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Norfolk County Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS Pilot) Norfolk County

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Vic Janulis; Bauke Vogelzang; Dave Levac, MPP for Brant

Vic Janulis; Bauke Vogelzang; Dave Levac, MPP for Brant

ALUS is greening agriculture in Norfolk County. ALUS, or Alternative Land Use Services, compensates farmers for putting in place environmentally sound practices. It is voluntary, developed by farmers and has achieved impressive results. Funds were raised from foundations, wildlife groups and government agencies to formally launch this pilot project. Twenty-eight farmers have active projects that range from planting trees and tall grasses on marginal farmland to preserving wetlands for bird habitat.  And word is spreading. Nearly 700 people have toured demonstration farms.  This program serves as a model that could be expanded across the province.

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