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Ducks Unlimited shifts forage incentive for Manitoba

A program encouraging Prairie farmers to improve waterfowl habitat by flipping cropland into hayland or pasture will continue the same this spring, except in Manitoba. The DUC/CPS forage program, offered by Ducks Unlimited Canada and Crop Production Services (CPS) Canada, will still see growers in Saskatchewan and Alberta get a rebate of $100 for each […] Read more

Western Winter Wheat Initiative gets $1-million boost

Winter wheat in Western Canada is getting a boost thanks to The Mosaic Company Foundation, the newest member of the Western Winter Wheat Initiative. The foundation is giving the initiative $1 million over the next three years. “Now that The Mosaic Company Foundation is on board, we are able to continue supporting the growth of […] Read more


Barry and Charmaine Ronsko have restored wetlands on one quarter and purchased 
two others under another restoration program.

Making it better when it is wetter — and when it’s dry, too

Ducks Unlimited has two wetlands restoration programs drawing on $31 million in provincial funding

Whether floods in 2013 or drought this year, extreme weather has taken its toll on producers throughout Alberta in recent years. The good news is Mother Nature can help with that. And the provincial government is also chipping in, with $31 million in funding over three years to encourage farmers and other rural landowners to […] Read more

The Nose Creek watershed project is aimed at creating a new model for wetland restoration, says Shari Clare, shown here conducting a wetland fish survey using minnow traps.

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

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


Alliance offers support for winter wheat growers

Bayer and JRI team up with Ducks Unlimited to promote 
agronomic and environmental advances

A new group aims to offer information and support to winter wheat growers. Bayer Crop Science, Richardson International, and Ducks Unlimited are collaborating on the Western Winter Wheat Initiative. “The purpose of this initiative is to build awareness and credibility of winter wheat as a highly productive crop option for western Canadian farmers,” says Janine […] Read more