The Ontario government is investing $7 million into projects which will increase environmentally friendly agricultural practices, the provincial government says in a news release on August 9.
“Agri-food research is key to strengthening Ontario’s agriculture sector — this advanced research is critical for our province to remaining a world leader in the industry,” Lisa Thompson, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, says in the release.
Through the Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Ontario government is supporting research projects in collaboration with the University of Guelph. These projects include:
- Evaluating how natural buffer strips to reduce the impact of agricultural practices on freshwater ecosystems
- Sssessing the capacity of communities to respond to rural and agricultural issues and identify best practices
- Examining pests, diseases and weeds impacting Ontario crops, developing integrated pest management practices, and examining crop genetics to improve varieties and disease resistance