value or drain them for the sake of the bottom line. Until recently, converting wetlands to croppable land was commonplace, and even encouraged by government projects that paid farmers to drain them. Wetlands advocates know it will take compensation to reverse […] Read more