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International Year of Plant Health

By Miranda Burski, Communications Consultant

January 2020

field with flax growing

Plant health has far-reaching consequences, from human health to the state of international market access. To spread awareness of importance of plant health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health.

As the world's leading exporter of several crops – including durum, lentils and peas – Saskatchewan's farmers make protecting the health of their crops a top priority. Every day, they make management decisions that affect their plants' disease resistance, influence whether or not weeds will make their way into a field, or protect their crops from insects. And every day, these decisions affect the health and well-being of consumers around the globe.

The Ministry of Agriculture supports farmers in this work by providing agronomic advice, as well as program support. We'll be celebrating alongside the United Nations by regularly sharing International Year of Plant Health content relevant to Saskatchewan producers here on Sask Ag Now.

To learn more about International Year of Plant Health and how you can get involved, visit the United Nations website.

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