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Incentive Programs

Farmland Health Check-Up

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

Country
Canada

Region
Ontario

Land Use / Land Cover
General Agriculture

Agency Type
Provincial

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat
Pollinators

Publication Type
Report, Website/web hub

Original Language
English

Years of Implementation
Up to March 2018.

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association provides technical assistance to agricultural producers in Ontario through the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative’s (GLASI’s) Farmland Health Check-Up. Producers work with a Certified Crop Advisor to identify and develop BMPs specific to their lands and needs. Priority areas of the Check-Up include pollinator and soil health. Completion of a Farmland Health Check-Up is a requirement for eligibility under the Farmland Health Incentive Program.

A list of BMPs that may be recommended during the Check-Up is provided at the end of the report (OSCIA GLASI 2015b). Section 4 of the Farmland Health Check-Up Workbook assesses pollinator habitat health, including the amount of natural, semi-natural or other vegetated cover, the abundance and type of pollinator foraging habitat, and invasive/pest species management practices in uncropped areas. The workbook also provides suggestions for habitat and management, such as providing a diversity of flowering plants that bloom over the duration of the growing season, installing plantings in field margins or ditches, and protecting habitat from pesticide drift (OSCIA GLASI 2015a).

Amount of the Incentive
Technical assistance is provided at no cost.

Related Institutional Objectives or Targets
Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative, Growing Forward 2

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