Today, Marc G. Serré, who is a Member of Parliament, announced some important news. The government is providing funds, up to $31,796, to help the François Delorme farm in Verner. This particular farm grows various crops like soybeans, canola, oats, wheat, and corn.
This financial support will be used by the farm to acquire a special tool called a fertilizer spreader with variable rate technology. This tool uses a computerized map to accurately apply the right amount of nutrients to the crops.
By doing this, the farm can use less fertilizer, which is good for the environment because it reduces pollution. Additionally, it can save fuel by being more precise, ultimately cutting fuel consumption by half.
In the province of Ontario, many other farming projects have also received assistance from the government. A total of $44.5 million has been provided for 112 projects, and these include improvements in grain drying equipment.
The government’s main goal is to make farming practices more environmentally friendly. They’re providing financial support to develop and implement cleaner technologies for farms. This aligns with the government’s larger plan to make Canada more sustainable and reduce its impact on the environment.
Those involved in this initiative are pleased with the progress. Marc G. Serré expressed the government’s commitment to both reducing pollution and helping farms thrive.
François Delorme, the farm owner, expressed gratitude for the support, highlighting how it modernizes the farm’s operations while also benefiting the environment.
All of this falls within the broader strategy to enhance the country’s sustainability while also aiding the agricultural sector in becoming more eco-friendly.
“Across Northern Ontario, our Government is committed to working closely with farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop technology to prevent further climate change. By investing in local farming operations, like the François Delorme farm, we continue to establish the right building blocks to get to net zero by 2050.” – Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“Our goal is to help the Canadian agricultural sector innovate and adopt clean technologies. This investment in the adoption of new precision agriculture technology and equipment will help to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and leverage technology to mitigate climate change.” – The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“I would like to thank the Government of Canada for providing a program to help improve and modernize our farming practices, which helps us reduce our product inputs to keep us competitive in the global market. It will also help us reduce our emissions footprint and become more sustainable.” – François Delorme, Farm Operator, François Delorme Farm
- The ACT – Adoption Stream supports the adoption of clean technologies, with a priority on those that meaningfully reduce GHG emissions.
- Through the recently expanded ACT Program, current pollution levels are expected to be reduced by up to 0.8 megaton annually.
- As part of the Strengthened Climate Plan and the Emissions Reduction Plan the Government of Canada committed over $1.5 billion to accelerate the agricultural sector’s progress on reducing emissions and to remain a global leader in sustainable agriculture. This includes $495.7 million for the ACT Program.
- The 251 projects announced to date under the ACT Program total up to nearly $96.2 million and complement the work already underway to help farmers reduce carbon emissions and develop technology to adapt to climate change.
- Producers also have access to a comprehensive suite of business risk management (BRM) programs to help them manage significant risks that threaten the viability of their farm and are beyond their capacity to manage. This includes the core programs of AgriStability, AgriInsurance and AgriInvest.
- BRM programs are often the first line of support for producers facing disasters and farmers are encouraged to make use of these programs to protect their farming operation.