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Share your best practices on Ecosystems Restoration on landscape and farm-level

posted May 4, 2021, 6:59 PM by Action for Agriculture

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is launching a global online survey “Taking Stock of Global Capacity for Ecosystem Restoration” to identify what and whose capacities need to be enhanced, in order to achieve the goals of the Decade.

This is your chance to share both the landscape-scale and farm-scale ´best practices´ you would like for them, and us, to be aware of.

The survey was jointly developed by a coalition of 41 organizations, under FAO’s leadership. It will only take about 15 minutes to fill. The deadline is April 15th.

Please encourage others across your networks to fill it out as well.

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Land Use 2021: A Place for Biodiversity Offsets

posted May 4, 2021, 6:49 PM by Action for Agriculture   [ updated May 4, 2021, 6:50 PM ]

As you are likely aware, every two years the Alberta Land Institute has hosted a conference dealing with a broad range of issues respecting land use in Alberta. One of the things we noted at Land Use 2014, 2016 and 2018 was keen interest in any topic to do with the economic value of ecosystem services and the intersection of economics and environmental protection. For that reason we intended that Land Use 2020, planned for Banff last May, would focus on biodiversity offsetting. Such offsetting is one policy tool which brings economic value to functional ecosystems. It is being actively debated in Alberta, and many other Canadian jurisdictions.

Unfortunately the Banff conference was postponed due to the Covid pandemic but now we are bringing that content online.  ALI is now pleased to present  Land Use 2021: A Place for Biodiversity Offsets, a web forum series that will examine the nature, opportunities, challenges and issues presented by offsetting for biodiversity.  We hope you will join us Mondays from April 19 to June 14 as we focus on different aspects of the topic.

For those of you new to the subject of biodiversity offsetting, we invite you to view Biodiversity Offsets 101, the recording of a webinar we presented last year.  It should give you all you need to get the most out of the upcoming sessions. We hope you will join us and help advance thinking about innovative land stewardship. ALI will be presenting a Web Forum series on biodiversity offsetting Mondays from April 19 to June 14. 

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The Forum will bring together some of the world’s top offset scholars, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues associated with offsetting for biodiversity.

We're excited to host you for this Forum. The experts we've assembled represent the best minds, exploring the latest thinking, presenting the current trends and best practices. It's going to be a terrific conversation - we'd love to see you there participating.

REGISTER NOW

And - it's all free.

Thank you to the sponsors who have made this experience happen:

Join us online starting Monday April 19, 2021

2021 is allowing us to reach more and more people virtually. We're embracing the opportunity. We hope you join us.

I look forward to seeing you at Land Use 2021.

Sincerely,

Dave

Dave Poulton
Director, Alberta Land Institute


Guardians of the Grassland

posted May 4, 2021, 6:48 PM by Action for Agriculture


Please join us for an important discussion about saving Canada’s only endangered ecosystem.

 

Guardians of the Grasslands is a short documentary produced by Story Brokers Media House in partnership with Canadian Beef, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. This film explores the vital role cattle play in preserving our endangered native temperate grasslands and was shot on location at the Waldron Ranch Grazing Co-op in southern Alberta.

 

The documentary has found great film festival success, including being selected for over 17 events in almost every province and even internationally, such as the Nature Without Borders and Wildlife Conservation film festivals. It has won accolades, including for Research at the Yorkton Film Festival and Best Documentary at both the Montreal Independent and Central Alberta Film Festivals.

 

This event will mark the official public launch of the film, which will be celebrated with a screening and an exclusive panel discussion on the value of preserving and maintaining grasslands for all Canadians. We hope you will be able to join us.

 

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Ag Issues: What's on your radar

posted Mar 3, 2021, 6:16 AM by Action for Agriculture

We encourage you to fill out the following survey to help us plan for the future. You also can help by sharing this survey with others. We would like to have your input prior to March 19, 2021 so we have time to organize it for discussion at the AGM. 

