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Montreal, Quebec, December 9, 2011 - Canadian farmers will benefit from enhanced profitability through green technology thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada, industry and universities across Canada. Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced an investment of nearly $2 million to McGill University to study and develop greenhouse gas mitigation practices for water management systems.

McGill University will use the investment to study the greenhouse gas-related effects of various irrigation and drainage production systems for horticultural crops in Eastern Canada. Results of this research will provide farmers with state-of-the-art agricultural water management technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance economic competitiveness.

Funding for this project is through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a five-year, $27-million initiative that focuses on the development of on-farm greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. The AGGP will provide funding to various partners across Canada to investigate innovative mechanisms, tools and approaches to provide real solutions for the agriculture sector.

The AGGP represents Canada's initial contribution to the Global Research Alliance, an international network of more than 30 member-countries that will coordinate and increase agricultural research on greenhouse gas mitigation and make new mitigation technologies and beneficial management practices available to farmers. For more information on the Global Research Alliance, visit www.globalresearchalliance.org/

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