GHGMP News Releases

Farm income and environment are focus of eastern Canada conference

Saint-Andre, NB, February 9, 2006

Producers in Eastern Canada are urged to set aside two days in mid-March for a valuable conference in Moncton, New Brunswick designed to help producers learn more about improving farm profitability while benefiting the environment.

The Farmers Taking Charge conference, being held March 16 and 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Moncton, will provide a comprehensive overview of a wide range of beneficial crop and livestock production practices, greenhouse gas mitigation projects, and other environment-related issues, all of value to producers, extension specialists and students.

"The conference will bring into focus the essence of what we've learned over the past three years through projects supported by the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program for Canadian Agriculture (GHGMP)," says Jerome Damboise, Soil Conservation Council of Canada co-ordinator for GHGMP in Eastern Canada, based in Saint-André, N.B. "It is an educational and awareness conference being organized by farmers for farmers. The objective is to provide producers with practical, useful information on how to implement crop and livestock production practices that not only improve overall efficiency but benefit the environment as well."

The federally sponsored GHGMP, launched in 2003, wraps up at the end of March 2006. The key sectors of the program were administered respectively by the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Canadian Pork Council.

More than 30 speakers are scheduled to address the conference, not only to provide an overview of some of the major greenhouse gas issues but also to present specific management strategies that can be implemented on the farm. Along with federal, provincial and university researchers and specialists, several producers will also describe improved production practices that worked for them.

Following the opening welcome from Eugene Legge, SCCC president, Don McCabe, SCCC vice-president will describe the impact of the Kyoto Protocol on farming and Edgar Hammermeister of the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association will provide an update on a pilot Canadian carbon credit trading project.

GHGMP sector administrators will also describe a range of beneficial management practices that have been developed for crop production, beef, dairy and hog operations.

"The emphasis has been placed on providing specific take-home messages on manure management strategies, how to improve nutrient management efficiency, improved livestock feeding strategies, and how to maintain optimum yields while reducing tillage operations," says Damboise. "These aren't just theoretical discussions. Several producers will be relating their experience with these improved production practices."

The keynote speaker for the conference is David Phillips, chief meteorologist with Environment Canada, known to many as Canada's weatherman.

As a senior climatologist, Phillips' work involves activities relating to the study, promotion and understanding of the Canadian climate. As a spokesperson for the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), he is well suited to discuss weather and climate issues on a national scale.

Cost of the full conference for early registration before March 3 is $75 per person, which includes the March 16 evening banquet. Cost for one day of the conference is $30 per person and banquet tickets are also $30.

For more information on the conference and an on-line registration form, visit www.scians.org or contact one of the GHGMP provincial co-ordinators:

Susannah Banks, NB (506) 454-1736
Rob Michitsch, NS (902) 896-7092
Tyler Wright, PEI (902) 887-2535
Ann Marie Whelan, NL (709) 747-1378
Carle Berube, QC (450) 245-1075



For more information, contact:

Jerome Damboise
Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre
Saint-André, NB
Phone: (906) 475-4040