Taking Charge Team

The SCCC's "Taking Charge Teams" are set up as a unique, national, farmer-directed group. They are seen as a model for designing and delivering programs aimed at raising awareness of agriculture and environment issues and the associated beneficial management practices. There is a Taking Charge Team in place in every province across the country. For more information about the Taking Charge Team in your province, contact us.

Evaluating and Promoting a Greenhouse Gas Calculator for Canadian Agriculture Producers

Holos is a unique whole-farm modelling software program developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) that allows producers to estimate their current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to assess the impact of a range of GHG mitigation options prior to adoption on the farm.

In 2009 and 2010 SCCC and the Taking Charge Teams evaluated the calculator with close to 700 producers across Canada and provided recommendations to AAFC for refinement of the calculator into a more user friendly tool for estimation of GHG emissions.

Funding for the project was provided in part through Industry Councils from the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan Inc., Manitoba Rural Adaption Council, Ontario Agricultural Adaption Council and Newfoundland and Labrador Agri-Adapt Inc. which deliver the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Canadian Agricultural Producers Addressing Environmental Issues

Canada's Agricultural Producers Addressing Environmental Issues (CAPAEI) was a federal initiative funded through AAFC's Greencover Canada program. CAPAEI was a one year extension to the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program. The program was administered through the Soil Conservation Council of Canada. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association coordinated the delivery of the program to beef cattle producers.

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program

The Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program for Canadian Agriculture (GHGMP) was an initiative that helped identify and raise awareness of best management practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and involved producers in adoption of the mitigation practices to reduce GHG emissions by the agriculture sector.

The program, the result of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's commitment to addressing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, was administered by four groups: the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the Canadian Pork Council and the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Issues targeted for projects under the direction of the SCCC included direct seeding, zero tillage, pasture rejuvenation, manure management and nutrient balancing.

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