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30 crop-related research projects get $7.7M in funding

The Canadian and Saskatchewan governments announce $7.7 million in funding for 30 crop-related research projects.
The Canadian and Saskatchewan governments announce $7.7 million in funding for 30 crop-related research projects. Government of Saskatchewan / Supplied

The federal and provincial governments are providing $7.7 million towards 30 crop-related research projects that focus on issues important to Saskatchewan agriculture.

Funding through the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) was announced Tuesday during CropSphere 2018 in Saskatoon.

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“Investments in agricultural research are critical to ensuring continued progress and increased efficiency for farmers,” Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale said in a press release.

“That’s why the Government of Canada strongly supports crop research, like these cost-shared projects in Saskatchewan that will help support the continued growth and innovation of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector.”

The 30 research projects include:

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  • research to develop more clubroot resistant canola varieties;
  • improve fusarium head blight resistance in durum wheat;
  • better control of root rot in pea and lentils crops; and
  • increasing the use of faba beans in pet food and fish feed.

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The governments are also committing $6.25 million over five years through the ADF to the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan.

“We’re very proud of our investments through ADF. They create future growth opportunities and help improve the bottom line for producers and food processors,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said in a press release.

“Investing in innovative, crop-related projects and supporting research organizations like the CDC not only provides Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers with the very latest in research and development, but also allows our province to be competitive on the world stage.”

Tuesday’s ADF announcement into the 30 projects also leveraged over $3.1 million in funding from various industry partners, according to government officials.

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