On 3rd February 2022, Marie-Claude Bibeau, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the first wave of 60 approved projects under the Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program, with $17.9 million for projects across Canada. This funding is focused on three priority areas, i.e., bioeconomy, green energy and energy efficiency, and precision agriculture.
Under the ACT program, farmers and agri-businesses will access funds to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. It is part of the government's strengthened climate plan, 'A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy.'
Through the Adoption Stream, 58 approved projects will support the adoption of clean technologies. Through the Research and Innovation Stream, 2 approved projects will support pre-market innovation, including research, demonstration, development, and commercialization of clean agricultural technologies.
The minister met virtually with female-led Fermes Janor Inc. in Farnham, Quebec, and Wendland Farms Ltd. in Waldheim to view the benefits of grain dryers that they could access due to ACT funding.