ARECA’s Paul Watson- Interim Chair of the National Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Steering Committee

Upon his arrival at ARECA, EFP Director Paul Watson began reaching out to his provincial counterparts to evaluate the possibility of the provinces working together to harmonize key environmental components of the EFP. In late spring of 2016, the Alberta Wheat Commission showed their support for this initiative resulting in the National EFP Summit in November. The initial talk was intended for provincial delivery organizations, but industry such as McCain’s, DFC, and Pulse joined the conversation. Demand for a baseline National EFP has been clear and Paul pursued this with the support of ARECA, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the Government of Alberta. Paul worked steadily behind th

Ontario’s Greenbelt Protects Vital Agricultural Land

The Greenbelt is home to a wealth of important ecological systems and some of the Province’s most productive agricultural land. This natural capital sustains ecological and human health in the region and the Greenbelt is an important agricultural and recreational resource. Implemented in 2005, the Greenbelt Plan protects this vital natural capital by preventing new urban development in greenfield areas within its boundaries. Residents in the Greater Golden Horseshoe gain significant benefits from the natural and environmental features protected by the Greenbelt. From the clean air and water that sustains human life to the natural beauty of the landscape that provides recreational opportuniti

Soil Aggregation is Critical — in Several Different ways — to Growing Healthy Crops

Think water is your biggest limiting factor when growing a crop? Think again. “Soil aggregation is the most important constraint that we have,” said Yamily Zavala, crop and soil health management specialist at Chinook Applied Research Association. “In order for a soil to function properly, we have to have all the soil processes — physical, chemical, and biological — function in a way that they can maintain the soil in a good condition. “Aggregation is one of the most important components of the physical process of the soil. We want our soil to have good aggregation.” Soil aggregation — the way soil particles bind together — can act as an early warning sign of problems in the soil, said Zaval

Combine to Customer

CIGI (Canadian International Grains Institute) is planning four short programs for western Canadian grain producers in January, February and March 2017. These Combine to Customer programs will look at the evolving grain industry in Western Canada. The program will include a number of senior level speakers who will provide insight into where the grain industry is heading and what needs to be done to stay competitive and meet the ever-changing requirements of domestic and international grain buyers. Producers who participated in these programs in 2015 provided very positive feedback about the experience and the knowledge gained through this opportunity. To learn more about the Combine to Cus

Foothill Forage & Grazing Job Opportunity

Foothills Forage & Grazing Association: Interim Manager The Foothills Forage & Grazing Association (FFGA) is looking for an interim manager to cover a maternity leave based on 32 hours a week from February 2017 to April 2018. The FFGA office is located in Okotoks, Alberta. FFGA is a non-profit producer organization that focuses on all aspects of forage and livestock production in south central Alberta through demonstration trials, newsletters, social media and extension events which include workshop, seminars and tours. Successful applicants should have experience in agriculture extension, research and practical knowledge of agriculture in Western Canada. The successful applicant must be sel

AAMDC Convention

The Fall 2016 Convention is set to take place from November 15-17, 2016 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Delegates from member municipalities around Alberta are invited to hear plenary speakers, participate in breakout sessions and vote on the resolutions that guide the AAMDC’s advocacy efforts.

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