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National Soil Conservation Week - April 18 to 24

Indian Head, Sask., April 20, 2004:

Canada's national organization for soil conservation, Soil Conservation Council of Canada, says National Soil Conservation Week brings an important focus to a resource that has in recent years been put on the backburner of public interest.

National Soil Conservation Week, this year running April 18 to 24, annually ushers in a new season of agricultural productivity for Canadian producers. Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) is eager to work with producers to help them meet their productivity goals with an eye on protecting the soil resource at the same time.

Since 1985, National Soil Conservation Week has been recognized as a time to focus on one of Canada's low profile, but essential resource, soil. Although many Canadians forget this important resource, it is front and centre for the SCCC, the leading voice of soil conservation in Canada since 1987.

"For the past 17 years, the SCCC has been working with Canadian producers in an effort to encourage the adoption of agricultural practices that preserve and enhance the soil," says Doug McKell, Executive Director of the SCCC. "SCCC board members from across Canada urge all Canadians, producers and urbanites to give some thought this week to the soil, and the preservation of this vital resource for our future generations."

The SCCC recently appointed a new member to its executive board of directors at their Annual General Meeting in Victoria in March. Eugene Legge, a poultry producer from Hollyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador, is the new president of the SCCC. Other members of the executive include past president, Stephen Broad, vice president Don Horsman (Saskatchewan), vice president Daniel Guay (Quebec), and Brian Haddow (British Columbia). The board also includes directors across the country representing various conservation groups and interested producer organizations. Legge, along with other members of the executive committee, will continue to push forward the goals of building sustainability in soil conservation.

Currently, the SCCC operates through a national network of producer organizations whose goals and objectives are to promote conservation. McKell says the network is unique in that it is the only producer network in Canada that focuses on one issue and operates with membership in every province. He adds that this feature has been recognized by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada which has been working with SCCC to deliver sustainable agriculture-based programs to Canadian producers through this network.

"Recently, the SCCC was asked to help deliver the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program for Canadian Agriculture (GHGMP) as the administrator of the soils and nutrient management sector," says McKell. "The GHGMP is a five year program that aims to promote soil conservation practices that are also beneficial for mitigating Canada's greenhouse gas emissions."

One major new initiative for the SCCC is a revamped Web site, Details and results from the GHGMP and other programs will be available on the new site by mid-May.

For more information, contact:

Doug McKell, P.Ag.
Executive Director, SCCC
Ph.: (306) 695-4212