Government of Canada supports development of new tool for farmers to promote tile drainage

Drainage Contractor
February 15, 2018
By Drainage Contractor
President-elect (OSCIA) Peter McLaren and MP Peter Fragiskatos.
President-elect (OSCIA) Peter McLaren and MP Peter Fragiskatos. Photo courtesy of OSCIA.
Farmers help drive economic growth in Canada, but they can also face risks that threaten the viability of their farms, such as unpredictable weather. The Government of Canada is committed to working with the sector to explore and develop new risk management tools that meet the needs of Canadian farmers when faced with serious challenges beyond their control.

Member of Parliament for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, speaking on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, at the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) annual general meeting, announced a federal investment of more than $340,000 to OSCIA for the development of a tool that farmers can use to make more precise decisions on the economic benefits of their individual farm.

The tool will use satellite data of field crops during different weather and soil events and demonstrate the potential benefits of managing water flow from fields using tile drainage.

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