MPP Jeff Yurek Supports Farmers Working to Protect the Environment

Published on July 18, 2019

Ontario’s Government is helping more farmers take action in Elgin-Middlesex-London to make their operations more environmentally sustainable and to boost water quality in the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watershed.


Today, Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, congratulated Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman, on a recent announcement of increased cost-share funding committed to farmers to help complete more than 300 on-farm projects to reduce phosphorus entering waterways connected to Lake Erie. The improvements come through the Lake Erie Agriculture Demonstrating Sustainability (LEADS) initiative, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.


Included among these are 18 projects in Elgin-Middlesex-London for the 2019-20 year. These local projects saw an investment under the Partnership of $138,462.16


Some examples of LEADS projects include:


  • Planting over-wintering cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses;
  • Planting vegetation and trees to provide a buffer between agricultural operations and waterways; and
  • Modifying equipment to improve management of agricultural nutrients and to reduce soil compaction.


“I am proud that our government is supporting Elgin-Middlesex-London farmers in their ongoing efforts to protect the watershed that we all call home,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “These projects demonstrate the critical role that agriculture plays in conservation efforts and supporting farmers in continued innovation is a great way to facilitate environmental sustainability.”


“Our farmers always have been careful stewards of the land and our government is pleased to support them in their actions to protect what matters most, such as water quality in the Lake Erie watershed,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Our government is committed to helping more farmers make changes through LEADS that will make their operations even more environmentally sustainable.”


LEADS programming under the Partnership builds on the substantial leadership that Ontario farmers in the Lake Erie watershed have demonstrated in taking action to improve local soil health and water quality.


To date, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to more than 1,150 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.