Sask. crop research receives $7 million

Forty Saskatchewan crop research projects got the good news about funding yesterday in Saskatoon.

“Funding for these projects ensures the long-term success of this industry and the province,” Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart said while announcing the $7 million funding package to a meeting at CropSphere.

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Farming’s role in the province’s economic is even more important now that other commodities, such as energy and potash, are in a price decline, he added.

Stewart said the Saskatchewan Agricultural Development Fund examines a large group of proposals every year, winnowing them down to the projects that will receive funding.

Pulses will receive the largest amount of funding at $1.8 million, followed by cereals at $1.7, oilseeds at $1.2, alternative crops at $509,000 and miscellaneous crops at $1.7.

Grower checkoffs from commodity organizations will contribute $2.8 million, of which the Western Grains Research Foundation will provide $1.1 million.

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Stewart said the province partners with the federal government through Growing Forward 2.

University of Saskatchewan researchers will receive $4.5 million in funding through the ADF programs, with the next largest amount going to the National Research Council.

Projects include fursarium reduction in durum, improved lentil yields, canaryseed, as a food product and fababean development.

A complete list of funding for crop research projects for 2016 is available here. (PDF format)

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