About GRO

GRO’s History

In 1975 the Pembina Forage Association was started by local producers interested in improving pasture management, forage and livestock production. All farmers, no matter their product, derive their living from the top few inches of the earth’s crust. Over the years trials were conducted on everything – thistle control, leafcutter bees, creep feeding, fencing, grazing, solar power, and so much more.

A decision of the board of directors in 1994 to add crop research to the studies being done on forages and livestock led to a need for a name change.  This is when Pembina Forage Association became know as Gateway Research Organization (GRO). The new organization become more involved in research directly related to crops and environmental sustainability, always with local producers’ areas of interest in mind.

Pembina Forage Association


Gateway Research Organization will be a renowned and respected agriculture research & extension organization that is the preferred source of unbiased farm production information


Gateway Research Organization provides cost-effective applied agricultural research, demonstrations, and extension for producers in order to facilitate greater returns to farms by providing economically and scientifically sound information that enables our clients to make informed decisions.

Our Team

Jay Byer

Email: manager@gatewayresearch.org
Tel: (403) 741-6706

Jay Byer grew up on a mixed farm outside of Busby, Alberta.  After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the University of Alberta, he has been employed in a wide variety of public and private sectors of agriculture.  Jay spent a year as the Associate Provincial Oilseed Specialist for Alberta and managed a large project dealing with late fall seeding of canola.  He has conducted some advanced studies in integrated pest management of crops.  When Jay is not at GRO, he is involved in travel, horticulture, volunteerism, cottage life and motorcycles.  He is looking forward to investigating alternatives to annual crop production on marginal land throughout the GRO area as part of a Canadian Agricultural Partnership program.

Kabal Singh P.Ag.

Email: research@gatewayresearch.org
Tel: (780) 350-8200

Kabal Singh grew up on a mixed farm operation in Northern India. He has a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture and holds a Diploma in Agribusiness, majoring in Crops, from Lakeland College. In 2019, he was nominated for “President Circle” at Lakeland College for his outstanding leadership abilities. Kabal has experience working on research trials, soil testing, crop production cycle, and innovative approach in agriculture (hydroponic).

Rick Tarasuik

Email: croptechnician@gatewayresearch.org
Cell: (780) 307-7581
Tel: (780) 349-4546

Rick grew up on a mixed farm in the Lloydminster area. He left the farm in 1989 to pursue a career in golf course maintenance. After obtaining a Turfgrass Management Diploma from Fairview College he accepted the superintendent’s job at the Barrhead Golf Course holding that position for over 20 years. Rick and his wife Terrie have two girls now past school age and mostly independent. Rick enjoys boating and golf in the summer, skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.

Stacy Murray

Email: extension@gatewayresearch.org
Cell: (780) 305-8155
Tel: (780) 349-4546

Stacy lives in the County of Barrhead with her husband. After living in various places around the province she truly believes Alberta is one of the best places on Earth. She grew up on a mixed farming operation near Vermilion and has her BSc (Ag). She’s passionate about lifelong learning, agriculture, and food. 

Our Board – 2024


Chair: Mike Hittinger
Vice-chair: Kurtis Properzi
Treasurer: Graham Letts
Secretary: Kyle Cross
ARECA rep.: Kenleigh Pasay

Directors at Large

Ken Anderson
Robert Geis
Lorrie Jespersen
Byron Long
Adam MacMillan
Randy Pidsadowski
Uwe Quedenbaum

Crops Committee

Ken Anderson
Kyle Cross
Graham Letts
Adam MacMillan
Rick Mueller
Justin Nanninga
Randy Pidsadowski
Kurtis Properzi
Uwe Quedenbaum
Mike Hittinger (ex-officio)

Forage/Livestock Committee

Robert Geis
Lorrie Jespersen
Byron Long
Kenleigh Pasay
Kurtis Properzi
Mike Hittinger (ex-officio)



Supporting Counties

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Project & Extension Sponsorship & Partnership

Alberta Canola Logo
Alberta Grains Logo
Alberta Pulse Growers Logo
Canterra Seeds Logo
Co-op Logo
Food Water Wellness Logo
FP Genetics Logo
MacEwan University Logo
Olds College Logo
portage College Logo
SeCan Logo
University of Alberta Logo

In-Kind Contributors

(land, equipment, product, services, discounts, etc.)

Colby Hanson
CropMaxx Inc.
Dean Wigand
Greener Pasture Ranching
Jubilee Feedlots
Justin Nanninga

Ken Anderson
The Land Institute
Lupin Platform Inc.
Neerlandia Co-op
Nutrien Ag Solutions

Ole Farms
Randy Pidsadowski
Tom McMillan
Westlock Seed Cleaning Co-op
Young Agrarians