Fertilizer Canada Draft Recommendations (Executive Summary) Federal Spending to Improve Nitrogen Management
In Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, the federal government allocated $200 million over two years starting in 2021-22 to launch immediate, on-farm climate action under the Agricultural Climate Solutions program.
“This will target projects accelerating emission reductions by improving nitrogen management, increasing adoption of cover cropping, and normalizing rotational grazing.”
This funding announcement is meant to initiate actions towards the Government of Canada’s A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy plan released in December which identified the following commitment: “Set a national emission reduction target of 30% below 2020 levels from fertilizers and work with fertilizer manufacturers, farmers, provinces and territories, to develop an approach to meet it.”
We recommend that the Government of Canada set aside $100 million from the new Agricultural Climate Solutions program for the following three projects: • Accelerate 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Training – $5M • Farmer Incentives for 4R Nutrient Stewardship Uptake – $92M • Advancing Measurement & Tools – $3M