Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 15, 2007 10:43 ET

Canada's New Government Conducts National Survey to Identify Farm Stewardship Practices

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is partnering with Statistics Canada to survey producers to measure the environmental performance of Canadian farms.

"Canada's New Government is committed to helping producers farm in the most environmentally responsible way. We encourage all producers contacted to participate in this survey," said Minister Strahl. "The results will be used to identify sound environmental practices currently used by producers across Canada, as well as help adjust relevant environmental policies and programs."

In March 2007, 20,000 crop and livestock farms will be surveyed across Canada for the 2006 farming year. The first Farm Environmental Management Survey (FEMS) was conducted in March 2002. The results of this national agri-environmental management survey will be published by Statistics Canada later this year.

Survey questions were created in consultation with provincial governments and national agricultural associations. They focus on fertilizer, manure and pesticide management practices, as well as land and water management practices. The FEMS is an activity that complements the Agricultural Policy Framework, a federal-provincial-territorial strategy for long-term sustainability and profitability in the agriculture and agri-food sector.

AAFC is working with its provincial and industry partners to develop programs and promote sound farm stewardship practices which contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment for all Canadians as well as safer and healthier food for consumers.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Conrad Bellehumeur
    Director of Communications