Government of Canada invests over $1 million in new technologies to improve farm management

Government of Canada invests over $1 million in new technologies to improve farm management

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OTTAWA, Ontario, July 6, 2022

OTTAWA (ON), July 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced more than $1 million in funding for SomaDetect Inc. and Vivid Machines Inc. through the AgriScience program to help producers improve their farm management and financial results.

On the other side Canada, start-ups focused on agricultural innovations are developing disruptive technologies to help meet the challenges of agricultural management. These technological advancements are important in providing farmers with access to the tools they need to maximize production, increase food supply and drive economic growth.

SomaDetect Inc., located at Halifax, Nova Scotia, provides dairy farmers with access to data on milk quality, reproductive status and herd health indicators for every cow at every milking. With funding of up to $707,873, the company will combine its sensors with artificial intelligence to provide real-time information on milk quality at the farm level. Farmers can closely monitor the information to keep their herd healthy and disease-free, and improve the breeding success rate, ultimately producing the best possible milk for consumers.

Vivid Machines Inc., located at Toronto, Ontario, provides fruit and vegetable growers with a computer vision system that captures the visible and chemical details of every plant in a crop, from bud to harvest. With funding of up to $390,297, the company will develop its sensor and vision technology to capture plant-level data below the leaf canopy. This will generate a real-time understanding for growers of the quantity and quality of fruit on each plant. As a result, they can better manage plant growth and predict yield, and diagnose diseases, pests and nutrient deficiencies earlier. This helps producers maximize the volume and quality of food for Canadian and global consumers.

The development of advanced technologies helps farmers find efficiencies and cost savings in their daily operations, while doing their part to feed a growing world population. The government of Canada continues to invest in agricultural innovation that encourages knowledge sharing and bridges the information gap between scientists and farmers, strengthening agriculture in Canada for the long term.


“Research and innovation are key to giving our farmers the tools they need to meet farm management challenges and enhance food safety. These new technologies, developed by SomaDetect and Vivid Machines, will enable farms of all sizes to have access to information in formats they can Investments like these support growth from Canada agricultural sector.”
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“SomaDetect Inc. is a leader in the Canadian dairy sector and in the Halifax community. Their sensors help farmers deliver the best quality milk to Canadians, while supporting jobs in our community and in New Scotland. By investing in innovative projects like these, the government is helping to keep the agricultural sector strong and sustainable for the future. »
Andy Fillmoredeputy of Halifax, Nova Scotia

“Access to real-time crop information is an important part of farmers’ jobs. It allows them to be better organized, mitigate risk and disease, and move their business forward. Based here in Toronto, Vivid Machines Inc. plays an important role in helping farmers understand crops through sensors and computer vision technology. I applaud their efforts to help their local community and farming communities through Canada.”
Julie DzerowiczMP for Davenport, Ontario

“Creating new technologies is full of challenges. AgriScience funding means we can explore key projects that carry some element of technical risk. This is incredibly exciting for our dairy farmers and the industry as a whole. We are delighted to receive this funding and to dig into this new project. For a startup like SomaDetect, this support allows us to continue to develop our technology and stay at the absolute cutting edge of milk screening, computer vision and artificial intelligence.
Bethany DeshpandeCEO and Founder, SomaDetect Inc.

“With the size and quality requirements of marketable fruit, harvest load management is one of the pressing issues for growers. Maximizing the amount of fruit that makes it to the produce aisle using Accurate agricultural data will improve profitability while helping to reduce food.Thanks to the funding we received from AAFC through the AgriScience projects, we have been able to develop and perfect sensor prototypes and machine learning models that can detect, track and count fruits while they are on the tree, to help growers effectively understand the needs of each plant on their farm.”
Jenny Lemieuxco-founder and CEO, Vivid Machines Inc.

Fast facts

  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3 billionfive-year investment (2018-2023) by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and develop from Canada agricultural and agri-food sector.

  • The AgriScience program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians.

Additional links

Canadian Agricultural Partnership
AgriScience Program
SomaDetect Inc.
Vivid Machines Inc.

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