Canada invests C$17.9M in green technology for farmers

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Canada is investing up to C$17.9 million in clean technology for farmers across the country, as the agricultural and agri-food sector of the country is at the forefront of climate change. Therefore, the investment announced today by the Canadian government intends to take climate action and to build a healthier environment for workers and people across the country.

Firstly, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the first wave of 60 approved projects under the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program. The ACT program will support Canadian farmers by increasing their access to the latest clean technologies.

Moreover, the projects will help farmers adapt to a changing climate and boost their long-term competitiveness; all while cutting emissions. The investment will focus on three propriety areas: green energy and energy efficiency; precision agriculture; and the bioeconomy.

In addition, under the ACT program, farmers and agri-businesses will have access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce GHG emissions and enhance their competitiveness.

Furthermore, according to the statement, the ACT program has 24 projects ready; with federal investments totaling up to almost $7.6 million to date across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

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Canada advancing clean energy solutions for farmers and agri business

In fact, this Thursday morning, Minister Bibeau virtually met with female-led Fermes Janor Inc. in Farnham, Quebec. The meeting was to show the Minister the new outdoor grain dryer and equipment made possible through ACT funding of up to nearly $421,000. This is indeed one of the nine projects approved to date in Quebec. Federal investments in the province are already up to $1.9 million so far.

On the other hand, later in the day, Wendland Farms Ltd. in Waldheim, Saskatchewan met virtually with Minister Bibeau to showcase progress at its farm operation; its new high-efficiency grain dryer, made possible by ACT funding of up to more than $251,000.

At the same time, today’s announcement builds on the work already underway to help farmers reduce emissions and develop technology to adapt to climate change. Minister Bibeau said about the matter. “The Government of Canada is working together with agricultural producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program helps them acquire more energy-efficient equipment and adopt innovative solutions to make their practices more sustainable.”

Finally, she said. “These investments build resilience to climate change and meet consumer expectations. A green recovery includes working closely with our Quebec farmers. To achieve this, we need to implement practices that address greenhouse gas emissions.”

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