Every 2 years, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) sponsors a farm-level survey to track changes in adoption of environmentally sustainable agriculture (ESA) practices in Alberta. Results from the Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Tracking Survey (ESATS) provide valuable information about ESA progress in Alberta. Survey results also help government improve ESA programs and activities to encourage producers to adopt environmentally sustainable agriculture practices.
Key environmental issues examined in the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 surveys were:
- soil conservation
- management practices that impact water quality and/or quantity
- wildlife habitat conservation
- grazing management
- manure management
- agricultural waste management
- energy and climate change
- general practices
In 2016 and 2018, additional survey areas explored included awareness of various decision support resources.
2018 ESATS report
New to the 2018 ESATS is a section that further explores awareness and readiness of Alberta producers to meet current and emerging sustainability initiatives with expectations on agricultural production systems.
Kynetec Canada, an agriculture market research company, conducted a telephone survey with a random and representative sample of 500 Alberta agricultural producers between January 2 and 21, 2018. The final data were weighted to ensure the overall sample’s regional and gross farm sales composition reflects that of actual farm distribution in Alberta based on the 2016 Census of Agriculture. With a sample of 500, results are considered accurate to within plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had the entire population of Alberta farms been surveyed.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry thanks the 500 Alberta producers who participated in the 2018 survey and the AF staff who provided input on the survey questions.
The 2018 Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture Tracking Survey Report presents key results from the 2018 survey. Information about farm practices relates to the 2017 production year, while information about awareness and use of decision-making tools and resources and sustainability initiatives pertain to 2018.
See also the 2018 ESATS webinar below.