The Ontario government is investing $9.5 million over the next three years to improve soil data mapping and soil evaluation and monitoring, a May 3 news release said. The new funding was announced as part of the 2023 provincial budget.
“This funding will allow farmers, researchers and others to access critical data to help understand and adapt to meet the needs of soil management and health protocols province wide,” Lisa Thompson, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, said in the release.
The release noted that through this investment the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will update the province’s soil maps and information as part of its Soil Resource Inventory (SRI) work. The Ontario Agricultural Soil Information System (OASIS) will also be built, it will be a data and information system that will house, manage, and analyze soil data critical to support farming operations.
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