Provide Feedback for the Development of an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: September 21, 2016

Categories: GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Ontario / Policy News

Sustaining Ontario's Agricultural SoilsThe Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is seeking feedback on a policy proposal to develop an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy.

The discussion document outlining the government’s draft vision, long-term goals and objectives for developing the strategy has been posted on Ontario’s Environmental Registry. It is available for public comment until November 27, 2016 in both English and French.

A comment button is provided on the Environmental Registry, and emails can be sent to

Healthy soil is fundamental to the success of Ontario’s agricultural sector and to a healthy environment. OMAFRA has developed this proposal with the agricultural sector.

A new strategy will build on the extensive soils work by OMAFRA and stakeholder organizations, and ensure that both government and the agricultural sector are taking the right actions to address long-term soil issues. The initiative will directly contribute to Ontario’s climate change goals and help the province deliver on its recently released Climate Change Action Plan.

Additional engagement opportunities will occur when a draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy is available for public comment. The final Provincial Soil Strategy is expected to be released in late 2017.