Part­ners in­vest in tech aid for farm sec­tor

Tribune Express - - NEWS -

Close to $1 mil­lion is going in­to a new pro­ject in Eas­tern On­ta­rio, to help far­mers in the re­gion with wa­ter ma­na­ge­ment needs for their lands.

The South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion Au­tho­ri­ty (SNC) is ta­king the lead in de­ve­lo­ping a hy­dro geo­lo­gic mo­del that will pro­vide far­mers in the South Na­tion Ri­ver wa­ter­shed re­gion with up-to-date in­for­ma­tion on wea­ther and wa­ter condi­tions that may af­fect their ope­ra­tions. The fe­de­ral Mi­nis­try of Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food is pro­vi­ding a $997,654 in­vest­ment in the SNC’s pro­ject, which will use a Ca­na­dian-de­si­gned hy­dro­lo­gic si­mu­la­tor which pre­dicts the mo­ve­ment of wa­ter on and through the ground.

“Our go­vern­ment re­co­gnizes that Ca­na­dian far­mers face risk eve­ry day in ma­na­ging their bu­si­nesses,” said Fran­cis Drouin, MP for Glen­gar­ry-Pres­cott-Rus­sell, du­ring the Aug. 23 news confe­rence an­noun­ce­ment of the pro­ject in Win­ches­ter. “This in­vest­ment is all about gi­ving far­mers the tools they need to ad­just their farms to a chan­ging cli­mate. Hel­ping far­mers be bet­ter in­for­med in ma­king their wa­ter ma­na­ge­ment de­ci­sions is good for the sec­tor’s sus­tai­nable growth, good for far­mers’ bot­tom lines, and good for the Ca­na­dian eco­no­my.”

The 15-month pro­ject will create an in­te­gra­ted ground­wa­ter-sur­face wa­ter fo­re­cas­ting mo­del for the South Na­tion Ri­ver wa­ter­shed. The pro­ject will use the Hy­droGeoS­phere, a piece of Ca­na­dian tech­no­lo­gy, as part of the ana­ly­sis and fo­re­cas­ting condi­tion mo­ni­to­ring and fo­re­cas­ting for the wa­ter­shed re­gion.

On re­con­nait, ci-des­sus, les par­ti­ci­pants au dé­voi­le­ment, le 23 août der­nier, d’un nou­veau pro­jet d’aide de haute tech­no­lo­gie pour les agri­cul­teurs lo­caux : San­dra Man­ci­ni, chef d’équipe, In­gé­nie­rie, SNC; Ka­the­rine Wat­son, spé­cia­liste des res­sources en eau, SNC; Bill Smirle, di­rec­teur de la SNC; Ron­da Boutz, chef d’équipe, Pro­jets spé­ciaux, SNC; To­ny Fra­ser, conseiller pour le com­té de North Dun­das; Fran­cis Drouin, dé­pu­té fé­dé­ral de Glen­gar­ry-Pres­cott-Rus­sell; An­dré Bris­son, conseiller de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té de Rus­sell; Doug Thomp­son, an­cien pré­sident de SNC; Cin­dy Sau­cier, conseillère de la mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té de Rus­sell; et Ger­ry Boyce, ad­joint au maire, can­ton de North Dun­das.

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