August 1, 2005

Quebec agricultural producers receive nearly $3.7M to improve water quality

QUEBEC CITY, QUE-The federal department of Agriculture and Agri-Food has signed an agreement with Quebec's Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Ministry and two groups representing the province's agricultural producers to provide $3.686 million in federal funding to improve water quality on Quebec's farms. The assistance will make it possible to implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) to control bank erosion by establishing riparian buffer strips, stabilizing gullies and banks, and establishing shelterbelts along watercourses. In addition, producers will be able to benefit from consulting services to assess the health of riparian areas. This initiative is part of the implementation of Greencover Canada, a program created to support the adoption of BMPs that protect water quality in Quebec. The program, which is funded through to 2008, will be administered by the Council for the Development of Agriculture in Quebec (CDAQ) with support from a program committee representing Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Quebec's Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Ministry, Quebec's Union of Agricultural Producers (UPA), and the federal and provincial environment departments.

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