Funding Announced for Crop Research Projects

Ottawa and the Saskatchewan government on Tuesday announced $11 million in funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership for 47 crop-related research projects through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

How to manage clubroot, mitigate herbicide resistance and add value to commodities are among the projects slated to receive the government funding, which will be complimented by up to $8.7 million from ADF partners, including the Saskatchewan canola and wheat development commissions and the Western Grains Research Foundation.

“These projects will support producers and agribusinesses and help secure our place as a world leader in agriculture research,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit said in a release. “We’re strategically investing in crop-related research that will increase our industry capacity, driving toward our goal of increasing crop production to 45 million tonnes.”

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.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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