Social Responsibility

Farm businesses share the landscape, air, ground water and surface water with our local communities. In most cases, the farmers and employees have family roots in the local community as well.

Stewardship of our shared natural resources has many advantages, both for your farm and your neighbours. Farming activities enhance local quality of life by:

  • Beautifying the landscape
  • Producing healthy foods
  • Contributing to wildlife habitat
  • Ensuring lakes are safe for swimming

Long-term farming depends on meeting today’s needs without compromising the livelihoods of future generations. Assessing your farm’s environmental stewardship can help to:

  • Maintain or improve land, water, air, woodland and wildlife resources
  • Ensure compliance with regulations
  • Manage the impact of farming practices on neighbours
  • Create long-term business opportunities

Community Involvement

The farm is an important part of the local community. Farm practices can affect the community, and community issues and actions can affect the farm. Involvement with your local community makes sense for a number of reasons:

  • Creates goodwill for your farm business
  • Provides business opportunities
  • Reduces risks to the farm
  • Creates training opportunities for farm team members

Industry Involvement

Industry developments and issues may affect individual farms. By actively participating in agricultural organizations, value and supply chains, and other business organizations, farm team members can contribute to industry solutions and industry advancement. Such involvement:

  • Helps to monitor trends and issues
  • Provides business opportunities
  • Reduces risks to the farm
  • Creates training opportunities for farm staff

Environmental Stewardship

Community and industry-level involvement with environmental stewardship:

  • Balances community and industry resources with operational resources
  • Facilitates the resolution of public concerns
  • Communicates how your farm benefits the community

While taking part in events and organizations, look for ways to improve your business and individual skills.

Best Practices

  • Incorporate best management and stewardship practices to improve and maintain the land, water, air, woodlot, and wildlife resource bases
  • Research new technologies, production methods and management practices that make the most efficient use of the farm’s resources
  • Meet regulations and industry standards
  • Manage the impact of farming practices on neighbours
  • Maximize business opportunities through environmental stewardship activities
  • Analyze environmental, social and financial benefits and costs when making business decisions