How Green is Your
greenhouse research adopts new tech practices
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
CAC members enjoying Little Mountain Greenhouses
hospitality in 2014. Below, Kelowna MP Fuhr and UBC
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.
"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,"
said Dr. Melanie Jones, Professor, University of British Columbia,
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 farm.
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," said Deborah Buszard,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of British
Columbia, Okanagan campus
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.
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,"
aid Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
20 new research projects supported by AGGP span from coast-to-coast,
from the University of British Columbia to collaborative research
with conservation groups in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
They range in scope from studying GHG emissions from blueberry,
potato and forage crops in B.C. to planting willow trees in areas
irrigated by rivers in the Atlantic as a means to sequester carbon.
Most of the research work on this project led by the University of
British Columbia will take place in the Okanagan Valley. This
project will provide new science-based knowledge for farmers looking
to manage soil and water resources more effectively with the goal of
improving nutrient-use efficiency, reducing inputs of fertilizer and
lowering GHG emissions.
UBC researchers Melanie Jones, Louise Nelson and Nathan Pelletier
received this five-year funding from the program to study the
effects of long-term irrigation on soil carbon and nitrogen stocks
in the Okanagan Valley, along with some life cycle assessments of
irrigation and mulches. Soil holds almost three times as much carbon
as the atmosphere, making it the third largest pool of carbon on
Earth. Good agricultural practices can help remove carbon from the
atmosphere and move it into soil, while poor practices can release
it from soil into the atmosphere.
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