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Governments Invest in Livestock and Forage Research | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Farm near Gull Lake

Today Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $3.5 million in funding for 24 livestock and forage-related research projects.

Support for the projects is provided through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), part of the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 agreement.

“Our government is proud to support research that helps our livestock producers solve problems and put more of their world-class beef products on the tables of families across the country and around the world,” MacAulay said. ”This investment helps position the sector to take advantage of the new opportunities we are opening up internationally and will put more money in the pockets of our ranchers.”

“Saskatchewan is a world-class agricultural research hub and home to farmers and ranchers that excel at producing high-quality food,” Stewart said. “Continued investments in research through the ADF ensure we have the tools and knowledge to sustainably grow the livestock sector.”

ADF research seeks to increase productivity and to address emerging issues in Saskatchewan agriculture. Projects include research into the prevention of bovine respiratory disease, the effect of ergot-contaminated feed on bull fertility, the development of new forage varieties and the modification of swine diets to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, among others.

Industry groups are providing additional funding, totaling more than $280,000, to several of the ADF projects. Funding partners include Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) and SaskMilk.

“We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate on research,” SCA Chair Ryan Beierbach said. “Continual improvement in all areas of production, including how best to prevent animal disease and deliver animal nutrition, helps to secure a solid future for our beef industry.”

“We look forward to the knowledge that will result from important projects in areas such as influenza vaccine development and animal transport, and welcome today’s investment by the federal and provincial governments,” Sask Pork Chair Florian Possberg said.

Earlier this month, the federal and provincial governments announced $7.7 million for 46 crop-related research projects.  To see a complete list of funded projects, visit www.Saskatchewan.ca and search “Agriculture Development Fund.”

Source: Governments Invest in Livestock and Forage Research | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Governments Invest in Crop Research | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan

Photo by: Blake Campbell

Photo by: Blake Campbell

Today Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced nearly $7.7 million in funding for 46 crop-related research projects through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

“Research in agriculture is the key to maintaining a competitive edge, and that’s why the federal government, in partnership with provinces and agriculture organizations, invests in research,” MacAulay said. “These millions of dollars invested into crops research in Saskatchewan over the years will help create growth and put more money in the pockets of farmers within the sector.”

“Ongoing investments into research and development provide Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers the ability to be competitive in the global marketplace, while producing food sustainably,” Stewart said.  “Continual innovation through the ADF leads to improved crop varieties, more value-added processing and cutting edge farming practices and knowledge, keeping our agriculture industry strong.”

The 46 projects receiving funding this year are diverse and include research on: improving plant breeding technology specifically to test for DON toxins that are the result of fusarium head blight infection in wheat; optimizing loss-sensing technology on farm equipment to minimize losses at harvest; and the development of a pulse-based replacement for shortening that can be used in baked goods, to name a few.

Today’s ADF announcement leverages significant funding from industry partners, on top of government funding.  A total of almost $3.7 million is being committed from partner organizations that include Western Grains Research Foundation, SaskPulse, SaskCanola, SaskFlax, Sask Wheat and Alberta Wheat Commission.

“We are appreciative of the funding provided through ADF that enables collaboration and the ability to make advancements across the Saskatchewan agriculture sector,” Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Executive Director Carl Potts said. “Amongst the funded projects are ones looking to address key priority areas for pulse growers such as weed control and pest management in pulse crops.”

“We welcome governments’ continued commitment to agricultural innovation,” Managing Director of the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan Kofi Agblor said.  “The CDC has released more than 450 new varieties of crops since its inception, varieties that today account for significant acreage across the prairies, illustrating just how significant an economic contribution research makes to the agricultural economy.  We look forward to continuing this important work.”

ADF funding is part of the $26.8 million the Government of Saskatchewan committed to agriculture research for 2016-17.  Funding for ADF projects is provided under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

For more information, and to see a complete list of funded projects, visit www.saskatchewan.ca and search “Agriculture Development Fund.”

Source: Governments Invest in Crop Research | News and Media | Government of Saskatchewan