Stewardship in agriculture is an approach and a set of best management practices and technologies that can help farmers and all actors in the agri-food supply chain to find solutions to guide sustainable strategies. Nutrient stewardship or water stewardship are a set of practices that aim at increasing the use efficiency of resources. Science-based research has found that 4R Nutrient Stewardship simultaneously increases productivity and profitability, and protects the environment, and thus meets sustainable development goals. This innovative approach to best management practices (BMPs) for fertilizer is the Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®. It can be applied to managing fertilizer or other crop nutrients.
The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) has been leading global efforts in disseminating stewardship practices in the fertilizer industry. With this experience, the organization wishes to expand the stewardship approach to the whole agricultural sector. CFI is hosting the second International Stewardship Symposium, Feeding Crops to Feed the World on July 14-15, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta in partnership with The Fertilizer Institute, the International Fertilizer Industry Association, the International Plant Nutrition Institute and the Soil Conservation Council of Canada.
Following on the success with the first symposium last year, which attracted more than 200 delegates from around the world, the Symposium will focus in four themes that are in line with some of the most important ongoing discussions nowadays:
- Climate Smart Agriculture
- Metrics for Sustainable Agriculture
- Framework for Increasing Soil Quality
- Better Access to Inputs for Smallholders in Africa.
The symposium will also showcase a Poster Session to celebrate the 2015 UN International Year of Soils.
The 4R nutrient stewardship concept involves crop producers and their advisers selecting the right source-rate-time-place combination from practices validated by research conducted by agronomic scientists. Goals for economic, environmental and social progress are set by—and are reflected in performance indicators chosen by—the stakeholders to crop production systems. While the 4R Nutrient Stewardship is a North American project, many variations of nutrient stewardship exist internationally and will be showcased during the symposium.
Register at: http://www.stewardshipsymposium.com/#!registration/cdwc.