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Shelterbelts are a good way to encourage pollinators to stick around.

Nominations sought for pollinator award

Nominations are being sought for the 2015 Canadian Farmer-Rancher Pollinator Conservation Award. Individuals or families in Canada currently implementing pollinator protection measures on their farm or ranch are encouraged to apply. The award recognizes farmers and ranchers who have made significant efforts in conserving natural ecosystems, fostering additional pollinator habitat, and protecting pollinators. The recipient […] Read more

What lies beneath your feet is a marvel of nature

It’s believed native grasslands contain plants a century old, their tillers advancing 
inch by inch to create a perpetual ecosystem

The other day, the Dickinson Research Extension Center became home to an unstoppable force that is going to drill a well. In this case, an oil well. The spot selected is in the middle of a native grass pasture. Who knows the age of that native grass, but certainly the plants were there long before […] Read more


Ladybugs are a beneficial insect as they are voracious eaters of aphids.

A better way to beat your bug troubles

Integrated pest management allows beneficial bugs to prosper

Prevention — not eradication — is the trick to managing pest outbreaks in crops, says a B.C. government entomologist. “In integrated pest management, pest suppression is truly the goal,” Tracey Hueppelsheuser said at a workshop in late July. “The end goal is to limit pest outbreaks and impacts — not completely remove them, but limit […] Read more