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Net-Positive Network

Geographic Focus:

Western Canada

Funding Approved:

$1,680,827 over 5 years (December 2022 - December 2027)

Project Lead:

Brent VanKoughnet

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Confirmed Project Partners:

  • David Rourke-Rourke Farms Ltd.,
  • Farm Management Canada,
  • Manitoba Association of Watersheds (MAW),
  • Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA),
  • Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG)

Project Summary:

This project will build an innovative network of regional communities of practice to improve soil health. The farmer-led network will support the knowledge mobilization, transfer and exchange associated with implementing large-scale soil improvement practices supporting nutrient management and soil biodiversity.

This network will support independent extension and knowledge transfer capacity to Canadian soil managers and farmers who want to adopt soil health practices. While there is a fundamental understanding of what is required to mitigate global warming at the farm level, the challenge is practical implementation, acceptance and widespread adoption. It is widely recognized that more training, mentoring, and sharing of agricultural technologies focused on climate change mitigation is needed.

In Phase I (years 1-3), the project will demonstrate activities in growing alternative cover and extended season crops, improved soil nutrient management and crop diversification and rotation to other local producers. To educate the next generation of farmers, the project will develop a curriculum based on best management practices and offer training programs through Assiniboine’s Russ Edwards School of Agriculture & Environment. In Phase II (years 4-5), the project will expand into Alberta and Saskatchewan through the network of established partners.

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