Action for Agriculture AGM March 26, 2021

posted Mar 3, 2021, 6:14 AM by Action for Agriculture

We're going to try again for our AGM that was postponed in 2020. 

 

Our first order of business will be to get some members for 2021. Please renew your membership using:

1. Interac e-Transfer to info@actionforagriculture.com to pay via email if your bank supports it

or,

2. mail your payment to:

Action For Agriculture
265041 Rge Rd 274
Rocky View County AB T4A 3J6 

Membership rates are:
Individual $25               Family $45           Corporate $75

Now that you've become a member do you have any interest in serving on the board? We meet about 8 evenings per year for a few hours.

 

We also encourage you to fill out the following survey to help us plan for the future. You can help by sharing this survey and invitation with others. 


We would like to have your input prior to March 19, 2021 so we have time to organize it for discussion at the AGM. 

Pesticide Applicator Workshop on March 4th

posted Feb 17, 2021, 6:37 AM by Action for Agriculture

Farming Smarter invites you to their virtual Pesticide Applicator Workshop on March 4th, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm ($75). Please click here for details and registration.

2021 Red-Bow Ranching Conference

posted Jan 29, 2021, 2:57 PM by Action for Agriculture

The Ranching Opportunities and Ladies Livestock Lessons will be held a little differently this year by combining them on a virtual platform. We hope that you will join us on-line and that we will be back together in-person for 2022!


Agenda & Registration

Register now to be entered into the early bird draw (ends January 15th)

 

February 2nd (1:00pm to 3:30pm)

Click here to Register for February 2nd

 

When Minerals Go Bad

Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, Veterinary Agri-Health Services  

 

20 Years of Riparian Management Solutions

Ken Lewis, Red Deer County ALUS Coordinator 

Kelsey Spicer-Rawe, Cows & Fish Riparian Specialist 

 

February 4th (1:00pm to 3:30pm)

Click here to Register for February 4th

 

Smart Ranch Innovations

Olds College Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production 

Orphan Wells on Your Ranch

Orphan Well Association

Direct Marketing Producer Panel

Ben & Stephanie Campbell, Grazed Right 

Lorin Doerksen, Gemstone Cattle Company 

Contact Information

Fallon Sherlock

Land Care Coordinator, Kneehill County

Ph: 403-443-5541

email

Don't let pride get in the way of successful succession planning

posted Jan 29, 2021, 2:49 PM by Action for Agriculture

Elaine Froese (pronounced ‘phrase’), CSP is a certified professional speaker, certified coach, author, and Arlan Academy presenter. She’s a go-to expert for farm families who want better communication and conflict resolution to secure a successful farm transition.

Her expertise is to discuss what she calls the Undiscussabull™ – the bull in the middle of the farm family that no one wants to talk about.

read her article on pride here:
https://elainefroese.com/farm-family-coaching/how-to-pitch-pride-to-get-transition-traction

The Alberta Water Nexus: Energy, Food and People

posted Nov 29, 2020, 10:48 AM by Action for Agriculture

These six short videos introduce different aspects of the water-energy-food nexus and how our communities are connected through it.



Three little puddles into one big pond

posted Nov 28, 2020, 10:39 AM by Action for Agriculture

Prairie pothole consolidation has been occurring almost from the time the first farmers arrived. The concept is simple. Drain small nuisance wetlands into one large pothole to gain arable acres.

A major research component is to explore the agricultural potential of drained wetlands with an emphasis on improving nutrient uptake, thus reducing the nutrient load down-stream. This will include fertility management, residue management and novel cropping practices. The greater nutrient mineralization on the drained soil should allow Weiseth to grow crops with a reduced fertility prescription.

The residue management treatment will focus on shallow incorporation of trash into the soil to reduce contact between residue and snow runoff water. This should reduce the amount of soluble phosphorous flowing away in runoff.

The novel cropping treatment will look at the use of mixes of annual forages, including legumes. The reduced fertility requirement at seeding with legumes should reduce nutrient losses in the runoff water.

For more see the Western Producer

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