Ag Notes

On-farm biogas receives funding

The federal government is investing up to $116,800 for the Canadian Biogas Association to assist with sustainable agriculture programs.

With funding of up to $28,800 from the Agricultural Clean Technology Program, the CBA launched a campaign to help farmers learn more about biogas.

As part of the campaign, the CBA launched FarmingBiogas.ca, a new website with resources to help farmers evaluate the opportunities of biogas, including a self-assessment tool, answers to key questions and profiles of on-farm biogas plants in Canada.

It also includes a checklist and links to biogas equipment suppliers and technical advisers.

The CBA also received $88,000 under the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program to identify agricultural resources across Canada and assess the potential for renewable natural gas development by region.

It plans to use this information to create a guide for agricultural stakeholders outlining new and emerging renewable natural gas opportunities.

CCA mentorships receive sponsor

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has announced Alltech as a gold level sponsor of the CCA’s Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program.

Alltech’s investment will provide program participants ages 18-35 across Canada with opportunities for networking, mentorship and leadership-skill building.

The sponsorship includes the opportunity for young leaders to participate in the annual global industry event, ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference.

Since established in 2010, the program has seen more than 120 graduates.

Gateway Research receives combine funding

The Western Grains Research Foundation is investing $293,492 at the Gateway Research Organization to buy a new combine.

The Gateway Research Organization is a producer-run, not-for-profit applied agricultural research association serving counties in north-central Alberta.

The new machine replaces a 26-year-old plot combine used for crop research and agronomy projects.

The newer and safer combine will improve efficiency in research data collection.

4-H Canada unveils science fair winners

4-H Canada announced three winners of the 4-H Canada Science Fair, held online this month.

The young scientists will compete at the Canada-wide science fair in May.

The 4-H Canada Science Fair is the annual program providing 4-H youth members with an opportunity to advance their skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Science projects covered a diverse set of topics from environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture to innovative technologies and consumer behaviours.

The science fair winners are:

  • Sophie F., British Columbia — Leaf-Debrief: an Innovative Nitrogen Detector for Rice Paddies Using Machine Learning
  • Mark N., Alberta — A Corrosion Comparison of Agriculture Disinfectants on Metals
  • Mac D., British Columbia — A Novel Approach to Improving Biosecurity in Hatching

More information is at 4-h-canada.ca/sciencefair.

Ag in Classroom expands program

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is expanding its Business of Food Program with a $450,000 multi-year partnership from Bayer Crop Science Canada.

This new partnership will also leverage matching funding from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership program through Agriculture Canada.

The Business of Food program is an e-learning platform aimed at bringing knowledge about food and agriculture to education professionals.

From April 2019 through 2020, the program reached 243 educational stakeholders across Ontario, the majority of which came from urban areas, where traditionally the agriculture knowledge gap is widest.

Through the e-learning platform, the program will help teachers deliver factual, relevant, and balanced information on agriculture.

More information is at AgScape’s website and at aitc-canada.ca.

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