June 6, 2017 – Kelowna, British Columbia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Farmers know the importance of keeping the land, water and air healthy to sustain
their farms from one generation to the next. They also know that a clean environment
and a strong economy go hand-in-hand.
Member of Parliament Stephen Fuhr (Kelowna — Lake Country) today announced a $1.4
million investment with the University of British Columbia to identify irrigation
practices that can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while increasing
nitrogen and carbon storage in soil.
This project with the University of British Columbia is one of 20 new research projects
supported by the $27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership
with universities and conservation groups across Canada. The program supports research
into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on
- The AGGP covers four priority areas of research: livestock systems, cropping systems,
agricultural water use efficiency and agro-forestry.
- The new AGGP investments will continue to support the work of the Global Research
Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, which brings together 47 countries to
find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions.
"Canadian farmers are great stewards of the land and the environment. These new
investments are part of the government's commitment to addressing climate change
and ensuring our farmers are world leaders in the use and development of clean and
sustainable technology and processes." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture
"Science and innovation will be the greatest allies in helping the agriculture industry
to meet the challenges of climate change. Climate change and sustainability are
key priorities for the government and this project with the University of British
Columbia will help farmers adopt sustainable practices that will strengthen farm
businesses and protect the planet." - Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament (Kelowna
- Lake Country)
"We are looking at whether irrigation causes an increase or decrease in the storage
of carbon and nitrogen in soil. Irrigation is essential to produce enough food to
feed the growing global population, but we do not yet know enough about its effect
on soil carbon storage. This study will start to give us a better idea, and hopefully
lead to irrigation strategies to help retain more carbon and nitrogen in the soil."
- Dr. Melanie Jones, Professor, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus
"We are delighted by this opportunity to collaborate with regional partners such
as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Summerland Research and Development Centre,
the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and the Interior Health Authority. Thank you to
the Government of Canada for its continued support of ground-breaking agricultural
and climate change mitigation research at UBC." - Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
and Principal, University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus