Governments invest $11 million to support agriculture crop research

News release

January 14, 2020 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced $11 million in funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership for 47 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan's Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

In addition to funding provided by the federal and provincial governments, projects supported through the ADF are also receiving $8.7 million in funding from the following partners: Western Grains Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, Saskatchewan Forage Seed Development Commission, Saskatchewan Cattlemens' Association, Genome Canada, and the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition.

Quotes

"Producers reap huge rewards from the new knowledge and discoveries developed by research – they become more profitable and more productive. By investing in applied research relevant to Saskatchewan producers' needs, we are increasing the competitiveness of our industry."

- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"We're strategically investing in crop-related research that will increase our industry capacity, driving towards our goal of increasing crop production to 45 million metric tonnes. The research we're investing in includes projects that explore how to manage clubroot, mitigate herbicide resistance and add value to our commodities. These projects will support producers and agribusinesses and help secure our place as a world leader in agriculture research."

- David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister

"We continue to see tremendous value in a collaborative approach to funding research. WGRF partners with producer commodity organizations and government funding agencies to maximize the investment farmers are making in crop research. WGRF is excited about the potential impact these projects can have for western Canadian farmers."

- Terry Young, Chair of the Western Grains Research Foundation Board

Quick facts

  • Support for ADF projects is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers looking to examine areas of importance to Saskatchewan producers. For example, a project co-funded with Western Grains Research Foundation and SaskWheat looks at new visual analytics tools for improved crop breeding tools.

  • The ADF program is supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $388 million investment in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture by the federal and provincial governments.

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Contacts

Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food 
justine.lesage@canada.ca  
613-404-1168 

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Charlotte McGraw
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
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