Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada recently launched a $25-million, three-year program that aims to fund provinces and territories for clean technology projects that are expected to run from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021. Under the Agriculture Clean Technology (ACT) Program, the federal government will provide non-repayable contributions for projects that will help the agricultural sector reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the development and adoption of clean tech. The funds are expected to create jobs in clean tech and address Canada’s climate change commitments. Fund recipients are encouraged to work with industry in the areas of precision agriculture and/or bioproducts, or products and agriculture technologies that can help farmers make efficient use of energy while protecting the environment. ACT funding is being made available through the Innovation and Skills Plan. It complements AAFC’s ongoing Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP) that also helps farmers mitigate (GHG) emissions. Aside from supporting provinces, territories and municipal governments, AGGP also supports not-for-profits, academia and aboriginal groups.
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