The funding will go towards research and testing the re-vegetation of agricultural land that has been affected by oil and gas drilling activities, as well as helping reduce soil erosion and weed invasion, and bringing more land under forage crops.

“This investment will enable producers to work together to restore forage land, in turn increasing their profitability and sustainability,” says Zimmer.

PRFA Research and Development Committee Chairman Glenn Hogberg says this funding will help them evaluate and improve species selection, as well as timing, seeding rate, and seeding methods.

The government expects this investment to help create a relationship between the PRFA and oil companies and producers. It hopes they will engage in collaborative research to help reduce soil erosion and weed invasion that occurs on agricultural land as a result of oil and gas drilling activities.