Canola Council announces details of on-farm funding for 4R nutrient stewardship adoption

(Kara Oosterhuis/RealAgriculture)

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) has announced details of its On-Farm Climate Action Fund program.

Through the Canola 4R Advantage nutrient stewardship program, eligible farms can access up to $12,000 per year, as 85 per cent cost-share of beginning or advancing 4R practices on-farm.

Up to $17.4 million in federal funding is currently approved for the two-year Canola 4R Advantage project

“Canadian canola growers are leaders in sustainability, and we’re excited to launch this program to keep building on this excellent track record,” says Jim Everson, CCC president. “Expanding the use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship is an important opportunity to improve fertilizer efficiency, which is good for both farm productivity and the environment.”

4R N nutrient stewardship is focused on applying the right source of fertilizer at the right rate, right time and right place for optimal results and minimizing nitrous oxide emissions.

Canola 4R Advantage cover costs for canola growers that use best management practices (BMPs) in four areas: soil testing, enhanced efficiency fertilizers, preferred application, and field zone mapping.

To be eligible for these incentives, a grower must have a 4R Nutrient Stewardship plan that has been verified by a Certified Crop Adviser or Professional Agrologist who has earned the 4R designation from Fertilizer Canada.

“These BMPs fit in well with canola production across the Prairies and are effective ways to use fertilizer efficiently and get more return from that investment,” says Roger Chevraux, canola grower and chair of Alberta Canola. “And by working with a 4R designated agronomist, growers get guidance from certified experts and their acres accounted for and recognized under the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program.”

Canola 4R Advantage will begin accepting applications on August 17 through a digital platform linked to the CCC website. In the meantime, growers and agronomists can review program details and eligibility criteria at canolacouncil.org/4R-advantage.

The CCC is also partnering with Fertilizer Canada to provide training, information resources and knowledge transfer activities to growers and agronomists.