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  • Call for ABP Environmental Stewardship Award nominations 
  • CCA provides recommendations on BRM programs to Standing Committee on Agriculture
  • NRCB continues to see unauthorized construction
  • In other news...
  • Lacombe Field Day

Call for ABP Environmental Stewardship Award nominations 

Alberta Beef Producers is calling for 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award (ESA) nominations. Each year, ABP recognizes a cattle operation that demonstrates leadership in environmental stewardship – one that contributes to the land while improving productivity and profitability.

The ABP ESA has been a prestigious mainstay of the industry since 1992 and we strongly believe this is due to the outstanding nominations submitted every year. Help us continue to celebrate Alberta producers who exhibit exemplary environmental stewardship by nominating someone you know whose management practices contribute to the positive story of sustainability in cattle production.

Nominations are due July 15, 2020

More information and the 2021 Environmental Stewardship Award nomination form is available here.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association Action News is highlighting the 2020 provincial award winners who are in the running for the national TESA award. Last week featured Alberta recipients Deer Creek Ranch and you can view it here. The 2020 TESA will be announced through a virtual presentation during the Canadian Beef Industry Conference in August.

CCA provides recommendations on BRM programs to Standing Committee on Agriculture

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Director, Charlie Christie, and CCA Manager of Policy and Programs, Brady Stadnicki, appeared before the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food on June 24, 2020 to discuss Business Risk Management (BRM) programs. CCA made a number of recommendations to the Committee that, if implemented, will improve BRM program equity and effectiveness for beef cattle producers.
Click here to watch the entire CCA testimony (note that CCA's presentation begins at 12:11:10).

NRCB continues to see unauthorized construction

The Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) continues to see increased cases of unauthorized construction at confined feeding operations (CFOs). The Agricultural Operation Practices Act prohibits construction of a CFO, a manure storage facility or a manure collection area, before required permits are issued. Unauthorized construction is a serious offence and can result in penalties that range from enforcement orders to prosecution. In addition, operators may incur additional costs in addressing unauthorized construction issues. More information is available here.

In other news...

  • The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has launched a Food for Thought campaign to support farmers and the food supply chain through the massive COVID-19 disruptions. Visit to send a message of support to your MP in just a few clicks.
  • If you missed Cattle Country last week, listen to ABP Chair Kelly Smith-Fraser discuss the fed cattle set-aside bid process and a reminder for producers of the upcoming AgriStability deadline.

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