Member Associations

ARECA is the provincial arm of 4 research associations and 2 forage associations that serve much of Alberta

The Mackenzie Applied Research Association [MARA] is a not for profit producer-driven applied research association. MARA serves producers in Mackenzie County, the largest County in Alberta and the northernmost commercial agriculture region in Canada. MARA conducts applied agricultural and environmental research from its Fort Vermilion, Alberta location. MARA is proud to serve the largest number of organic producers (over 40%) in Alberta.

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The North Peace Applied Research Association is a non-profit, producer driven organization that has been in operation since 1988.

The North Peace Applied Research Association’s mission is to serve farmers within the County of northern Lights and the M.D of Peace #135, and to meet the special needs that results from our unique climatic, geographic and soil conditions.  NPARA conducts applied research as determined by our Board of Directors.

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The Foothills Forage & Grazing Association is a non-profit producer driven association that strives to bring practical information and production strategies to forage and livestock producers in south central Alberta by hosting demonstration projects, events and workshops.

FFGA brings together a network of producers who are interested in finding profitable and regenerative ways to produce forages and livestock. Connect with us through our monthly newsletter and social media.

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The Battle River Research Association (BRRG) is located in Forestburg, Alberta, and serves east-central region of Alberta including the counties of Paintearth, Stettler, Camrose, Beaver, and Flagstaff.

Visit our website to become a member, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media.

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Gateway Research Organization is a non-profit applied research association based out of Westlock, AB. We make mistakes so that you, the farmer, don’t have to.

Governed by a forward thinking board of directors who set the tone for GRO, we are driven, passionate and curious. We love learning and then sharing what we learn with our producers.


The Grey Wooded Forage Association was established in 1984 by a group of cattle producers in West Central Alberta who wished to improve their grazing practices.

We work to create awareness of the uses and potential uses of forages and to share information on a variety of production practices in the livestock and forage sector including grazing management, riparian management, environmental sustainability, grass production and pasture and perennial forage regeneration

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