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Four ag innovation projects awarded federal funding


August 13, 2019
By Environment and Climate Change Canada (edited)

A federal investment of up to $600,000 has been announced under the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program for four new projects, all aiming to create new sustainable solutions for the agriculture and agri-food sectors.

One of which is a project led by Titan Clean Energy Projects Corp, who will be testing a food-grade quality bioplastic, ideal for fruit or prepared vegetable containers. It’s designed to biodegrade more quickly, meaning less landfill and more sustainable options for grocery stores and shoppers.

Other approved projects include a new organic bioplastic mulch made from poultry feathers by EcoEnviro Labs Inc, an agricultural ‘Internet of Things’ smart data hub by Troo Corporation, and drone-based crop protection technology by Expert Systems.

These four projects were submitted to address two ISC challenges issued by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Improved Compostability of Bioplastics and Scaling Down Precision Agriculture.

If successful at the proof of concept stage, projects are each eligible for up to $1 million under Phase 2 of the ISC for prototype development. The government may then act as a first customer, helping these small businesses commercialize their innovations.