Feds invest in Ag. research projects at USask
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.