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Future Leaders program now open

Future Leaders program now open

Application deadline is April 30

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications are now open for the next edition of the AdvancingAg Future Leaders program. The program is aimed at helping farmers and ag professionals aged 18 to 35 develop leadership skills. It matches young people with a mentor from the cropping sector, who has “an eagerness to share your expertise and experiences.” During the year-long […] Read more

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Feds pondering more self-reliance in Canada’s food

'Even if we are already in a good position, we can always do better,' Bibeau says

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau is looking for ways to make Canada’s food supply more autonomous. In an interview Thursday, Bibeau pointed to her minority Liberal government’s pledge in the throne speech to further support the food value chain. That could mean a review of food infrastructure across the country, according to Bibeau. Specifics aren’t yet […] Read more


Cattle ranchers paired up with researchers in mentorship program

Cattle ranchers paired up with researchers in mentorship program

Pair of Lethbridge scientists matched with cow-calf producers from Alberta

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two AgCanada researchers in Lethbridge — a soil microbial ecologist and an expert in greenhouse gas emissions — are among the six scientists selected for a mentorship program put on by the Beef Cattle Research Council. The program pairs the researchers with innovative cattle producers and industry professionals — many from Alberta — for a one-year […] Read more

Life was a little simpler for Cattlemen’s Young Leaders in the pre-pandemic days. This scene is from a new video celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program. It can be found at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s YouTube channel.

New set of Cattlemen’s Young Leaders chosen

Reading Time: < 1 minute Seven Albertans are among the 16 finalists chosen for the 2020-21 edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program. The seven Albertans are Aydon Almberg (Czar), Iva Harberg (Hay Lakes), Claye Harsany (High River), Dave Slingerland (Coaldale), Mackenzie Argent (Cremona), Katie-Jo Stehr (Lethbridge) and Kaylee Chizawsky (Edmonton). They were chosen from 24 semi-finalists from across the […] Read more


Ten Albertans chosen as CYL semi-finalists

Ten Albertans chosen as CYL semi-finalists

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ten Albertans have made the short list for the 2020-21 edition of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association program pairs participants with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the beef industry and provides networking and travel opportunities tailored for personal and professional growth. More than 50 young people, […] Read more

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program still open

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program still open

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentors Program is still accepting applications for the 2020-21 program year. The program pairs young people aged 18 to 35 from across Canada with a mentor in their specific area of interest in the beef sector. They are also given the opportunity to participate in unique travel experiences and peer […] Read more


Young folks are willing to be part of a long day, but maybe not the whole of it. This may require two people with a flexible schedule to fill one job description.

The all-too-common pitfall of successful businesses

Growth brings rewards but also stretches the founder — especially if he or she hasn’t developed their team

Reading Time: 3 minutes What does success look like to you? For many, success is measured in terms of net profit, wealth or an accumulation of assets. For others, it is the ability to put children through school, travel or to own a cabin. However measured, success is often tied to money and people. In my Nuffield travels and […] Read more

Beef research mentorship program still going strong

Beef research mentorship program still going strong

Nearly two dozen beef researchers have participated in the six- year-old initiative

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications for the 2020-21 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are now being accepted. Four researchers were selected to participate in the program during this past year, each paired with two mentors — an innovative producer and another industry expert — for a one-year term. They are also given a travel budget so […] Read more


Program looks to connect researchers to the beef industry

Program looks to connect researchers to the beef industry

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications for the 2019-20 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are being accepted until May 1. Four researchers were selected to participate in the program this past year, with each paired with two mentors — an innovative producer and another industry expert. The program, launched in 2014, connects new applied researchers with the […] Read more

Kristen Ritson-Bennett admits being overwhelmed when she started her first business but a skill development program for women entrepreneurs ‘propelled’ the launch of her second one this summer.

It’s not just a man’s world in the ag business sector anymore

Times have changed, and now training and access to capital for women entrepreneurs are catching up

Reading Time: 5 minutes Running a farm. Volunteering. Managing one business. Starting another. Raising a young child while pregnant with her second. Kristen Ritson-Bennett had a lot on her plate as she worked her way through the Success for Women in Agri-Food program over the past two years. “I don’t necessarily believe in work-life balance. I just don’t see […] Read more