Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 30, 2007 09:51 ET

Government of Canada Boosts Environmental Efforts in Island Agriculture

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - A dozen new projects, totalling $1,227,765 in federal funding, will help Prince Edward Island farmers make their operations more environmentally safe and sustainable.

The announcement was made today by Guy Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, on behalf of Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and P.E.I. Minister of Agriculture Neil LeClair.

"Farmers are important stewards of the environment and this government is committed to helping provide them with the tools they need to strengthen this role," said Parliamentary Secretary Lauzon. "These projects will provide farmers with the information to make better environmental choices on their farms."

The projects, funded under the Canada-Prince Edward Island National Water Program, include studies on methods to reduce nitrates in the water system, analysis of the Island's soil and water, and the development of detailed topography maps of Island farmland.

The provincial government is providing technical support and in-kind funding totalling $238,200 for the projects. Cavendish Farms is also providing in-kind support of $25,000.

"These projects will enable government and industry to strengthen on-going efforts to protect and enhance the quality of our environment," said Minister LeClair. "They will provide producers with the information they need to improve the sustainability and productivity of their operations."

The largest of the projects is a $750,000 initiative involving a scanning system called LiDAR (light detection and ranging). The system will use aircraft-mounted lasers to record elevation measurements that will be used to create more accurate topography maps to better identify soil erosion and run-off.

Current topographical maps measure elevation changes at two-metre contour intervals. LiDAR will be used to produce maps at 65-centimetre contour intervals, providing more information about the slopes, valleys and hills, big and small, that impact soil erosion and other environmental issues. These new maps will allow producers to make more informed decisions about environmental activities on their farms.

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Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    P.E.I. Department of Agriculture
    Wayne MacKinnon
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Patrick J. McCloskey
    Press Secretary