Renewable agri-energy research in Abbotsford receives grant

Project will research the use of on-farm energy production technology

The Abbotsford-based BC Agricultural Research and Development Corporation (ARDCorp) has received a grant of $115,500 to assess the technical and economic feasibility of on-farm energy production technology.

The fund comes from the provincial and federal governments through the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program. It is one of 16 companies to receive funding in this round of grants.

ARDCorp is a leader in agricultural innovation that works to improve the economic, environmental and social sustainability of farming and ranching in B.C. This funding will be going towards assessing the technical and economic feasibility of on-farm energy production technology, specifically the use of gasification to convert used horse bedding and poultry litter into renewable energy and ash.

“Agricultural innovation is important here in the Fraser Valley, where farming continues to play a major role in our regional economy,” said Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas. “This project has the potential to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously reducing long-term energy costs for farmers.”

The Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.