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Rewarding responsible ranchers with longer leases

posted Jul 10, 2019, 7:29 PM by Action for Agriculture

Lengthening public land leases to a maximum of 20 years will make good on government’s promise to help give ranchers the long-term certainty and investment opportunities they need to succeed, now and in the future. The change will allow ranchers to spend more time focusing on their business, and less time dealing with regulatory red tape through lease renewals.

“Alberta’s ranchers play an important role in our province. Not only do they have a large impact on our economy, but they are responsible for protecting some of the province’s important grassland and wetland habitats. Extending grazing tenures for ranchers who go above and beyond our environmental standards recognizes their good behaviour and encourages others to do the same.”

Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks

Extended tenure for exemplary stewardship will come into effect in late fall 2019, and will be granted to ranchers who show exemplary care for Alberta’s water, land and air resources.

In the coming months, government will release guidelines outlining what is considered exemplary stewardship, so all leaseholders will know what is expected. Rewarding responsible ranchers with extended term lengths creates an incentive for all ranchers to conduct their business with the utmost respect for our province’s natural resources.

“We understand that Alberta ranchers are the best and most responsible stewards of the land. This government is listening to ranchers and will cut red tape and let them do what they do best – ranch.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

“Ranchers have always been exemplary environmental stewards – it’s good for the health of the environment and for the health of our businesses. It’s nice to see that the government is willing to recognize us for our responsible work.”

Rich Smith, executive director, Alberta Beef Producers

The tenure change supports government efforts to reduce red tape and uses an outcome-based approach to ensure regulatory processes are necessary, effective, efficient and proportional to the outcomes they are trying to achieve.

Cows to fight climate change?

posted Jun 25, 2019, 8:41 PM by Action for Agriculture

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos.

SEAWA’s 12th Annual General Meeting - June 13, 2019

posted May 19, 2019, 8:51 PM by Action for Agriculture



12:30 - 4:00 pm

Medicine Hat College
Crowfoot Room

299 College Drive SE Medicine Hat

Refreshments will be provided.

We would like to invite all SEAWA members to join us at our 12th Annual General Meeting on June 13, 2019. Guests are also welcome to attend, but if you are not currently a member, and you live, work, and enjoy outdoor recreation within our watershed, we encourage you to become a member!

This year there are thirteen board seats open for election. AGM business will also include the Chair's report, the annual financial report, an update on SEAWA's Riparian Restoration Project, and the ratification of an amendment to the 
Board of Directors Terms of Reference. If you intend to run for a seat on the board, please complete the Nomination Form and Membership Application Form posted on our website.

The following seats are open for election:

o   Land Resource, Industry – One seat
o   Licensee Member, Irrigator – One seat
o   Licensee Member, Non-Irrigator – One seat
o   Municipal Government, Urban – Two seats
o   Environmental Non-Government Organizations – One seat
o   Provincial Government – Two seats
o   Federal Government – One seat
o   Members-at-Large – Two seats
o   Aboriginal – One seat
o   Academic Institutions – One seat

Please register by May 31, 2019
by phone: 403-580-8980, email 
executive@seawa.ca or online through Eventbrite

Irrigation efficiency pays in Alta.

posted Mar 19, 2019, 6:26 PM by Action for Agriculture

Irrigation specialists say new pipes and pivots through efficiency programs are helping southern Alberta producers lower costs and conserve more water.

One of the newer initiatives, called the Irrigation Efficiency Program, has already been showing results, said Brad Calder, a soil and water technologist with Alberta Agriculture’s irrigation section.

For the full news article click here: https://www.producer.com/2019/03/irrigation-efficiency-pays-in-alta/

Research lauded for beef improvements

posted Mar 18, 2019, 6:47 PM by Action for Agriculture

Comparing 1981 to 2011, more has been done with less. The industry required 29 percent less breeding stock, 27 percent fewer cattle for slaughter and produced 15 percent less greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, 24 percent less land was required to produce the same amount of beef. For every kilogram of beef produced, 17 percent less water was required.

