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Erik Nottveit, Arvid Nottveit’s son checking cattle at Tribar Ranching Co., located on the northern edge of Lake Manitoba. Changes to Manitoba’s Crown lease program are creating uncertainty for leaseholders.

Reforms to Manitoba’s Crown lands still frustrate leaseholders

Rent break and extending lease renewals to family transfers seen as positive moves by industry, but producers say issues still exist with new program

Agricultural Crown land leaseholders in 18 Manitoba municipalities that declared a state of agricultural disaster in 2019 will be given a one-time rent credit. However, some leaseholders say this won’t make much difference due to the rising rental rate introduced as one of the many reforms to the agricultural Crown land (ACL) lease program in […] Read more

CCA reports: Supporting young producers through COVID and beyond

From the September 28, 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

It is safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year due to uncertainties unleashed by the arrival of COVID-19 on Canadian soil. These unprecedented times have been difficult for cattle producers across Canada — especially our young producers. It has reaffirmed the importance of young producers having access to financing and affordable land […] Read more


Six generations of the Hines family have been involved in the Marwayne-area ranch over the last 100 years.

Ranching in northeastern Alberta

In 1918, the Hines family shipped over 800 head of Hereford to Kitscoty by rail, and they’ve been raising cattle in the Marwayne area ever since

The roots run long and deep for the Hines family of Marwayne, Alta. They have been ranching in the Marwayne area for over 100 years. Over that time the family has grown to include many that are well-known in the cattle industry. In 1906, Jim Hine’s grandfather, George (Judge), had come north from Montana to […] Read more

Farm journalist pens novel about BSE crisis

Conversations with beef producers inspired Alexis Kienlen to research BSE and write about its effect on a fictional ranching family.

As Alexis Kienlen found her stride as an agricultural reporter, one date kept cropping up in conversations with producers: May 20, 2003. That day, when officials publicly confirmed a case of BSE in an Alberta cow and borders slammed shut, was still raw for producers when Kienlen began writing for Alberta Farmer Express in 2008. […] Read more


CAAIN has allocated $15 million in its first open call for proposals, focusing on automation and digital technology that will help advance the agri-food sector and “demonstrate economic impact and value for Canada’s agri-food industry,” notes a media release from the group.

Talking succession planning with Annessa Good

As a young woman and the daughter of a well-known farm transition consultant, Good brings an interesting perspective to succession planning

[UPDATED: May 27, 2020] – Annessa Good refers to the transition process as a roller coaster ride and it is quite the ride, she says. If anyone should know, it is her. Not only is she a transition specialist in southern Alberta with Farm Credit Canada (FCC), but she is also the daughter of another well-known […] Read more

CCA Reports: Cattlemen’s Young Leaders program open to applications

From the February 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Look around at any industry meeting and there is a common theme among the participants: their age. Encouraging young people to pursue careers in the beef industry has been a priority for quite some time, yet it is still a challenge we face. Access to financing and affordable land to run profitable operations, lack of […] Read more


Comment: When Harry met Meghan

I was astounded at the flap over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to “step back” as senior members of the Royal Family last month. Questions about how exactly their move to Canada seem pertinent to me, but blaming them for growing republicanism within the U.K. seemed a bit much (that was one of […] Read more

Beginning succession planning isn’t easy, but will have long-lasting effects on both the family and operation.

Succession planning 101

The first step to succession planning is to call a family meeting

If you asked farmers and ranchers what keeps them up at night, besides markets and weather, many would say the succession plan or lack thereof. When is the best time to start the process? Similar to planting trees, 25 years ago. But the second-best time is now, was a comment made by a recent Entreleadership […] Read more


The Clifton family ranches in the Similkameen Valley in British Columbia.

Coming Up in Canadian Cattlemen: Nov 11, 2019

A preview of some of the stories in the next issue of the magazine.

Our cover story this month takes us to the beautiful Similkameen Valley in British Columbia, which the Clifton family has called home for over a century. The Cliftons were recognized nationally with The Environmental Stewardship Award this year, and Piper Whelan talked with Wade Clifton about the family’s sustainable ranching practices and how the ranching […] Read more

Comment: Reading the National Beef Strategy

The beef industry faces more than its fair of challenges these days. From public perception about beef’s impact on the environment and health to labour shortages to pending regulatory changes around traceability and transportation, you all have your hands full. At the same time, new technology and the disruption to pork production overseas are opportunities […] Read more