Agri­cul­tural Clean Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram

The Glengarry News - - The Classified­s -

Ter­ry­land Farms near St-Eugène was the venue for fed­eral Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAu­lay’s an­nounce­ment of the Agri­cul­tural Clean Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram, a $25 mil­lion, three-year in­vest­ment to de­velop clean tech­nolo­gies that will help re­duce green­house gas emis­sions.

“To­day’s an­nounce­ment pro­vides sta­ble fund­ing to help the agri­cul­tural sec­tor move to­wards more sus­tain­able prac­tices. These funds will help farm­ers across the coun­try to adopt means of pro­duc­tion that are both en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and more ef­fi­cient. Ter­ry­land Farms is a per­fect ex­am­ple of what can be achieved with sus­tain­able and clean tech­nol­ogy prac­tices,” said Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell MP Fran­cis Drouin.

“This in­vest­ment will help Cana­dian farm­ers stay on the cut­ting edge of clean tech­nol­ogy by tar­get­ing de­vel­op­ments in bio­prod­ucts and pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture. Our gov­ern­ment has made both agri­cul­ture and clean tech­nol­ogy a pri­or­ity for growth in our econ­omy. This new pro­gram will con­trib­ute to Canada’s place as a world leader in agri­cul­tural clean tech­nol­ogy, help­ing farm­ers to de­velop new and ef­fi­cient uses of en­ergy, while also pro­tect­ing our en­vi­ron­men­tal re­sources and mit­i­gat­ing cli­mate change,” com­mented Mr. MacAu­lay.

Since 2007, Ter­ry­land Farms has been sell­ing re- new­able en­ergy to Hy­dro One. The power is gen­er­ated by anaer­o­bic di­gester.

Ter­ry­land was the first farm in On­tario to sell elec­tric­ity to the grid with this type of sys­tem. Since 2010, elec­tric­ity pro­duced by 520 so­lar pan­els has also been sold to Hy­dro One.

The Agri­cul­tural Clean Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram is part of the gov­ern­ment’s suite of clean tech­nol­ogy pro­grams and ini­tia­tives an­nounced in the most re­cent bud­get.

Farm­ers will get help to adopt en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and ef­fi­cient meth­ods.

Statis­tics Canada es­ti­mates there are over a quar­ter of a mil­lion clean tech jobs in Canada, with an aver­age salary of over $90,000.

The pro­gram will launch April 1; a pro­gram guide will be avail­able in the com­ing weeks.

The new ini­tia­tive will com­ple­ment AAFC’s $27 mil­lion Agri­cul­tural Green­house Gases Pro­gram (AGGP), which sup­ports re­search into green­house gas mit­i­ga­tion prac­tices and tech­nolo­gies that can be adopted on the farm.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

CLEAN EN­ERGY: Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Lawrence MacAu­lay with Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell MP Fran­cis Drouin.

RICHARD MA­HONEY PHOTO

SNACK TIME: Wild tur­keys have flour­ished since the once rare species was re-in­tro­duced to east­ern On­tario in the 1980s. Num­ber­ing an es­ti­mated 70,000 in the prov­ince, the big birds are not picky when it comes to their diet. They will eat berries, small...

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.