Group calls for farm climate investment from federal government

A group of farmers is calling for the federal government to invest $300 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on farms.

Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) says such an investment could reduce agricultural emissions by 10 million tonnes.

A FCS-led task force made up of farmers, agricultural economists, climate scientsts and policy experts came up with the plan.

The task force proposed six programs to meet the 10 million tonnes reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

1. Doing more with less nitrogen by having agronomists and farmers work together to improve nitrogen management through a cost-share program.

2. Increasing adoption of cover cropping by supporting farmers to plant cover crops through a per-acre payment program.

3. Normalizing rotational grazing by supporting ranchers to implement rotational grazing through a cost-share program for planning and infrastructure.

4. Protecting wetlands and trees on working farms through a reverse auction pilot program to conserve existing forests and wetlands.

5. Powering farms with clean energy by transitioning on-farm energy beyond diesel through pilot programs.

6. Celebrating climate champions by shining a light on farmers who implement climate-friendly practices through an awards program and awareness campaigns.

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