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  • RDAR partners with the AFC to expand reach
  • CYL Mentorship Program applications are open
  • Have 15 minutes? Make an impact on the future of beef research
  • VBP+ Webinar: Biosecurity during calving season is tonight
  • ACA launches online survey for landowners to help improve hunting access issues

RDAR partners with the AFC to expand reach

RDAR, along with partners at the Agriculture Funding Consortium (AFC), are in the process of reviewing agriculture research proposals. RDAR has partnered with AFC to expand reach and bring important research projects to life. RDAR is reviewing over 100 research proposals submitted through their inaugural targeted call that have to potential to positively impact Alberta farmers and ranchers.

Later this month, RDAR will announce the funding decisions made from their initial call for proposals and those submitted during the AFC 2020-21 call. RDAR has budgeted up to $10 million for the 2020-21 research projects submitted to the AFC that align with their research priorities. RDAR and AFC are working to present the industry with merit-based and expert-evaluated proposals that will help those in the field and on the farm.

ABP continues to working closely with RDAR to reduce duplication and maximize industry investment in research projects that improve the competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of producers in Alberta. 

CYL Mentorship Program applications are open

Young people looking to advance their careers in the Canadian beef industry through unique mentorship, networking and travel opportunities can now apply for the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders (CYL) Mentorship Program. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s CYL Program is a national initiative designed to equip young people ages 18-35 with the skills they need to further the success of the Canadian beef industry.
Each year, applications are open from the beginning of January to the end of March, where 24 semi-finalists are then selected from an impressive pool of applicants from across the country involved in various parts of the beef industry such as cow-calf production, feedlot production, research, post-secondary studies, finance, communications and more.
Semi-finalists are invited to compete in the annual CYL Selections event held in conjunction with the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. Sixteen program participants are chosen to participate in the program and are paired with a hand-picked industry leader for a nine-month mentorship opportunity. Participants also receive $2,000 to use towards learning opportunities of their choosing.
If you’re a young person looking to take your career in the beef industry to the next level, or you know of a young industry leader who would excel in this program, please visit our website at to learn more and apply.
CYL applications for the 2021-22 program year are open from January 4, 2021 to March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Have 15 minutes? Make an impact on the future of beef research

Please consider taking 15 minutes to complete the survey by clicking on the image. The results will inform the next five-year Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy.

VBP+ Webinar: Biosecurity during calving season is tonight

Calving season can be enough of a challenge without having to worry about diseases, so how do you reduce your biosecurity risk?

Join VBP+ and special guest Dr. Tamara Quaschnick as we discuss the importance of understanding biosecurity risks, how they present themselves this time of year, and ways to plan for optimal herd health. This webinar will provide an overview of good management practices for biosecurity at calving time and throughout the year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Please register to attend!

ACA launches online survey for landowners to help improve hunting access issues

When does “no problem” become “not a chance?”

Whether you allow or do not allow hunters on your land —we want to know why. The relationship between landowners and hunters can be complex, but it is also essential to the future of conservation.

We have created a short online survey for landowners that will help provide practical steps to improve the situation for hunters and landowners. If you own land, we are listening to what you have to say.

To participate or learn more about the survey, please go to

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