Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, has announced $185 million for the Agricultural Climate Solutions program, which includes the Living Laboratories initiative.
The program aims to help the Canadian government achieve its greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. Canada’s beef industry is well-positioned to be a partner in reaching environmental outcomes, notes a release from the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA). The CCA welcomed the funding announcement, noting the Living Labs model aligns with the 2030 Beef Strategy Goals set by the beef industry. Some of those goals are related to carbon sequestration, reducing primary production greenhouse gas emission intensity by 33 per cent and conserving native grasslands habitat.
“Canada’s beef industry is a world leader in environmental performance,” said Bob Lowe, CCA president, in the release. “We welcome opportunities to work with the government of Canada through programs such as the Living Labs initiative to achieve our common environmental outcomes. Canada’s farmers and ranchers are part of the solution.”
The CCA anticipates the funding will bring together a broad set of participants including producers, not-for-profit organizations, scientists and sectoral stakeholders to support practices that are ready for immediate application. The funding also has the potential to "foster collaborative solutions and technology transfer which will be required to achieve the federal government’s climate goals," notes the release.
The 2030 Beef Strategy Goals are a suite of 10-year goals developed by Canada’s national beef organizations, which demonstrate the Canadian beef industry’s commitment to continual improvement.
“We look forward to building additional partnerships to support the beef industry’s continual progress in achieving environmental sustainability goals,” said Matt Bowman, Beef Cattle Research Council chair and a producer from Thornloe, Ontario. “This program provides an opportunity to further advance scientific knowledge and enhance technology transfer initiatives needed to achieve environmental goals while simultaneously supporting the profitability and vitality of the Canadian beef industry.”