Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 02, 2007 11:07 ET

Secretary of State Paradis Announces $228,000 in Funding to Improve Environmental Farm Management Practices in Quebec and New Brunswick

SAINT-HYACINTHE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced $228,000 in financial support from Canada's New Government for the Federation de l'UPA de Saint-Hyacinthe, for a project to improve farm stewardship practices in Quebec and New Brunswick.

"This project to prevent farmland erosion will have a significant, immediate impact on water quality. As well, by the end of the project, farmers will be able to carry out corrective measures using geomatic tools and regional technology," said the Secretary of State, as he recognized the work of the Federation regionale de l'UPA de Saint-Hyacinthe and its partners.

The project will analyze erosion in two watersheds located in Quebec (Yamaska River) and New Brunswick (Black Brook), as well as promote technology transfer to speed up the adoption of beneficial management practices by farmers in these regions.

The project is led by the Federation de l'UPA de Saint-Hyacinthe and its producers, who are working with the Comite du Bassin versant de la riviere Yamaska, the Conseil de conservation des sols de l'Est du Canada, Geomont and the Institut de recherche et de developpement en agroenvironnement, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Quebec Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

The federal funding is being provided under the Greencover Canada program. With a budget of $110 million over five years, the initiative aims to help farmers improve their pasture management methods, protect water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as increase biodiversity and enhance wildlife habitats. This funding is part of a special national investment in projects involving multiple provinces.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office of the Secretary of State
    Mark Quinlan
    Director of Communications