Governments invest in agriculture research

The Crop Development Centre (CDC) in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources is one of many groups receiving a boost from recent joint federal and provincial funding.

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The funding, totalling $7.7 million across 46 projects, was announced by Lyle Stewart, provincial agriculture minister, at the CropSphere show in Saskatoon on Tuesday.

The U of S will receive $3.7 million to boost pulse, oilseed and cereal crop research projects at the CDC.

“We won’t know the results of these projects tomorrow but make no mistake, the work will have an impact,” Stewart told The Western Producer.

“We welcome governments’ continued commitment to agricultural innovation,” said Kofi Agblor, managing director of CDC, said in a government news release. “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.”

The money is part of Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial program focusing on innovation, competitiveness and market development to ensure Canadian producers and processors have the tools and resources they need to continue to innovate and capitalize on emerging market opportunities.

See more at The Western Producer.