February 2012 Newsletter

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In This Issue
Meet Our Directors
Agricultural Sustainability Call for Proposals
Project Highlight
Feature Story
Feature Case Study and Video
The AAC's Other Organizations Sector
Recent News
Upcoming Deadlines


Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP)


March 8, 2012


CAAP Sustainability CFP


March 15, 2012

Meet Our Directors


Don Lobb, AAC Director

Don Lobb, AAC Director 

Don Lobb joined the Agricultural Adaptation Council board of directors in December 2010. He is the representative for the Other Organizations sector on the board.


From 1962-1997, Don owned a successful farming operation in Huron County, which became a model for sustainable management of soil, water, natural habitat and the environment. During and since that time, Don has taken on many leadership roles, serving as a director, founder and member of several successful organizations, councils and groups. Don has received several awards recognizing his contributions including the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Guelph and being the first farmer from eastern Canada to be inducted to the Soil Conservation Council of Canada Hall of Fame. Don continues to be passionate about science and responsible actions in our management of land.

Did You Know? 


To date, the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) has approved over 100 projects under the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). Please click here to read about these projects.  


If your organization has an idea that may fit under the CAAP, we're here to help. Contact an AAC staff member today to discuss your idea, or find more information at the AAC website.   

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Agricultural Sustainability Call for Proposals


As a catalyst for innovation, adaptation, and advancement for a profitable and sustainable agriculture and agri-business industry, the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) issued a Call for Proposals (CFP) on December 8, 2011, to encourage projects that address agricultural sustainability in Ontario.


Eligible projects must be consistent with the objectives and principles of Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) as outlined in the AAC CAAP Guide. Proposals submitted under the CFP will focus on one or more of the three defined areas of sustainability - economic, environmental and/or social.


Sustainability is defined as follows for the purposes of this CFP:


  • Economic sustainability - participants in the value chain have reasonable and equal opportunity to prosper
  • Environmental sustainability - the industry conserves, protects and regenerates resources and is resilient to climate and ecological conditions
  • Social sustainability - the industry generates goods and services reflecting demographic trends of the general population

Proposal Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.


For more information about the CAAP CFP and examples of eligible projects, please click here. 

Project Highlight


Sustainable Wetland Restoration

 Photo Credit: Dave McLachlin, DUC


Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is leading a project to provide the necessary information to create market based incentives for wetland restoration and conservation. DUC's work could potentially lead to revenue for agricultural producers who choose to restore degraded wetlands with low agricultural potential. 


With $140,000 in funding from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), this project will produce estimates of carbon stores associated with various types of mineral wetlands. It will also determine the potential for net carbon sequestration associated with sustainable wetland restoration. This project will greatly enhance our knowledge of how mineral wetlands in southern Ontario can be managed to simultaneously benefit landowners and the environment.


If you have any project ideas or would like more please contact our office at: (519) 822-7554 or visit our website at: www.adaptcouncil.org


Funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the CAAP. In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

Feature Story

Government Invests in PRRS Control and Elimination Project
On January 4th, Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament announced a funding investment of over $294,000 from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). This project, led by the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board, a committee of the Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC), will help producers manage, limit and work towards potential eradication of  the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus in Ontario. PRRS is known as the most economically significant endemic disease in Ontario pork production, causing reproductive failure in breeding stock and respiratory tract illness in young pigs. 

During this project, OPIC will manage three call for proposals that will encourage groups of pork producers to work together based on geographical considerations, farm proximity and density, pig flow and common service providers. These control and elimination (known as Area Regional Control and Elimination) projects will focus on minimizing the impact of the PRRS virus on Ontario's swine herd. Training and information sharing will also be part of the program, along with communications to the broader industry regarding disease control and elimination.

If you would like more information please visit: www.opic.on.ca or contact Lori Moser at: (519) 577-6742.

Funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the CAAP. In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.
Feature Case Study and Video: Ontario Pork Industry Council


PRRS, a virus-based disease, affects pregnant sows (causing abortions, stillbirths and mummified piglets) and the respiratory systems of nursing and weaned pigs, often resulting in death or chronically poor performance. This disease is the cause of an estimated $130 million financial loss annually in Canada. As such, it has become a focal point for swine researchers, veterinarians, and all members of the pork value chain.

In February of 2006, the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board approached the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) to obtain funding to initiate a three year program that would communicate effective control practices and implement protocols that would eventually lead to the control and/or elimination of PRRS in Ontario. Please click here to read the full case study.