According to the USDA, approximately 97% of the US dairy industry is family owned and operated.  Consequently, the need for sustainable dairy practices and farm employee health are important considerations for the family farm.  Unsustainable diary practices have potential to adversely affect the next generation of farmers.

Copper sulfate build up in soils is a known problem.  Copper sulfate does not readily dissipate in soil as it has the highest binding properties of all minerals.  Excess copper accumulation has been proven to cause interveinal chlorosis in corn (see photo), as a result of excess copper tying up available iron, creating a nutrient deficiency.

This report comes from Perennia.  Perennia is a fully integrated agri-food and bio-resource company combining the resources of AgraPoint, the Atlantic Bioventures Centre and the Perennia Innovation Centre. As a crown agency, owned by the Province of Nova Scotia with the Minister of Agriculture as the sole shareholder.

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