How We Affect Public Policy
There is strength in numbers. To make meaningful, long-term change, Agrium can’t do it alone. We recognize that sustainable development is a multi-dimensional, global issue and any progress we make in this area needs to come from broad stakeholder support.
What We’re Doing
Engagement with Regulators
We constructively engage with governments, either alone or through our industry associations, to help develop solutions to emerging regulatory issues. In addition to discussions on greenhouse gas regulations, we are actively engaging on discussions around how to best protect water quality and supply.
In the past few years we’ve been championing widespread adoption of the nitrous oxide reduction protocol, which can be used to reduce on-farm emissions in a quantifiable and verifiable way. Alberta has adopted this protocol and many jurisdictions worldwide are now considering adoption.
We have also engaged with governments on food security, farm safety, innovation, immigration and employment, environmental issues, and product safety and security. Interactions are disclosed in compliance with jurisdictional regulations.
Work with Industry Associations
We work with industry associations and multi-stakeholder groups to create effective stewardship programs that are science-based. Agrium has been a major contributor to developing the 4Rs—applying the right source of nutrient, at the right rate, right place and right time. The system has been adopted by many of the major fertilizer associations worldwide. These associations are now working with researchers, governments and NGOs to establish educational programming, best practice research and measurement systems to support long-term implementation of 4R.