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Farmers and climate change policy

The Manitoba government’s climate change plan has laid out some new priorities for agriculture in the province including a promise to partner with Keystone Agricultural Producers and the National Farmers Union.

The goals include:

  • Building resiliency by expanding the focus of Environmental Farm Plan-related programming from assessment of agri-environmental risks towards building resiliency against adverse weather effects on farms.
  • Sustaining growth through a new Climate Friendly Agricultural Practices Program to provide incentives for beneficial management practices, support advanced and applied research, and enable technology transfer.
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  • Improving soil stewardship.
  • Promoting perennial crops through research partnerships with the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association.
  • Promoting soybeans and pulse crops to reduce consumption of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer and the resulting nitrous oxide emissions.
  • Support research.
  • Nurturing organic farming: Comparisons of organic and conventional grain cropping consistently show lower energy use and GHG emissions for organic grain production.
  • Enhancing rural infrastructure such as expansion of high-speed Internet and cell service to allow rural Manitobans to do business at or closer to home.
  • Expanding bioproducts that displace consumption of fossil fuels.
  • Increasing support to local food production with particular emphasis on indigenous communities and on encouraging small-scale farming.

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