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File photo of cattle grazing on Prince Edward Island. (ArodPEI/iStock/Getty Images)

Eastern drought zones set for livestock tax deferrals

Regions designated in P.E.I., N.S., N.B., Quebec

In a decision that may have come late for some, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and parts of southeastern Quebec and northwestern Nova Scotia have been declared drought zones for eligible livestock producers' 2020 tax purposes. The federal government on Monday released its list and map of prescribed drought regions where tax deferral on sales […] Read more

Filming Guardians of the Grasslands.

Live launch for Guardians of the Grasslands draws over 500 viewers

After 18 months on the film festival circuit, Guardians of the Grasslands is now publicly available on YouTube.  The short documentary, produced by Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, outlines the role of cattle in preserving Canada’s Prairie ecosystem. Between September 2019 and March 2021, the film was […] Read more


The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
are hosting a virtual conversation series this week in anticipation of the upcoming United Nations Food
Systems Summit.

A wider vision for grassland conservation

A new collaborative effort across North America is focusing efforts to protect the fast-disappearing Prairie ecosystem

For many who call the Canadian Prairies home, it would be impossible to imagine springtime without the cheerful song of the western meadowlark. That distinct, flute-like call, along with the other songs of grassland birds returning north, is a defining part of this landscape. [AUDIO CLIP: Tammy VerCauteren, executive director of the U.S.-based Bird Conservancy […] Read more

Jointed goat grass can hybridize with wheat.

Healthy range key to preventing new invasive plants

Range agrologists urge producers to watch for changes on the landscape and be mindful of how invasive species spread

If your grasslands are in good health, you’re already on your way to preventing an infestation of an invasive grass species. Without proper range management, grasslands in poor condition will be less resistant to an unwanted species establishing, says Sheryl Wurtz, invasive plant specialist with the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. In […] Read more


Storm clouds over Missouri Coteau.

Weston Family Foundation donates nearly $25 million to prairie conservation efforts

The five-year project will affect nearly four million acres of native prairie, making it one of the largest prairie grasslands conservation efforts in Canadian history.

The Weston Family Foundation has injected nearly $25 million into grassland conservation efforts in Canada, giving a major boost to five organizations protecting prairie ecosystems.  Canada’s native prairie ecosystem is home to hundreds of species of wildlife, including everything from northern leopard frogs to swift foxes, while simultaneously supporting beef herds and other livestock. Grasslands also sequester carbon, giving them a potential role […] Read more

(Dave Bedard photo)

Manitoba to open more Crown lands to haying, grazing

Province now taking requests for permits

Manitoba livestock producers up against dry conditions can now apply for temporary passes to get onto Crown land not normally designated for grazing or haying. The province announced Friday it will make such lands available this year for agricultural use "under certain circumstances." Permits and land uses will be handled through the Agricultural Crown Lands […] Read more


(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Alberta to lift residency rule for public grazing lands

The Alberta government plans to remove a restriction on non-Albertans' use of public lands for grazing, in a bid to smooth out paths for interprovincial trade. The province on Saturday announced it will do away with eight of its declared exceptions under the interprovincial Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). Of the eight, three deal with […] Read more

Adverse weather has prompted producers to reduce herds again this year.

Feed Watch: September 16, 2019

Adverse weather has taken its toll on Canada’s cow herd, knocking down the numbers in the national herd yet again. There were 10.36 million head in Canada as of July 1, according to Statistics Canada’s latest survey. That’s down from last year, and 30 per cent below the peak of 2005. And as Alexis Kienlen […] Read more



Conditions vary across the Prairies, but some producers are struggling with drought, particularly in Manitoba's Interlake.

Feed Watch: September 2, 2019

A lack of carryover of feed from 2018, combined with another summer of drought, has taken its toll in Manitoba’s Interlake region this year, triggering a declaration of agricultural disaster in 12 municipalities. The RMs of Alonsa, Armstrong, Bifrost-Riverton, Coldwell, Ethelbert, Fisher, Grahamdale, Lakeshore, McCreary, Ste. Rose, West Interlake and Woodlands announced the motion in […] Read more