Sustainable Beef: What Does it Mean for Producers?

“The little green frog” Many of us have seen it and recognize that it stands for Rainforest Alliance Certified. For many consumers, that frog represents trust in the product they are purchasing. There are similar examples of certification programs in other sectors and commodities, such as the Marine Stewardship Council for seafood, the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, and Forest Stewardship Council certification in paper products. So why not one for beef? I’m excited that the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) has been working on creating beef’s “ little green frog” and I hope it will help to build public trust and foster continual improvement for Canadian beef. Established

Another look at the costs and benefits of swath grazing

Well-managed swath grazing has well-known economic benefits for producers. But research results from a study funded by the Beef Science Cluster showed that it can have environmental benefits as well. Dr. Vern Baron and coworkers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lacombe Research Station recently published Swath grazing triticale and corn compared to barley and a traditional winter feeding method in central Alberta (Canadian Journal of Plant Science 94:1125-1137) and Effect of winter feeding systems on farm greenhouse gas emissions (Agricultural Systems 148:28-37). What they did: A five-year winter feeding study was conducted in central Alberta (2008-09 through 2012-13). Angus x Hereford

Solar Photovoltaics Program Reopens

The On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program reopened on July 26, 2017 under the Growing Forward 2 Program. What kinds of Photovoltaic Systems are eligible? To be eligible for funding, a Photovoltaic system must be: ¨ Grid-tied, not off-grid, ¨ Approved under Alberta's Micro-Generation Legislation, ¨ Positioned to optimize sunshine and minimize shading, ¨ Have manufacturer-warranties on: Solar modules, Racking, Inverters and/or Micro-inverters, and ¨ Installed on a Site ID that has a Distribution Rate Class of Farm, Irrigation, Grain Drying, or equivalent. How are costs shared? ≤100 kW $0.75/W to maximum 35% cost share of eligible expenses 100.01 kW - 150 kW $0.56/W to maximum 27% cost share of

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