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The federal government is investing in multiple organizations to help them develop climate-friendly ag plastic projects.

On Monday, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that five organizations will receive a total of $4.5 million in funding for the management and innovation of agricultural plastics.

Bibeau said at a press conference on Monday morning that these investments "will greatly help Canadian farmers reduce plastic and use plant plastics for production."

"Clean Farms" in Ontario will receive up to 1.1 million Canadian dollars, which is the most among the five recipient countries.

Cleanfarms will use part of its investment to help Canadian farmers obtain recycling programs and explore ways to implement permanent programs.

In 2020, with the help of the agricultural industry, Cleanfarms transferred approximately 6,000 tons of agricultural plastics from the landfill. Barry Friesen, executive director of Cleanfarms, said that this figure accounts for about 10% of the total agricultural plastic used on Canadian farms.

This federal investment will allow industry and Cleanfarms to continue this work.

He said at a press conference: "The funds announced today will enable Cleanfarms and Canadian farmers to do more." "Exclude more plastic from the environment and recycle more agricultural plastic into the new Products. This will help ensure that the farmland is protected by future generations."

The other four recipients are:

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