Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge

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Accelerating innovative solutions to reduce methane emissions from the cattle sector


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Text on screen: Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge - $12M in prize funding!

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Text on screen: Calling all

  • Producers
  • Ranchers
  • Scientists
  • Innovators
  • Researchers

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Text on screen: Do you have a solution to reduce methane emissions from cattle?

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Text on screen: A practice, process or technology?

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Text on screen: Is it low-cost and scalable?

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Text on screen: If yes, this challenge is for you!

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Text on screen: $12M in prize funding to be shared to develop and deploy ideas.

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Text on screen: Two final winners will be awarded up to $1M each!

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Text on screen: Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge – Deadline for submissions: February 07, 2024

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Text on screen: Learn more at:

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Text on screen: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

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Why should we care about agricultural methane emissions?

Canadian cattle producers have a reputation for delivering both high-quality beef and dairy while making commitments to environmental sustainability goals. The sector is already taking steps to improve animal health, feed efficiency and pasture management—practices that contribute to reductions in methane emissions while delivering other environmental benefits. However, there are many unexplored opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially methane from the cattle sector. By working in partnership with producers, the Agricultural Methane Reduction Challenge will help to accelerate a suite of sustainable innovations to address methane emissions head-on. By partnering together, we can move further and faster to reduce agricultural methane emissions while spurring economic growth and innovation in our economy.


more potent at warming than CO2 over a 20-year period


of Canada’s methane emissions come from the agricultural sector


of agricultural methane emissions come from enteric fermentation

Methane is a potent GHG with a global warming potential that is more than 80 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 20-year period, and more than 25 times greater over a 100-year period.

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Challenge details

Who can apply

  • Businesses or other for-profit organizations incorporated in Canada;
  • Not-for-profit organizations registered in Canada;
  • Producers, producer organizations and associations within Canada;
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) individuals, organizations or groups of individuals located in Canada;
  • Post-secondary/academic institutions located in Canada;
  • Individuals or groups of individuals based in Canada;
  • Collaborations between one or more of the above categories of applicants and international parties.


  • $250,000
    Up to 20 semi-finalists will be selected to receive up to $250,000 each to support the development of a technology, practice or process to reduce enteric methane emissions.
  • $500,000
    Up to 10 finalists with the top solutions will be selected to receive up to $500,000 each to test their solution in an operational environment in partnership with the solution’s end users.
  • $1,000,000
    Up to 2 prizes of up to $1 million will be given to the innovators who best demonstrate the widespread applicability of their solutions.

Stage 1A key dates

  • November 14, 2023
    Call for applications
  • February 7, 2024
    Application deadline
  • Summer 2024
    Announcement of 20 semi-finalists

AAFC is looking to advance innovative, scalable and economically viable practices, processes, and technologies that contribute to the net reduction of enteric methane emissions from the cattle sector.

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