Operation Pollinator is a program focused on research and partnerships to promote the health and well-being of bees and other pollinators given their essential role in agriculture and nature. The program’s mandate is to support activities that enhance biodiversity, habitat and other practical initiatives that contribute to healthy pollinator populations. ARECA and its member associations have joined the Soil Conservation Council of Canada and Syngenta Canada to act as a provincial delivery agent for this initiative.
Regional Variety Trials (RVTs)
Every year, regional variety trials (RVTs) are conducted across Alberta to provide regional performance information on emerging crop varieties, as compared to common and well-established varieties. This information allows farmers to confidently decide which varieties will perform best in their area.
On an annual basis, ARECA coordinates many pest data collection programs. Consistent, complete surveillance information is very beneficial to the industry in terms of addressing suppression and resistance in cultivars. In 2016 ARECA conducted a province-wide Blackleg Survey. Click Here for the 2016 Survey
High Legume Pasture Project (sainfoin)
All nine ARECA associations are partnering with West Central Forage Association, Peace River Forage Association of BC, & Alberta Ag and Forestry on a high legume pasture project. The goal of this project is to provide farmers with the knowledge to establish a high legume (60%+) pasture and graze that pasture in the second year. High legume pastures have a greater capacity to withstand drought conditions and are extremely productive. Seeding sainfoin, which contains tannins, into a pasture mix reduces the incidence of bloat. This project serves FA and ARA members and farmers across the province.