Feds in­vest in Ag. re­search projects at USask

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Farm News - CONTRIBUTED

Farm­ers know the im­por­tance of keep­ing the land, wa­ter and air healthy to sus­tain their farms from one gen­er­a­tion to the next. The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is proud to in­vest in re­search that will help farm­ers and live­stock pro­duc­ers have a ben­e­fi­cial im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment, while con­tin­u­ing to grow the econ­omy.

Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAu­lay, an­nounced Nov. 15 sup­port for three cut­ting-edge projects by re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Saskatchewan's (USask) Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Biore­sources, School of En­vi­ron­ment and Sus­tain­abil­ity and the Global In­sti­tute for Wa­ter Se­cu­rity, to help the agri­cul­ture sec­tor re­duce its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

Sup­porte is through a $3.4 mil­lion in­vest­ment through the Agri­cul­tural Green­house Gases Pro­gram (AGGP), to con­duct re­search into green­house gas (GHG) mit­i­ga­tion prac­tices and tech­nolo­gies that can be adopted.

Stud­ies through this fund­ing in­clude re­searchers look­ing at dif­fer­ent pas­ture man­age­ment prac­tices, and test­ing dif­fer­ent mix­tures of for­age plants, that would re­duce the amount of GHG's re­leased into the air. An­other study will help farm­ers de­cide on the best op­tions for plant­ing shel­ter­belts, in­clud­ing both farm­yard and field shel­ter­belts, to re­duce GHG emis­sions.

Re­searchers are also look­ing at ways to re­duce GHG re­leased from wa­ter stor­age reser­voirs as part of an over­all on-farm wa­ter man­age­ment plan.

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