Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Meals Marie-Claude Bibeau introduced July 19 an funding of over $2.6 million to Canadian Forage and Grassland Association (CFGA) to help three projects that can assess and enhance alfalfa progress utilizing synthetic intelligence.
The projects can even develop a Canadian grassland carbon offset system.
The three projects have had funding allotted to them within the following breakdown:
- Up to $998,185 to develop a instrument to enhance yield and forage nutritive worth from alfalfa fields utilizing synthetic intelligence;
- Up to $996,190 to develop a instrument to assess and enhance alfalfa’s winter survival charges with synthetic intelligence and persistence, by combing information and distant imagery with A.I.; and,
- Up to $621,572 to develop an assurance system for farmers to produce and promote carbon offsets, contributing to the discount of greenhouse gasoline emissions and retention of Canada’s grasslands
CFGA expects that greater than 12,000 acres of grasslands will probably be protected by land conservation agreements, and 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equal will probably be saved by third-party verified carbon offset credit.
“The Canadian Forage and Grassland Association is very excited about this funding from AAFC’s Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program,” says Cedric MacLeod, government director at CFGA. “Alfalfa is an important ingredient that feeds many other agriculture sectors in Canada, and this funding will help provide forage producers with valuable decision-support tools to help alfalfa crops thrive.”