A growing body of data shows organic agriculture is more energy efficient, produces less greenhouse gases and nurtures soil’s amazing ability to sequester carbon. Find out why with Dr. Tracy Misiewicz of The Organic Center.
Seth Leon of the Alberta Community and Co-operatives Association goes through the process of forming your own agricultural producers co-operative that will help you save on costs and minimize your environmental footprint.
Been toying with the idea of forming an agricultural producers co-operative? Learn how to create a co-op with other producers and hear from producers who have already formed their own.
It doesn’t matter what kind of agriculture you are involved in, soil carbon is the lifeblood of your farm or ranch. Soil microbes feed on it and in exchange soil becomes fertile and productive. This process also provides a valuable service of sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the ground.
As someone with solar panels installed on my home and in use on many parts of my farm, I can honestly say that this technology is one that I would not want to be without. The funding that is available through the On Farm Solar PV Program, makes a solar installation quite a reasonable investment for your farm. When the solar install follows the guidelines set out by the program $0.75/W of costs can be shared for up to 35% of eligible expenses for systems that are below 100 kW. For systems between 100.01 kW and 150 kW the cost share is $0.56/W up to 27% of eligible expenses.
Perennial crop production (grains, oilseeds, pulses) is an emerging field of research in North America. Some of the research on perennial cereal grain is taking place in right here in Alberta at one of the province’s oldest agriculture research stations. We are giving you an opportunity to see it for yourself.
Alberta’s farms and ranches are home to so much more than livestock and crops. From dung beetles to deer, crocuses to spruce trees, countless wildlife species live and thrive on agricultural land. In fact, the more diverse a farm or ranch is in plants and animals the more agricultural producers benefit. It is a win-win for producers and ecosystems.