MAY 21, 2016 1:09 PM
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program launched its Ontario program in 2016. The effort was put forth to determine whether Ohio’s model would be suitable in Ontario. A steering committee was put together to oversee the program which represented a diverse group of stakeholders, including Fertilizer Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Grain Farmers of Ontario and several others. The program is modeled after a certification program implemented by ag retailers in Ohio, which has since exapnded into Indiana and Michigan. 4R certified ag retailers follow standards that promote nutrient efficiency and water quality. Fertilizer Canada is currently conducting outreach for the Ontario program with the addition of a resource tool kit for ag retailers. Ongoing research will be conducted in collaboration with local experts on the most effective nutrient management practices applicable to the area. For more information, follow the link!