October 8, 2015 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has published a report examining agricultural changes in the Credit River watershed through a statistical analysis of data from the 2011 Census of Agriculture.

“This report allows CVC to adapt current stewardship programs and services to better meet the changing needs of farmers and the environment,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “Agricultural producers are key stakeholders in protecting environmental resources such as water, air, soil and biodiversity”.

CVC’s report outlines the use of conservation practices in the Credit River watershed. It concludes that 50 per cent of farms are rotating their crops, 28 per cent are using rotational grazing, 25 per cent have buffer zones around water bodies and 30 per cent have windbreaks and/or shelterbreaks within their fields. Agricultural producers committed to implementing these practices are helping improve environmental resources which benefit everyone in the watershed.

“Adopting conservation practices is increasingly important with climate change. For example, planting buffer zones along streams protects fields from erosion, filters nutrients and pollutants, and shades water keeping it cool for fish,” said Mark Eastman, Agricultural Program Coordinator at CVC. “Our farm stewardship services help agricultural producers transition to conservation practices that meet their changing needs.”

View the Statistical Profile of Agriculture in the Credit River watershed report at http://goo.gl/yR8k44. Contact Mark Eastman at [email protected] for more information or to inquire about farm stewardship technical and financial assistance programs.

Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation has worked with its partners to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

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Media Contact
Baljit Sharma
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 224
[email protected]

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