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Sustainability

Our commitment to sustainability.

 

FS Stewardship Pledge

The FS Stewardship Pledge is our promise to the agriculture industry, the environment, and our farmer owners that we will promote and recommend products and practices that highlight our commitment to Sustainable Best Management Practices.

These products and practices include but are not limited to:
► The 4R principles – Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place
► Nitrogen stabilizers, Nitrification inhibitors, Nitrogen volatilization products
► Agronomic and Environmentally sound nutrient recommendations
► Applied Research focused on minimizing environmental impact, optimizing harvest yield, and maximizing input utilization

FS PARTNERS 4R Certified retail locations include Ayr, Delhi, Drayton, Elmvale, and Mitchell. These agri-retailers have passed a rigorous audit process, and continue to not only follow the most up-to-date nutrient management guidelines but that science-based best management practices (BMPs) for sustainable on-farm nutrient management are applied.

4R Designation is a voluntary program that allows agri-retailers across Canada to train their staff and align with the sustainability principles of 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®). As a science-based framework for nutrient management, 4R Nutrient Stewardship offers verified best management practices to improve yields and economic returns while reducing impacts on the environment. (SOURCE: fertilizercanada.ca)

 

Endure

Farmers are the original caretakers of the land and soil, and for over 60 years, have turned to their local FS Company for trusted advice, products, and services in supporting their noble profession. As local cooperatives, FS Companies believe it is their responsibility to ensure that our earth, our communities, and businesses perform together, sustainably. 

FS Companies are committed to ensuring the continued profitability for the company, their owners, and their customers while acting to help the environment and the greater good. FS Companies have joined their regional supply cooperative GROWMARK, in launching a new sustainability initiative called Endure that reinforces the organization's commitment to sustainability and recognizes those practices that help us all endure and prosper over time.


Enduring Farms
The FS System created the Enduring Farm Award to award farmers who have excelled to preserve and improve their land and natural resources for future generations by utilizing proven best management practices such as using the 4Rs of nutrient management, soil sampling, phosphorus management, and nitrogen management .
Endure 4R Advocates
Endure 4R Advocates are individuals throughout the FS System who have been recognized for supporting growers in sustainable best management farming practices, demonstrating economic and environmental benefits.
Endure Pollinator Habitats
The FS System is taking steps to provide habitat and help increase local honey bee populations. FS Companies have set aside ground to plant over 65 habitat havens for bees throughout the Midwest. These plots are planted with Green Yard™ Honey Bee Wildflower Mix, donated by GROWMARK Inc., which is a combination of annual and perennial flowers that provide nectar and pollen to honey bees.

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