Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 17, 2011 14:52 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Sustainable Agriculture Technology

SAINT-BENOÎT-DU-LAC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2011) - The Government of Canada, industry and academia are partnering to enhance producer profitability through green agriculture technologies. Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced an investment of over $900,000 to the Eastern Townships Forest Research Trust to study how agroforestry systems can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our top priority remains the economy, and we recognize the vital role agriculture plays in keeping Canada's economy strong," said Minister Paradis. "Our government is committed to providing farmers with the tools and knowledge they need to protect the environment while growing their business."

The Eastern Townships Forest Research Trust will examine how agroforestry - an integrated approach of planting trees and shrubs on farms - can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. This project will assess the benefits of biomass production on agricultural land, potentially creating economic opportunities for farmers in the process.

"This investment from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada confirms the importance of the agroforestry work we've been doing in Southern Quebec for the last 20 years," said Dr. Benoit Truax, trustee and executive director of the Eastern Townships Forest Research Trust. "The results we obtain will allow us to broaden our knowledge of carbon sequestration provided by planting poplar trees along riverbeds and on abandoned agricultural land, while supporting the use of these reforestation techniques for producers across Canada under the framework of a sustainable management of agriculture."

Funding for this project is through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a five-year, $27-million initiative that focuses on the development of on-farm greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. The AGGP will provide funding to various partners across Canada to investigate innovative mechanisms, tools and approaches to provide real solutions for the agriculture sector.

The AGGP represents Canada's initial contribution to the Global Research Alliance, an international network of more than 30 member-countries that will coordinate and increase agricultural research on greenhouse gas mitigation and make new mitigation technologies and beneficial management practices available to farmers. For more information on the Global Research Alliance, visit

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Margaux Stastny
    Director of Operations
    The Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis