It's the ELA again, but for agriculture. And it's wrong.

This one strikes close to home for me - close enough that I need to come out of hibernation.

I am but one generation away from the farm. My father grew up on a farm, and his first degree is in agriculture. The first time he came to visit me after I moved to Ottawa he expressed the importance of the work done on the experimental farm. His main point was that there are very very few places in the world where you have the decades of data on what was done to soil, and how the chemical makeup changed. The data traces not only the man-made inputs, but also the environmental ones.

And it's about to be lost.

Topp, who continued to work on his experiments without pay for several years after retiring, said his work involved measuring the impact of low tilling or no tilling methods on carbon, water and other aspects of the soil as a means of improving its quality, something that is crucial to feed a growing population. Carbon, which is vital to feed plants, is depleted when the soil is repeatedly tilled.

Please understand. Like the the loss of the Experimental Lakes Area, the loss of this part of the Experimental Farm is irreplaceable. This data spans decades - you can't just start it up elsewhere and expect the same value. The value is not in what happens one year to the next. The value is the changes over decades.

This is not simply  "heritage site." It's more than that. It is a working experiment that has economic, environmental, and social benefits that belie it's size. 

We can't afford to lose it.