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2014 National Soil Conservation Week targets conservation agriculture

Apr. 9, 2014, Indian Head, SK - Canadian farmers have been leaders in developing and adopting soil management practices that help anchor conservation agriculture. This effort will be celebrated during National Soil Conservation Week, April 20 to 26, 2014.

Innovations in no-till or zero tillage seeding equipment have been led by Canadians, notes Glen Shaw, executive director of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC), in a news release. Indeed, no-till planting technology based on Canadian designs has been exported to countries around the world.

"At one time soil conservation simply meant controlling erosion to most people," says Shaw. "Today, consumers want to know where their food comes from. Producers' farms are part of broad food production and sustainable soil management systems and soil conservation is seen as essential to feeding an increasing world population.

Addressing environmental challenges is directly linked with issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, water quality, air quality and biodiversity.

The global emergence of a new generation of farming will be featured at the Sixth World Congress on Conservation Agriculture. The SCCC, in partnership with the Conservation Technology Information Centre (CTIC), is bringing this event to Winnipeg, Man., from June 22 to 25, 2014.

The Congress will focus on growing more, more efficiently; weather proofing agriculture; and increasing the adoption of sustainable practices through innovation. The Congress will feature 90 speakers, with up to 700 attendees of which half are expected to be producers. New ideas from around the world will be showcased and producers will have an opportunity to speak directly with industry representatives, scientists and leading growers.