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$34 million to support agricultural producers

Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec have announced 34 million to support farm businesses committed to improving their farming practices. This investment makes it possible to launch the third enrolment period of the Initiative ministérielle de rétribution des pratiques agroenvironnementales (Ministerial Initiative for the Rewarding of Agri-Environmental Practices). It will allow to support more than 1,200 new farm businesses, bringing the total to nearly 4,000, for a direct investment of $119 million.

The announcement was made today at Ferme Jocelyn Michon in Saint-Hyacinthe by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region. To take account of the impact of last summer's weather conditions on businesses' ability to implement certain practices, Minister Lamontagne also announced a change in the terms of payment of financial assistance. As a result, a complete deferral of payments of unused amounts has been granted.

As part of the new Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership 2023-2028, the federal government will contribute $24.1 million to the Initiative.

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