As ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc program coordinator Kim Barkwell sees it, “ALUS is a great way to recognize how a farmer’s land management can benefit us all!”
Through their connections with other Alberta counties offering ALUS in their communities, the County of Wetaskiwin and Leduc County quickly realized that ALUS would be an excellent enhancement to their existing Sustainable Agriculture program.
By the end of 2015, the County of Wetaskiwin and Leduc County had partnered with ALUS to run a the local ALUS program.
The ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed in spring of 2016, and approved their first three projects. The PAC has a strong farmer representation from both counties, and similarly, farmers from both Counties are able to enroll in the ALUS program.
ALUS is run through the Counties’ Sustainable Agriculture Program, which promotes the adoption of beneficial management practices as they pertain to water, soil and energy management. Often these same practices enhance or improve nature on the landscape.
The ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc PAC recognizes the importance of promoting the restoration, enhancement and conservation of wetlands, and has reflected that in its annual payment schedule.
“ALUS encourages conservation through the efforts of a diverse array of players and programs, tailored by communities to meet their local needs,” says Barkwell. “The program will continue to grow in strength and longevity because of this diversity.”
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ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc Coordinator
Kim Barkwell, BSc.Ag
County of Wetaskiwin No.10
243019A Highway 13
County of Wetaskiwin, AB
Sustainable Agriculture Program
County of Wetaskiwin
Sustainable Agriculture Program
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)
ALUS Montérégie PAC Chair, and 1st Vice-President of the Montérégie UPA Federation
Farmer and former President, Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie
Farmer, and President, Syndicat de l’UPA la Vallée-du-Richelieu
Farmer, Hazen-Bleury et de la Barbotte committee
Farmer and President, Syndicat de l’UPA Vallée maskoutaine
Farmer andmember of the Pot au Beurre et AgriClimat project committee
Farmer and former Vice-President, Syndicat de l’UPA du Haut-Richelieu
Agronomist at Groupe ProConseil and member of the Huron River committee
General Manager, COVABAR
Agronomist at Agri Conseils Maska
Executive Director, CIME Haut-Richelieu