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Farm Environmental Management in Canada

Volume 2004, Issue 3


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Fertilizer and Pesticide Management in Canada

Fertilizer and Pesticide Management in Canada presents information on the various practices used to manage chemical inputs, specifically chemical fertilizers and pesticides, on Canadian farms. The analysis contained in this article is based on results from the 2001 Farm Environmental Management Survey (FEMS).

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 chemical input management practices as a result of different production practices, climate and commodities.

Note to readers:

Readers should be aware that FEMS data alone, though providing a wealth of information, are insufficient to assess environmental risks. The FEMS data are meant to provide an overall picture of various farming practices that may have an impact on the environment. To have a full appreciation of farmers' adoption of environmental management practices and of their impacts (positive or negative) on the environment, additional information and more comprehensive analysis is required. Thus, readers are advised to use caution when interpreting these data.

A previous survey, the 1995 Farm Input Management Survey (FIMS), collected similar information on manure management 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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