The Senate Ag Committee is back in Ottawa after a road trip to the Canadian prairies last week.
The group spent two days in Saskatchewan, and two in Alberta as part of their work looking at Canada's Soil Health.
The committee has heard numerous presentations in Ottawa and through Zoom but felt it was important to get out and see what's happening.
Alberta Senator Paula Simons says they visited a number of areas in Alberta with different kinds of farming and ranching operations.
Among the stops they visited with Bill Newton at the South Porcupine Ranch where he's running his herd on a 7000-acre ranch with natural prairie
grassland between Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and Fort McLeod.
Simons says that was interesting as the land has never been plowed or cultivated, and is well managed noting that even in a drought year it was looking fantastic.
The group also visited with Kevin Auch a farmer at Carmangay and Chair of Pulse Canada as well as Rancher Doug Wray at Irricana, the Wray Ranch recently won the national 2023 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Canadian Cattle Association.
They also spent time at Olds College learning about some of the new technology in the ag sector and its benefits.
To hear Glenda-Lee's conversation with Senator Paula Simons click on the link below.