Southern Alberta Land Trust AGM March 19

posted Mar 11, 2019, 7:10 AM by Action for Agriculture

SALTS would be delighted if you could join them for their 21st AGM on Tuesday, March 19 at 2:00 pm at the Highwood Golf & Country Club, 400 7th Street NW in High River. In addition to the usual formalities of an AGM, we would appreciate the opportunity to update you on some of our recent successes as well as some of the exciting projects we are working on in 2019. We would also appreciate hearing ideas that you may have on SALTS’ role/efforts in private land conservation that could help us going forward.

RSVP by March 14th to Berry via email: berry@salts.land or phone 403-652-9998.

Water Management in the SEAWA Course April 5

posted Mar 11, 2019, 7:07 AM by Action for Agriculture

FREE Community Education Forum
Water Management in the SEAWA Watershed

The SEAWA watershed lies within semi-arid southern Alberta. In this desert-like region, the proper management of water is critical for healthy ecosystems, for economic success, and to meet human consumption needs. It is therefore important to consider and understand the management of water at all levels: individual, municipal, provincial, and federal. By carefully managing our water resources, and understanding supply forecasts, we can all contribute to ensuring the future availability and good quality of water within our watershed. It is also important for individuals to understand the laws and regulations around waterbodies, whether they be on private or public land, and the reasons behind them.

With that in mind, SEAWA has invited speakers from the Government of Alberta, the University of Regina, the Bow River Basin Council, CE Analytic, and others, to give presentations at our educational forum. Presentations will include: water quality and quantity in southern Alberta, the effect of climate change on water supplies, the  regional Water Quality Management Framework, Alberta's Water Act, how municipalities can conserve and protect wetlands, and other subjects.

April 5, 2019
Check-in and registration: 8:00 am
Speakers: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions please contact Brooklyn at brooklyn.neubeker@seawa.ca to arrange alternatives.

Medicine Hat College Cultural Centre – CC169
299 College Drive SE Medicine Hat, AB

(Note: Parking at the college is $4 for the day and the machines only accept coins.)

Registration is now open:
You may register online, by email, or by phone (403)580-8980
Please register by March 30, 2019

Stay tuned for the final agenda and more details. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are a member of an environmental organization and would be interested in setting up a booth or display at this event, please contact Brooklyn at brooklyn.neubeker@seawa.ca 

Land Naming Ceremony in Honour of Jerry Brunen

posted Mar 11, 2019, 7:03 AM by Action for Agriculture

You're invited by The Board & Staff of Western Sky Land Trust for a land naming ceremony
In honour of Jerry Brunen
Thursday June 27, 2019  3:00 pm
Location: Highway 552 and Range Road 275

The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and Honorary Patron of Western Sky, will be in attendance to conduct the unveiling.

This event is open to any and all who may wish to attend. 

A detailed invitation with driving instructions will be available in May.

29th Annual General Meeting & Land Use Forum

posted Feb 7, 2019, 7:18 PM by Action for Agriculture

Friday, March 8th  at the Cochrane RancheHouse 
Registration & Trade Show Displays open at noon 
AGM & Featured Speakers Begin at 1:00 p.m. 


 Mark Bennett
 – Executive Director, Bow River Basin Council    
“The BRBC - Collaboration with & Relevance to  
Agriculture & Land Conservation Groups Over the Years” 
Don Strankman
 – Laurie, Kenna & Associates Financial Services    
      “Challenges & Solutions for Farm Families in Succession Planning” 
Kim Good
 – President, Legacy Land Trust Society:  
      “The Opportunities and Challenges of Placing Conservation 
                        Easements on Agricultural Lands.” 
for more information or to register  
email info@actionforagriculture.com or phone Alan Breakey (403-617-3502) 

Biobeds tackle pesticide waste, boost consumer trust

posted Jan 20, 2019, 7:12 AM by Action for Agriculture

An inexpensive and effective Swedish invention, known as a biobed, is likely an unfamiliar term for Canadian farmers. It is a below ground or above ground site where a sprayer is filled, tested and cleaned. The waste water from these processes is filtered into a biomix, which contains millions of microbial bodies that drive bioremediation, or the breaking down of pesticide waste.

The biomix consists of three ingredients: straw, soil, and peat-free compost.

“The key ingredient is straw, which forms a white mould that facilitates the microbial breakdown of pesticide waste,” Wolf said.

He said the end result of the bioremediation process is pure soil and clean water, which could actually be used for subsequent spraying or washing.


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