P.E.I. farmers want to protect environment: Federation

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SUMMERSIDE - The P.E.I. Potato Board says farmers are doing what they can to protect the environment.

Chairman Gary Linkletter said P.E.I. farmers have the highest level of enhanced environmental farm planning in Canada.

Linkletter said enhanced environmental farm planning is a plan farmers and the government come up with, establishing ways to maximize crop while caring for the environment.

“You sit down and go through the farm field by field.”

Linkletter said farmers do care about the environment.

“A lot of people are looking at better practice. We’re making enormous changes.”

A pilot program introduced farmers to farm planning, and it takes time, Linkletter said.

‘’We all had tube TV’s. Then flat screens came out. We think ‘Why didn’t we have this 20 years ago?’ Technology grows and we learn. Similar to a farm, we have to start somewhere.”

But how does P.E.I. compare?

John Jamieson, Executive Director of the Federation of Agriculture, said 90 per cent of farmers have farm planning, while some provinces have none.

“Some provinces don’t deliver. Alberta and Ontario have none,” Jamieson said.

The federation is in charge of these farm plans.

Jamieson said farm plans look at water, plowing, fertilizer, and soil erosion and give farmers recommendations.

“We rate farmers on a scale of one to four. A rating of one and two is managing acceptable, and a rating of three or four means we need an action plan.”

“We ask them questions. How do you decide about your crops? Where do you get your advice?”

Jamieson said most buyers and markets are demanding farm planning.

He said customers want to know farmers are doing all they can for the environment.

Each plan is renewed every five years, and they have implemented an electronic program with up to date information.

 

 

 

Organizations: Federation of Agriculture

Geographic location: P.E.I., Canada, Alberta Ontario

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  • don
    April 04, 2014 - 08:20

    i am glad to hear the want to protect the land but after all the fish kills i guess the water is not a part of the land? then they want to drain our deep water wells. and feed us more poison. gee thank you farmers.

  • UPWESTER
    April 02, 2014 - 11:17

    “We rate farmers on a scale of one to four. A rating of one and two is managing acceptable, and a rating of three or four means we need an action plan.” In most studies, the higher you score is better, for instance, a four star hotel is rated higher than a one or two star hotel. here they used the exact opposite. I for one would like to know the answer to "how do you decide about your crops? where do you get your advice? If the answer to both is Cavendish Farms, then I have no faith in your self serving little infomercial

  • NO COMPARISON
    April 01, 2014 - 07:55

    You cannot compare PEI with the western provinces when it comes to WATER usage. We are an ISLAND and only have a certain amount of fresh water. If it is used for capital gain as the farmers want, is drinkable water to be trucked in or does everyone move off Island and leave it for the potato farmers to suck dry for more profit. These large producers use millions of litres per day in their plants and now the Government is backing another washing station in Travellers Rest. Add that to the amount that the farmers want to use to grow LARGER potatoes and you will understand how much of our fresh water resource is being used on potatoes now.

    • don
      April 04, 2014 - 08:23

      i'll sum it up for you really easy. it is called "money talks". then when our fresh water is gone and we need bottled water wes can add the hst to it.