Environmentalists target off-highway vehicles

Alberta groups want these vehicles banned on public land along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains

Conservation groups in Alberta have called on the province to limit the use of off-highway and all-terrain vehicles on public land along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Such vehicle activity is affecting water quality and wildlife habitat and must be curtailed to avoid further damage, they said. In a Jan. 25 news release, […] Read more

Sage grouse to resettle in Alberta

Montana is giving sage grouse to Alberta this year to help stimulate growth of the province’s population of the birds. Sage grouse are considered an endangered species in Alberta and the province has a recovery plan designed to increase their numbers. Current estimates suggest there are fewer than 90 birds in the province, which is […] Read more

Carbon, nitrous oxide key to greener approach

Practices are available that increase soil organic carbon, but fixing more carbon in soil can have unintended consequences

Crop production’s carbon footprint is becoming more important, especially when selling feedstock for biofuel into markets operating under a carbon cap and trade framework. But how can growers reduce the amount of greenhouse gas that their farms emit? “You’re not going to be able to control how much energy it takes to make fertilizer or […] Read more

Ontario farm program targets Great Lakes

Producers can use funding from the program to improve their practices and prevent fertilizer runoff into water bodies

WARWICK, Ont. — Runoff from the long slope behind Lyle and Maaike Campbell’s farmstead races across the road into a little creek every spring. That’s a concern for the couple, who spread liquid swine manure on the adjacent fields at their farm near this rural hamlet in southwestern Ontario. They say it’s a waste of […] Read more

Manitoba introduces new wetlands protection

Robert Stewart and Harold Kantrud, U.S. government scientists working at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Centre in Jamestown, North Dakota, created a system for classifying wetlands in the 1970s. The system groups wetlands into seven categories. The first five are:

Manitoba is moving forward with new rules for wetlands drainage, based on a principle of no net loss. The province introduced legislation to protect wetlands in late November as part of broader changes to surface water management in Manitoba. Landowners wanting to drain a wetland would have to prove that the action provides “broad social […] Read more

Alberta hamlets seek water licence for Sask. River basin

Cypress County has completed infrastructure necessary to bring in potable drinking water after 20 years of boil water advisories

The hamlets of Irvine and Walsh in southeastern Alberta might soon have access to a clean, reliable supply of drinking water from the South Sask-atchewan River via Medicine Hat. There is only one big obstacle: a water licence. The South Saskatchewan River Basin has been closed to new water licences since August 2006, with a […] Read more

Sask. grain bag recycling pilot gets extension

Saskatchewan will continue its grain bag recycling pilot project for one more year as it works toward establishing a permanent program. Simply Ag Solutions will receive $200,000 from the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 program to continue collecting grain bags and twine across the province. The organization shipped 1.87 million pounds of plastic from 13 collection […] Read more

Farmers should welcome nature’s architect

The wetlands that result when beavers build dams contribute to higher water tables, which boost crop and forage production

Lorne Fitch can’t put a number on it, but he knows beaver populations are up from recent decades. And while the wetland architects can be a headache for producers by flooding roads, fields and pastures with dams that retain water and expand wetlands, the riparian specialist with Cows and Fish in Alberta said there’s room […] Read more

Calgary project recycles construction waste materials

What is composting?

LETHBRIDGE — Composting is an environmentally creative way to dispose of undesirable waste. Ten to 15 percent of construction waste in Alberta is recycled, and the rest is dumped into over-burdened landfills. A project organized by the City of Calgary and Agriculture Canada is composting construction waste such as drywall and lumber. The wood is […] Read more

Researcher perfects compost recipe

LETHBRIDGE — Frank Larney notices dry material swirling in the wind when he climbs on top of a fully cured compost pile at Agriculture Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre. “One of the things we learned is this stuff will blow,” he said. After researching the art and science of composting for 20 years, he and other […] Read more