Canola growers will be able to receive financial support to help them start or advance 4R Nutrient Stewardship on their canola acres, an Aug. 11 news release from the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) said.
The program, named Canola 4R Advantage, will reimburse growers for up to 85 per cent of eligible costs, up to $12,000 per farm per year. Funding for Canola 4R Advantage has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Climate Solutions – On-Farm Climate Action Fund, the release noted.
“Canadian canola growers are leaders in sustainability, and we’re excited to launch this program to keep building on this excellent track record,” Jim Everson, CCC president, said in the release. “Expanding the use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship is an important opportunity to improve fertilizer efficiency, which is good for both farm productivity and the environment.”
Canola 4R Advantage will provide incentives for canola growers to use best management practices in four areas: soil testing, enhanced efficiency fertilizers, preferred application and field zone mapping, the release said. To be eligible for these incentives, a grower must have a 4R Nutrient Stewardship plan that has been verified by a Certified Crop Adviser or Professional Agrologist who has earned the 4R designation from Fertilizer Canada.
Canola 4R Advantage will begin accepting applications on Aug. 17 through a digital platform linked to the CCC website. In the meantime, growers and agronomists can review program details and eligibility criteria here on the CCC website.