Government of Canada Supports Innovative Research into Sustainable Agriculture
17 Nov, 2017, 17:45 ET
DELTA, BC, Nov. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Farmers know the importance of keeping the land, water and air healthy to sustain their farms from one generation to the next. They also know that a clean environment and a strong economy go hand-in-hand.
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta and Minister of Public Services and Procurement, today announced a $1.8 million investment with the University of British Columbia to determine carbon sequestration and GHG emissions, and develop beneficial management practices (BMPs) for increasing the efficiency of fertilizer use in blueberry, potato and forage crops.
This project with the University of British Columbia is one of 20 new research projects supported by the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership with universities and conservation groups across Canada. The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.
"Science and innovation will be our greatest allies in helping the agriculture industry to meet the challenges of climate change. Climate change and sustainability are key priorities for our government and this project with the University of British Columbia will help farmers adopt sustainable practices that will strengthen local farms and protect the planet."
- The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta and Minister of Public Services and Procurement
"This project will provide new science-based knowledge on net GHG emissions by accurately measuring GHG emissions and developing mitigation technologies for blueberry, potato and forage crops in the Lower Fraser Valley. The research team will use state-of-the-art instrumentation and automated measurement techniques to quantify annual GHG emissions. While the specific research objectives are targeted to fill regionally identified gaps in knowledge, they will be applicable more broadly to similar agricultural production systems across Canada and Global Research Alliance member countries."
- Dr. Rickey Yada, Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC
- The Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program 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 (GRA) on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, which brings together 49 countries to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Minister MacAulay's announcement of 20 new AGGP projects (Apr. 21, 2017)
- Minister MacAulay's announcement renewing AGGP (Mar. 30, 2016)
- Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program
- Global Research Alliance
- UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
- The 20 new research projects supported by the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program 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 irrigation practices that can help reduce GHG emissions in B.C. to planting willow trees in areas irrigated by rivers in the Atlantic as a means to sequester carbon.
- The UBC research, which will engage farmers in Delta, is expected to quantify and mitigate GHG emissions in agriculture, leading to improved crop yields while using less nitrogen fertilizer, thereby benefiting producers in Canada and other GRA member-nations.
- UBC is a global centre for research and teaching with more than 60,000 students, 5,000 faculty and 10,000 staff. With a $2.3 billion annual operating budget, UBC has 1,261 research projects with industry partners, and 1,095 research contracts and agreements with government and non-profits. Agriculture was one of three founding faculties at UBC, along with Arts and Science, with the first students enrolled in 1917; the faculty is currently known as the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS), and is committed to sustainable agricultural and food production, environmental protection, and climate change mitigation.
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SOURCE Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Halifax
For further information: Guy Gallant, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, 613-773-1059; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 613-773-7972, 1-866-345-7972
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