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PEI farmer receives recognition from ALUS

May 5, 2009  By Fruit & Vegetable

Souris potato farmer Peter Townshend is the first recipient of a provincial payment under P.E.I.’s Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program.

Townshend, a veteran farmer and winner of awards for his environmental work, was presented with a cheque from the ALUS program in a recent ceremony at Province House in Charlottetown.

Townshend Potato Company, a family farm operated by Peter and Lynn Townshend, was the 2007 winner of the Gilbert R. Clements Award for Excellence in Environmental Farm Planning. This award is given annually to a farm enterprise that is economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible in the production of high quality food from a sustainable system.


The ALUS program, announced in P.E.I. in early 2008, provides farmers and landowners with financial incentives to carry out environmental services that go beyond the minimum standards mandated by provincial regulation.

So far, more than 125 ALUS applications have come in from across P.E.I. requesting support for land and water protection projects that affect fields totaling roughly 50,000 acres. Eligible projects range from enhanced buffer zones to anti-erosion structures and retirement of high-sloped lands from annual crop production.

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