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Agricultural plastics not part of federal ban

The federal government’s plan to halt Canada’s consumption of single-use plastics such as shopping bags, straws and stir sticks over the next couple of years won’t extend to farm chemical containers and grain bags. Cleanfarms, the national industry stewardship body operating waste management and recycling programs for agricultural packaging, said Thursday that plastic products such […] Read more

On-farm stewardship funding available

Growing Forward 2’s On-Farm Stewardship program might have some cash for you. “As we get into the depths of winter, it’s time to start planning for next year,” said Mike Hittinger, a provincial extension specialist with Alberta Agriculture. “The On-Farm Stewardship program has financial support for some of the things you may be planning.” The […] Read more

Coronation rancher Tim Smith is a 2016 Nuffield scholar.

It’s time to reward ranch stewardship, says Alberta Nuffield scholar

Coronation rancher Tim Smith will travel the globe to find ways to bring 
ecological goods and services into the Canadian mainstream

Paying farmers for stewardship that produces environmental benefits isn’t a new idea, but it’s one that’s been slow to catch on in Canada. Coronation rancher Tim Smith wants to know why — and what can be done to move ecological goods and services into the mainstream of agriculture here. “There are benefits in grassland biodiversity […] 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

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

Nominees for Environmental Stewardship Award sought

Nomination deadline is July 1

The Alberta Beef Producers is seeking nominations for the 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes cattle producers whose natural resource stewardship practices contribute to the environment and enhance productivity and profitability. The winner will receive a commemorative gate sign, a video highlighting their ranching operation, and an all-expenses-paid trip from anywhere in Alberta to the […] Read more

Free guide available on dealing with treated seed

Guide offers stewardship practices on how to handle, store, transport and use treated seed

A new Guide to Treated Seed Stewardship provides a one-stop resource for those involved with handling, storage, transportation, and use of treated seed. Developed by a group of seed industry professionals, the guide offers best management practices for insecticide- and fungicide-treated seed. It is designed to complement CropLife Canada’s seed treatment operations standards, which provide uniform […] Read more

Being good stewards and educating the next generation of farmers are key for Vicky Horn, pictured with son Brantley.

Farmers know the true cost of producing real food

In a fast-food world, farmers and ranchers understand the hard work necessary to get food on the table

Our farm is deeply personal to us. It is more than just where we work and where we live. This is our life’s work; our land and animals become our life’s masterpiece. Taking care of the land, raising healthy animals and educating the next generation of stewards on our land will be our legacy. The […] Read more

The sustainability calculator’s output shows how a producer’s practices stack up against provincial averages. “The smaller the number, the lower the impact,” said Serecon’s 
Markus Weber.

Are you a good steward of your land? There’s an app for that

Big food companies are demanding farmers prove they are reducing their environmental impact

Hundreds and hundreds of producers” are needed to help fine tune a new environmental sustainability calculator before it’s ready to launch. The open-source calculator is the latest development in the growing trend to demonstrate to consumers that farmers are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact and being good stewards of the land. Companies such […] Read more