BOSS: Best Optimization Scenario Selection
Helping Farmers Make Better Choices about Agronomic Best Management Practices (BMPs).
The goal of our Boss for Farms project is to develop an automated, user-friendly decision support tool to allow farmers to more easily find the right combination of BMPs to suit their individual field conditions when confronted with issues or simply to improve productivity. The stewardship needs of their region is becoming more and more the environmental driver and their compatibility must fit with economic goals.
In 2019, CFFO received $81,125 in funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) towards the first-year costs of the project. CFFO consulted members attending the 2019 CFFO Policy Tour in order to link local knowledge about practices like tillage, cover cropping and erosion control to OMAFRA’s Best Management Practices Series and emerging scientific research.
In 2020, CFFO received a further $401,150 in CAP cost-share funding having a total partnership value of $535,750. for phase two and three of the project: building and testing a decision-making tool for farmers that is field specific.
We are pleased to be partnering with the Ontario Farmers Federation (OFA) on this phase of the project. As funding is through OMAFRA, close linkage to key staff is to be utilized throughout these phases.
Further research and development support for the project will be provided by Agri-Food Economic Systems.
This project is funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assisted in the delivery of the Partnership in Ontario.