Agroforestry methods have been proven as effective tools for water management. Enhancing water capture and storage in the soil can be a cost-effective solution to minimizing drought impacts in dryland farming.
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s (AAFC) decision last week to axe its long-running shelterbelt program, is not only a set-back for agroforestry in Canada, but could also have severe short and long-term implications for the sustainability of Prairie agriculture.
Maintenance is critical to ensure the integrity of shelterbelts, riparian and other conservation reserves.
Properly designed and maintained shelterbelts and hedgerows can be used to trap and retain snow for next years crops or livestock watering.
With our heavy reliance on pollinators for a portion of global food supplies we need to boost native pollinators by diversifying our agricultural landscapes to better replicate natural conditions.