RDAR RESEARCH PROJECT | Demonstrating Drought and Extreme Heat Resilience from BMP Adoption
“As more farmers adopt BMPs due to awareness raised through this project about practical means of mitigating drought and extreme heat, the resiliency of the industry will benefit” Said Rhonda King, the Principal Investigator of RDAR.
How will this research impact Alberta’s agriculture industry?
Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) is a voluntary program that works to help farmers and ranchers build nature-based solutions on their land. In Alberta, ALUS represents a wide-reaching network of over 350 farmers and ranchers engaged in the establishment, enhancement, and maintenance of various Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) projects on 18,474 acres.
This ALUS project will communicate the experiences of ALUS participants and research related to drought and extreme heat mitigation. This project aims to:
- Establish and maintain demonstration sites to support farmers and ranchers and communities in Alberta to demonstrate benefits and impacts of BMP projects related to water retention and grazing management.
- Organize events to support the capacity of farmers and ranchers to engage in effective peer-to-peer learning and communication of the benefits of BMP adoption for drought and extreme heat resilience.
- Share relevant research conducted by ALUS and partners on BMPs for drought and extreme heat mitigation to farmers, ranchers and partners to increase understanding and spur farmer and rancher action across Alberta.
Why did RDAR (Results Driven Agriculture Research) invest in this research project?
As more farmers adopt BMPs due to awareness raised through this project about practical means of mitigating drought and extreme heat, the resiliency of the industry will benefit.
This project will strengthen partnerships between research institutions, municipalities, farmers and ranchers through project communications and events. The mix of first-hand, research and practical information shared through this project will create a compelling message about the short- and long-term benefits of BMP adoption and help close the gap between awareness and adoption of BMPs.
We have the honor to invite Dr. Dr. Stanford (Stan) Blade, P.Ag., the Dean of the University of Alberta‘s Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences, to share his insights about agricultural literacy in our International Association for Agricultural Sustainability (IAAS) Webinar.
Dr. Blade is one of the Board of Directors for RDAR (Results Driven Agriculture Research). Moreover, he has served on many agriculture boards and the University of Alberta Senate, while becoming the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Corporation—an agency that leads and manages innovation in Alberta’s agriculture, food and forestry sectors.
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