Conservation Initiatives

Sturgeon County promotes the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and recognizes the importance of innovations in the Agriculture Industry.

What is Agricultural Sustainability and why is it important?

Agricultural Sustainability is achieved by harvesting or using a resource in a way that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. When we think of Agriculture, it is easy to see where this applies. Farming is an imperative industry that is connected to the land. The soil, water and ecological resources of the land are needed by agriculture for the industry to succeed and thrive. Sturgeon County seeks to increase the balance between agriculture and these resources to ensure a long and prosperous future for the adults of today and the children of tomorrow.

Highway Two Conservation Focus Areas

Integrated Crop Management

Integrated management develops practical agronomic and economic tools for management, considering soil, water, air and biodiversity. Cropping systems may include site-specific management, crop rotation, crop diversification, grassed waterways and residue management to reduce the impacts of crop production on the environment. Having an integrated cropping system enhances the profitability and efficiency of farm operations.

Nutrient Management

Nutrient management involves the feeding, storage, transport, application and use of nutrients on the farm. It addresses challenges dealing with odor, surface and groundwater quality and health and safety issues while promoting the concept of manure as a resource.

Sustainable Grazing and Riparian Management

Sustainable grazing addresses environmental concerns and provides a balance between forage production and livestock consumption. A grazing area with a well-balanced variety of species and a well-managed grazing schedule produces more grass and creates a sustainable environment for long-term grass production. Healthy grass cover protects soil from erosion and provides wildlife habitat. Where pastures border on riparian areas, grazing management includes riparian area management. This improves water quality, reduces bank erosion, improves forage production and enhances fish and wildlife habitat.

 

Methods of Program Delivery

 

Awareness

Local newspaper articles, tours of local projects, seminars and workshops dealing with agricultural sustainability keep area producers well informed. Check the events calendar for upcoming events!

Farm Calls and Environmental Farm Plans

Sturgeon County works with agricultural producers to find innovative solutions to sustainability issues pertinent to their operation. The primary goal is to help producers adopt beneficial management practices that will make farms more profitable and sustainable.

For more information on current conservation initiatives, please contact the Agriculture Services Department at 780-939-8325 or agricultureservices@sturgeoncounty.ca.