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If your environmental farm plan is more than a decade old, you will need to renew it.

Having an official stewardship plan comes with benefits

Access to grants and the ‘sustainable sourcing’ trend are key reasons for an environmental farm plan

Reading Time: 4 minutes A lot of Alberta farmers have an environmental farm plan, but many are gathering dust on a shelf and are no longer valid. But having a valid environmental farm plan (EFP) has several benefits and renewing one has become easier, say officials who run the program. A constant in Alberta since 2003, there are 4,500 […] Read more

The Red River, shown here at Winnipeg, forms most of the border between North Dakota and Minnesota as it flows northward into southern Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg. (File photo by Dave Bedard)

Trump administration scales back U.S. water protections

Washington | Reuters — The Trump administration finalized a rule on Thursday to pare back the types of waterways protected from pollution under federal law, easing burdens on industries such as agriculture and mining but angering environmental groups. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule could win political points ahead of the November election for Republican President […] Read more


Agricultural plastics not part of federal ban

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

Randy, Sandra, and Luke Radau have a never-ending list of ideas to improve their stewardship of 
Coulee Crest Farm and knock off one or two every year.

Step-by-step stewardship a winner at Coulee Crest Farm

Reading Time: 4 minutes Randy Radau’s philosophy has been to make one or two environmental improvements at his place every year. This approach has proved fruitful for the rancher and grain grower, who runs a mixed farm with wife Sandra and son Luke, the recipients of the 2019 Alberta Beef Producers Environmental Stewardship Award. “We haven’t done anything really […] Read more


Bags Of Money On A Farm Field

On-farm stewardship funding available

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

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

cattle on pasture

Nominees for Environmental Stewardship Award sought

Nomination deadline is July 1

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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


treated corn seed

Free guide available on dealing with treated seed

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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

young woman holding a child in her arms

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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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