Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

AgWeather: An Effective Risk Management Tool Available to the Agricultural Community as a Whole

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Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Quebec, Quebec -- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), Pierre Paradis announced today a $3 million investment, in a project intended to strengthen the AgWeather Quebec tool, a website available to all agricultural entrepreneurs and stakeholders. AgWeather helps them to better assess risks associated with weather conditions, pesticide use, outbreak of pests, crop planning and marketing.

Quick facts

  • The project is funded through the AgriRisk initiatives, established under the Canada-Quebec Growing Forward 2 agreement.
  • AgWeather’s newly increased availability comes as the result a cooperative effort by the MAPAQ, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and La Financière agricole du Québec (project administrator).
  • The purchase and installation of 84 new automated weather stations will allow for the generation of highly accurate hourly weather data.

Quotes

'The Government of Canada is proud to support the efforts this project to make the AgWeather tool available to the agricultural community as whole and to provide it with a range of high quality, real-time weather data. AgWeather users will quickly see that this decision-making support tool will have a positive impact on their businesses.'

- Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

'Whether it is used to select crops, to plan field and farm work, or to manage water or pesticide use, it is reassuring of businesses to be able to rely on real-time data. Enhanced risk management is key to ensuring that businesses can increase their profitability and remain competitive, while complying with sustainable development principles.'

- Pierre Paradis, Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

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