Feeding on-farm change through knowledge and support
The economic viability of a farming operation is connected to its environmental sustainability. The goal of the Sustainable Agriculture program is to encourage proactive, on-farm change, which will support long-term operation sustainability.
The Sustainable Agriculture program is a partnership between Leduc County, the County of Wetaskiwin and the Government of Alberta, to promote the awareness and adoption of beneficial management practices as they pertain to land and water resources.
The focus of the Sustainable Agriculture program is:
- Alberta Environmental Farm Plan
- Growing Forward 2
- Riparian Health Assessments
- Working Well
Alternate Land Use Services (ALUS)
Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) has a simple, yet revolutionary goal: create a healthy landscape that sustains agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians.
ALUS Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that supports the delivery of the ALUS program across the country. Active in six provinces to date, the ALUS program provides a financial incentive for producing valuable ecological services on Canadian farmland. These ecological services include clean air, clean water, flood mitigation, climate adaptation, carbon sequestration, species at risk habitat and support for our native bees and pollinators.
Specifically, ALUS helps farmers and ranchers restore wetlands, reforest, plant windbreaks, install riparian buffers, manage sustainable drainage systems, create pollinator habitat and establish other ecologically beneficial projects on their properties. What’s more, ALUS provides annual payments to ensure the ongoing stewardship of each ALUS project.
Leduc County and the County of Wetaskiwin partnered with ALUS Canada to run a joint ALUS program.
Kim Barkwell, Sustainable Agriculture Program Manager