GROing With YouTube

There are so many great and unique things happening right in our small section of Alberta when it comes to agriculture! Join us as we feature some of our local farmers and the different practices that they use to move forward on their farms and ranches keep up with what is happening at GRO through video!

You can also check us out on YouTube at: Gateway Research Organization

One of the big questions that farmers often struggle with is, “when should I make that switch from working off farm full time, to full time farm work”. While this looks different for every farm, we wanted to take you over to Mike and Melissa Hittinger’s place. They have recently made this transition and spoke to us about what their journey to full time on the farm looked like! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our channel on YouTube while you’re here!


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Join us as two farmers coming from very different operations spend some time talking about what regenerative agriculture looks like to them. Brendon Rockey is a potato grower from a desert region in Colorado. He has been implementing regenerative practices into growing a crop that is typically a monoculture and seeing terrific results through the use of cover crops and livestock grazing on his crop land. Steve Kenyon runs Greener Pastures Ranching, right here in the Westlock region. Greener Pastures is a custom grazing operation running cattle in a regenerative manner. The focus on their operation is as much about regeneration below ground as above ground.

Jay Byer, GRO’s Soil Conservation Analyst, has been busy getting things together for our new Marginal Land Study. Meet Jay and find out what this exciting new project is all about!

Last week we had the opportunity to test out the new combine that will be arriving at the GRO doors in the new year!
With plot weight and moisture analysis in the cab as some of the many features that come with the Zürn 150, harvest in 2021 is going to look very different for us!
Huge thanks to the Western Grain Research Foundation for funding this opportunity!

We would like to say that Exit Day 2020 went off ‘without a hitch’ this year, but that would have made it difficult to pull those trailers full of cattle 😉 We want to thank all of our contributors for bringing us excellent animals this season, and a thank you to everyone who came and helped out, not just on exit day, but throughout the summer. We look forward to bringing you all more Heifer Pasture Updates next summer. Keep an eye on our social media and join us at our AGM in the new year to hear announcements on the results behind the trials at the Heifer Pasture!


This year’s pasture walk with Greener Pastures Ranching is one for the books! With the downsizing of events we thought that it would be fun to do a movie style pasture walk and jump on the opportunity of inviting people that often have a difficult time making it to our annual walk in person! Enjoy the video and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!


Join us as Steve and Gabe talk about all of the hot topics in regenerative agriculture today. With 19 topics in 45 minutes there is sure to be something for everyone here!


Not only is Bill Visscher one of the board members at GRO, but his family runs Smokin Elk Ranch in Morinville. Just off of Highway 2 they have a beautiful farm store and plenty of elk that can often be seen from the highway! Join us as we chat with the Visscher family about like on an elk ranch!

Join us as we chat with Tom Krawiec about a form of low stress animal handling that he has coined ‘The Wave’!

Join us as we chat with the Pasay family at Bentgrove Farm. In this video they give us a great idea of what succession has looked like for them!

Join us as we do a virtual farm tour of Big Coulee Farms in Athabasca. Rusty and Agnes Bellamy direct market grass fed and pasture raised pork, poultry and beef into nearby St. Albert. With good management practices they focus on creating a healthy habitat for soil life using animal agriculture.

Join us as we chat with Steve Kenyon about his experience with swath and bale grazing on crop land this past winter!

Crop Plots Update with Sandeep Nain!