MFGA / CFGA take lead in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP)
National CFGA Project Utilizes Six Manitoba Fields to Determine Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Researchers will be digging down on six Manitoba fields during the summer of 2019 as part of a national project to look at the role of forages and grasslands in reducing Greenhouse Gases in Canada.
“High Performance Management Systems To Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Canada’s Forages and Grasslands” is being led nationally by the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) after a successful application to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Greenhouse Gases Program last year.
“Grasslands around the world warrant significant attention when discussing GHGs due to their sheer size, whether they are serving as a source, sink, or reservoir,” said Cedric McLeod, CFGA executive director. “The Canadian Forage and Grasslands sector is the single largest land use component of Canadian agriculture, covering over 70-million acres of cropland, with 36-million acres devoted to native rangeland and the remaining 34-million acres dedicated to the production of annual and perennial tame forages. CFGA saw a real need to lead our project and paint a national picture as to how impactful these areas are in reducing greenhouse gases in Canada.”
Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) is fully supportive of the CFGA project and helped identify six fields as project sites - five producer fields in addition to the MBFI Brookdale Farm. Dr. Terence McGonigle of Brandon University will lead the research team in sampling the nominated fields.
“Quite frankly, the five producers that we selected represent a growing number of what we feel are a rapidly increasing number of really informed, really keen livestock and grass producers in our province,” said Duncan Morrison, MFGA executive director. “We want to showcase the results from the way these families are farming and the management systems they are utilizing. It’s time to add the carbon equation to the decision mix and bolster the biodiversity, water management and soil health platforms of grassland retention, forage and livestock production and producer profitability. It’s another feather in our collective farming caps as we tell our producers’ stories around the good they do for our province and country, this time via research anticipated to confirm greenhouse gas reduction on their fields.”
The research aspects of the project wrap up in 2020.
Six Manitoba Fields Designated as Project Sites
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