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Alberta's natural ecosystems shrinking fast

posted Feb 7, 2018, 6:38 AM by Action for Agriculture

Between 1999 and 2015, human activity in Alberta visibly converted over 23,000 km2 of native ecosystems into residential, recreational, or industrial landscapes, an area 3.5 times the size of Banff National Park.

Land transformation due to human activity poses the greatest threat to biodiversity worldwide. To evaluate how land-use decisions affect both environmental sustainability and economic growth, it’s critical to have good data on which activities are transforming the landscape, as well as where and to what degree these activities are occurring. The ABMI report provides the first-ever comprehensive province-wide assessment of human footprint patterns, breaking them down by footprint type and by various sub-regions. 

As of 2015, total human footprint occupied 29.2% of Alberta. The largest contributor to the total was agriculture, which occupied 20.2% of the province, followed by forestry footprint at 4.3% and energy footprint at 1.9%. Furthermore, human footprint was dynamic: between 1999 and 2015, it increased by 3.5% of Alberta’s land base—an area 3.5 times the size of Banff National Park, a change largely driven by the creation of new forestry footprint. 

Action for Agriculture AGM March 9, 2018

posted Feb 2, 2018, 10:44 AM by Action for Agriculture   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 10:54 AM ]

28th Annual General Meeting & Land Use Forum

Friday, March 9th at the Cochrane RancheHouse

Registration opens at noon

“Good News Stories – Agriculture & the Environment”

Featured Speakers Begin at 1:00 p.m.

John Barlow: MP for the constituency of Foothills, member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture, and Critic for Interprovincial Trade.

 “Introductory remarks”

Dave Poulton: Executive Director, Alberta Land Institute

“Land Use 2018” the ALI’s biannual land use conference

Doug Wray: Past President of the Cdn. Forage & Grassland Assoc.

 “The Soil Revolution – Regenerating  Soils Using Natural Processes”

Karen Haugen-Kozyra: President, Viresco Solutions

“Challenges and Opportunities in Acknowledging and Paying for Carbon Capture in Alberta’s Soils”.

Tim McAllister: Research Scientist with Agriculture Canada.

“How the Canadian Cattle Industry is Reducing Its

  Environmental Hoofprint”


Everyone is Welcome


for more information or to register contact: info@actionforagriculture.com or phone Alan Breakey at 403-617-3502

Beef’s shrinking water footprint

posted Jan 28, 2018, 7:15 PM by Action for Agriculture

Overall, it took 17 per cent less water to produce a kilogram of Canadian beef in 2011 than in 1981. This was mainly due to increased reproductive performance, growth rates, slaughter weights and improved crop yields.

What it means: Because beef’s water footprint is mainly due to crop production, shrinking it further will require improved water use efficiency by feed crops and forages through breeding, management, and improved irrigation practices. These steps will reduce the water footprint of agriculture overall, not just for beef production. Further improvements in feed efficiency will also improve the water footprint as well as the greenhouse gas footprint and overall competitiveness of Canada’s beef industry.

2018 Small Farm Summit

posted Jan 27, 2018, 5:22 PM by Action for Agriculture

Sprouted: Plant Ingredient Opportunity on the Prairies

posted Jan 20, 2018, 9:21 AM by Action for Agriculture

Plant ingredients present the type of opportunity that only comes once in a generation.

Around the world, a growing middle class with more money to spend on food has an appetite for more and better options. Consumers in North America and Europe want green and sustainable food choices. Demand for protein, including plant-based protein, and other plant-based ingredients, is sky-rocketing.

The good news is that Canada’s Prairie provinces already grow many of the crops, including lentils, peas and beans, that are in demand to be processed into plant ingredient components, such as protein, fibre and starch. The even better news is that we are well-placed not only to enter the non-soy plant ingredient processing sector – and take advantage of the value-added possibilities that entails – but to dominate it.


ALI Land Use Conference 2018

posted Jan 13, 2018, 4:21 PM by Action for Agriculture

Early bird registration is available now at http://abland.in/landuse

You can view the speaker list here and a session overview here.

If you know anyone who would be may be interested in attending, please share this with them.

SALTS Enters 20th Year with More Than 20,000 Acres Protected!

posted Jan 13, 2018, 2:05 PM by Action for Agriculture

It's been a long and at times winding road for SALTS since its inception in 1998 but as we enter our 20th anniversary we are hitting a new milestone. We will end 2017 with more than 20,000 acres under conservation easement having completed four more projects. This is over 30 square miles and similar in size to seven Nose Hill Parks or six Glenbow Ranch Provincial Parks. 

The private lands that SALTS has protected in partnership with almost 40 landowners are in areas of high value to all Albertans including the Cowboy Trail south of Longview, the border of Waterton Lakes National Park, and along the Crownest and Oldman Rivers, not to mention many creeks and wetlands in the Bow and Oldman Watersheds.

Rocky View Monthly AG Review

posted Jan 13, 2018, 1:30 PM by Action for Agriculture

Long-term sustainability of the agriculture industry is a key mandate of Rocky View County. Agricultural Services works to help conserve and improve the rural environment by encouraging environmentally responsible farming and production methods.

Every month Rocky View Ag Services gathers a list of information and events useful to agricultural operations.


If you would like to receive the digital AgReview directly to your inbox, email agservices@rockyview.ca with the word “Subscribe” in the subject line, and you’ll be added to the mailing list.

You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing agservices@rockyview.ca with the word “Unsubscribe” in the subject line.

Prairie Conservation Forum Annual General Meeting

posted Jan 13, 2018, 1:16 PM by Action for Agriculture

The Prairie Conservation Forum will be holding their Annual General Meeting at the Bass Pro Store (Cross Iron Mills Mall) near Calgary on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The morning agenda will focus on work the PCF is involved in and will feature a short presentation from high school student and winner of the Youth Range Days Top Hand Award, Courtney Taylor, on sustainable range management. Board elections will occur after lunch, followed by member updates and two presentations: one from Alberta Environment and Parks on wildlife directives for renewable energy development, and one from Miistakis on the work they are doing to advance conservation on the prairie landscape.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by completing this online registration. If you have any difficulties, please contact me at info@albertapcf.org.


New data on soil lost due to water

posted Jan 13, 2018, 1:08 PM by Action for Agriculture

According to a new study by the University of Basel, the European Commission -- Joint Research Centre and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH, UK), almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also offers ideas on how agriculture can change to become a part of the solution from being part of the problem.

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