Estrie moves to conserve soil
Errol Duchaine, the well-known speaker on the subject of agriculture, is inviting farm producers of the Estrie region to visit the first edition of Expo San-T-Sols on September 10th, in Lennoxville, to fill their basket with solutions to protect or improve the health of their cultivable soil.
Presented by the Syndicat des producteurs de cultures commerciales de l’Estrie and other partners, the event highlights the International Year of Soils. It will bring together over twenty exhibitors with kiosks about topics like ground covers, soil profiles, water management, root sicknesses, the advantages of perennial plants, soil compaction caused by machinery tires and the use of earthworms, bacteria and fungi.
Visitors can also assist in equipment demonstrations and listen to expert speakers on subjects like green manures, nitrogen availability and control and the culture of legumes.
Over the lunch hour, spokesperson Errol Duchaine will present a French language conference entitled: Toute la vie dans une petite poignée de terre.
International Year of Soil The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared the year 2015 the International Year of Soil. This decision follows an alert made by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization: a large portion of the total cultivated surface worldwide is losing
its topsoil which reduces its fertility and productivity.
We often forget that civilization rests on a thin layer of arable soil with agricultural potential. So it’s not surprising that soil degradation preoccupies the international community and that organizations like the United Nations and the European Commission have decided to take action to raise awareness about conservation worldwide. The International Year of Soil aims to increase the understanding of the importance of soil in order to ensure the food supply and permit ecosystems to carry out their essential functions.
L’Expo San-T-Sols puts soil center stage. Better understanding will allow for better choices from among the available technologies that will help in the challenges of the coming decades.
The event will take place on September 10th, from 8 :30 am to 4 :30 pm, at Agriculture Canada’s Dairy and Swine Research and Development Center, 2000 College Street, Lennoxville.
Partners of the event include local agricul- tural producers, the Estrie regional management of
MAPAQ, the Fédération de l’UPA-Estrie, the Syndicat des producteurs de cultures commerciales de l’Estrie, Financière agricole du Québec, Club agroenvironnemental de l’Estrie and Semestrie Inc., Willam Houde ltée, La Coop des Cantons and Synagri.