GHGMP News Releases

Report offers greenhouse gas mitigation summary of soil, nutrient management

Indian Head, Sask., April 21, 2006

A new report from the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) offers an overview of cross-country research and demonstration sites set up to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions in the soil and nutrient management sector.

The eight-page Report to Canadian Producers, available online at the SCCC Web site www.soilcc.ca, focuses on the recently-completed Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program (GHGMP) for Canadian Agriculture. The five-year GHGMP program was part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) Action Plan 2000 on Climate Change. The SCCC administered funds in the soil and nutrient sector.

A "taking charge" approach was used for the soils and nutrient management component of the GHGMP program, says Doug McKell, executive director of SCCC.

"We focused on projects and demonstrations that reflect producer needs, with each province responsible for developing projects specific to their area," says McKell. "This grassroots effort allowed producers and their organizations to take charge of the program in their area and in the process build a strong network of producer groups focused on dealing with conservation issues and GHG emissions.

"From an economic and agronomic basis, we wanted the GHGMP to demonstrate that beneficial management practices which reduce greenhouse gases make sense for producers and their industry. Producers know the importance of sustainability and the economic argument is the strongest one we can make to farmers who are considering adopting these management practices."

The report draws from the five-year effort by offering producers some of the latest knowledge in areas such as nutrient management, composting, forage production and reduced tillage. "Education and awareness was a primary focus of the program," says McKell. "The report serves a dual purpose: as an accountability document of the many projects conducted under the program and as a tool for producer knowledge of developments in the field."

Jean-Louis Daigle, executive director of the Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre, says the structure of the program ensured positive participation, networking and progress. "One goal of this program was to provide farmers with practical, useful information. A second was to offer producers to share their views at conferences and tours. And a third was to see results and learn first-hand from other producers.

"This program was essentially run by producers for producers," says Daigle. "We've always believed it is easier to sell a practice to a producer when the message is coming from one of their own rather than an outsider."

In addition to its availability for download at www.soilcc.ca, the eight-page report will appear as a special supplement in the national May 2006 issue of Country Guide magazine. Further information on the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program for Canadian Agriculture Soils and Nutrient Management Sector is also available at that Web site.



For more information, contact:

Doug McKell
Executive Director
Soil Conservation Council of Canada
Indian Head, Sask.
Phone: (306) 695-4212

Jean-Louis Daigle
Executive Director/Directeur général
Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre/
Centre de conservation des sols et de l'eau de l'Est du Canada
DSL Saint-André (Grand Falls), NB
Phone (506) 475-4040