Research funding supports on-farm adoption of clean technologies and practices

University of Manitoba researchers were among several institutions to receive federal funding Friday supporting ongoing research under the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP).

Member of Parliament Terry Duguid (Winnipeg South) announced an investment of $1.9 million for a project with the University of Manitoba to study strategies for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) on Canadian cattle farms.

The research project is supported by the $27 million, five-year (2016-2021) Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP) intended to help create technologies, practices and processes to help the agricultural sector adjust to climate change and improve soil and water conservation by developing new farming practices and methods.

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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.

“The Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP) support will lead to improved environmental and economic sustainability for the Canadian cattle industry, and will ensure that policy development and consumer information is founded on the basis of sound science,” said Karin Wittenberg, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba in a release.

The University of Alberta received an investment of $3.7 million for three projects that will explore the environmental footprint of different cereal crops, cattle grazing systems, and shelterbelts.

In all, there were 20 new research projects funded from across Canada Friday that are that will help the farming sector become a world leader in the development and use of clean and sustainable agricultural technologies and practices, an AAFC release said.

The 20 new research projects supported by AGGP span from coast-to-coast, from the University of British Columbia to collaborative research with conservation groups in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. They range in scope from studying GHG emissions from blueberry, potato and forage crops in B.C. to planting willow trees in areas irrigated by rivers in the Atlantic as a means to sequester carbon.

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