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Enhancing soil nutrient management in Manitoba

Jan. 15, 2013, Brandon, MB - The Province of Manitoba, the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and Keystone Agriculture Producers (KAP) have signed a 4R Nutrient Stewardship memorandum of understanding (MOU) that formalizes a joint commitment to support agriculture production and environmental protection through improved fertilizer use.

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place approach to nutrient management) was established by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute to meet the common goal of sustainability.

Through this agreement several new initiatives will be launched on Manitoba's landscape, funded by the CFI, over the next three years. These include information development and distribution, the development of training materials and programs, field extension events, field trials, and projects that will refine nutrient uptake and removal values for Western Canadian crops.

The government of Manitoba, Keystone Agricultural Producers, and CFI will also work in partnership with conservation groups to support the adoption of sustainable 4R Nutrient Stewardship Systems.

Manitoba is the first prairie province to complete an arrangement with CFI on nutrient management and adoption/impact measurement. 4R Nutrient Stewardship was established in cooperation with government, researchers, farmers and the public and ensures nutrients are used in a way that protects the environment while enabling producers to achieve economic success.