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Producers urged to consider commercial-scale composting

Producers urged to consider commercial-scale composting

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Recycling Council of Alberta has created a guide for farmers and rural landowners who might be interested in composting organic waste material from municipalities and businesses. Nationwide, about 2.2 million tonnes of organic waste are sent to landfills annually and it could be composted and spread on fields, the organization said. “We have traditionally […] Read more

Five tips for eco-friendly gardening

Five tips for eco-friendly gardening

The word eco-friendly can be used in many areas of our lives: at work, at home, at play. Being eco-friendly in all these aspects is quite a simple concept with incredible opportunities for creativity. The bottom line is eco-friendly is all about working with nature, not against it. As gardeners we play an ever-increasing unique[...]
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Tim McAllister was presented with his outstanding researcher award at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference earlier this month. From left to right, Beef Cattle Research Council science director Reynold Bergen, McAllister, council chair Bryan Thiessen, and Darren Bevans, a council director and general manager of Deseret Ranches.

Renowned Alberta researcher honoured

Reading Time: 2 minutes Tim McAllister has been awarded the 2016 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation. McAllister, who grew up on a cow-calf operation near Innisfail, has gained international recognition for his work on antimicrobial resistance, beef cattle nutrition, silage science, greenhouse gas emissions, E. coli 0157:H7, and prion science. He is a principal research[...]
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Kristen and Shane Schooten with their children Gracen and Berkley.

Challenge equals opportunity for Outstanding Young Farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Schooten and Sons is one busy place. The Lethbridge-area operation has four feed yards with a combined 40,000-head capacity; 6,300 acres of crops and pasture; a 300-head cattle herd; custom farming business; trucking company; composting operation; and 35 employees. It’s a big change from the smaller, single feedlot that Shane, Cody, and Justin Schooten grew[...]
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grizzly bears

Preventing conflicts with bears before they start

Reading Time: 2 minutes It doesn’t matter where you are in the province — Alberta is bear country. Bears prefer to be left alone, but tragedies do happen. It was the death of a woman attacked by a grizzly bear in Canmore in 2005 that led to the creation of the Bearsmart program. The voluntary program is a partnership[...]
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