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Farm Environmental Management in Canada

Volume 2001, Issue 2


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Manure 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 commodities produced.

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.

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