News Release Article from  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Helping Farmers to Adopt Sustainable Technologies and Practices

March 30, 2016 – Montreal, Quebec - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Government of Canada is investing $27 million to help producers find ways to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from their farming operations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay announced today.

The investment is part of the Government of Canada's ongoing efforts to help the sector be innovative, competitive and sustainable. The Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP) supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.

This new five-year investment (2016-2021) extends Canada's existing commitment to support the objectives of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

Quick facts

  • The initial AGGP investment (2011-16) provided $21 million for 18 projects undertaken by universities, provincial governments, research institutions and conservation groups.
  • These projects have resulted in innovative technologies and Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) in four priority areas for farmers: livestock systems, cropping systems, agricultural water use efficiency, and agro-forestry.
  • The Global Research Alliance is an alliance of 46 countries that collaborate on the research, development and extension of technologies and Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) to help farmers grow more food without increasing GHG emissions.

Quotes

"Canadian farmers are great stewards of the land. We are committed to helping them respond to climate change with investments that will make the agricultural sector a world leader in the development and use of clean and sustainable technology and practices."

- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"Farming and the production of the food we eat are at the core of human interaction with our environment. The Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program is a great example of how research and technological progress can help address climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farming will help support a more sustainable economy and build a greener future that will benefit all Canadians."

- Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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