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