continued CAESA's momentum through a new initiativethe Alberta
Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture (AESA) Program. AESA helps with the
development of new information and research on environmentally sustainable
agriculture; transfers new technology and information into the hands of farmers,
ranchers, and processors; and monitors the impact of the agriculture industry on
soil and water quality.
Funding for the
AESA program is approximately $5 million annually. This commitment represents a
doubling of provincial investment in programs for environmentally sustainable
agriculture to replace the withdrawal of federal funding. Funding supports four
main components: farm-based, research, processing and monitoring (soil and
water). The AESA Program priorities were established through stakeholder
consultations and are directed by the AESA Council. The Council is appointed by
the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and has a broad-based
Department of the Environment. State of the Environment Report, Terrestrial Ecosystems. Edmonton: n.p., 2001. With permission from Alberta Environment.