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Ottawa invests $8.5 M to help farmers in Atlantic Canada adopt sustainable practices

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The federal government will invest up to $8.5 million under the On-Farm Climate Action Fund for Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. (Perennia). These funds are aimed at helping farmers across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador adopt sustainable farming practices to build climate change resilience.

Based in Kentville, N.S., Perennia is an agency that the feds say has supported growth, innovation and economic development of the province’s agriculture sector for over 20 years. Perennia will distribute the funding through individual application intakes to help farmers adopt on-farm beneficial management practices (BMPs) for cover cropping, nitrogen management and rotational grazing. Perennia is expected to distribute funds over the coming months to farmers from its first call for applications that closed at the end of July 2022. A second intake is anticipated to open in October 2022.

Under this project, Perennia will purportedly develop a suite of educational courses and peer-to-peer learning to help farmers with the adoption and implementation of BMPs and offer training to empower farmers to become experts in these GHG-reducing practices.

Quick facts from the Government of Canada:

  • Canada’s agriculture sector currently accounts for 10 per cent of Canada’s GHG emissions and has the potential to play a key role in reducing national GHG emissions and improving climate resiliency.
  • The On-Farm Climate Action Fund is part of the Government of Canada’s Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) program to help farmers tackle climate change, and falls under the $4 billion Natural Climate Solutions Fund managed by Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
  • On February 22, 2022, Bibeau announced funding of up to $182.7 million for 12 recipient organizations, including Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc., to deliver the On-Farm Climate Action Fund across Canada.
  • In addition to the On-Farm Climate Action Fund, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada launched the $185-million ACS – Living Labs stream in 2021 to support carbon sequestration and GHG emission reduction.
  • Canada has joined over 120 countries in committing to net-zero emissions by 2050, including all other G7 nations (United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Italy, France and Japan).

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