Ag in Motion kicks off today, it is the largest agricultural trade show in Western Canada, providing a venue for progressive farmers who want to see and experience the latest agricultural innovations. This year, visitors to the Ag in Motion site might notice some new environmental stewardship initiatives “AIM”ed at fighting the spread of clubroot and reducing waste. 

Vehicle Sanitation Baths

Soil transmission is the most common way to spread clubroot – often in the clumps of dirt on your vehicle or equipment tires. To help prevent the spread of clubroot, cars and trucks entering and exiting the Ag in Motion site will have their tires sprayed with a bleach solution at vehicle baths, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience. The sanitation bath, developed by Ag in Motion in partnership with Venlaw Manufacturing and Dwayne Enterprises, is the first of its kind to be used onsite to help mitigate the risk of clubroot.

To read more about the role sanitation plays in the fight against clubroot, check out this article from the October 2018 Communicator: Clubroot Emerging.

Waste Reduction

With the help of attendees, Ag in Motion and Cleanfarms are hoping to reduce the amount of waste produced by the event. Visitors are encouraged to use the site’s recycling bins for their beverage bottles and cans to ensure they make it to the recycling depot, rather than the landfill. As well, for the first time in the event’s five-year history, visitors are asked to take any leftover food to the Rotary tent. Volunteers will be on-hand to sort the waste for large-scale composting.

Cleanfarms, Canada’s leading agricultural stewardship organization, is best known for its empty container recycling program and unwanted pesticide and old livestock medication collection campaign. Click here to find out about the programs that Cleanfarms offers in each province.

CAAR executive director Mitch Rezansoff is attending Ag in Motion this week – watch for his takeaways from the show in a future edition of The CAAR Network.


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