The Canola Council of Canada (CC) has launched a new two-year program that will pay up to $12,000 per farm to improve fertilizer efficiency.
The program, named Canola 4R Advantage, will reimburse growers for up to 85% of eligible costs on canola acres, (up to a limit of $12,000 per year), it was announced Thursday.
Canola 4R Advantage will provide incentives for canola growers to use best management practices (BMPs) in four areas: soil testing, enhanced efficiency fertilizers, preferred application and field zone mapping. To be eligible for these incentives, a grower must have a 4R Nutrient Stewardship plan that has been verified by a certified crop adviser or professional agrologist who has earned the 4R designation from Fertilizer Canada.
According to Fertilizer Canada, 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place) “balances farmer, industry, and government goals to improve on-farm economics, crop productivity and fertilizer efficiency while benefiting the environment.”
The CCC has chosen to focus its program on precise, efficient and sustainable nitrogen management using 4R principles, the CCC said in a release.
Canola 4R Advantage will begin accepting applications on Aug. 17 through a digital platform linked to the CCC website. In the meantime, growers and agronomists can review program details and eligibility criteria at canolacouncil.org/4R-advantage.
Funding for Canola 4R Advantage has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF). The CCC is one of 12 partners selected across Canada to deliver OFCAF, which is designed to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases.
Up to $17.4 million in funding is currently approved for the Canola 4R Advantage project.
The CCC is also partnering with Fertilizer Canada to provide training, information resources and knowledge transfer activities to growers and agronomists.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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