Each year, IRDA's R&D Team conducts more than one hundred research projects in sustainable agriculture. What's more, IRDA is working with Quebec's key agricultural stakeholders to find concrete solutions.
Major InitiativesMajor initiatives (1)
ServicesSoil health (1) Water protection (3) Air quality (8) Optimal water management (1) Fertilizer management (5) Pest, weed, and disease control (1) Animal welfare (11) Food safety and quality (2) Waste conversion (1) Environmental regulations (3) Coexisting in an agricultural environment (2)
Project to limit the spread of disease and improve biosecurity protocols on farms through improved understanding of emissions and alternate spreading techniques.
Assessment of the efficiency of biomethanation digestate as a fertilizer for field crops and as recycled bedding in dairy production.
Assessing an electrostatic precipitator system designed to improve air quality and, thereby, worker health and animal welfare.
Irrigation project to spare farmers the loss of competitiveness and other risks brought about by drought periods.
Researchers: Carl Boivin Luc Belzile
Symposium entitled "Innovations to Tackle Livestock Production Challenges" and production of informational material.
The overall aim of this research is to assess the exposure of workers in conventional and alternative egg production facilities to dust and bio-aerosols, and to characterize the respiratory health risks they face.
This project aims to measure the impact of new breeding systems that meet new animal welfare standards regarding air quality and the health and productivity of laying hens.
This project addresses the risks posed by the spreading of manure and emissions released into the environment to the biosecurity of farms, as well as to the health of workers and nearby populations.
This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.
This project will gather and share up-to-date information on new techniques and critical points related to the construction of farm buildings and their sustainability.
This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination.
Researcher: Caroline Côté
In this project, initiated by Agrinova, IRDA will analyze the profitability of techniques used to repel pasture flies in organic dairy production.
Researcher: Luc Belzile
This project proposes to measure relative humidity and air speed in hog houses and integrate these parameters into the control of ventilation systems.
Researchers: Stéphane Godbout Luc Belzile
Cow-calf farms tend to prefer outdoor breeding, poor-quality drinking water can have a direct impact on animal health, and may lead to higher pathogen levels in the environment and at slaughter time, and negative consequences for food safety.
and quality of soil, water, and air
of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare
of crop and livestock production