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EU plans to halve pesticide use, expand organic farming

Brussels | Reuters — The European Commission said on Wednesday it planned to increase organic farming and cut agricultural chemical use to protect the environment, proposals welcomed by green groups but which farmers said would make them less flexible. Agriculture is a contributor to climate change – producing around 10 per cent of EU greenhouse […] Read more

Smoke hangs over a pasture in a dry year. Maintaining perennial systems is critical to avoiding more carbon losses to the atmosphere, says Denis Angers.

Perennial forage systems offer environmental, production benefits

More research is needed to better understand the effects of specific management practices in forage production under Canadian conditions

By optimizing the amount of carbon returned to the soil, forage production can play a major role in carbon sequestration while improving soil quality. Not only does this benefit yield, it has environmental advantages. “Soils contain two to three times more carbon than the vegetation or atmosphere, and that’s why we talk about soil carbon […] Read more


Cargill and TrustBIX double down on sustainable beef efforts

Sustainable beef from certified farms and ranches is raised, processed and delivered with the future in mind

TrustBIX and Cargill signed a new agreement February 26, 2020 for TrustBIX to continue to provide chain-of-custody services that enable Cargill to offer sustainable beef sourcing to its Canadian customers. Cargill has and continues to develop multiple customer solutions that adhere to the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework.  The Certified Sustainable Beef Framework is an operation-level certification program developed by […] Read more

Three generations of the Stokke family take a break from working cattle for a picture. Randy and Terry are happy to see that the land that has supported their family will continue to do so into the future.

Dealing with a protection order for species at risk

Decades of carefully managing native pastures, documentation and open communication were key to convincing government officials and conservationists that this ranch is supporting wildlife

A landscape like the Palliser Triangle holds its own challenges for raising livestock. These trials are well understood by those who make their living on the arid plains, shaping how they manage the native prairie to sustain their herds and the world around them. But when an emergency protection order (EPO) under the federal Species […] Read more


Comment: Research 101

If you’re a regular on the winter conference circuit, you’ve likely seen your fair share of ag research presentations. Most of the regular presenters are adept at translating their research so that the rest of us can understand what they’re talking about. Still, I couldn’t help wondering whether there are a few things we should […] Read more

The cow is a big part of ranching, but she is only a part of it.

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From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

If you own your own business, you know one of the most difficult tasks is acquiring and holding onto good employees. We all know that it’s important to provide desirable working conditions to keep employees happy. We try our best here at Greener Pastures Ranching, but there is one other aspect that we work on […] Read more


Crocuses peeking through the last year’s grasses in a southwestern Saskatchewan pasture. Land must be in continuous grass cover for 10 years to be eligible for the pilot.


Registry accepts first Canadian grassland carbon offset protocol

Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association leads project to build public trust and reward producers for conserving grasslands

A new pilot project aims to reward Canadian producers for sequestering carbon in grasslands, highlighting the value of agriculture on these landscapes to the public. Climate Action Reserve, a U.S.-based carbon offset registry, has accepted the first grassland carbon offset protocol for Canadian agriculture producers. The Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association (CFGA), which led the […] Read more

Charlebois suggests marrying beef with foods that are growing in popularity.

Flipping the script on environment and nutrition

Two experts discuss public perceptions and misinformation around beef production, and what the industry can do about it

Environmental impact and nutrition are two major public trust issues facing beef production, with misconceptions and false information widely promoted. An expert in each field spoke at the 2019 Alberta Beef Industry Conference about opportunities for the Canadian beef industry in these challenges. Environment Dr. Frank Mitloehner knows well how animal rights activists cite climate […] Read more


Species at Risk Partnerships get thumbs up from Saskatchewan participants

Environment: News Roundup from the December 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

As the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) program draws to a close, interviews with participating producers are revealing tremendous support for the initiative. SARPAL is a voluntary, producer-driven program that conserves wildlife habitat in several provinces and is delivered by local organizations. The program, funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada, is […] Read more

From left to right: Hugh Vandersteen, Jeff Smith and James Bekkering of Deer Creek Livestock Co.

Deer Creek Livestock honoured with Alberta Beef Environmental Stewardship Award

Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) recently presented Deer Creek Livestock Co. with the 2020 Environmental Stewardship Award at the ABP Annual General Meeting. Each year, ABP recognizes a cattle operation that demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship – one that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability. Since the 1900s, cattle ranching has been part […] Read more