Improving soil health and water quality

Dennis Van Dyk (L), an Ontario vegetable crops specialist and muck grower Kyle Horlings discuss soil health in the Holland Marsh.

Here’s the newest acronym in agricultural policy:  ONFARM.  The On-Farm Applied Research and Monitoring (ONFARM) project is focused and soil and water health.  With $5.75 million in Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding until 2023, plans are to:


  • Develop a comprehensive, science-based method to measure soil health in Ontario.
  • Measure the effectiveness and impact of agricultural best management practices aimed at reducing nutrient run-off on farms.
  • Work with farmers to gain evidence and awareness of how to improve productivity, soil health and water quality.
  • Establish applied research and monitoring sites to facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge transfer and capacity-building among industry professionals.


The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) will deliver the programming for the governments through to the end of the Partnership in 2023. ONFARM will build on other environmental protection initiatives supported by the Partnership and delivered by the OSCIA, such as the Environmental Farm Plan and the Lake Erie Agriculture Demonstrating Sustainability initiative.


ONFARM also supports and leverages other related actions with industry targeting improved soil health, such as the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program and the pending work of the Ontario Soil Action Group. The


Source:  Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs December 5, 2019 news release

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Monday, December 9, 2019

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