Fertilizer Canada partners with Québec's PACN

August 27, 2018
Written by Greenhouse Canada
Fertilizer Canada and the Professional Association in Crop Nutrition (PACN) have announced a new partnership to help Québec growers maximize crop yields with minimal loss to the environment.

With a combined investment of $300,000 over three years, the partnership will focus on implementing ‘4R Nutrient Stewardship’, a best management practice that involves fertilizer application using the right source at the right rate, right time and right place.

"The province of Québec represents a significant opportunity to advance sustainable agriculture in Canada. With over 28,000 farms, the Québec agri-food sector accounts for one out of eight jobs and contributes significantly to the provincial economy," said Yvan Lacroix, president and CEO of PACN. "We are looking forward to working with Fertilizer Canada on implementing ways for growers to reduce their environmental impacts while maintaining profitability."

Representing manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers, Fertilizer Canada will work closely with Quebec-based PACN to help Quebec’s agri-retailers and growers easily adopt 4R Nutrient Stewardship best practices into their business operations.

"This partnership with PACN is another major step towards Fertilizer Canada's goal of capturing 20 million Canadian acres under 4R Nutrient Stewardship by 2020," said Garth Whyte, president and CEO of Fertilizer Canada. “The 4R framework is a significant contribution to meeting the targets in the government's recently launched 2018-25 politique bioalimentaire."

The PACN is a non-profit organization comprised of wholesalers, retailers, suppliers and service suppliers who manufacture, supply and provide advice on fertilizers and crop nutrition, among other services.

Fertilizer Canada’s Board of Directors also announced its appointment of Nutrien’s vice president in sales, Brian Mark as chair for a two-year term. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Mark succeeds Yara Canada’s Kathy Jordison.

Fertilizer Canada’s 2018/2019 Board of Directors also includes:
• Dale Moverley, CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (Vice-Chair)
• Steve Biggar, Richardson International Limited
• Colin Braithwaite, K+S Potash Canada GP
• Sarah Fedorchuk, The Mosaic Company
• Casper Kaastra, La Coop Fédérée
• Lindsay Kaspick, Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC
• Don Kitson, International Raw Materials Ltd.
• Hugh Loomans, Sylvite Group of Companies
• Jim MacEwen, MacEwen Agricentre Inc.
• Douglas Stone, J.R. Simplot Company
• Garth Whyte, Fertilizer Canada

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