Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 30, 2007 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces $740,000 for Nova Scotia Biofuels and Ecological Projects

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - Nova Scotia farmers will benefit from $740,000 in funding for six important projects studying biofuels and environmental farm practices. The announcement was made today at the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture's Annual General Meeting by Guy Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

"This government is standing up for farmers in Nova Scotia and across Canada by making sure they can get in on the ground floor of the emerging biofuels industry," said Parliamentary Secretary Lauzon. "We also recognize farmers as important stewards of our environment."

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture will receive more than $511,000 for an Ecological Goods and Services (EG&S) pilot project. The Federation will establish a value for agri-environmental activities, such as the development of wetlands, which will benefit both farmers and the community. The project will also determine a potential payment to farmers who undertake these activities to help offset costs and encourage more environmental action.

The pilot project is receiving in-kind support from the Nova Scotia Departments of Agriculture and the Environment, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Town of Stewiacke and the St. Andrews Watershed Advisory Committee.

"Nova Scotia's agriculture industry has invested in and has become the leader in environmental farm planning initiatives in Canada," said Member of the Legislative Assembly Karen Casey, who participated on behalf of Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor. "This project will further demonstrate the benefits of that investment and will expand the adoption of best management practices."

"It is widely recognized that certain public objectives such as enhancement and protection of biodiversity, environmental protection, leisure and even the aesthetics of the landscape can and do profit from the agricultural industry," said Frazer Hunter, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.

Five Nova Scotia projects totalling $228,093 are also being funded under the Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI), which is administered by Agri-Futures Nova Scotia. These projects aim to boost alternative fuel production and open up market opportunities for farmers. The feasibility studies will help determine the potential of alternative fuel production in Nova Scotia.

"We're pleased to help these five local firms study new and interesting ways to produce biofuels in our own back yards," said Jean Ward, Chair of Agri-Futures Nova Scotia. "There are a lot of clever ideas out there just waiting to be harnessed."


Nova Scotia Ecological Goods and Services Pilot Project

Ecological Goods and Services (EG&S) are the positive environmental benefits that Canadians derive from healthy ecosystems, including clean water and air, and enhanced biodiversity. Agriculture is both a beneficiary and a provider of EG&S. For example, the viability of farming depends on ecosystem processes like soil renewal, climate regulation, and precipitation. At the same time, well-managed agricultural lands can provide benefits to broader society such as the protection of fish and wildlife habitat, preservation of scenic views, and purification of air and water through natural processes.

In Nova Scotia, $511,569 will go to the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture to determine a value for environmental activities and assign a potential payment for farmers undertaking these activities. It is one of the eight EG&S pilot projects being carried out across the country that will assist in measuring the feasibility of various approaches to environmental stewardship.

Specifically, this project will:

- Survey Nova Scotia's farming community to assess costs and benefits and determine potential impact on farmers;

- Enhance the St. Andrews River watershed through delivery of EG&S by all farms within the watershed; and

- Assess the benefits of liming agricultural lands adjacent to watershed waterways.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is working with provincial and territorial governments to develop a framework for policies that are good for agriculture and that provide environmental benefits for all Canadians. Key elements of this work include research and pilot projects supported through the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program. These pilot projects will help AAFC and its provincial and territorial partners build a common understanding necessary in order to develop effective policies.

Last spring the Prime Minister announced a $225 million investment in a national campaign to acquire and preserve ecologically sensitive land. Recognized conservation groups will be identified to work towards this common goal. In addition, tax exemptions announced during Budget 2006 for donations of ecologically sensitive lands provide further incentives for Canadians to help preserve our environment.


BOPI Projects in Nova Scotia

The Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI) is a two-year $20 million commitment by the Government of Canada designed to provide farmers and rural communities with opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, increased Canadian biofuel production.

BOPI is part of the government's strategy to reach a target of increasing the average renewable content in all Canadian transportation fuel to five per cent by 2010 and intent to regulate a two per cent requirement for renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil by 2012.

The Government of Canada has announced five projects in Nova Scotia that will contribute to a healthier environment in the province while creating new market opportunities for farmers. These projects include:

- $78,000 to ACA Cooperative to produce biodiesel from poultry litter and poultry processing waste;

- $56,000 to Fundy Biofuels Inc. for an ethanol marketing study;

- $45,000 to West Nova Agro-Commodities Ltd. for an assessment and business plan on revenue streams for waste generated by biofuels production in the use of a variety of waste in the Annapolis Valley;

- $43,750 to L and M Farm Holdings to study the feasibility of a 200,000 litre/year ethanol plant using carrot and potato waste, oat, barley and corn grains;

- $5,343 to SF Rendering to determine the capital costs to process Atlantic-produced canola into bio-diesel.

All five BOPI projects are delivered by Agri-Futures Nova Scotia.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Patrick J. McCloskey
    Press Secretary
    Agri-Futures Nova Scotia
    Jean Ward