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Agriculture Clean Technology Program Now Open for Applications

By: Tate Wrubleski, Multimedia Specialist, Regina

July 2021

Applications for the recently announced federal Agriculture Clean Technology (ACT) Program are now open. This program will provide funding for green energy and energy efficiency, precision agriculture, and the bio economy. A large portion of federal program funding has been dedicated to the purchase of energy efficient grain dryers.

The ACT program will have two funding streams: the Adoption Stream; and the Research and Innovation Stream.

Grain Bin
Grain Bin

The Adoption Stream will help producers with funding as they purchase clean technologies, particularly those that meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Eligible activities include the purchase and installation of items such as grain dryers, solar panels, barn heating, precision agriculture products and more.

A project summary form is the first step to apply for funding under the Adoption Stream of the program. This initial step will help to facilitate a discussion between the applicant and program staff about the project. Up to 50 per cent of the project may be eligible for funding under the program. The Adoption Stream will extend over the course of five years, from 2021 to 2026.

Activities that are eligible for funding under the program include:

  • Purchase and installation of energy-efficient, low-emissions equipment (for example, commercial grain dryers) where an efficiency gain can be demonstrated;
  • Technologies to power farms with clean energy (for example, fuel switching, such as conversion from diesel);
  • Energy-efficient watering systems for livestock and irrigation systems;
  • Energy-efficient heating systems for functional on-farm structures like barns;
  • Heat pumps and frequency converters; and
  • Solar panels and solar-powered technology, including for ventilation, farm equipment, sensors, etc.

For more information on program details, eligibility, and how to apply, visit the Agriculture Clean Technology Program webpage.

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