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New Research Report: Acquiring Environmental Allies: Increasing the Adoption of Environmental Stewardship Practices by Ontario Landowners

OTTAWA, May 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For over 30 years, Farm Management Canada has been dedicated to increasing the awareness, appreciation, and adoption of sound management practices on the farm. As a national organization dedicated exclusively to the development and delivery of leading-edge resources, information, and tools to support farm business success, we recognize the positive link between adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and farm business success.

As societal pressures around environmental stewardship increase and Canada has set ambitious targets for achieving its environmental outcomes, the agricultural sector will continue to come under the spotlight for its role in environmental sustainability. While environmental stewardship is practiced by many primary producers and recognized as a necessity for the sustainability of the sector's natural capital, participation in the Environmental Farm Plan remains relatively low, especially in Ontario. Industry associations, agribusinesses and retailers have created sustainability assessment frameworks for producers to measure and work towards desired sustainability goals for the sector. And new research reveals, environmental practices are inherently linked to more than just environmental outcomes.

Management experts and scholars view sustainability through the triple-bottom-line, recognizing there is a balance between achieving environmental, economic and societal goals. Government and Industry will benefit from recognizing and promoting the triple-bottom-line to help increase the adoption of on-farm sustainability measures including agri-environmental practices.

This new research synthesis and literature review sought to improve the understanding of how landowners in Ontario who do not participate in environmental stewardship programs could be engaged to participate and improve the environmental stewardship of their lands by studying the adoption of environmental stewardship practices in other jurisdictions and farm business management best practices.

The research reveals a number of opportunities for Ontario to increase the participation of landowners in agri-environmental programming. The recommendations derived from this research are presented in three (3) distinct categories: Policy and Programming, Communication Tactics and Strategies, and Future Research.

Policy and Programming:

Communication Tactics and Strategies:

Future Research:

The research results captured in the report help identify opportunities and mark a path forward for the Ontario government and other industry players to support increased adoption of environmental stewardship practices.

For a complete list of Key Findings and Recommendations, including the Final Report, visit www.FMC-GAC.com

This research synthesis project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' Ontario Agri-food Research Initiative (OAFRI) under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
Project no. OAF-2020-101771.

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