Government of Canada invests in Research to Reduce Methane Gas Emissions in Cattle
July 11, 2017 – Lethbridge, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Farmers 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.
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence and Member
of Parliament (Calgary Centre) Kent Hehr today announced a $1.1 million investment
with the University of Lethbridge to study ways to reduce methane gas emissions
This project with the University of Lethbridge 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
"Canadian farmers 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." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture
"The government is committed to help address climate change and this investment
will help farmers adopt sustainable practices that will reduce the amount of methane
gas produced, while maintaining a productive herd and strengthening farm business."
- Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
and Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre)
"Reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced by the cattle sector is important
both environmentally, economically and helps build public trust. Producers want
to operate in a sustainable fashion and our study results will help them do that."
- Dr. Erasmus Okine, University of Lethbridge Vice-President (Research)
- The AGGP is a $27-million initiative intended to help the agricultural sector adjust
to climate change and improve soil and water conservation.
- The study led by the University of Lethbridge will investigate whether the use of
biochar, a feed supplement, in beef cattle diets improves the efficiency of digestion
and reduces the amount of methane gas produced.
- 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.