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Lawrence MacAulay, right, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food looks over a willow-tree planting site with a member of a watershed protection group in P.E.I. (Photo: ©THE GUARDIAN/Submitted photo)

Feds fund research towards adoption of clean technologies and practices in P.E.I.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay today announced an investment of $895,000 to the East Prince Agri-Environment Association to study the beneficial environmental effects of planting willow trees along river banks, as part of potato growing systems in P.E.I.

This project with the East Prince Agri-Environment Association is one of 20 new research projects supported by the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership with universities and conservation groups across Canada. The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.

“Protecting the industry for future generations is the motivation behind the research partnerships formed by the East Prince Agri-Environment Association,” said Robert Green, chair of the association, in a news release. “We are very pleased to be working with the Kensington North Watersheds Association, the Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation and Researchers from Dalhousie University on this important project that will break new ground in promoting GHG mitigation in the agriculture industry.

The AGGP covers four priority areas of research: livestock systems, cropping systems, agricultural water use efficiency and agro-forestry. The new AGGP investments will continue to support the work of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, which brings together 47 countries to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions.


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