Farmland Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Agricultural BMPs are cost-effective, practical actions that landowners can take to improve soil health and water quality while maintaining or enhancing agricultural production. The UTRCA has developed fact sheets, case studies and videos focusing on a variety of BMPs that differ in form and function.
Funding is available to help implement agricultural BMPs on your land:
• Farmland Health Incentive Program*
• Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association
• Clean Water Program
*To participate in the FHIP, landowners must work with a participating Certified Crop Advisor to complete a free Farm Health Checkup. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) must also be completed. An EFP is an assessment prepared by the landowners to highlight their farm’s environmental strengths, identify areas of concern and set realistic action plans to improve environmental conditions.
The Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI) is a program that supports activities in the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds and the Lake Huron southeast shores watershed, including support for the implementation of agricultural best management practices.
Support for this project was provided through the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association from the GLASI Education and Outreach Component funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through Growing Forward 2.