Dal AC receives research funding from the federal government

The federal government has announced 20 research projects meant to help in the development and use of clean and sustainable agricultural technologies and practices.

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in Edmonton for the announcement, where the University of Alberta received $3.7 million dollars for three projects that will explore the environmental footprint of different cereal crops, cattle grazing systems and shelterbelts.

Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey announced a $1.7 million investment through the Dalhousie Agriculture Campus.

The funding will be used, in part, to study the carbon gas storage capacity of soil, overall soil health, and how that could be used to help mitigate climate change.

The new research projects are supported by the $27 million, five-year Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program.

The program is intended to help create technologies, practices and processes to help the agricultural sector adjust to climate change and improve soil and water conservation by developing new farming practices and methods.

(With files from The Canadian Press)