Outcomes Pushed Agriculture Analysis (RDAR) has invested funds in a collaborative project between Alberta’s producer-led Crop Sector Working Group (CSWG) and three main life-science corporations. The collaboration will probably be engaged on a water stewardship and monitoring project.
The brand new project will assist make sure that farmers have entry to progressive crop safety instruments, whereas upholding sound environmental stewardship. The project goals to assemble scientific information to guage the effectiveness of wetland administration practices in mitigating the motion of crop safety merchandise into wetlands’ aquatic ecosystems.
From this on-farm analysis, finest administration practices will probably be developed to guard water habits from crop safety product use whereas offering substantive data switch and translation to producers.
The project targets have been developed in shut collaboration with the Pest Administration Regulatory Company (PMRA), which requires science-based information to help their regulatory analysis and re-evaluation selections. Knowledge collected from this project will guarantee there’s a consultant set of western Canadian information accessible for regulatory our bodies such because the PMRA.
Dr. David Chalack, RDAR board chair, says the analysis will make sure that selections may be made primarily based on correct use and utility of crop safety merchandise.
“The collection of on-farm data in this project will increase the quality and relevance of information that can be used to inform policy and regulatory guidelines for crop protection product use, which are more realistic than laboratory data,” Chalack says. “Collaboration is in our DNA. This landmark project brings together producers, researchers, commissions, and national regulatory bodies, all dedicated to supporting the success and sustainability of Alberta’s agriculture industry.”
RDAR’s funding contributions — of which $417,500 comes from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) — are valued at $750,000 over three-years.