GFM Network News


New Brunswick postpones pesticide use hearings

Deadline extended for written submissions

The New Brunswick government’s planned public hearings on the use of glyphosate and other pesticides are postponed, and more time is being granted for the public to file written briefs. The provincial legislature’s all-party standing committee on climate change and environmental stewardship on Feb. 5 announced it would hold hearings in Fredericton March 24-27 “on […] Read more

The 47,000-acre Deer Creek Livestock ranch is this year’s winner of Alberta Beef Producers’ environmental stewardship award.

Making environmental stewardship pay in many different ways

Environmental stewardship award honours southern Alberta ranchers who pride themselves on conservation

Deer Creek Livestock Co.’s land has changed a lot in the past nine years as the grassland has improved, the wildlife has increased, and the stocking rates have gone up. It’s the combination of improving both productivity and the environment in tandem that earned the operation the 2020 Environmental Stewardship award from the Alberta Beef […] Read more


In a video profiling Shoestring Ranch, Ian Murray describes the philosophy that drives management decisions at his operation.

First the cows, then the grass, and then the soil

Winner of top environmental award for cattle producers says stewardship is a journey that never ends

‘Sustainable’ isn’t a word that finds a lot of favour with this year’s winner of one of the provincial farm sector’s leading environmental awards. “I prefer to use the word regenerative,” Ian Murray says in a video portraying the work he and wife Carman have done at Shoestring Ranch. “I don’t want our ranch to […] Read more

Nominate a great steward for environmental award

Deadline for nominations is July 15

Alberta Beef Producers is seeking nominations for the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award. The award recognizes cattle producers whose stewardship practices contribute to the environment, and enhance productivity and profitability. Applicants are invited to share the unique environmental practices employed on their operation and to present the positive story about cattle producers’ contribution to the environment. […] Read more


New beef cattle researcher award offered

For researchers involved in programs related to competitiveness and sustainability


The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has introduced a new award that honours outstanding researchers for their contribution to the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. The Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation will publicly recognize scientists and academics actively involved in strong research programs aligned with industry priorities, continually […] Read more

New co-ordinator for Verified Beef Production program

Shannon Argent of Cremona is the new provincial co-ordinator for the national Verified Beef Production (VBP) program in Alberta. Argent will be managing education and on-farm audit services for cow-calf and feedlot producers participating in the national beef on-farm food safety program. Formerly an animal health technician, Argent has also worked in both the genetics […] Read more