Ontario Ag Retailers Make Great Strides for Great Lakes Water Quality
Ontario represents a portion of Canada’s most viable and productive farmland and has been a leader in nutrient management planning for crop production, according to an article on NutrientStewardship.com. 4R Nutrient Stewardship has been embraced as a valuable tool for meeting agricultural and environmental goals as referenced in both the International Joint Commission’s Binational Report and the Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Domestic Action Plan. With its partners in the province, Fertilizer Canada has undertaken extensive efforts to promote and implement 4R Nutrient Stewardship and have joined Ohio in introducing the 4R Certification program for ag retailers. The province is the second region to launch the certification program.
In close collaboration with TFI, the Nutrient Stewardship Council, and the Ohio Agri-Business Association, the 4R Certification program was developed for Nutrient Service Providers in Ontario. Members of the 4R Ontario Steering Committee oversee the program and represent a diversity of stakeholders including Fertilizer Canada; the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA); the Ontario Agri Business Association (OABA); the Grain Farmers of Ontario; the Ontario Federation of Agriculture; the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario; Conservation Ontario; The Nature Conservancy – Ohio; the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change; the International Plant Nutrition Institute; the Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Board of Ontario; and Ontario agri-retailers.