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Cattle ranchers paired up with researchers in mentorship program

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

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

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 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



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

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

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

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



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

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


Beef researcher mentorships available

Application deadline is May 1

Applications for the 2018-19 term of the BCRC Beef Researcher Mentorship Program are now being accepted. Three researchers were selected to participate in the program this past year. Each was paired with two mentors — an innovative producer and another industry expert — for a one-year term that ends in July. The program allows researchers […] Read more