Estrie moves to con­serve soil

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Len­noxville

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.

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