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By getting rid of trees and obstacles in fields,

Bees cannot live on canola and alfalfa alone

‘Agriculture blooms for one month a year’ and so maintaining pockets of natural food sources is critical

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cropland’s encroachment on nature threatens to starve bees and pollinators, says beekeeper Ian Steppler. “Where we find a balance within our countryside between agriculture and nature is where we find tremendous growth and prosperity,” said Steppler, a crops and cattle producer in Manitoba who has 1,500 hives and produces over 250,000 pounds of honey per […] Read more

Cattle producer Pearl Gregor installed wetland fencing two years ago with help from ALUS Canada.

Wetland protection a no-brainer for cattle producer

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pearl Gregor was on the phone the instant she read about ALUS Canada in her county newspaper. “When I heard about ALUS, it was automatic — I had to do it,” said the New Sarepta-area cattle farmer. “We’ve lost so much of the Alberta wetlands. As farmers, we need water, so we need ALUS.” ALUS […] Read more



By installing waterers next to fenced-off riparian areas, Sean McGrath had gained extra weeks of water during dry years, and has eliminated problems like foot rot.

Capturing value from riparian areas

The first step is to have a plan before you start fencing, says riparian management expert

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ask just about any Alberta farmer about the worst drought in recent memory and there’s a good chance they will say 2002 — a year that saw water supplies devastated throughout the province. For Sean McGrath, some foresight around land management that year prevented what could have been a disaster. Fencing off a dugout and […] Read more


Jason Bradley stands near pipes that are part of the new watering system installed after he completed an Environmental Farm Plan.

Stewardship program expecting a flood of new applicants

About 8,000 producers have completed an Environmental Farm Plan — but that number is about to grow by 5,000 a year

Reading Time: 3 minutes Jason Bradley thought he was a pretty good steward of the land — but doing an Environmental Farm Plan helped him become a better one. “If it wasn’t for the Environmental Farm Plan, this would not have come to fruition,” said the manager of Red Deer River Ranches, indicating the fenced-in riparian areas and the […] Read more