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Canada strengthens agroforestry with the US


April 18, 2012
By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Apr. 18, 2012, Washington, DC - Canadian producers and agricultural researchers will have new opportunities for co-operation in agroforestry with the United States after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed.

Apr. 18, 2012, Washington, DC – Canadian producers and agricultural researchers will now have new opportunities for co-operation in agroforestry in the United States after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
 
“Our government’s top priority remains the economy, and by strengthening our relationship with the United States, we are helping create new opportunities for our agriculture industry and more prosperity for all Canadians,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Today’s agreement demonstrates a strong and growing relationship between Canada and the U.S. for the benefit of producers and consumers in both countries.”
 
The MOU solidifies the beneficial working relationship that already exists between AAFC’s Agroforestry Development Centre, located in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, and the USDA’s National Agroforestry Center, located in Lincoln, Nebraska.
 
"We support agroforestry as a land management approach because it helps landowners achieve certain natural resource goals, such as clean water and productive soils," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "But it does much more. Clean water is a precious natural resource, and America's economic success is directly related to a continuous and abundant supply of clean water."
 
Signed by AAFC’s Deputy Minister John Knubley and USDA’s Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan during a ceremony in Washington, this MOU increases co-operation in research and development of agroforestry science and tools, and it reinforces collaboration within the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, of which Canada and the United States are members.
 
The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases is an international network of more than 30 member-countries that coordinates and increases agricultural research on greenhouse gas mitigation and makes new mitigation technologies and beneficial management practices available to farmers worldwide.
 
For more information on the AAFC’s Agroforestry Development Centre and the Global Research Alliance, visit www.agr.gc.ca/agroforestry and http://www.globalresearchalliance.org, respectively.


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