CANADIAN PRAIRIE AGROECOSYSTEM RESILIENCY NETWORK: UNDERSTANDING RESILIENCY & STABILITY IN THE PRAIRIE CONTEXT
On the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative’s September Teleconference call, Martin introduced and explained the Canadian Prairie Agroecosystem Resiliency Network. Martin discussed the following:
- What is the Canadian Prairie Agroecocsystem Resiliency Network?
- What are the underlying principles, goals, and missions of the network?
- How can industry get involved to support and encourage the farmers they buy from?
Dr. Martin Entz
Martin Entz is a professor of Cropping Systems and Natural Systems Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, teaching at the diploma, degree, and graduate levels. Martin’s research focuses on ecologically-integrated farming systems. He leads the Glenlea Long-Term Rotation Study – Canada’s oldest organic vs. conventional farming systems experiment, which celebrated 25 years in 2016. He is also founder of the U of M’s Natural Systems Agriculture program, which explores cropping systems based on processes found in nature – specifically the natural grassland ecosystem of prairie Canada. Martin also works on “soil restoration agronomy” projects. His lab currently supports the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in their conservation agriculture development work in Eastern Africa. Martin and his family enjoy their small farm, located near Libau, Manitoba.