Sustainable use of agricultural land resources is the basis of agricultural production and the key to the success of Saskatchewan's livestock and crop production industries. Achieving sustainability requires proper integration and balance between the environmental health of the agro-ecosystem and economic goals. Saskatchewan strives toward improving or maintaining the health of the agro-ecosystem and the profitability of the agricultural sector.
The strategic goal of this theme area is the optimal use of natural resources while enhancing or maintaining the economic and environmental sustainability of Saskatchewan's soils and agro-ecosystems.
The two Chairs in the Soils and Environment theme are:
Soil Biological Processes – Drs. J. Diane Knight and Richard Farrell – Program Framework
Goal – To conduct research on the soil-plant relationship focusing on biological processes and outputs that will enhance environmental and economic sustainability of soil resources.
Soil Nutrient Management – Dr. Jeff Schoenau – Program Framework
- Goal – To conduct research to provide innovative solutions to soil nutrient management problems in order to ensure profitable crop production and the maintenance of soil quality and environmental stewardship.