Canadian farmers will be able to receive support for adopting beneficial management practices which store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the federal government says in an August 12 news release.
The $200-million On-Farm Climate Action Fund targets three areas — cover cropping, nitrogen management and rotational grazing practices. Funding is being provided under Agricultural Climate Solutions and runs until 2024.
“This year has shown us how much Canadian farmers are now seeing and experiencing the effects of a changing climate on a daily basis. With today’s announcement, our government is helping farmers to be more resilient to changes in climate and to contribute to reducing the greenhouse gases that cause climate change,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in the release.
This fund provides an outcome-based approach in order to maximize new GHG emissions reductions. Activities through it are expected to reduce GHG emissions by up to two million tonnes by 2024, and one million tonnes per year afterwards, the release notes. A total of 792,000 hectares of land is projected to be bought under improved management practices through it.
As of August 11, the On-Farm Climate Action Fund is seeking proposals from potential delivery partners to redistribute the funds to farmers undertaking eligible activities, the release says. Delivery partners will need to propose a delivery plan which would best achieve the targeted outcomes.
For more information email [email protected]. The application process will run until Sept. 26, 2021.