USask co-leads $3.2 million research project focused on carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change – News


Funding has been announced by Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit as a member of Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) that advances research to address the complex challenges facing the agriculture and agri-food sectors.

The five-year project will examine soil carbon stocks in Saskatchewan’s perennial forage systems and study the link between producer management practices and carbon stores to identify practices that promote carbon sequestration. One of the outputs of the project will be maps that provide an accurate estimate of carbon in Saskatchewan pastures and rangelands.

This project will fill a knowledge gap and increase our understanding of how carbon management in grazing systems under different environmental conditions will support climate change mitigation.

The application included 11 letters of support from various industry organizations, which reflect the importance of this work to the provincial agricultural sector. The project is co-funded by the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, which contributed $100,000 of the total amount and an in-kind commitment of $25,000.

IRS is funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion investment from federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada’s agriculture, agri-food and agricultural commodity sectors. This includes a $2 billion cost-shared commitment of 60% federal and 40% provincial/territorial for programs designed and delivered by provinces and territories, including an investment of $388 million dollars in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture.


“Soil carbon sequestration is one of the many ways agriculture can be part of the solution to climate change. This project will investigate what drives soil carbon dynamics beneath pastures and forages across Saskatchewan. How much is stored? Where? Why is there more here than there? And how long is he likely to stick around? »
– Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (PhD), Dean of the USask College of Agriculture and Bioresources

“Creative, collaborative and cooperative research is how our institution strives to provide long-term benefits and resources to Saskatchewan’s agricultural sectors. This project will contribute significantly to our understanding of a complex problem. Better understanding leads to better decision-making and better practices within the industry. Ultimately, this is the kind of discovery the world needs.
– Baljit Singh, USask Vice President of Research

“Carbon sequestration is important to help mitigate the effects of climate change. This research will improve our understanding of best management practices for our pastures systems, and ensure producers are well positioned to further contribute to the long-term sustainability of the sector.
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

“Our agricultural industry is based on best practices, and this project will contribute to that by confirming how we can mitigate climate change by managing our grazing systems. This is the kind of agriculture-related research that we continually encourage and prioritize in Saskatchewan to keep our producers competitive, sustainable, and working toward a future we can rely on.
– David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture

“The carbon economy must be built on credible foundations. Despite a lot of activity, you still need that basic building on hay and meadows. This should help cattle producers credibly participate in any carbon opportunity. Meanwhile, cattle ranchers will continue to manage their lands for productivity as well as the biodiversity and carbon sequestration that are intrinsic to cattle grazing.
– Arnold Balicki, President of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association

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