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The Innovation Awards - ALUS Canada

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The Innovation Awards—the Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award and the ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award—were created in 2016 to recognize outstanding researchers and innovative producers of ecosystem services on Canadian farms and ranches.

The Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award

The Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award recognizes researchers and/or ALUS Canada partners for excellence and innovation in scientific research, monitoring or verification of ecosystem services on working farmlands.  This award highlights achievement in valuing ecosystem services that provide benefits both on the farm and for the broader public good.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Winners of the Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award conduct research related to ecosystem services on working farmlands, such as innovative methods of monitoring, verifying or measuring the ecosystem services produced on farmlands, and/or innovative methods of evaluating their economic value to society.
  2. Winners have completed credible research related to the ecosystem services produced on working farmlands, or the verification and monitoring thereof.
  3. Winners help promote public awareness of the ecosystem services to youth, landowners and the general public.
  4. Winners participate in regional, provincial or national committees or organizations relating to ecosystem services.

The ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award

The ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award recognizes participating ALUS farmers/ranchers who are excellent stewards of the land and who have done outstanding and innovative work in producing ecological services on their farms through ALUS. This Award highlights achievements in conservation, project management, environmental awareness, networking and farm stewardship.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Winners of the ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award are participating ALUS farmers/ranchers who have been innovative in producing ecosystem services on their land through the ALUS Canada program.
  2. Winners are involved with ALUS as participating farmer/ranchers who also sit on the local ALUS program’s Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC).
  3. Winners are excellent spokespeople for the ALUS program, for instance by entertaining tours of their ALUS demonstration projects, and/or participating as a farmer liaisons helping to facilitate the enrolment of new ALUS participants.
  4. Winners are dedicated to, or supportive of, farming as a way of life, and demonstrate an excellent understanding of land stewardship.
  5. Winners participate on local, regional, provincial or national committees or organizations as strong advocates for innovative stewardship projects that help to rebuild our natural heritage.
  6. Winners work to increase stewardship awareness among youth, landowners, and the general public through efforts such as advocating, mentoring, teaching, fundraising, or through other means.

 

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