Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre


Innovation: the path to sustainable development in the agro-industry

In 1991, the Government of Canada created the Eastern Canada Soil & Water Conservation Centre (ECSWCC) to address the needs expressed by the agro-industry and various affiliated organizations. It is now located in CCNB's Centre for excellence in agricultural and biotechnological sciences in Grand Falls.

The ECSWCC contributes to agro-industry innovation and sustainable development partnerships and professional collaborations with entrepreneurs and support agencies for the further development of the sector.  

Bilingual services offered throughout Atlantic Canada

  • Development and integration of technologies
  • Specialized technical assistance
  • Search for practical and economical solutions
  • Development of diagnostic as well as soil and water management tools
  • Organization of thematic conferences

Areas of expertise in research and agro-industrial services

  • Soil and water conservation
    • Application of best management practices
    • Soil, crop and nutrient management
    • Agricultural environment
    • Agroforestry
  • Independent and confidential review of environmental farm plans
  • Mapping, applied geomatics and precision agriculture

Soil and water conservation
For over twenty years, ECSWCC has worked on soil and water conservation in Atlantic Canada. The agriculture industry and various government agencies recognize it as a leader in this field. In particular, the Centre promotes beneficial sustainable practices for managing cultivated land in order to control soil erosion and degradation problems. These practices include contour farming, strip cropping, crop rotation and water runoff and erosion control systems. ECSWCC also has expertise in the management of crop nutrients and riparian buffer zones.

Agroforestry is the integration of trees into agricultural production systems. Over the years, the Centre has developed expertise in agroforestry, developing several sites for demonstrating agroforestry techniques in NB and PEI, including the management of windbreaks for blueberry farming on the Acadian Peninsula. The Centre also prepared a technical guide on agroforestry techniques and gave several training sessions for agricultural producers and extension officers in NB and PEI.

Independent and confidential review of environmental farm plans
Since 2005, the Centre has evaluated the environmental farm plans (EFP) done by New Brunswick's agricultural producers. The EFP helps producers develop a practical plan for managing their farms in way that is a socially acceptable, economically viable and in compliance with environmental standards. The Centre, which has up-to-date agri-environmental expertise, maintains a high level of confidentiality, integrity and impartiality throughout the evaluation process. To date, it has evaluated and approved almost one thousand EFPs. The Centre has also coordinated the development of the EFP manuals (paper and electronic formats) and agri-environmental management tools for all the Atlantic provinces. The electronic version of the EFP caught the attention of many Canadian provinces, the United States and certain foreign countries.

Field mapping, applied geomatics and precision agriculture
ECSWCC is able to perform field mapping of agricultural management practices using geographic information systems (GIS) in order to better manage the variability of farm land productivity. To do so, it uses applied geomatics and precision agriculture. Geomatics – the crossing of geography and computer science – is often used to find solutions to environmental problems. Geomatics combines all the tools and methods that help acquire, represent, analyze and integrate geographical data. Precision agriculture is an agricultural crop management system that is based on geomatics and serves to define, analyze and manage spatial and temporal variability in the fields in order to optimize their profitability and sustainability, while helping to protect the environment.

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Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre
160 Reservoir Street
Grand Falls, New Brunswick  E3Y 3W3
Telephone: 506-475-4040
Fax: 506-475-4030