Canadian Agriculture Partnership program launches in April
The Growing Forward 2 Program, which included the Farm Stewardship Program, the Farm and Ranch Infrastructure Programs, and many other funding opportunities, is now replaced with the Canadian Agriculture Partnership Program (CAP). Details will be announced soon.
Growing Interest in Soil Health
Over the past 5 years, the Agri-Environmental Group Plan Technicians in our watershed hosted many producer workshop to educate and raise awareness about Soil Health, Carbon Sequestration, Invasive Weeds, Abandoned Well Decommissioning and Grazing and Winter Feeding Practices. Through the implementation of Beneficial Management Practices, producers received funding and improved the environmental footprint on their farms and demonstrated good land stewardship.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about soil health, and a shift to more regenerative type farming is being observed. At recent soil health workshops in Unity and Glaslyn, producers learned about the relationship between fungi and bacteria in the soil. The microbial balance in soils are becoming bacteria dominant and soils are becoming compacted because of the lack of organic matter. The imbalance of microorganisms in the soil can impact the soil's ability to store water which increases the vulnerability to drought or floods in extreme climate conditions. One way to increase organic matter is by poly-cropping or inter-cropping, which is seeding a diverse and multi-species of plants with different root systems. Healthy soil is the foundation for food production, but also serves other functions. Soil is critical to the health of ground and surface waters and the overall ecosystem, and sequesters significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.