Farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have received over $66 million from the federal government to help them adopt sustainable farming practices and clean technologies, a March 17 news release says.
“The fight against climate change is not only about reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, but also helping farmers to innovate and adopt more sustainable farming practices,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, says in the release. “Together, we will continue to do what is necessary to protect our environment and provide farmers with the support needed to make their operations more sustainable for future generations.”
The Manitoba Association of Watersheds will receive up to $40 million to provide knowledge, tools, skills and financial incentives that aim to help farmers to adopt and deploy real, measurable and practical climate solutions across Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the area of rotational grazing, nitrogen management and cover cropping, the release says. The Canola Council of Canada will deliver up to $22 million to work with farmers across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to increase canola yields while reducing nitrous oxide emissions.
The release notes both groups will distribute funding through individual application intakes. There’s also 10 other projects which have been approved so far across Manitoba under the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program, at over $4.4 million.
Its expected supported activities will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to two million tonnes by 2024, while improving the health and resiliency of farmers soil.