$7.7 million in government funding is going towards 30 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).
The Agriculture Development Fund is part of the $26.8 million the Saskatchewan government committed to agriculture research in the most recent provincial budget.
“Investing in innovative, crop-related projects and supporting research organizations like the CDC not only provides Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers with the very latest in research and development, but also allows our province to be competitive on the world stage and helps attract some of the best researchers in the industry,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Stewart said. “We’re very proud of our investments through ADF. They create future growth opportunities and help improve the bottom line for producers and food processors.”
The projects include research on:
- better control of root rot in pea and lentil crops
- developing more clubroot resistant canola varieties
- improving fusarium head blight resistance in durum wheat
- increasing the use of faba beans in pet food and fish feed to create another value-added use for a Saskatchewan pulse crop
“Investments in agricultural research are critical to ensuring continued progress and increased efficiency for farmers,” said Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. “That’s why the Government of Canada strongly supports crop research, like these cost-shared projects in Saskatchewan that will help support the continued growth and innovation of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.”
The Agriculture Development Fund announcement leverages large amounts of funding from industry partners towards the projects.
In addition to the government funding, over $3.1 million has been committed from the following partners:
- the Western Grains Research Foundation
- the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
- the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission
- the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
- the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission
- the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission
“Working together is a fundamental value of the agriculture industry so we appreciate the opportunity to contribute and collaborate on these worthwhile projects,” Western Grains Research Foundation Chair Dave Sefton said.