By Teresa Van Raay, Director, OFA
Agricultural soil health is directly connected to the food production system and economic growth in Ontario. Healthy soils impact the viability, sustainability, and productivity of Ontario’s agriculture and food industry. It is our most valuable resource and its long-term health and conservation remains a key priority for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA).
At our recent virtual Policy Advisory Council meeting, OFA hosted a presentation from the chair and co-chairs of Ontario’s Soil Action Group, which OFA is actively engaged in. The Soil Action Group represents a partnership between government, industry stakeholders, conservation groups, and academia with the purpose of providing guidance and advice on the implementation of Ontario’s Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. OFA was heavily involved in the development of the strategy, providing input as a member of the soil health working group.