Feds fund farm biogas programs

The federal government is providing up to $116,800 for the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) to promote biogas to farmers.

With funding of up to $28,800 from the Agricultural Clean Technology Program, the CBA has begun a campaign to help farmers learn more about biogas. The CBA also received $88,000 under the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program to identify clusters of agricultural resources across Canada and assess the potential for renewable natural gas development by region.

As part of the campaign, the CBA launched FarmingBiogas.ca, with resources to help farmers evaluate the opportunities of biogas, including a self-assessment tool, answers to key questions, and profiles of on-farm biogas plants in Canada. It also includes a checklist and links to biogas equipment suppliers and technical advisors, acting as a one-stop-shop to help farmers get started.

On-farm biogas systems can help farmers cut greenhouse gas emissions, provide sustainable sources of energy and offer many other environmental advantages. They can also generate additional sources of income and create opportunities for the farm’s next generation.

“There are already 61 farms and agri-food businesses across Canada successfully capturing biogas and turning it into a valuable clean energy resource,” said Jennifer Green, executive director of the Canadian Biogas Association.

“Studies show that there is the opportunity for much more. With the support of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, we can accelerate further uptake of farm biogas projects and, in so doing, cut Canada’s carbon emissions and support our agricultural communities.”

The Agricultural Clean Technology Program supports research, development and adoption of clean technologies through investments in and promotion of precision agriculture and agri-based bioproducts.

The Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP) supports projects that address national or sector-wide priorities that help industry address emerging issues and capitalize on opportunities.

Established in 2008, the Canadian Biogas Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven organization with a mission to advance the development of the biogas and renewable natural gas industry in Canada.