After reflecting on 100 years of ranch family heritage, combined with a degree in agriculture, Tim Smith, the 2016 Glacier Media Nuffield Scholar, successfully rebuilt and grew from a small portion of a divided farm established in 1915 to successful 800 head cow/calf cattle operation. He and his family also own a custom forage harvest business, harvesting several thousands of acres each year. He is also highly involved in the agricultural industry, serving on his provincial beef cattle organization and representing Alberta Beef Producers nationally.
Through his Nuffield project, Tim plans to research the valuation of ecological goods and services provided by cattle ranching. He believes there is much to be gleaned in studying how other cultures recognize and valuate pastoral benefit. His interest is in the development of national support to encourage and improve sustainable habitats, as well as how that support is transferred to the actual stewards of the land. Tim believes that good stewardship of the land will be increasingly important to the financial health of Canadian cattle country.
Tim plans to visit some of the larger beef exporting countries of the world including South America, Australia, and the U.S.