Seed & Chemical
Joint commitment to sustainable agriculture in Saskatchewan renewed
By Top Crop Manager
The government of Saskatchewan and Fertilizer Canada have signed a three-year extension to their 2016 Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in support of 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place).
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship program is a world-leading, Canadian-made program that allows producers to grow more food using existing farmland and ensures the protection of the environment and has the capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer use by 15 to 25 per cent. Fertilizer retailers and farmers across Canada have adopted this framework to achieve efficiency while maintaining our soil, air and water.
During the pilot year of the MOC between Fertilizer Canada and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, 17 4R demonstration farms across the province showcased how the application of 4R Nutrient Stewardship can deliver growers with economic, environmental, and social returns.
Over the next three years, Fertilizer Canada and the Saskatchewan government will work to expand the 4R program to include access to training and education with a new Saskatchewan-focused 4R Nutrient Stewardship eLearning training course and a 4R Nutrient Management Speciality Certification for Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs). CCAs with the 4R Specialty Certification are able to advise farmers on best practices under the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework, encouraging implementation across all managed acres.
More information on 4R Nutrient Stewardship and sustainable farming in Saskatchewan can be found at here.