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What are GMOs and are they okay to eat? What does organic farming look like? How are animals like chickens or cattle raised? snapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Topics range from organics, biotechnology, GMOs, livestock, and more.

Explore what’s trending in agriculture in Canada by browsing the topics below.

Environmental Farm Plans

Environmental Farm Plans

Environmental Farm Plans help farmers identify their farms’ environmental strengths and weaknesses and make action plans for improvements. The goal is to minimize negative effects and risks to the environment while making positive changes to ensure the future of farming.

Stewards of the Land

A steward is a person in charge of managing something and given the responsibility to protect it. Farmers are often called “stewards of the land” because of the close connection they have with the land they farm. 

Protecting waterways

Protecting water sources are in important aspect of many environmental farm plans. For crop farmers this may involve planting buffer zones (strips of water between fields and water) to catch run-off water from fields so that nutrients don’t end up in waterways. 

For cattle producers, this might involve putting fences around streams or ponds to keep livestock and livestock waste out of the water.  The water is pumped to a drinking trough so livestock can still access water without going directly into it!

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  • Dairy farmers with cows, Page 2 – Alberta Milk

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