August 23, 2017 – Winchester, ON – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key contributor to the Canadian economy
and the Government of Canada is committed to working with private sector partners
in developing new risk management tools that help farmers manage risk.
Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Francis Drouin, on behalf of
the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Winchester
today to announce a $997,654 investment for the South Nation Conservation Authority
to develop a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and
water information to help inform water management decisions.
The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water forecasting
model for the South Nation Watershed using "HydroGeoSphere", which is a Canadian
hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.
The platform will become a support to help guide producers' with water management
practices by predicting water events and providing an array of potential mitigation
"Our Government recognizes that Canadian farmers face risk every day in managing
their businesses. This investment is all about giving farmers the tools they need
to adjust their farms to a changing climate. Helping farmers be better informed
in making their water management decisions is good for the sector's sustainable
growth, good for farmers' bottom lines, and good for the Canadian economy." - Francis
Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell
"We're pleased to have this opportunity to develop state-of-the-art technology in
predictive modelling. This tool will enhance SNC's Flood Forecasting and Warning
and Low Water Response programs. Supplying the model with real-time data strengthens
the reliability of the forecasted watershed conditions and allows SNC to provide
advance notice for flood events and drought so farmers can prepare accordingly."
- Doug Thompson, SNC Past Chair
- South Nation Conservation is an agency established under the Conservation Authorities
Act of Ontario in 1947. It is one of Ontario's 36 Conservation Authorities, with
the mandate to protect and restore regional ecosystems. The authority manages 4,384
km2 of land in Eastern Ontario.
- This investment is being made through Growing Forward 2's, AgriRisk Program. The
AgriRisk Program supports the research and development as well as the implementation
and administration of new risk management tools for use in the agriculture sector.