SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Canada is investing C$11 million in funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership for 47 crop-related research projects through Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF).

“Producers reap huge rewards from the new knowledge and discoveries developed by research — they become more profitable and more productive,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “By investing in applied research relevant to Saskatchewan producers’ needs, we are increasing the competitiveness of our industry.”

In addition to funding provided by the federal and provincial governments, projects supported through the ADF are receiving C$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.

“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 metric tonnes,” David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister. “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.”

Support for ADF projects is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers looking to examine areas of importance to Saskatchewan producers.

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