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North American Soil Partnership

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Bob Turnock
Seventh session of the GSP Plenary Assembly | 5 - 7 June 2019 | FAO HQ, Rome, Italy

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North American Soil Partnership

  1. 1. North American Presentation Bob Turnock June 07, 2019
  2. 2. Strategic Research Direction • Canada and the US recognizes the vital contribution of ecosystem services, including healthy and productive soils, water, and biodiversity in ensuring global food security. • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and USDA/NRCS have developed various structures and strategies to fulfill their mission • The Agro-Ecosystem Resilience Science Strategy for example; • Provides strategic direction for research, development, and knowledge transfer activities that support agricultural production by improving agriculture’s use of natural resources in a way that enhances the resiliency of the sector, fosters new economic opportunities, and supports long-term sector competitiveness.
  3. 3. Strategic Research Direction • NRCS and AAFC have a long history of research and development contributing to successful implementation of soil conservation practices. Expertise in soil fertility, soil nutrient cycling, soil microbiology, soil conservation, soil-plant-water relations and management of soil landscapes located at designated Regional Research and Development Centers, Laboratories, Research Farms, and Technical Demonstration Sites across Canada and the US.
  4. 4. Science-Based Technical Support in Decision Making for Advancing Global Food Production • Both Canada and the US contribute toward achieving Global Food Security by reviewing G20 and FAO documents, notably; • Food security and nutrition: Challenges for agriculture and the hidden potential of soil • G20 Meeting of Agriculture Ministers 27-28 July 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina • Healthy Soils to Support the role of agriculture in Sustainable development • International Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Use and Management of Fertilizers
  5. 5. Science and Innovation in Agriculture • Understanding the contribution of soil microbial functions on carbon, nutrient cycling, productivity and ecosystem health • Long-term soil health evaluations on croplands and pastures • Leveraging Space-age technologies to develop and validate innovations in soil mapping e.g. method to map soil moisture for agricultural water management, including flood and drought risk. • Application of digital soil mapping technologies to the understanding of soil and landscape processes that lead to erosion/degradation and legacy P storage • Research and development of agri-environmental indicators and associated metrics that measure the environmental performance of the agriculture sector, including soil erosion, soil salinization, soil organic matter and annual GHG emissions and removals from agriculture.
  6. 6. US Highlights • Pillar 1: Strengthening the science on Soil Health and promoting collaborations • Pillar 2: National and International Collegiate Soil Judging Contests/Future • Pillar 3: Continued Emphases on Research Agenda • Pillar 4: MIR and Expansion of Soil Data Library at the Kellogg Laboratory, Lincoln NE • Pillar 5: Progress on the Finalization of International Horizon Nomenclature
  7. 7. Canadian Highlights Strategic Research Direction • AAFC Agric/Envi Indicators • Science-Based Technical Support in Decision Making for Advancing Global Food Production • AAFC Science and Innovation • Current Thematic Efforts • Global Soil Organic Carbon Map • Related International Activities