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Hog Farmers Help Us Eat More Sustainably

April 22, 2024 7:00 AM | News


The following is a sponsored advertorial on behalf of Manitoba Pork.

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As days become longer, the sights and sounds of spring come into focus across Manitoba’s prairie landscape. Farmers start moving equipment into place, working long hours and hard days to plant their crops that they will care for and agonize over for months. This includes returning key nutrients to the soil by applying manure.

“All crops require nitrogen and phosphorus to grow,” says Scott Dick, co-founder of Agra-Gold Consulting. “Manure is an excellent source of these essential nutrients, and our team provides expert nutrient management services for farmers to ensure that manure is applied at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place to meet the nutrient needs of the farmland.”

According to Statistics Canada, about 90 percent of hog manure in Manitoba is injected under the soil surface or incorporated into the soil, the highest rate in Canada. This method of application ensures that valuable nutrients are not lost through runoff but remain firmly in the soil for uptake by plant roots — it’s nutrient recycling at its best. It also mitigates odour and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Scott and his team are a key part of Manitoba hog farmers’ commitment to protecting our natural resources. To prevent runoff and safeguard our waterways, farmers must file annual manure management plans with the provincial government, which must be designed and managed by registered manure management planners, like Scott.

“I love working with farmers and helping them grow the food that goes on our tables while protecting our environment,” Scott says. “Every day, I can see that Manitoba hog farmers are passionate about protecting the environment, and they are committed to following best management practices that meet or exceed environmental regulations.”

Manitoba’s hog farmers raise the animals and help grow the crops that feed us here at home and millions of people around the world. This spring, as seeds are planted and crops begin to sprout, farmers will once again do what they have done for generations: protect our land and water so that future generations can continue to grow food for the world.

For more information, visit manitobapork.com/environment


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