Manitoba is part of a new joint commitment to support agriculture production and environmental protection through improved fertilizer use, provincial officials have announced.
The January 15, 2013 announcement says the Manitoba government, the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and Keystone Agriculture Producers (KAP) have signed a 4R Nutrient Stewardship memorandum of understanding.
The tri-partner agreement is expected to launch several new initiatives over the next three years, including information development and distribution, 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.
“Agriculture is a major contributor to Manitoba's economy," said Ron Kostyshyn, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, in the January 15, 2013 announcement to media. “This MOU [memorandum of understanding] further strengthens a partnership that supports the responsible approach taken by producers to enrich the soil with appropriate nutrients that balance improvements to crop production with measures that also protect the environment.”
Manitoba officials say the province is the first prairie province to complete an arrangement with CFI on nutrient management and impact measurement.
4R Nutrient Stewardship was established in co-operation 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.
“Farmers respect and protect the land and water resources that are integral to their livelihoods — for the benefit of all Manitobans,” said Doug Chorney of Keystone Agricultural Producers in the official announcement. “Now with more information and new research, we can fine tune our nutrient use to make even more of a difference.”