Federal funding for 20 research projects that aim to help Canadian farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions was announced on Friday.
Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was at the University of Alberta in Edmonton to highlight the work that will be done through the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), originally announced last year.
“These new investments are part of the government’s commitment to address climate change and ensuring our farming sector are world leaders in the use and development of clean and sustainable technology and processes,” said Macaulay.
He specifically announced $3.7 million for three projects at the University of Alberta that will focus on: developing a new grazing system for ranchers; investigating the use of perennial cereals over annual cropping systems; and, evaluating the environmental impact of shelterbelts and hedgerows.
Winnipeg MP Terry Duguid also announced $1.9 million for a project at the University of Manitoba that aims to create GHG mitigation strategy that “combines dietary and manure management practices to optimize nutrient efficiency at the animal, plant, and soil level, leading to a greater reduction in emissionsto study strategies for reducing greenhouse gases on Canadian cattle farms.”
The 20 research projects supported by AGGP span across the country, from the University of British Columbia to collaborative research with conservation groups in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, says the federal agriculture department. The list ranges from studying GHG emissions from blueberry, potato and forage crops in B.C. to planting willow trees in areas irrigated by rivers in the Atlantic as a means to sequester carbon.