Growing Knowledge/Resources

Growing Knowledge/Resources

Access recent Publications, Research Result Summaries, Fact Sheats and Articles on Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Crop and Livestock Production

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Extension Events

Extension Events

Checkout upcoming Extension Events, Video Recordings of Webinars and Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing

Agriculture and Environmental Research 2020

Agriculture and Environmental Research 2020

MARA conducts applied agriculture and environmental research trials to support agriculture industry in Northern Alberta.


Peace Country Soil Health Academy School-POSTPONED to 2022

BeGrainSafe Entrapment Demonstration Video

Please Contact MARA to Check Out Video Recording on Grain Bin Safety Webinar! 

The Orphan Well Association and Your Land

Nitrate Buildup a Threat after light Frost in Annual Crops/Forages

Lowering Input Costs and Rejuvenating Soil- Gabe Brown

Forage Potential of Corn Intercrops for Beef Cattle Diets in Northwest Alberta


Our Mission 

To serve the producers within the Mackenzie County by meeting the special needs that result from our unique climate in the most Northern growing region in Canada, and create avenues for high-value markets through, delivering the best management tips while reducing the cost of production through sustainable agricultural systems.   


Establish sustainable and environmental friendly agricultural production systems within the county to enhance farm profitability and biodiversity, while reducing greenhouse gas emission.

Our Services

In addition to the research trials and extension, we deliver

Environmental Farm Plans

Help with Grant/Funding applications

Soil and water sampling and testing

Tissue and silage analysis

Are you interested to become a MARA MEMBER? Check out our application forms today


Enivironmental Farm PlanEnvironmental Farm Plan: Building on a Solid Foundation

Did you know that EFP is a voluntary whole-farm self-assessment tool that helps identify environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate risks? 

It’s free and MARA can help you develop yours today 


New CAP Funding Available for Albertans/Producers 

Visit the Canadian Agriculture Partnership SITE on how you can get funding. MARA Staff can assist you with your application, including completing your EFP. 


      Canadian Agriculture Partnership                                                              Canada and Alberta Government

Important links

Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring Network                                                       Insect Management Program                                                                      Farm Credit Canada                                

                                              AFSC                                                                                                               Alberta Beef Producers                                                           

   Alberta Agriculture & Forestry                                                              Alberta Blue Book ( af-crop-protection-2020)                                       Mackenzie County                                                  

  Alberta Barley Commission

Alberta Canola Producers Commission                                                    Alberta Pulse Growers                                                                              Alberta Wheat Commission

Organic Alberta                                                                                                                    Bill 6-Alberta

Thank you for visiting the Mackenzie Applied Research Association. As a non-profit organization with volunteer producer board members, MARA is here to serve producers and residents of Mackenzie County and beyond.

Got questions, comments, feedback? Contact us today. MARA is there to serve you.

Did you know that Producers can conduct Field-scale trials on your own farm with the help of MARA, Alberta wheat, and Barley Commissions in 2021? Contact MARA to obtain an application form or for more details!


Lentil Production: Lentil Production Agronomy


Newsletter Volume 3:Newsletter Volume 3 2021 (Fall Fertilizer Application & Salvage Canola Crops)

Fact sheet: Forage growth and quality impacted by dry growing conditions

Fact sheet: Making hay in hot weather

Fact sheets: Cutting annual crops for livestock feed Oct 2021

Newsletter Volume 2: MARA Newsletter Sept. 2021 (On Farm Composting)

Fact sheet: Growing Flax -Feb 2021

Newsletter Volume 1: Newsletter 1 on Spot Spray -Feb 2021

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