A new $5-million program aims to return 125,000 acres of Prairie cropland to grass and pasture over the next three years.
The Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) program, with funding from McDonald’s Canada and Cargill, will offer farmers discounted seed and technical support to help establish forages on their land.
Converting 125,000 acres of cropland to forages would remove 75,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and provides wildlife habitat for Prairie wildlife, DUC said.
In a news release, Cargill said it also wants to show “how cattle are a force for good in conserving this critical ecosystem of soil, grassland and wildlife habitats.”
More info on the announcement can be found at ducks.ca.