Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announce $12 million in funding for crop research

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

January 16, 2019 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for 44 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI).

The SRI is a new program starting this year with the goal of providing targeted funding to advance strategic priorities within the industry. Projects are expected to go beyond the scope and scale of work normally undertaken in ADF, pursuing innovative research that will address complex challenges facing the industry. This year’s funding has been awarded to a project that will increase the quantity and quality of protein in the smooth yellow pea while advancing crop breeding technologies.

“Our Government is investing in programs that support the innovative and sustainable growth of the Canadian agricultural sector. This funding in crop research will provide Canadian farmers, producers, and agribusinesses with the knowledge and technologies they need to compete globally and boost their bottom lines.”

– Lawrence MacAulay, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“By investing in crop-related research, we’re investing in the future of Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry. The projects we’re investing in today consist of a variety of fields of study, including herbicide resistance, pest control, crop breeding and much more. Not only do these projects enhance our industry by creating more opportunities for producers and agribusinesses, they cement our province as a leader in agriculture research.”

– David Marit, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture

“ADF provides a great forum for producer groups to collaborate and co-fund agricultural research that improves agricultural systems, varietal development and agronomic practices. Producers are committed to investing in agricultural research, and partnerships like this one with ADF helps leverage the investment we as producers are making in research.”

– Terry Young, Western Grains Research Foundation

Quick facts

  • ADF support is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers looking to examine areas of importance to Saskatchewan producers. A few of the project topics include: developing a weed control system for herbicide resistant wild oat in wheat, enhancing the extraction of vitamins from canola crush co-product, establishing resistance to fusarium head blight in wheat, improving protein and seed quality in peas and determining the ideal seeding date for quinoa.

  • In addition to funding provided by the federal and provincial governments, projects supported through the ADF are also receiving $3.6 million in funding from the following partners: The Western Grains Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the Alberta Wheat Commission and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association.

  • The ADF and SRI programs are supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership). The federal-provincial Partnership is a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture.

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