Centreville, Nova Scotia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Farmers and agri-businesses in Atlantic Canada and across the nation are leaders in climate-smart agriculture, finding new ways to make their operations more sustainable. To help them continue towards a low-carbon economy, the Government of Canada is supporting the research, innovation and adoption of clean technologies, including a priority focus on advancing precision agriculture.
Today, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, the Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, Kody Blois, announced that the new $165.7‑million Agricultural Clean Technology Program is now open to applicants. MP Blois spoke during a virtual visit at Elmridge Farm, a third generation vegetable farm specializing in naturally-grown produce.
This new program provides farmers and agri-businesses with access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance their competitiveness. It will prioritize projects in three areas including precision agriculture, which employs technology to improve the sustainability, efficiency and productivity of agricultural operations.
The new program has two funding streams:
- The Adoption Stream will support the purchase and installation of proven clean technologies and solutions that show meaningful reductions in GHG emissions.
- The Research and Innovation Stream will support pre-market innovation including research, development, demonstration and commercialization of agricultural clean technologies.
The two-step intake process to apply launches today. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until funding has been fully committed or otherwise announced by the program. For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Research and Innovation Stream or Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Adoption Stream.
The Government of Canada’s strengthened climate plan supports the development and adoption of cleaner practices and technologies that further reduce GHG emissions and protect the land, water and air that farmers depend on for their long-term sustainability.Source : canada