Agricultural Stewardship

Approximately 80% of the region’s land base is dedicated to important agricultural land uses. Farming provides food sources across Ontario and beyond, and is important to our region’s economy. Essex Region Conservation has a long history of working with farmers to exchange information that will ultimately help to protect and improve soil health while protecting water quality. Soil protection structures, windbreaks and buffer strips are just some of the ways farmers protect water quality.

Essex Region Conservation has grants available to assist in implementing these projects. Farmers and the public can learn more about projects to protect soil and the environment while maximizing crop yields at the Essex County Demonstration Farm. This 40 acre site, located adjacent to Holiday Beach Conservation Area, demonstrates how the environment and agriculture can co-exist by profiling conservation practices and innovative products, techniques and technologies.

You can download and view ERCA’s 2021 OMAFRA Report: Agricultural Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerabilities in the Essex Region

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The CWGS Program Guidelines can be found here.

The CWGS Application Form can be found here.