Governments invest $7M into Saskatchewan crop research

Federal and provincial governments invest nearly $7 million to advancing agriculture research in Saskatchewan. File / Global News

SASKATOON – Federal and provincial governments are investing nearly $7 million into advancing agriculture research in Saskatchewan.

Funding was announced on Tuesday for 46 crop-related research projects to enable the province’s farmers to be more productive and competitive through improved yields.

Research projects receiving funding include: harvesting systems, improving disease resistance, identifying new mustard varieties, honey bee health and weed control practices.

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“This year’s record-breaking Saskatchewan harvest demonstrates the benefit of investments in research and innovation,” said Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan’s agriculture minister.

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Funding comes from the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and is part of the record $27.7 million research budgeted for 2013-14.

“Our record commitment to research is paying off, and the projects receiving funding today will help to ensure Saskatchewan continues to be a leader in agricultural production,” said Stewart.

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This ADF funding leverages additional third party funding of over $3.3 million, with organizations partnering on 28 projects.

“Co-funding partnerships between ADF and producer commodity groups help maximize the investment producers make in crop research,” said Dave Sefton, Western Grains Research Foundation board chair.

ADF projects are funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial initiative for the Canadian agriculture industry.

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