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Management in Canada
Manure Management in Canada presents information on various characteristics
of manure management as practised on Canadian farms. This analysis is based on
results of the 2001 Farm Environmental Management Survey (FEMS) and discussion
focuses mainly on farms raising some level of livestock, irrespective of the major
Canadian farmers are actively involved in environmental initiatives and are adopting
farming practices that minimize pollution risks to air, water and soil, while contributing
to the conservation of biodiversity. FEMS results provide useful information for
measuring the adoption of environmentally sound practices and for assisting governments,
farmers and non-governmental organizations in the promotion and development of
new farm environmental programs and practices. FEMS results show that there are
differences between provinces with respect to manure management practices.
Note to readers:
Readers should be aware that FEMS data alone are insufficient
to assess environmental risks. The FEMS data are meant to provide
an overall picture of various farming practices that have an impact
on the environment. To have a full appreciation of farmers adoption
of environmental management practices and of their impact (positive
or negative) on the environment, additional information and more
comprehensive analysis are required. Thus, readers are invited
to use caution when interpreting these data.
A previous survey, the Farm Input Management Survey 1995, (FIMS),
collected similar information on manure storage systems in Canada.
However, FIMS and FEMS data cannot be readily compared because
of differences in survey design, sample size and questions asked.