Canada invests in sustainable farming practices
February 4, 2022 by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
This week, Canadian agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the first wave of 60 approved projects under the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program. With $17.9 million for projects across Canada, farmers and agri-businesses will have access to the latest clean technologies. This will help farmers adapt to a changing climate and boost their long-term competitiveness, all while cutting emissions. This funding is focused on three priority areas: green energy and energy efficiency; precision agriculture; and the bioeconomy.
Bibeau virtually met with female-led Fermes Janor Inc. in Farnham, Quebec and was shown the new outdoor grain dryer and equipment made possible through ACT funding of up to nearly $421,000. This is one of nine ACT – Adoption Stream projects approved to date in Quebec, with federal investments in the province totalling up to almost $1.9 million so far.
Later this morning, Wendland Farms Ltd. in Waldheim, Saskatchewan met virtually with Minister Bibeau to showcase progress at its farm operation and its new high-efficiency grain dryer, made possible by ACT funding of up to more than $251,000. This project is one of 24 projects ready so far, with federal investments totaling up to almost $7.6 million to date across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Under the ACT Program, farmers and agri-businesses will have access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce GHG emissions and enhance their competitiveness.
Today’s announcement builds on the work already underway to help farmers reduce emissions and develop technology to adapt to climate change.