The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has been working with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to address the phosphorous loading problems that are associated with the Great Lakes Region. In particular, an Agricultural Specialist will be stationed at the LTVCA office in Chatham. This position will be working with Greening Partnership-LTVCA staff to assist landowners with farm stewardship projects, grant applications and host workshops that will work towards implementing agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce nutrient loading into the Lower Thames watershed and Lake Erie.
My name is Colin Little and I have recently been hired by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority as the new Agricultural Specialist. Growing up in Chatham-Kent provided me with the opportunity to work within the agriculture sector on local farms and at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, Centre of Agricultural Renewable Energy & Sustainability (CARES). This experience helped me gain an understanding of the challenges our local farming community faces on a daily basis.
After working for CARES at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus I am excited to transition from the field of agricultural renewable energy research into the realm of environmental conservation. Working alongside farmers in the community to implement BMPs and restore the ecological services that allow for the local agricultural sector to thrive will be a dream come true.
As an Agricultural Specialist I will be working throughout the watershed to implement stewardship projects and raise awareness on the environmental challenges we are facing and the solutions which are available to mitigate these issues in a cost-effective manner. Furthermore, I will be managing and promoting the Agricultural Improvement Fund (AIF), a program designed to provide cost-sharing options to farmers throughout the Lower Thames watershed who wish to implement agricultural BMPs on their land. I am excited for the opportunity to work with the LTVCA and the southwestern Ontario farming community to bring new innovative ideas and agriculture based environmental solutions to the region. If you have any questions about my position or would like to inquire about the cost-sharing options the LTVCA can offer to farmers for stewardship projects don’t hesitate to contact me by email or phone!
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