August 7, 2019 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has published a report examining how the agricultural landscape in the Credit River Watershed is changing using the most recent Census of Agriculture.
“Agricultural producers manage a significant portion of the rural Credit River Watershed,” says Mark Eastman, Senior Coordinator, Agricultural Outreach. “They are key stakeholders in the protection of environmental resources, such as water, air, soil and biodiversity.”
Farmland accounts for nearly a third of the land in the Credit River Watershed. While the area of active farmland is stable, there are fewer farmers managing it. Those that remain have expanded their operations, relying on rented land to do so.
“As farmers take on more land, we are seeing they are increasingly adopting best management practices (BMPs) on cropped lands such as no-till planting and cover cropping,” says Mark. “These practices not only improve soil and crop health but enhance water quality for everyone.”
This report allows CVC to adapt current stewardship programs and services to better meet the changing needs of farmers and the environment. It’s estimated that over half the farmland in the watershed is now owned by a non-farmer. Rented lands and short-term rental agreements can influence how lands are managed and present new opportunities to advance agricultural BMPs.
For a full picture of agriculture in the watershed, read the entire report at cvc.ca/agstatistics or contact us at 1-800-668-5557 ext. 430.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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