Green Plan Bulletin
This bi-annual bulletin is to keep you informed about Agriculture Green Plan projects, progress, results, and issues.
Environmentally sustainable agriculture is important for many reasons: to protect soil and water, to maintain the sustainability of our farms, and to ensure the long-term viability of Ontario agriculture. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario farming community have been working together for many years to develop farming methods that are environmentally sustainable. After extensive consultation involving members of the industry, federal and provincial governments, non-governmental organizations, university and college staff, and the farm community, the Canada-Ontario Agriculture Green Plan was launched in September 1992.
The purpose of the Ontario component of the Agriculture Green Plan is to maintain and enhance the natural resources that the Ontario agri-food sector uses and affects.
The following on-going activities are supported under six program areas developed under the Canada-Ontario Agriculture Green Plan. These activities address a wide range of issues related to agriculture and the environment, as well as the enhancement of the environmental sustainability of the Ontario agri-food sector.
The idea for Environmental Farm Plans originated with, and is driven by, the Ontario farm community. Farmers have been involved in every stage of developing Environmental Farm Plans, through the Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition (the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario, AGCare and the Ontario Farm Animal Council). Province-wide EFP workshops and peer reviews are being offered through local Soil and Crop Improvement Associations.
For more information about Environmental Farm Plans and the Incentive Program, please contact any of the following organizations:
Best Management Practices: A First Look, Livestock and Poultry Waste Management, Farm Forestry and Habitat Management, Field Crop Production, Horticultural Crops and Water Management. Booklets are currently being developed on Nutrient Management, Soil Management and Wildlife Management.
Best Management Practices booklets are available at most local offices of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, some district offices of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and select Conservation Authorities.
For more information on Best Management Practices, please contact: The Ontario Federation of Agriculture*, 491 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 3A2. (416) 485-3333.
* Program Administrators
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has provided financial support to Ontario farmers and conservationists working in partnerships to test and exchange new ideas.
Approved projects under the Rural Conservation Clubs Program include: wetland restoration and construction, solar powered watering facilities for livestock, community supported agriculture, application of biosolids, manure management and reduced tillage and crop management experiments.
For more information on the Rural Conservation Clubs Program, please contact Nancy Cherny, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada**, Market and Industry Services Branch, 174 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario N1G 4S9 (519) 837-9400.
* This program is fully subscribed
Organizations were invited to submit plans for demonstration projects in the areas of (1) drain management; (2) wetland conservation; (3) woodland conservation; and (4) education and information transfer. Ten projects were accepted for funding. They include: Managing Agricultural Drains to Accommodate Wildlife, Issues and Opportunities for Wildlife Habitat Conservation in Agriculture, and Conserving Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems of the Carolinian Life Zone.
For more information on the Wetlands/Woodlands/Wildlife Program, please contact Laurie Maynard, Canadian Wildlife Service, 70 Fountain Street East, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3N6. (519) 766-1593.
* this program is fully subscribed
Stewardship Information BureauThe goal of the Stewardship Information Bureau is to promote the exchange of information between a diverse network of innovative farmers, government, and industry. An "innovation network" has been developed, and includes more than 900 participants with an interest in the technology of sustainable food production as well as soil, water and air resource management. The network communicates both electronically and through printed publications such as the information tipsheet "Innovation", and a listing of expertise on specific practices in sustainable agriculture called "The Green Pages".
The network is dedicated to compiling and making available information and materials needed by innovative farmers and others to help them identify and assess new practices aimed at strengthening environmental sustainability. Members in the network include: farmers, researchers, OMAF extension staff, farm organizations, conservation authorities, and environmental organizations.
For more information, please contact the Stewardship Information Bureau, University of Guelph Research Park Centre, Suite 104, 150 Research Lane, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 4T2 (519) 767-5020.
Research ComponentResearch activities under the Canada-Ontario Agriculture Green Plan are administered for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada by the London Pest Management Research Centre. The focus of this research falls under the following three categories:
Current research projects include: Manure Composting Techniques: Understanding N and C Conservation; Environmental Effects of Conservation and Conventional Cropping Systems; and, State of Resources: Development and Application of Standardized Methodology for Sampling Soil Landscape Polygons.
For more information on the Research Component of the Canada-Ontario Agriculture Green Plan, please contact Dr. Bruce Bowman, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, London Pest Management Research Centre, 1391 Sandford Street, London, Ontario, NSV 4T3 (519) 457-1470.
This Bulletin is prepared by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Market & Industry Services Branch, 174 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 4S9, telephone (519) 837-9400
Created: 16 November, 1996 13:26:59