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North Peace Applied Research Association

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NPARA’s Membership Benefits

Our Mission

To confidently provide applied research and extension to encourage a healthy agriculture industry.

Our Vision

To promote a future in agriculture through improved stewardship.

Our Services

Thousand Kernel Weights; Age Verification; Environmental Farm Plan; Pest Identification; Variety Selection.

Mail Outs

Members receive annual report, newsletters and other mail outs to keep you up to date.

Our Library

Members have access to our library and reading materials.

Rental Equipment

NPARA has a variety of equipment available to our members for rental use.

Who We Are

NPARA is a non-profit, producer-driven applied research and demonstration organization located in Manning, Alberta.

Our mission is to serve farmers within the county of Northern Lights and the M.D of the Peace #135, and to meet the special needs that results from our unique climatic, geographic and soil conditions.

NPARA receives the majority of funds through project based funding from governments, commodity groups and private industry.

What We Do

  • Promote best management practices in the agricultural community.
  • Introduce producers to new agricultural production technologies and practices.
  • Conduct adaptive and applied research to determine the feasibility (cost-effectiveness) of new technologies and practices.
  • Provide unbiased, third party results during extension events.
  • Serve as a bridge from the agricultural community to the local community, and continuously engage the public on the theme of agricultural sustainability

How We Help

  • Provide local reliable data to assist with management decisions on your farm.
  • Organize 10-15 extension events per year, where we draw in speakers from across Western Canada on themes of regenerative agriculture, improving crop productivity, environmental stewardship and farm profitability.
  • Submit your research ideas to NPARA, and we will test it! If we haven’t done work on it ourselves, we can always connect you with someone that has.
  • Trained environmental farm plan technician that can help you complete your plan before the CAP deadlines.
  • Staff can also help you complete CAP application for implementation of new technologies on your farm.

Connecting with You

We had a great day with a great turn out yesterday at @GemstoneCattle . Our guest speaker Dr. Abbey Wick @NDSUsoilhealth was phenomenal!

@Wheatlandcounty @StarlandCounty @vulcancounty @CountyofNewell @AGvisorPRO

Join us at @boxhfarm and @AxtenFarmsLtd on July 6! We are hosting a are hosting a field day with @regenerationcan and are excited to have @IntegratedSoils as a guest speaker!

👉More information here: https://t.co/uDCOamqcCx

It was a rainy day on the farm today, so our research coordinator, Dr.María Angélica Ouellette, decided to harvest our office pineapple! Took three years, but still amazing that it can be done at the 57th parallel. Watered weekly and placed on a south facing window. #abag

Can’t wait to meet more farmers, ranchers, agronomists, conservationist and others this week in Alberta! I hear you’re doing some really innovative things! There’s a tour in Gem too on the 22nd #soilhealth

Measuring unsaturated hydraulic conductivity on a silt loam today. A slow process. Notice the bubbles! Goal of this project is to measure the impact of deep rooted cover crop mixes on soil water holding and drainage capacity. @RDARAlberta @BRRG_Ag @GatewayResearch @Farmnorthof58

Patiently awaiting results from saturated hydraulic conductivity readings today! Project funded by RDAR and aims at evaluating the impact of annual cover crops on water infiltration. @BRRG_Ag @GatewayResearch @Farmnorthof58 @RDARAlberta

Preplant-kill is when a cover crop is killed before (crops like #soybeans) are planted. Planting green is when the #covercrop is killed after the soybeans are planted. In a study, planting green doubled cereal rye biomass: https://t.co/AIxxo6QK0f

📸: Heidi Reed

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