Thursday, November 26, 2015

Farm Stewardship Centre in Lethbridge announces renewed focus

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

The Farm Stewardship Centre (FSC) in Lethbridge is renewing its focus on applied research, evaluation and the implementation of new methods and technology to help reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint.  “One of the things we’re working on deals with the effectiveness of nitrogen stabilizers,” says Virginia Nelson, director of the engineering and climate services branch, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “We’re hoping this project will show a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from fall land-applied fertilizer applications.”
Another project underway at the centre supports a Growing Forward 2 program for remote watering sites. “Typically, these are solar systems as electricity is not available in most of these areas. Producers have told us their concerns about the reliability of these. What we’ve done is developed a simple alert and utilized sophisticated technology from other applications to tell producers of problems with water levels or with batteries at the site. These systems can be funded by Growing Forward 2.”

Nelson says a major goal of the Farm Stewardship Centre will be to integrate its efforts with producers and commodity groups. “We have a project underway related to engagement,” says Nelson. “We are working closely with producers, commodity groups and other partners to identify barriers hopefully help them find solutions to those barriers.”

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