Canada, Quebec Invests $34 Million To Support Sustainable Farming

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News in brief:
– Quebec farmers receive a $34 million boost from the government of Canada and Quebec to support sustainable farming practices.
– The initiative aims to incentivise over 1,200 new farm businesses, with each eligible for up to $50,000 in financial assistance, emphasising crop diversification and reduced herbicide use.

The government of Canada and Quebec have jointly injected $34 million into supporting agricultural producers committed to enhancing their farming practices. This significant investment marks the initiation of the third enrollment period for the Ministerial Initiative for the Rewarding of Agri-Environmental Practices, impacting over 1,200 new farm businesses and totaling a direct investment of $119 million.

The announcement, made at Ferme Jocelyn Michon in Saint-Hyacinthe, emphasises the commitment to local farmers. Minister André Lamontagne, acknowledging last summer’s weather challenges, introduced a crucial alteration in the terms of financial assistance payments. Unused amounts will now experience a complete deferral, recognising the difficulties faced by businesses in implementing certain practices.

Federal contribution and sustainable agriculture partnership

As part of the new Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership 2023-2028, the federal government will contribute $24.1 million to the initiative. The initiative aims to accelerate the adoption of beneficial management practices, supporting producers who choose sustainable methods. Minister Lawrence MacAulay encourages Quebec producers to capitalise on the funding program, emphasising its positive impact on both the environment and their economic viability.

Canadian farmers who choose sustainable practices

Encouraging farmers to seize this opportunity, Minister Lawrence MacAulay stressed the dual benefits of sustainable farming—environmental stewardship and economic viability. The sentiment was echoed by Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, highlighting the positive impact of sustainable practices on agricultural productivity and climate resilience.

Martin Caron, General President of the Union des producteurs agricoles, welcomed the increased funding as a testament to Quebec’s commitment to agri-environmental stewardship.

Promoting best practices

Eligible practices under the Initiative include crop diversification, soil protection, reduction of herbicide usage, and biodiversity-friendly landscaping. Additionally, operators can enhance their agri-environmental knowledge through training courses, receiving financial assistance of up to $1,500 per business.

The registration period for this funding opportunity will run from March 4 to March 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted. This joint effort between the Governments of Canada and Quebec underscores their commitment to fostering sustainable agricultural practices and ensuring the prosperity of local farming communities.

Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Ohabughiro
Chinwendu Gift Ohabughiro has a background in English and Literary Studies from Imo State University. She brings a fresh perspective to the world of agriculture writing. When she's not penning compelling content, she's likely lost in the pages of a thrilling mystery or treating herself to the sinful delight of chocolate.

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