Productivity and innovation of farmers and ranchers showcased through ALUS Canada’s New Acre™ Project
Launched in 2016, the ALUS Montérégie program is a partnership between ALUS Canada and the Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie, a branch of the provincial farmer’s union headquartered in the South Shore region of Montreal.
The program covers the territory of several watersheds south of Montreal, those of the rivière des Hurons, the ruisseaux Hazen-Bleury et de la Barbotte, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region and the rivière Yamaska.
The ALUS Montérégie team has done a stellar job developing the first ALUS program in Quebec, particularly the PAC Chair, Christian Saint Jacques, who is also the President of the Federation de l’UPA de la Montérégie, and the ALUS program coordinators, Yasmina Larbi-Youcef and César Largaespada.
In its first year, the ALUS Montérégie program established projects on six hectares, primarily riparian pollinator strips. And by its second year, it had expanded to 15 ALUS farmers, and 34 ALUS projects. They have already devoted nearly 37 acres to the production of cleaner air, cleaner water, habitat for pollinators, fish and other wildlife, as part of a full suite of ecological services that benefit Quebec’s communities.
We expect more great things from ALUS in Quebec!
ALUS Montérégie Partnership Advisory Committee :
- Jaclin Bisaillon, Union President, UPA Haut-Richelieu
- Hervé Blanchette, farmer
- Yvon Boucher, Union President, UPA Rouville
- Charles Boulerice, Union President, UPA Vallée-du-Richelieu
- Marcel Comiré, Director, COVABAR
- Bruno Guillet, farmer
- Jules Malouin, farmer
- Marie-Laure Marcotte, agronomist, Groupe ProConseil
- André Mousseau, Union President, UPA Vallée maskoutaine
- Florent Raymond, farmer
- Christian St-Jacques, President, UPA Montérégie
- Normand Teasdale, President of the UPA Montérégie environment committee
- Annie Tremblay, agronomist, Agri Conseil Maska
News & Events in Montérégie
Christmas came early for 14 Quebec farmers who, as participants in the ALUS Montérégie program, were presented with their annual payments at a December press conference.
ALUS Canada and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation announce $5M grant to launch a groundbreaking environmental initiative now known as ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative, along with its New Acre™ Project.
Agri Conseil Maska
The ALUS Montérégie program is currently seeking partners to support the expansion of the ALUS program in Quebec over the next few years. For more information, please contact the program coordinators