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Feds Announce Funding for Grain Drying Projects

The federal government is giving more than $22.2 million to support for 45 new projects related to adopting more efficient grain drying technology by farmers across Canada, a March 29 news release said. The funding is being provided through the Agricultural Clean Technology Program – Adoption Stream, which has now supported 99 grain dryer projects across the country at a cost of more than $37.1 million.

“Our goal is to help the Canadian agricultural sector innovate and adopt clean technologies. This investment in more efficient grain drying technology will help to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and leverage technology to be more resilient to climate change,” Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, said in the release.

Geerts Farms Ltd., a 26,000-acre family operated canola, wheat and oat farm in Kamsack, Sask. is receiving up to $2 million to purchase and install a new grain dryer and biomass boiler that’s powered by locally sourced wood waste, the release said. As a result, the use of propane in the drying process will be eliminated completely.

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