Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

September 13, 2011 09:34 ET

Government of Canada Supports Canadian Farmers Through Green Research

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2011) - Canadian farmers will benefit from a partnership between the Government of Canada, industry and universities across Canada to boost producer profitability through green agriculture technologies. Today, MP Scott Armstrong (Cumberland - Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley), on behalf of Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz, announced an investment of over $850,000 to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College to study and develop on-farm tools for applying nitrogen.

"Our Government's top priority is the economy, and Canada's agriculture industry plays a vital role in helping to keep our economy strong," said MP Armstrong. "Through this investment, the Government of Canada is ensuring a more profitable, sustainable and green future for the agriculture sector that will benefit farmers, industry, and the environment."

The Nova Scotia Agricultural College will use the investment to advance and develop greenhouse gas mitigation technologies that will allow producers to understand and apply nitrogen in a more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner, thereby reducing its impact on air and water quality. This will lead to better soil fertility, reduced nitrous oxide emissions, and a decrease in other environmental impacts, such as water contamination.

"Problem-solving research which addresses the environmental issues facing agriculture is critical to the future sustainability of the industry," said NSAC Co-President Dr. Bernie MacDonald. "It is this kind of innovative research that contributes greatly to our ability to support healthy, sustainable communities. We are very grateful to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and its Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program for their investment in our people and our programs."

Funding for this project is through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AAGP), a five-year, $27-million initiative that focuses on the development of on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) 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 (GHG) mitigation and make new mitigation technologies and beneficial management practices available to farmers. For more information on the Global Research Alliance, visit www.globalresearchalliance.org

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059