Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program — Approved Projects

Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP) focuses on projects that fall under one or more of four priority areas: livestock systems, cropping systems, agricultural water use efficiency, and/or agroforestry. The following is a list of funded projects by priority area:

Priority Area: Livestock Systems

  • University of Alberta: Grassland Soil Organic Carbon, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, Water Infiltration and Biodiversity under Grazing Management Practices in Canadian Grasslands
    This project will assess the environmental footprint of different cattle grazing systems.
  • University of Manitoba: Integration of Feeding, Animal and Manure Management Practices to Reduce GHG Emissions and Improve Nutrient Utilization in Cow-Calf Operations
    This Project will study strategies for reducing greenhouse gases on Canadian cattle farms.
  • University of Guelph: Effect of Nitrification Inhibition on Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Hog Manure Applied at Various Fall Timings
    This project will develop technologies, practices and processes that can be adopted by farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with hog manure application to cropland.
  • University of Lethbridge: Assessment of the Potential for Adding Biochar to Beef Cattle Diets to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture
    This project will determine if beef cattle performance is improved and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced when biochar is added to Canadian beef cattle diets.

Priority Area: Cropping Systems

  • University of Alberta: Annual vs. Perennial Cereal Crops – Assessing Carbon Sequestration, Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions, and Grain Productivity
    This project will provide new science-based knowledge on net greenhouse gas emissions of perennial cereal crops relative to annual cropping systems with the goal of increasing soil carbon sequestration and reducing nitrous oxide emissions.
  • Canadian Forage and Grassland Association: High Performance Management Systems to Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Canada's Forage and Grasslands
    This project will demonstrate to farmers the “carbon sequestration (sink)” potential of their farmlands.
  • Dalhousie University: Assessing Cropping Systems for Soil Health, Carbon Storage Capacity, and Soil Nitrogen Supply as a Basis for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Planning
    This project will develop technologies, practices, and processes to select optimum nitrogen fertilizer application rates that can be adopted by farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • University of Guelph: Aerial Sensors to Assess Soil Organic Carbon Levels, Rapidly, Cost Effectively, and Representatively
    Using aerial sensors this project will investigate ways to develop a rapid, cost-effective, and representative method for farmers to measure Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) levels in their fields.
  • McGill University: Management Strategies for Nutrient Use Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction from Biosolids-amended Soils in Canada
    This project will investigate management practices for use of municipal biosolids as a crop fertilizer and quantify the effect of these practices on greenhouse gas emissions.

Priority Area: Agricultural Water Use Efficiency

  • University of British Columbia: Understanding the Impact of Irrigation on Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Storage, and Associated Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    This project will identify irrigation practices that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing nitrogen, and carbon storage in soil.
  • McGill University: An Integrated Socio-Economic and Biophysical Framework for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Agricultural Water Management Systems
    This project will investigate the effects of different beneficial water management systems on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the adoption of systems by farmers to reduce GHG emissions.

Priority Area: Agroforestry

  • University of Alberta: beneficial management practices (BMPs) to Enhance Carbon Sequestration and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agroforestry Systems
    The project will assess the environmental benefits of shelterbelts and hedgerows.
  • University of Guelph: Riparian Buffer Plantings as an Agroforestry Land-use for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
    The project will develop technologies, practices and processes that can be adopted by farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in riparian agroforestry settings.
  • Eastern Townships Forest Research Trust: Factors Affecting Carbon and Excess Nutrient Capture in Hybrid Poplar and Multi-Species Agroforestry Systems
    This project will identify effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on farms involved in agroforestry.
  • East Prince Agri-Environment Association: Planting Willow Riparian Buffers to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    This project will demonstrate the effects that planted willow riparian buffers have in sequestering carbon and nutrients passing through a riparian area, and determine if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Multiple Priority Areas

  • University of Waterloo: Valuing Diversity in Agro-Ecosystems
    The project will examine greenhouse gas emissions associated with agricultural activities and the potential benefits of alternative land use practices and BMPs.
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